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).


The Grinning Man – Trafalgar Studios One, SW1A.  A magical reimagining of the Victor Hugo novel ‘Les Miserables’ using visually-stunning puppetry.  Score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler.  Until 5th May.  Tickets from £32.50 (www.lovetheatre.com).

Cirque Berserk 2018 will feature at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 7th May, followed by other venues in London.

Cirque Berserk! – Harold Pinter Theatre, London.  Contemporary cirque artistry and adrenaline-filled stunts.  Over 30 jugglers, acrobats, stuntmen and aerial performers PLUS infamous motorcycle act the Globe of Death.  Tickets from £21.95 adults/£11.95 children.  Until 7th May.  (cirqueberserk.co.uk).

L-E-V: Love OCD – Sadler’s Wells, EC1R.  London premier of L-E-V Dance Company presented by star of Israel’s dance scene – Sharon Eyal.  Inspired by ‘OCD’ by Neil Hilborn.  Exploring unrequited love and love that cannot be acted upon.  Tribal dance music.  13th July, 7.30pm.  Tickets from £20 at secure.sadlerswells.com.

Lessons In Love and Violence – Royal Opera House, WC2E.  Conductor George Benjamin’s new collaboration with Martin Crimp.  World Premier from the creators of ‘Written on Skin‘.  ‘A king is forced to choose between love and political expediency. His decisions allow his country to slide into civil war, and turn his wife and son against him.’.  Main Stage, 10th – 26th May.  Tickets £4 – £100.  (roh.org.uk).

Festivals & Fairs:-

The London Burlesque Festival calendar will include ‘Burlesque, Gin and Jazz’ on May 26th.

London Burlesque Festival 2018 (International Opening Gala) – Islington Assembly Hall, N1.  Previewing some of the finest and most inspiring talent of 2018.  High-octane glamour and sheer opulence.  27th April, doors open from 7pm.  (londonburlesquefest.com).

The Big London Flea – EPIC Dalston, N16.  Vintage homewares, attire, lighting, interiors accessories.  Sprawling across the ground floor of an old ABC Cinema.  Sunday, 29th April, 11am to 6pm.  Free Entry.  Child friendly.  (hackneyfleamarket.com).

Classes, Lectures & Workshops:-

Paint The Classics! – The Northcote, Clapham, SW11.  Tuesday, May 1st – ‘Water Lillies’ by Claude Monet.  Weekly expert-led painting classes by Artistique Paint Club, with a glass of Prosecco.  Tickets £35, start 8pm.

Uniqlo Tate Lates – Tate Modern, SE1.  This month Tate Lates celebrate creativity in learning, both within the museum and beyond.  Art, music, film, drop-in workshops, pop-up talks, street food.  DJs Organ Tapes and Tommy Gold.  ‘Scottie’s Crash Course:  How To Be An Artist’‘Panel Talk: Industry Creativities’‘Up. Down. Start. Stop’ – audio-visual installation using voice and light boxes; and more!  Free entry.  Open to all.  Friday, 27th April, 6pm – 10pm.  (tate.org.uk).


What Can We Make And Become? – Exposed Arts Projects, Kensington, W8.  The outcome of an experiment whereby a company of individuals explore their journey towards becoming artists.  Curated by Sasha Burkhanova.  27th April to 8th May.  Free Entry.  (exposedartsprojects.com).

Friday Late:  Circus – Past, Present & Future – Victoria and Albert Museum, SW7.  To mark 250 years since London first experienced the circus, roll up to watch acrobatics and artistry from The Big Top and beyond.  Live performances, V&A’s Theatre and Performance archives, talks from circus performers.  Collaboration between Roundhouse CircusFest and V&A.  First come, first served allocation.  All events free entry.  Friday, 27th April 6.30pm to 10pm.  (vam.ac.uk/fridaylate).

1001 Days In London – Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1.   An installation of 1001 black and white photographs by Steve Hollingshead of ‘the events, the people and the places that define the distinctive creative character of London’.  A unique five-year, solo street-photography project.  Until 29th April.  11am to 6pm.  Free entry.  (oxotower.co.uk).

Michael Pinsky:  Pollution Pods – The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House.  5 geodesic domes emulate polluted atmospheres from global cities.  Beginning in the clean-air dome of Tautra (Norway), and journeying through London, New Delhi, Beijing and São Paulo (polluted environments).  Free entry.  UNTIL 25TH APRIL!  (somersethouse.org.uk).

Sales & Auctions:-

Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets – Christie’s, London.  26th April, 10.30am start (Lots 1 – 154); 2pm start (Lots 160 – 310).  Viewing at London King Street on 24th and 25th April.  Highest estimate = GBP 350,000 to 500,000 for an illuminated Kur’an by Yahya Hilmi and Osman Yumni.  (christies.com).

From Earth To Fire – Sotheby’s, London.  1st May, 2pm.  Highly-curated collection of silver, ceramics and ‘objects of vertu’. Highest estimate = GBP 60,000 – 80,000 for a German engraved, parcel-gilt silver, mounted wood games board, unmarked, circa 1680.  (sothebys.com).


[Credits:  Feature image – ‘Water Lillies’ by Claude Monet (arsmundi.com); lovetheatre.com; cirqueberserk.co.uk; londonburlesquefest.com; sadlerswells.com; roh.org.uk; exposedartsprojects.com; tate.org.uk; vam.ac.uk; christies.com; sothebys.com; oxotower.co.uk; entertainment-focus.com; ents24.com; somersethouse.org.uk; hackneyfleamarket.com; thenorthcote.co.uk; artistiquepaintclub.com]


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