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Garsington Opera, Wormsley, Die Zauberflöte, Magic Flute, visit Garsington Opera

Le Nozze di Garsington Opera

The French for twilight is crépuscule,  a word which conjures up that gleaming, twinkling time of day which is neither light nor dark, when the Goddess Nyx starts her magic dance. And Garsington Opera puts on a witching hour like no other with the thrilling sound of music and song from its pastoral outpost in…

Seat Plan, best seats in the theatre in London, seat review

Review the View at the Theatre

It won’t come as a surprise to you that I spend a lot of time at the theatre. My passion for all things playful started when I was 12 years-old in Paris and I was cast as Juliet in my school production of Romeo and Juliet.  I was bedazzled and fell head over heels in…

William de Morgan, Guildhall Art Gallery, Sublime Symmetry, Arts and Crafts, Victorian artist

The Art and Craft of William De Morgan

He was the leading ceramic artist of the Victorian age, and his works still adorn Leighton House in Kensington, the Tabard Inn in Chiswick and Postman’s Park in the City of London. Fantastical beasts, parading peacocks, and gleaming flora make an appearance in some of the 80 works on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery,…

Azzedine Alaïa, Design Museum, azzedine alaïa the couturier, azzedine alaia exhibition

Azzedine Scissorhands

He was small in stature, but he was an exalted giant in the world of fashion. Azzedine Alaïa was the wizard who fashioned wearable works of art for the likes of Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and the Crazy Horse girls.  And an exhibition, Azzedine Alaïa : The Couturier, co-curated…

Erotic London, Erotic Art London, Erotic Art in London, Erotic Art Exhibition, Art exhibitions London, British art

In the Flesh – Erotic Art in London

As Cupid sharpens his arrow for London’s first Erotic Art Exhibition, it’s time for me to take you on another fleshy tour of saucy London. My Diary of a Londoness recently reached its two-year anniversary, and I can reliably inform you that In the Rude, Erotic Art in London, was by far the best-read post of…

Turner House, Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, Turner Twickenham, Turner in London, JMW Turner

A Tour of JMW Turner’s House in London

You won’t see Joseph Mallord William Turner’s famous seascapes in Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham, but you will be in the presence of the only three-dimensional work of art he left behind: the home he designed in west London.  A £2.4 million conservation programme has recently been completed on the Grade II listed house museum, during…

Review – Quiz the Play

The first thing I will say about James Graham’s Quiz  at the Noel Coward Theatre is that the stage looked a heck of a lot like the set of Network  which has just had its final curtain call over at the National Theatre.  And whilst I’m a big fan of James Graham (Ink  was one of…

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