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).


Ian McKellen stars in King Lear at the Duke of York’s theatre from 11th July.

King Lear:-  Duke of York’s Theatre, WC2N.  ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production’ – Daily TelegraphDirected by Jonathan Munby.  With its intimate staging, this contemporary, dystopian production places audiences at the centre of the storm as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.  11th July until 3rd November.  Matinee and evening performances.  Tickets from £25.  (atgtickets.com)

Dead Quiet:  Immersive Theatre Show:-  Kensington Central Library, W8.  A ‘tense immersive thriller’ about secret agents, forgotten love and coldblooded murder based in the library. Dead Quiet was written specifically for us and has been created with an exhilarating mix of historic facts and classic sixties crime stories.  3 dates per month from July to October.  Tickets from £19.  (rbkc.gov.uk)

For the Common Man:  Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral:-  St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4M.  Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel in this iconic cathedral.   Celebration of American composers, musicians and works in our ‘New Worlds’ series of concerts this summer.  11th July, 7pm.  Tickets from £10 (plus 10% discount code ‘FRIENDS’).  (stpauls.co.uk)

Red by John Logan:-  Wyndham Theatre, WC2H.  Starring Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch.  Directed by Michael Grandage.  Based on the life of American painter, Mark Rothko – the title is taken from a series of paintings commissioned in the 1950s that Rothko refused to finish for his patrons at The Four Seasons restaurant in New York.  6 Tony Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director and Best Featured Actor in a Play (for Eddie Redmayne). Alfred Molina reprises his original role as Rothko and Alfred Enoch plays his young assistant.  Until 28th July.  Evening and some matinee performances.  Tickets from £11.90.  (wyndhams.theatre-tickets.com/red)

Puccini:  La Boheme:-  Royal Opera House (Amphitheatre), WC2E.  Antonio Pappano conducts a young cast including Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecien.  20th July, from 2pm.  Tickets £48.  (Fever app).

William Kentridge:  The Head & The Load:-  Tate Modern, SE19.  Tate Modern joins forces with 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, to commemorate the significant contribution of African men and women in this conflict.  The world premiere of this major new work is performed against the dramatic backdrop of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. William Kentridge’s latest project combines music, dance, film projections, mechanised sculptures and shadow play to create an imaginative landscape on an epic scale. It tells the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of African porters and carriers who served in British, French and German forces during the First World War.  Various times from 11th to 15th July.  (tate.org.uk)


Alfred Molina reprises his artistic role as Mark Rothko in ‘Red’ at the Wyndham Theatre until 28th July.

Festivals & Fairs:-

Leave ‘Em Laughing:  Comedy Festival:-  Stanley Halls, SE25.  London’s premier preview Comedy Festival.  Billed as a mini Edinburgh Festival.  Comedy for kids, big kids and grown-ups, four unique performance spaces in one beautiful venue. Bar will be open all day, alongside an all day BBQ.  6th to 7th July.  Tickets from £5.  (stanleyhalls.org.uk)

The Rainbow Festival:-  Studio 338, SE10.  A kaleidoscopic dreamland with crazy immersive décor and art installations.  The Rainbow Festival was created to transport you to a whole new dimension with inspiring, surreal décor, psychedelic body painting experiences and a hypnotic music policy that will take your mind to your hedonistic happy place.  7th July.  Tickets from £16.75 on various sites.  (tickx.co.uk)

London Art Week:-  Various sites in Mayfair and St James’s.  Provides a platform for more than 40 leading international art dealers to present exciting selling exhibitions, engaging events and art talks.  From ceramics to landscape art; sculpture to fashion – this festival has it all!  Last chance to appreciate what’s on show NOW!  Featuring Gallery Hops, key exhibitions, talks & sales.  Prices from under £1k to several millions!  See more at londonartweek.co.uk.  Ends 6th July.


Multorum Animis:-  Menier Gallery, SE1.  Official BA (Hons) Photography Graduate Exhibition by students of the University of Portsmouth.  Until 7th July.  Admission free.  (Instagram:  @MultorumAnimisExhibition)

The London Open Live:  Refugee Tales:-  Whitechapel Gallery, E1.  Final day of the 2018 walk.  Refugee Tales (which walks with refugees, asylum seekers and detainees) will pause at the gallery to recite articles from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, marking its 70th Anniversary.  Coincides with Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s presentation of Civil Rites (2018).  The film takes Martin Luther King’s honorary doctorate acceptance speech at the University of Newcastle (1967) as a platform for a timely meditation on contemporary social justice movements.  Continuing a call for an end to indefinite detention, Refugee Tales runs from 7th to 11th July (appearing at Whitechapel Gallery on 11th July).  (refugeetales.org)

Frida Escobedo:  The Serpentine Pavilion 2018:-  Serpentine Gallery, W2.  Escobedo’s Pavilion takes the form of an enclosed courtyard, comprised of two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle. While the outer walls are aligned with the Serpentine Gallery’s eastern façade, the axis of the internal courtyard aligns directly to the north. Internal courtyards are a common feature of Mexican domestic architecture, while the Pavilion’s pivoted axis refers to the Prime Meridian, which was established in 1851 at Greenwich and became the global standard marker of time and geographical distance.  Until 7th October.  (serpentinegalleries.org)


Kazuo Ishiguro  (The Remains of the Day) will appear in conversation with Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient)at the Royal Festival Hall on 8th July.

Alla Prima Workshop with Lizet Dingemans:-  London Atelier of Representational Art, SW9.  Painting workshop to compliment LARA’s Summer School.  10% discount when Summer School and Workshop booked together.  From 10am, 7th July to 5pm, 8th July.  Tickets £250.00.  (drawpaintsculpt.com)

London Basses:-  St Paul’s School, SW13.  Directed by Eloise Riddell with guest tutor, Katy Furmanski.  Massed basses, smaller ensembles, masterclass, technique sessions, solo, orchestral opportunites and more.  Open to all ages and abilities from Grade 3 to Post Diploma and above.  Informal approach to learning.  Sponsored by Spartan Press & Thwaites Fine Stringed Instruments.  8th July from 10am, concert for family and friends at 4pm.  (Email Eloise for more details at [email protected])

Kazuo Ishiguro & Michael Ondaatje:-  Royal Festival Hall, SE1.  2 literary giants in conversation.  Discussing the pleasure and challenges of the creative process, structured around film clips and a playlist selected by the pair.  Michael Ondaatje won the Booker Prize (1992) for The English Patient;  whilst Ishiguro won it in 1989 for The Remains of the Day.  8th July, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.  Tickets £20 to £40 (must be booked through bookgig.com).  (020 760 4200)

Work in focus:  The Last Supper:-  Royal Academy of Arts, W1J.  Senior Curator Helen Valentine uncovers the extraordinary journey of the Renaissance copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.  Talk considering the history of the copy’s ‘pilgimage’ both before and after the Academy’s purchase of it, and will discuss who might have painted it.  10th July, 11am to 12noon.  (tickets.royalacademy.org.uk)


[Credits:  Feature image – The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, c. 16th Century (snipview.com);  thefemalecelebrity.info; zimbio.com; tate.org.uk]


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