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).


‘Trinity College Dublin Library’ c. 2004 by Candida Hofer. She was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Photography’ award at the Sony World Photography Awards this year.

Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare:  Romeo and Juliet – Leicester Square Theatre, WC2H.  20th Jun – 1st Sept.  Running time: 70 mins.  Age:  16+.  Combination of ‘entirely serious’ adaptation of Shakeapeare, plus an ‘entirely sh*tfaced’ cast member.  Tickets from £15 plus fees.  (leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com)

The Great Gatsby – Gatsby’s Drugstore, SE1.  An immersive theatrical experience where you don appropriate dress and join Gatsby’s party, watching the story unfolding around you.  Running time:  2 hours (inc. interval).  Age:  14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).  From Thurs, 1st June until 29th June.  Tickets from £38.  (ticket.londontheatre.co.uk)

The Play That Goes Wrong – Duchess Theatre, WC2B.  A 1920s classic murder mystery performed by Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society.  Everything that can go wrong does!  Hilarious production – a ‘gut-busting hit’ (New York Times).  Olivier Award Winner.  From Fri, 4th May onwards.  Tickets from £26.  (eveningstandardtickets.co.uk)

Cauleen Smith:  Black Utopia LP – Tate Modern Starr Cinema, SE1.  Journey through this audio-visual exploration of history, music, outer space and African divination.  9th May, 6.30-8.30pm.  Tickets £10.  (tate.org.uk)


2018 Sony World Photography Awards – Somerset House, WC2R.  Works by more than 600 artists.  Curated by Mike Trow (ex-Picture Editor of British Vogue).  Record number of submissions.  Until 6th May.  Tickets £6 – £14. (somersethouse.org.uk)

Design & Crafts Exhibition 2018 – Embassy Theatre Stage, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, NW3.  Work & accomplishments of graduating design & crafts students (prop makers, lighting designers, puppeteers, stage designers, costume makers, sound designers, scenic artists, and scenic constructors).  4th to 5th May.  Free entry (no ticket required).

Festivals & Fairs:

Basement Jaxx performing at the 51st State Festival 2017.

51st State Festival – Trent Park, Cockfosters.  Festival celebrating the roots of house music, led by pioneers from New York, Chicago, Europe & the Caribbean.  Age:  18+ (with valid photo ID).  Tickets available now for August event.  Minimum 2, maximum 20 per person.  From £40 for standard 4th release tickets to £137.50 for V-VIP Earlybirds.  (51ststatefestival.ticketline.co.uk)

Wimbledon Art Fair – Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17.  Inspiring collection of original paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, sculpture etc by established artists and emerging talent.  10th – 13th May.  Free entry (tickets pre-bookable on Eventbrite).

Grand Designs Live London – ExCel London, E16.  Interior room sets & studio, Architectural Salvage, Design and Build Forum, Ask An Expert plus industry experts (and Kevin McCloud!) live on stage.  5th – 13th May.  Tickets from £12 (children under 15 go free).  (gdllondon.seetickets.com)

London Original Print Fair 2018 – Royal Academy of Arts, W1J.  London’s longest-running art fair (33rd year).  The opportunity to buy/view works from all periods of printmaking (Durer to contemporary masters).  Until 6th May.  Tickets from £6.  (royalacademy.org.uk)


Future Fossil:  Workshop with Something & Son and Yesenia Thibaul-Picazo – Design Museum, W8.  Create a terrarium of the future using living and man-made materials.  ‘This workshop will inspire you to imagine new relationships with nature and the city for a sustainable ecological future.’.  Sat 12th May, 10:30 – 4:30.  Tickets £90/£75.  (designmuseum.digitickets.co.uk)

Rights To The City Forum – Conway Hall, WC1R.  What does social practice in arts education look like today?  And other arts questions discussed at a forum presented by the Serpentine Gallery.  Gathering of artists, organisations and practioners.  12th May, 11am to 9pm.  Tickets £5.  (serpentinegalleries.org)

The panel discussion ‘Playing Games’ will take place at the Zabludowicz Collection, Prince of Wales Rd, NW5, on 10th May.

Panel Discussion:  Playing Games – Zabludowicz Collection, NW5.  Inspired by Ericka Beckman’s use of gaming structures – from videogames to pinball machines & Jai alai – in the context of the ongoing 360: VR Room.  Considers game play, (embodied) learning through gaming & female protagonists in games. Writer/curator Rachel Falconer, Helen W Kennedy (Head of the School of Media, University of Brighton), David King (Course Leader for MA Games Design, London College of Communication), Phoenix Perry (Lecturer in Physical Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London).  10th May, 7-9pm.  Free entry.  (Book tickets at Eventbrite).

Art Theory:  What is a Queer Practice? – Camden Arts Centre, NW3.  How we might recognise and enact queer practice in contemporary art today.  3 week theory course starting 9th May, 6.30-9.30pm.  Tickets £95/£65.  Led by Linda Stupart.  Referencing Adrian Rifkin, Sadie Benning & Evan Ifekoya.  (camdenartscentre.org)


Royal Selfie Tour – National Gallery, W1.  Get to know saints, murdered teen queens, and broke artists in remote French communes on our Royal Selfie Tour.  Take selfies with the original selfies!  2 hour tour.  Age:  16+.  Meet behind the Trafalgar Square Fountain 15 minutes prior to start time.  Wheelchair Friendly.  Sunday, 6th May, 2pm.  Tickets free (wondersoflondon.co.uk).


[Credits:  Feature Image – Cauleen Smith’s Black Utopia LP cover (tate.org.uk); leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com; ticket.londontheatre.co.uk; somersethouse.org.uk; eveningstandardtickets.co.uk; 51ststatefestival.ticketline.co.uk; wimbledonartfair.com; designmuseum.digitickets.co.uk; gdllondon.seetickets.com; serpentinegalleries.org; zabludowiczcollection.com; camdenartscentre.org; tate.org.uk; royalacademy.org.uk; wondersoflondon.co.uk]









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