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London Arts and Culture Blog: If culture vulturing is your thing, this is where you'll want to be. Grab a hot seat for the best art and exhibition, opera and classical music, dance and theatre in London. I sometimes head out of of the capital for out-of-town events.

othellomacbeth Lyric Hammersmith, review

Review: othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith

Yes, you read that title correctly. I’ve just been to see a mash-up of two of Shakespeare’s plays into one and its name is othellomacbeth. When you think about it, Othello  and Macbeth  have at their core similar DNA: power, greed and green-eyed monsters capable of turning gullible men into murderous villains. And it’s not…

Carmen la Cubana, review, Sadler's Wellsal in London, review, theatre, what’s on in London this August

Review: Carmen la Cubana

If you’ve ever been to Cuba, you may have visited La Guarida, one of Havana’s most famous paladar  restaurants and which attained mythical status after Beyoncé sashayed in and out of it with Jay Z. Its gloriously-faded staircase is the set design inspiration for the sizzling new musical, Carmen La Cubana, which opened at Sadler’s Wells…

Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre, Sam Mendes, Simon Russell Beale

The Lehman Trilogy – National Theatre

It’s a familiar story of bucks to bankruptcy, but this one is on a scale that shook the financial world to its core and affected ordinary mortals across the globe. Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy  has been given a Sam Mendes and Ben Power makeover at the National Theatre, with Simon Russell Beale (King Lear …

The Skating Rink, Garsington Opera

The Skating Rink at Garsington Opera

I always approach contemporary opera with a dose of trepidation. Often inaccessible and veiled in discordant notes, it’s easy to veer in the direction of more traditional composition. But as I headed back to Garsington Opera in Wormsley earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat bowled over by its latest offering, The Skating…

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…

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…

Caroline or Change | Hampstead Theatre

Last night was one of firsts. The Hampstead Theatre gave me a singing washing machine, a purring dryer, a trio of serenading radios and yes, a harmonising bus. And as I’m not much of a soap-opera fan, I had never heard of Sharon D. Clarke, so this was my first evening in her company. What…

Civilisations, review, BBC2, Kenneth Clark, Simon Schama, Mary Beard, National Gallery

Civilisations on BBC2

In 1939, the Director of the National Gallery was tasked with the critical job of moving the museum’s monumental art collection from London to a disused mining cave in Wales. In its cavernous outpost, this priceless stockpile would be safe from the nocturnal bombs raining down on the city during the Blitz. The guardian of…

Jubilee, Lyric Hammersmith, punk, Derek Jarman, Chris Goode, theatre review

Review: Jubilee at Lyric Hammersmith

If you lived in Paris during the 1970s, it was easy to bypass the whole punk thing the Brits had going on over here. To we Frenchies, “punkness” seemed a bit of a London cliché, something you saw on a postcard: a menacing miscreant standing next to a red phone box, a face full of…

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