WIN­TER DI­ARY

PRIDE LIFE TAKES A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST CUL­TURAL HIGH­LIGHTS TO WARM YOU THROUGH THOSE LONG, COLD WIN­TER NIGHTS

Pride Life Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Hot cul­tural dates for cold win­ter nights

ART AT­TACK

TO 23 MARCH 2014 WHITECHAPEL GALLERY HAN­NAH HÖCH First ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion in the UK of the work of Han­nah Höch who made her name in the Dada move­ment in the Berlin of the 1920s, but whose col­lages and pho­tomon­tages span over seven decades, mak­ing hu­mor­ous and mov­ing com­men­taries on so­ci­ety dur­ing a time of enor­mous so­cial change. Go to: whitechapel­gallery. org 13 FE­BRU­ARY - 26 MAY 2014 TATE MOD­ERN, LONDON RICHARD HAMIL­TON Richard Hamil­ton was one of the most in­flu­en­tial artists of the 20th cen­tury and this is the first ret­ro­spec­tive of all his work from early exhibitions in the 50s to his fi­nal paint­ings in 2011. Hamil­ton is best known for his role in the birth of pop art, which will form the cen­tre­piece of the ex­hi­bi­tion. Hamil­ton was also fas­ci­nated with popular cul­ture, so images of Mick Jag­ger, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and oth­ers from the Swing­ing Six­ties fea­ture, along­side later po­lit­i­cal per­son­al­i­ties like Mar­garet Thatcher and Tony Blair. Go to: tate. org. uk 27 FE­BRU­ARY 2014- 15 JUNE 2014 NA­TIONAL POR­TRAIT GALLERY, LONDON THE GREAT WAR IN POR­TRAITS Part of the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the hun­dredth an­niver­sary of the first World War, this free ex­hi­bi­tion takes a look at the war through por­traits of the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the con­flict, in­clud­ing sol­diers in the trenches and the gen­er­als and lead­ers back at home. Go to: npg. org. uk 06 MARCH - 22 JUNE 2014 BRI­TISH MU­SEUM, LONDON VIK­INGS - LIFE AND LEGEND The Vik­ings are com­ing to this year’s ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Bri­tish Mu­seum. Ex­hibits in­clude Vik­ing weapons and trea­sures, as well as a 37-me­tre­long Vik­ing war­ship, the long­est ever found and never seen be­fore in the UK. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Go to: british­mu­seum. org

COMIC TURN

TO 06 APRIL 2014 ON TOUR RUS­SELL BRAND’S MES­SIAH COM­PLEX Rus­sell Brand’s quest for world dom­i­na­tion reaches Eng­land, with a lit­tle help, he tells us, from Je­sus Christ, Che Gue­vara, Gandhi, Mal­colm X and Hitler. Check the web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: rus­sell­brand. com

DANCIN’ IN THE CITY

01 MARCH - 15 MARCH 2014 SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON FLA­MENCO FES­TI­VAL LONDON Fla­menco Fes­ti­val London re­turns for its eleventh year, fea­tur­ing six siz­zling and sexy shows from some of the big­gest and hottest names of the fla­menco world. Fla­menco in­ter­na­tional su­per­star Sara Baras re­turns to the Fes­ti­val, and singer Miguel Poveda also head­lines, and hot new danc­ing sen­sa­tion Án­gel Múñoz makes his de­but at the Fes­ti­val. Check web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: sadler­swells. com 11 - 30 MARCH 2014 PEA­COCK THE­ATRE, LONDON SHAD­OW­LAND In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed hit show which brings to­gether shadow the­atre, dance, cir­cus and mu­sic, pro­jected images and front-of screen chore­og­ra­phy in the tale of a teenage girl’s com­ing of age and ad­ven­tures in the Shad­ow­land where she en­coun­ters strange crea­tures in­clud­ing can­ni­bal chefs and a cen­taur - who also suc­ceeds in get­ting her into bed. Cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Steven Banks, lead writer for Sponge­Bob SquarePants, Shad­ow­land has been seen by almost one mil­lion peo­ple world­wide. Go to: sadler­swells. com

FAM­ILY AF­FAIRS

03 MARCH - 09 MARCH 2014 NA­TION­WIDE LGBT ADOP­TION AND FOS­TER­ING WEEK Each spring, agen­cies across the UK hold events tar­geted at les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der prospec­tive par­ents, as part of the LGBT Adop­tion and Fos­ter­ing Week. Check the web­site for de­tails. Go to: lgb­ta­dopt­fos­ter­week.org. uk

ON ICE

TO 04 MAY 2014 ON TOUR ROBIN COUSIN’S ICE Olympic cham­pion and Danc­ing on Ice judge Robin Cousins presents some of the best skaters from around the globe in the world premier of this ice-skat­ing spec­tac­u­lar cur­rently on a na­tional tour. Check web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: robin­cousin­sice. com 07 - 23 FE­BRU­ARY 2014 SOCHI, RUS­SIA WIN­TER OLYMPICS 2014 In­evitably sport has taken a back­seat to pol­i­tics this year, where gay sports­men and women still don’t know what sort of frosty re­cep­tion they may get. How many ath­letes are go­ing to show their op­po­si­tion to Rus­sia’s ho­mo­pho­bic laws? Go to: sochi2014. com

MOVIE MA­NIA

20 FE­BRU­ARY - 02 MARCH 2014 GLAS­GOW TENTH GLAS­GOW FILM FES­TI­VAL The UK’s third largest an­nual film fes­ti­val reaches its tenth birth­day and will be show­ing its big­gest ever pro­gramme of movies, in­clud­ing Hooray For Hol­ly­wood: 1939, a cel­e­bra­tion of what’s widely con­sid­ered to be Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Year, and fea­tur­ing films from that year in­clud­ing Gone with the Wind, Mr Smith Goes to Wash­ing­ton and The Wizard of Oz. Check web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: glas­gow­film. org/ fes­ti­val 20 - 30 MARCH 2013 BRI­TISH FILM IN­STI­TUTE, LONDON 28TH LONDON LES­BIAN & GAY FILM FES­TI­VAL Ma­jor an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of LGBT cin­ema, fea­tur­ing new films and old favourites, and from the main­stream to the avant garde. Check the web­site for more de­tails. Go to: bfi. org. uk/ ll­gff

JAR­MAN 20 YEARS ON

ALL YEAR AROUND THE UK JAR­MAN 2014 It’s 20 years since in­flu­en­tial film-maker, artist, di­arist, gar­dener and gay rights ac­tivist Derek Jar­man died, and 2014 fea­tures a year-long cel­e­bra­tion of his work across the coun­try. Check the web­site for de­tails. See fea­ture this is­sue. Go to: jar­man2014. org TO 09 MARCH 2014 KINGS COL­LEGE LONDON DEREK JAR­MAN: PAN­DE­MO­NIUM A ma­jor free ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the life of Derek Jar­man, look­ing at the way his art en­gaged with London from his stu­dent days at King’s, through his time in artis­tic ware­houses along­side the river, and on to his later life. Among items on dis­play will be his note­books and his rarely seen Su­per 8 films from the 70s. Go to: kcl. ac. uk/ cul­tural and www. jar­man2014. org TO 06 APRIL 2014 TATE MOD­ERN, LONDON BLUE Jar­man’s last film, made when he was suc­cumb­ing to Aids-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions and was los­ing his eye­sight, is just one sin­gle frame of monochro­matic blue, but with its ac­com­pa­ny­ing sound­track of po­etry, prose and mu­sic it’s a sur­pris­ingly mov­ing and en­gag­ing cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence. The free per­for­mance of the movie, run­ning on con­tin­u­ous loop, and fea­tur­ing the voices of, among oth­ers, Tilda Swin­ton and Nigel Terry, and the mu­sic of Brian Eno and Eric Satie is free as part of the Struc­ture and Clar­ity dis­play at Tate Mod­ern. Go to: tate. org. uk

GOTTA SING! GOTTA DANCE!

22 FE­BRU­ARY - 29 MARCH 2014 ON TOUR THE X FAC­TOR LIVE Last year’s win­ner Sam Bai­ley head­lines along with Abi Al­ton, Han­nah Bar­rett, Luke Friend, Ni­cholas McDon­ald, Rough Copy, Sam Cal­la­han and Tam­era Foster. Check the web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: xfac­tor. itv. com TO 24 APRIL 2014 ON TOUR RUTHIE HEN­SHALL ON TOUR The UK’s first lady of mu­si­cal the­atre takes to the road for a na­tional tour, fea­tur­ing the defin­ing songs of her life - both on­stage and off. Hen­shall won an Olivier for Peggy Sue Got Mar­ried, and has also starred in Chicago and Les Misérables. Check web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: ruthiehen­shall. com TO 03 MAY 2014 SAINT JAMES’ THE­ATRE, LONDON URINE­TOWN The Broad­way and multi-Tony-win­ning sen­sa­tion fi­nally comes to the West End. Richard Fleesh­man and Jenna Rus­sell star in this mu­si­cal about an evil busi­ness­man who has made his for­tune by buy­ing up and mo­nop­o­lis­ing all the pub­lic toi­lets, mak­ing it a “priv­i­lege to pee”. In a town where wa­ter is worth its weight in gold, any­one who re­fuses to pay to use the loo is sent to Urine­town, and is never seen again. Go to: urine­town. co. uk TO 05 JULY 2014 ON TOUR HAPPY DAYS Happy days are here again as Em­merdale hunk Ben Free­man stars as the Fonz and ex- Su­gababe Heidi Range as Pinky, with Buck’s Fizz’s Ch­eryl Baker as Mrs Cun­ning­ham, in the na­tional tour of the mu­si­cal based on the clas­sic TV show. Check web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: hap­py­daysthe­mu­si­cal.co.uk TO 29 NOVEM­BER 2014 MANCH­ESTER OPERA HOUSE , AYLES­BURY WATER­MILL THE­ATRE, SAVOY THE­ATRE, LONDON DIRTY ROT­TEN SCOUNDRELS The glam­orous French Riviera is the set­ting for this award-win­ning Broad­way mu­si­cal fea­tur­ing two con­men out to pull the big­gest scam of their lives, and win the af­fec­tion of mil­lion­aire soap heiress Chris­tine Col­gate. Star­ring Robert Lind­say and Ru­fus Hound, the show has been spe­cially adapted for a UK au­di­ence, and plays in Manch­ester and Ayles­bury be­fore open­ing at London’s Savoy The­atre on 10 March. Go to: scoundrel­swes­t­end.com 20 FE­BRU­ARY - 29 MARCH 2014 SOUTH­WARK PLAY­HOUSE, LONDON THE A-Z OF MRS P Brand new Bri­tish mu­si­cal about the life of Phyl­lis Pearsall who spent five years of her life walk­ingt the London streets cre­at­ing the A-Z. Star­ring Isy Sut­tie from Peep Show and Shame­less, and Tony Award win­ning Frances Ruf­felle. Go to: south­wark­play­house.co.uk

27 FE­BRU­ARY - 25 OC­TO­BER 2014 LONDON PAL­LA­DIUM I CAN’T SING - THE X FAC­TOR MU­SI­CAL For­mer EastEn­der Nigel Harman stars as Si­mon Cow­ell in this mu­si­cal which is be­ing called the (al­legedly) true story be­hind the top-rated tal­ent show, and a “glo­ri­ously twisted tale of naked am­bi­tion, heartache, hunch­backs and talk­ing dogs”. Writ­ten by co­me­dian Harry Hill, with new songs by Steve Brown, this comes with the back­ing of Cow­ell him­self, and has all the signs of be­com­ing a camp and cult clas­sic. Go to: icants­ingth­e­mu­si­cal.com 05 MAY – 25 OC­TO­BER 2014 PRINCE ED­WARD THE­ATRE, LONDON MISS SAIGON Re­vival of the clas­sic mu­si­cal set in Saigon dur­ing the Viet­nam War, and telling the love story be­tween bar girl Kim and Amer­i­can GI Chris. Writ­ten by the team be­hind Les Misérables, and based on Madame But­ter­fly, the orig­i­nal show ran for 4,000 per­for­mances in the West End. A new song Maybe has been added to this new ver­sion. Sure to be the hottest show in town, so pre­book those tick­ets now. Go to: miss-sAigon. Com

ON CAM­ERA

TO 01 JUNE 2014 NA­TIONAL POR­TRAIT GALLERY, LONDON BAI­LEY’S STAR­DUST Must-see ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing over 250 por­traits from the work of David Bai­ley, one of the world’s top celebrity pho­tog­ra­phers, and se­lected by Bai­ley him­self. In his time Bai­ley has cap­tured an ex­tra­or­di­nary range of sub­jects, from ac­tors and writ­ers, from un­knowns to global su­per­stars. Book­ing ad­vis­able. Go to: npg. org. uk TO 30 JUNE 2014 NA­TIONAL POR­TRAIT GALLERY, LONDON BEN­JAMIN BRIT­TEN - A LIFE IN PIC­TURES Cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nary of one of the great­est Bri­tish com­posers of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, this ex­hi­bi­tion of more than 40 photographs, many never seen be­fore, traces the life of Brit­ten, and Peter Pears, his part­ner and col­lab­o­ra­tor for almost 40 years. Go to: npg. org. uk

OP­ER­AT­ICS

TO 27 FE­BRU­ARY 2014 COLI­SEUM, LONDON PETER GRIMES De­scribed as the most sig­nif­i­cant Bri­tish opera in over two cen­turies., this award-win­ning pro­duc­tion of Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s opera will also be screened live in cin­e­mas around the UK and world­wide on Sun­day 23 Fe­bru­ary. Go to: eno. org TO 24 FE­BRU­ARY 2014 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON DON GIO­VANNI Sexy new in­ter­pre­ta­tion from Kasper Holten of Mozart’s clas­sic opera fol­low­ing the ca­reer of a se­rial se­ducer try­ing to es­cape his own mor­tal­ity and pay­ing a high price. Go to: roh. org. uk TO 11 APRIL 2014 ON TOUR MANON LESCAUT Part of Welsh Na­tional Opera’s Fallen Women sea­son, Manon Lescaut is Puc­cini’s first great opera. Opens in Cardiff be­fore tour­ing the coun­try. Check the web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: wno. org. uk 11 FE­BRU­ARY - 12 APRIL 2014 ON TOUR LA TRAVI­ATA Verdi’s clas­sic opera weepie about the doomed love of Al­fredo and Vi­o­letta en­sures that by the end of the pro­duc­tion there won’t be a dry eye in the house. Opens in Cardiff and then tours the UK. Check the web­site for per­for­mance de­tails. Go to: wno. org. uk

13 FE­BRU­ARY - 14 MARCH 2014 COLI­SEUM, LONDON RIGO­LETTO A 19th-cen­tury gen­tle­man’s club is the set­ting for this must-see new pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s master­piece, which fea­tures some of the com­poser’s most popular tunes. A co-pro­duc­tion of the ENO and the Cana­dian Opera Company. Go to: eno. org

THE PLAY’S THE THING

FROM 10 FE­BRU­ARY 2014 NA­TIONAL THE­ATRE, LONDON A TASTE OF HONEY A ma­jor re­vival of what was once a ground­break­ing and in­flu­en­tial play. A Taste of Honey tells the story of Jo, a 17-year-old work­ing class girl in Sal­ford, who be­comes preg­nant and shares her flat with her best gay friend, played by Dean Len­nox Kelly. Go to: na­tion­althe­atre. org. uk 25 FE­BRU­ARY - 14 JUNE 2014 NOëL COWARD THE­ATRE, LONDON THE FULL MONTY Fol­low­ing a crit­i­cally ac­claimed na­tional tour, the play about six Sh­effield steel­work­ers turned strip­pers comes to London’s West End. Based on the smash hit film. Go to: full­montythe­p­lay.com 01 MARCH - 02 JUNE 2014 GIEL­GUD THE­ATRE, LONDON BLITHE SPIRIT Dame An­gela Lans­bury makes a long awaited re­turn to the London stage as ec­cen­tric medium Madame Ar­cati in Noel Coward’s ghostly com­edy. Go to to: blithes­pir­it­lon­don.com

TAK­ING PRIDE

02 FE­BRU­ARY - 02 MARCH 2014 SYD­NEY, AUS­TRALIA SYD­NEY MARDI GRAS There’s one whole month of fun and fab­u­lous­ness lead­ing up to the Mardi Gras pa­rade on Satur­day 1 March, when more than 9,000 peo­ple take to the Syd­ney streets in the big­gest LGBT party in the south­ern hemi­sphere. Go to: mardi­gras. org. au 22 FE­BRU­ARY 2014 VI­ENNA, AUS­TRIA RAINBOW BALL, VI­ENNA Chan­nel your in­ner Strictly at Vi­enna’s 17th Rainbow Ball, where same-sex cou­ples prac­tice their ball­room moves. Go to: hosi­wien. at/ re­gen­bo­gen­ball 21 - 23 FE­BRU­ARY 2014 LONDON STU­DENT PRIDE Na­tional Stu­dent Pride comes to the cap­i­tal for the first time. The open­ing party will be at Camp At­tack at Heaven on Fri­day 21 Fe­bru­ary. There’s a day­time fes­ti­val at West­min­ster Univer­sity on Satur­day, fol­lowed by another party at G-A-Y in Heaven with Sun­day given over to film screen­ings. Check the web­site for more de­tails. Go to: stu­dent­pride. co. uk 25 FE­BRU­ARY – 5 MARCH 2014 SIT­GES, SPAIN SIT­GES GAY CAR­NI­VAL The Sit­ges gay car­ni­val kicks off just be­fore the reg­u­lar car­ni­val and prom­ises one of the cra­zi­est par­ties around. The busiest days are Sun­day for the De­bauch­ery Pa­rade and the Ex­ter­mi­na­tion Pa­rade on Tues­day night. Go to: tinyurl. com/ 77vkvue

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