What’s On In The Capital?

A culture vulture’s guide to the best of the rest! An exclusive selection of art lectures, sales, exhibitions, festivals and creative events in London taking place this week and beyond… (By Shio).


Andrew Maxwell’s Shake A Leg will feature at the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank.

Andrew Maxwell:  Shake a Leg – (The Belly), Underbelly Festival.  60 minutes of world-class personal and political comedy from leading figure in social commentary.  From TV shows Mock The Week, Live at The Apollo, Have I Got News For You?  27th June, 9.15pm.  Tickets £17.  (underbellyfestival.com)

Frankenstein – Bread and Roses Theatre, SW4.  A modern reimagining to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the original’s publication.  ‘The new play embraces the themes of the human ideal of perfection, psychosexual identity and the politics of gender and transgenderism.’.  Award-winning playwright, John Foster.  21st to 23rd June, 7pm/3pm.  Tickets £12/£10.  (breadandrosestheatre.co.uk)

A Monster Calls – The Old Vic, SE1.  Inspired by the novel by Patrick Ness, with adaptation by Siobhan Dowd.  ‘On publication, A Monster Calls became a bestseller with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing. It garnered huge critical acclaim, including an unprecedented double win of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children’s literature and illustration. This adaptation is suitable for adults and children aged 10+.’.  From 7th July (book now!).  Tickets from £8.50.  (my.oldvictheatre.com)

The Turn of the Screw – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, NW1.  English National Opera rediscovers Benjamin Britten’s work.  ‘The story of unearthly encounters at a remote country house, and of a young governess desperate to protect her children, finds chilling new levels of suspense in this unique outdoor production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.’.  Directed by Timothy Sheader.  22nd to 30th June.  Preview from £23, regular performance from £25.  (openairtheatre.com)

Festivals & Fairs:-

Beyond Borders Festival – Theatre Deli venues across London.  Workshops, performances, panel discussions and exhibitions.  Culminates in closing party and night of music in partnership with Southwark Refugee Response.  Celebration in line with Refugee Week’s 20th Anniversary.  Until 23rd June.  Ticket price = donation.  (refugeeweek.org.uk)

Underbelly Festival – Southbank Centre, SE1.  Various events including performance, comedy, magicians, disco, kids’ events et al throughout the Summer.  See Louisa Omielan:  Politics for Bitches on 21st June at 9.15pm, tickets £19.  (underbellyfestival.com)


‘Charmed Lives in Greece’:  Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (artist), John Craxton (artist) and Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (travel writer) were significant cultural figures of the 20th century.

Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor:  Charmed Lives in Greece – British Museum, WC1B.  Grecophiles exhibition exploring the sights, sounds and people by 3 friends who were resident there.  Focussing on 4 key places – Hydra, Kardamyli, Crete and Corfu – where they lived and spent time together.  (britishmuseum.org)

Cedric Morris:  Artist Plantsman – Garden Museum, SE1.  To celebrate British Flowers Week.  Combination of art and botany focussing on the transference of the genre from taxonomy to cubism and surrealism.  Complemented by Cedric Morris: Beyond the Garden Wall held at the Philip Mould & Company Pall Mall gallery, a 30 minute walk from the Museum.  Until 22nd July.  Tickets £10/£8.50.  (gardenmuseum.org.uk)

The Great Spectacle – Royal Academy of Arts, W1J.  ‘Revisits important moments in the history of the Academy and its annual show: from its inception as a showcase for grand society portraits and epic history scenes, via its role in the fight for women’s suffrage and the impact of two World Wars, to its ongoing status as a platform for both established and unknown contemporary artists.’.  To coincide with #RA250, the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary and Summer Exhibition.  Until 19th August.  Tickets £16 (inc. £2 donation).  (royalacademy.org.uk)

Queer and Now – Tate Britain, SW1P.  ‘Curated by E-J Scott with Tate’s Learning teams and in partnership with Pride in London, UK Black Pride, Regard and Trans Pride Brighton, and with a dynamic cast of artists, cultural producers, commentators, activists, supporters and Tate’s own LGBTQ+ staff network, Queer and Now 2018 places queer culture at the heart of the gallery.’.  23rd June, 2pm to 10pm.  Free entry.  (tate.org.uk)

Frida Kahlo:  Making Herself Up – V&A, SW7.  Personal artefacts, effects and clothing once owned by the legendary Mexican artist now seen as a feminist icon.  Locked away for 50 years following her death, these items have never been shown outside of Mexico.  Until 4th November.  Tickets £15 (or free to members).  (vam.ac.uk)


Martina Llana 2018 Trunk Show – London Bride Couture, SW1V.  Brand new collection of Bridal Couture in a private fashion show with glass of Prosecco.  Discounts available on the day.  Sessions at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  By appointment only.  Tickets £20.  (Instagram:  londonbridecouture)

Azzedine Alaia:  The Couturier – The Design Museum, W8.  Conceived and co-curated with the designer before his death in 2017, this exhibition charts his career journey from sculptor to couturier.  He personally created each garment by hand.  ‘Rather than a retrospective, the show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017.’.  Until 7th October.  Tickets £16 (free to members).  (designmuseum.org)


The Killed Negatives: Study Day at Whitechapel Gallery will feature talks by David Campany, Drew Heath Johnson, Alonda Pardo, John Roberts, Stephanie Schwartz, Mercedes Vicente, and Nayia Yiakoumaki.

Acrylic Pouring Workshop – Shed Load of Crafts, EN2.  Using acrylic paint, chemicals and either canvas or mdf to create a painting of your own.  Various pouring techniques covered, including dirty pour, tree-ring pour and free-flow pour to create pattern and cells.  All materials provided.  23rd June, 1pm to 3pm.  Tickets £25.  (shedloadofcrafts.com)

Killed Negatives:  Study Day – Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, E1.  Looks at archive exhibition Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America , which looks beneath the surface of the famous Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographic commissions which took place during the American Great Depression in the 1930s.  7 speakers.  23rd June, 2pm to 6pm.  Tickets £12.50/£10.50.



[Credits:  Feature image – Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, 1939. Photograph Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives (Victoria and Albert Museum Press Office)]




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