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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…

Satyagraha, ENO, Coliseum, Philip Glass, opera London, Ghandi

Review: Satyagraha at the ENO

I would like some of what Philip Glass is on, please. I would like to crawl into his brain for a few hours and see what makes him tick. In the ENO’s production of Satyagraha,  the American composer’s operatic masterpiece has been placed in the capable hands of director Phelim McDermott and designer Julian Crouch…

Charles I at the Royal Academy

Drum roll please, I am about to tell you about an exhibition worth curtsying for, a show fit for royalty. It has pomp, it has circumstance, and its hero is the bad boy of the British royal family, the king who takes the prize for being the first, and last, to have his head chopped…

Ocean liners, Speed and Style, V&A exhibition, Titanic memorabilia, ocean liners of the past, 1920s ocean liners, exhibition review London

Floating Palaces at the V&A

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style at the Victoria and Albert museum is an exhibition with some serious swagger. You might want to dress up for this one, as it’s all about the glitz and the glamour of the golden age of travel, and it might leave you feeling, well, a tad mundane. Ocean Liners is…

Peggy Guggenheim, Woman Before a Glass, Jermyn Street Theatre, Judy Rosenblatt, theatre review

Portrait of an Art Addict

One of my recurring fantasies is the Dinner Party where the living and the dead, my gods and goddesses, come together for dream dinner banter. My table is a large one, admittedly, and it includes Peggy Guggenheim. I’m not even sure I would have liked Peggy, but boy did she live the life. She mixed…

The Birthday Party review

Review: The Birthday Party

Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party is very, very funny, but it’s also totally doolally. The play had its London premiere at the Lyric Opera House (now the Lyric Hammersmith) in 1958. It was shut down after eight performances, thanks to a raft of disastrous reviews. It’s now considered a classic and has re-opened at the Harold Pinter…

London plays 2018, new west end shows, London theatre 2018, new west end shows, best London theatre

Playing it up in 2018: the best London theatre

2018 promises to be a stellar year in London’s west end theatres and fringe playhouses. These are the London plays I’ve already booked – my recommendations for the best London theatre in 2018. Get booking now, as those golden tickets will be going, going gone! The Birthday Party Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only…

London art exhibitions, 2018 London, London art exhibitions 2018, tate, best art exhibitions london

Art Smarts – Must-see London Exhibitions in 2018

Art lovers are in for a treat in 2018 as London revs its arty engines for what promises to be a triumphant year. Masters of the old and masters of the new are out in full swing this year, with painting, photography, sculpture and design making an appearance in museums and galleries across the capital….

Charles II, Art and Power, Queen’s Gallery

King of Bling: Charles II at the Queen’s Gallery

The English weren’t as partial to the chopping of a royal head as the French were, but the story of this exhibition starts with the trial of Charles I, the ill-fated king whose head was to be severed from his body on the 30 January 1649. Fast forward to 1660 and enter his son, Charles…

18 Stafford Terrace, house museum, Linley Sambourne, Victorian London, museums London

The Talented Mr Linley

Tucked behind the green door of Number 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington is a house museum which time forgot, a five-storey cabinet of curiosities. You may have seen it before in Merchant Ivory’s ‘A Room with a View’ or in ‘Maurice.’ It’s the former home of ‘Punch’ cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion and…