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Garsington Opera, Il Turco in Italia, country opera house, opera, Picnic, Wormsley

A Midsummer Dream: A day out at Garsington Opera

The Chiltern hills in Wormsley are alive with the sound of music. This Buckinghamshire haven, where Garsington Opera has its home, is England at its most seductive, the sort of place where pastoral dreams are made. And the vocal fireworks that burst from Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia  last Thursday were spectacular as well. Yes,…

Miss Hope Springs, Wigmore Hall, cabaret London

More is More: Miss Hope Springs at Wigmore Hall

Miss Hope Springs sashays over to us in ruby red sequins as I arrive in her dressing room, complete with Steinway piano, at the Wigmore Hall. She’s composed and gracious, ready for her premiere on a stage which is world-revered for its classical music repertoire. But today, the Wigmore goes cabaret, more Las Vegas than…

Guildhall Art Gallery, Echoes Across the Century, World War I, London Art

Art Review: Echoes Across the Century

The Guildhall Art Gallery has been on my cultural radar for a long time. After all, it’s home to some very impressive pre-Raphaelite paintings, and its belly houses the remains of a Roman amphitheatre no less, discovered in 1988 when the gallery was carrying out renovation works. But my reason for heading over to the…

Canaletto, The Art of Venice, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

Art Review: The Royal Canalettos

If ever there was an exhibition to make you swoon, it’s this one: over 200 paintings, drawings and prints from the Royal Collection, on display in the majestic Queen’s Gallery in Canaletto and the Art of Venice. The Italian master is in excellent company, surrounded by his contemporaries Francesco Zuccarelli, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and Pietro…

Queer British Art, Tate Britain, David Hockney, Oscar Wilde, Queer, LGBT art

Art Review: Queer British Art

The word queer  sounds well, a bit queer these days, but it’s used in the title of the new exhibition at Tate Britain which opens today. Queer British Art 1861-1967  is a show dedicated to LGBT art, and it’s the first of its kind. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act…

From Selfie to Self Expression, Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, Art, Queen

Art Review: Selfies at the Saatchi

I wonder how Van Gogh, Kahlo and Rembrandt would feel about sharing an art gallery with Tracey Emin, Kim Kardashian, the Queen and a macaque monkey? For the next two months, they are in bed together in the Saatchi Gallery’s new exhibition: From Selfie to Self-Expression. I admit that I walked into this with some…

Imagine Moscow Design Museum London

Art Review: Imagine Moscow

If you’re a fan of Fritz Lang’s futuristic Bauhaus-inspired science fiction film Metropolis, then you’ll be a fan of Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution  which opens today at the Design Museum in London. Imagine this: a Moscow city centre which rivals Manhattan and which includes a network of horizontal skyscrapers and the world’s tallest building. This…

India, Film, Viceroy's House, London

FILM REVIEW: Viceroy’s House

Gurinder Chadha is dressed up to the nines and a little breathless: she’s just arrived from an audience with HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She’s at the Curzon Mayfair to talk about her new film, Viceroy’s House, which has been two generations and seven years in the making. Her Majesty has seen the trailer…

REVIEW: Mother Africa at The Peacock

Wednesday evening was one of firsts for me: I heard an audience groan when the interval lights came on instead of scurrying to the bar or loo; I sat through a circus without a clown in sight (thank you); and I went to the Peacock Theatre in Holborn, baby sister to Sadler’s Wells to see…

In the Rude

I’m not sure what the Scrooge equivalent is for Valentine’s Day, but I am it. I do feel sorry for those singletons who are reminded in every one of London’s nooks and crannies that they are flying solo on February 14th. And it’s the general forced cheesiness of it all that makes me queasy. So…

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