Walk the line

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‘One of the great­est things about Lon­don is its abil­ity to sur­prise,’ says Me­gan Piper, Founder and Di­rec­tor of The Line, Lon­don’s first ded­i­cated mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art walk. Span­ning three miles of the cap­i­tal’s lit­tle-known wa­ter­ways, from Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park to North Green­wich, The Line brings high-qual­ity art­works out of ware­houses and into the public realm. The se­lec­tion in­cludes sculp­tures from Damien Hirst (above), Martin Creed, Ed­uardo Paolozzi and Gary Hume, and the three-hour route takes in strik­ing views. Eclec­tic, unique and sur­pris­ing, The Line is a great way to see world-class art in an un­usual set­ting – all for free. www.the-line.org

IT'S BEEN 17 YEARS SINCE NI­COLE KID­MAN

was last seen on the West End stage, in a widely ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of David Mamet’s The Blue Room in which she ap­peared, briefly, in the nude. Now she’s back, star­ring as Ros­alind Franklin in Pho­to­graph51 (from 5 Sep), a new play by Anna Ziegler about the Bri­tish sci­en­tist’s role in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the DNA mol­e­cule which poses ques­tions about what is sac­ri­ficed in the pur­suit of science and a place in history.

Franklin was never of­fi­cially recog­nised for her im­por­tant work in this field, dy­ing at the age of 37, four years be­fore fel­low sci­en­tists Fran­cis Crick and James Wat­son were awarded a No­bel Prize for their dis­cov­ery of DNA. The ti­tle of the play, which makes its UK pre­miere at the Duke of York’s Theatre, refers to an im­age of DNA pro­duced in Franklin’s lab that proved cru­cial in iden­ti­fy­ing its struc­ture.

Pho­to­graph 51 is di­rected by Michael Grandage, who brought stars in­clud­ing Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Rad­cliffe and Jude Law to the West End in the de­but sea­son of his new theatre com­pany in 2013 and 2014. He also di­rected Kid­man on the forth­com­ing film Ge­nius, about the literary editor Maxwell Perkins, which was shot last au­tumn. The Os­car-win­ning Aus­tralian ac­tor is bet­ter known for films such as Moulin Rouge! and The Hours, and ap­peared most re­cently as the vil­lain in the fam­ily film Padding­ton.

As with Grandage’s most re­cent Lon­don sea­son, a large pro­por­tion of tick­ets to Pho­to­graph 51 – 20,000 in to­tal over the course of the whole run – will be sold for just £10 each. This ac­ces­si­ble pric­ing scheme was cru­cial in terms of Kid­man’s de­ci­sion to take on the role.

‘ To be able to reach out to a new and younger au­di­ence with over 20,000 tick­ets at just £10 is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to help build fu­ture au­di­ences,’ Kid­man says. For full list­ing, turn to p. 46

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