Welcome to my first Londoness Loves, my pick of the best theatre, art exhibitions, music, and events in London this March 2018. And there’s some London magic for the kids as well. Have a marvellous March! Love Londoness.
Sondheim on Sondheim
I’m toe-tapping down the days to this one: the European premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, originally performed on Broadway in 2010. We’re in good company: the BBC Orchestra is in the conducting seat and one of my favourite performers, Julian Ovenden, will be crooning some of the best musical lyrics ever written. (For you Brits, Ovenden is of Downton Abbey and The Crown fame, but he’s also a big Sondheim star). Other performers include Liz Callaway, Ben Forster, Tyrone Huntley and Claire Moore. 15 March at the Royal Festival Hall.
A major exhibition examining the relationship between four Victorian artists and their photography: Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Lady Clementina Hawarden and Oscar Rejlander. Opens 1 March at the National Gallery.
Picasso at the Tate
Tipped to be one of the most significant shows the Tate has ever shown, visitors will be navigated month-by-month through 1932, a pivotal year for Picasso and one which has been called his “year of wonders.” The exhibition will include 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including three spectacular paintings of his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Opens 8 March at the Tate Modern.
Great British Seaside
The nation’s love affair with the seaside will be celebrated in the National Maritime Museum’s special photography exhibition, exploring our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. Opens 23 March.
Hope to Nope
160 objects and installations will illustrate how graphic design and technology have played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our time. The political events featured include: the 2008 financial crash; the Barack Obama presidency; the Arab Spring; the Occupy movement; the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; the Charlie Hebdo attacks; Brexit; and Donald Trump’s presidency. Opens 28 March at the Design Museum.
Caroline or Change
I fell in love with lyricist Tony Kushner during the eight-hour theatrical marathon of Angels in America at the National Theatre last year. His acclaimed musical, Caroline, or Change was a sell-out at the Chichester Festival last year and is opening on 12 March at the Hampstead Theatre.
Anyone who loves Baz Luhrmann, as I do, is in for a treat as Strictly Ballroom the Musical which follows maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott, as he defies the rules of the competition to follow his heart. Based on a short play written by Luhrmann in the 1980’s, Strictly Ballroom was his first ever film and one of the highest-grossing Australian movies of all time. Starring Will Young and Jonny Labey. Opens 29 March at the Piccadilly Theatre.
I was lucky to catch two of James Graham’s brilliant plays last year: Ink and Labour of Love. I can’t wait for his take on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in Quiz. Opens 31 March at the Noël Coward Theatre.
One of the worl’d biggest opera stars, Diana Damrau, will be performing Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Elgar’s Overture in the South and Brahms’ Symphony No 2. Antonio Pappano of the Royal Opera House is conducting, and I can’t wait! Saturday 3 March at the Royal Festival Hall.
Kids in London
Peter Pan in Neverland
The London Museum in Docklands is going all Peter Pan the first weekend of the month, with family workshops games and film screenings. 3 and 4 March.
Peter Rabbit the Film
Oh I do love a bit of Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, and throw in the voice of James Corden as Peter in the mix, and I’m sold. I can’t wait for Peter Rabbit the Film, and it looks like Harrods can’t either! Check out the store windows from March 8. In cinemas on the 16 March.
In 1969, Kenneth Clark wrote and presented one of the BBC’s most cherished programs, the classic art history documentary Civilisation. On March 1 2018, BBC2 unveils an updated Civilisations, presented in nine parts and in the stellar company of Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga. You can read my review here. Starts March 1.
Barnes Music Festival
This year’s theme is Peace and Harmonies and highlights include Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, works by Roxanna Panufnik and Howard Goodall and a multitude of instrumental and solo recitals as well as a new photographic exhibition. Starts 10 March. Various locations.
Calling all lovers and collectors of Scandi and American modernism, European Bauhaus, and British French and German industrial. The Mid-Century Modern show is choc-a-bloc with furniture, ceramics, fabrics, art and glass. 18 March at Dulwich College.
Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
It’s racing time, London! The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race was my first-ever post on Diary of a Londoness two years ago, and you can read it here. The race is on Saturday 24 March at 4.31pm (men’s) and 5.32 pm (women’s) I do love British precision! For further information, check the website here.
The National Theatre’s public booking opens on 16 March at 8.30am. Look out for The Lehman Trilogy (and fans of The Crown may want to book for Julie, starring Vanessa Kirkby).
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