Pencils are sharpened, shoes are buffed, and raincoats make their re-appearance on the coat rack this month. It’s back to school, or as they call it in France, la rentrée, (the return). It’s been a quiet, heat-filled summer in London, but now it’s time for a good harvest of autumnal theatre, art, opera and music, so here’s the best of September in London. Bonne rentrée!
Courtauld Impressionists at the National Gallery
The exhibition traces the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through a selection of the Gallery’s masterpieces as well as over 26 works from the Courtauld Gallery by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Manet and Seurat. 17 September to 20 January 2019.
Ribera at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
A selection of eight monumental canvases will be displayed alongside significant drawings and prints to explore the powerful theme of violence in the Spanish Baroque painter’s art. The exhibition will bring together works from seven countries, many of which will be displayed for the first time in the UK.
Art Car Boot Fair
Art will be spilling out of cars and bicycle panniers during Art Car and Cycle Basket Fair in Granary Square. All of the artists will be personally pitching up and selling their original, exclusive artworks at astonishing just-for-the-day prices from the back of cars, from stalls and from bicycle panniers and trailers. 16 September 12-6pm.
How the Light Gets In
The world’s largest philosophy and music festival is coming to London’s Kenwood House on the 22 September for two days. The world’s leading thinkers will be debating today’s biggest ideas covering topics from politics, art, philosophy and science.
Michel Legrand at Royal Festival Hall
He composed the soundtrack to my favourite film, Peau d’Ane, and this September 18, the five time Grammy Award winner and three-time Oscar winner will be performing and conducting 60 years of music and movies with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre
The dramatic story of Shakespeare’s Mark Antony and his Egyptian Queen is re-enacted by Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. Expect some passionate fireworks on stage with this fiery duo. 18 September to 19 January 2019.
The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre
Following a sold-out run at the Young Vic, the two-part tale of a group of gay men in New York transfers to the west end. EM Forster’s novel, ‘Howard’s End’ has been given a 21st century makeover. Directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Vanessa Redgrave, even Forster is seduced into coming back from the dead for a stage appearance. 21 September to 19 January 2019
Sketching at Wilton’s Music Hall
The prolific playwright James Graham has churned out yet another play (with a little help from some writer friends), and this time he has Charles Dickens in his sights. In the Victorian Wilton’s Music Hall, Dickens’s London has been upgraded to the 21st century, with characters from Sketches by Boz updated for the modern age. 26 September to 27 October.
Company at the Gielgud Theatre
Stephen Sondheim returns to the London stage with the musical comedy, Company. The male lead role of Bobbi has been re-imagined for a woman for the first time and will be played by Rosalie Craig. She is joined by Tony and Olivier award-winner Patti LuPone as Joanne. Expect some Sondheim favourites such asThe Ladies Who Lunch, Being Alive, and Side by Side. 26 September to 22 December.
Wise Children at the Old Vic Theatre
Director Emma Rice takes up her residency at the Old Vic with her new theatre company, Wise Children. She opens with a play by the same name, a bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity. 08 October to 10 November.
King Lear in cinemas
Sir Ian McKellen has announced that his King Lear at the Duke of York Theatre will be his Shakespearian swansong. All the more reason to bag yourself a ticket to see a live transmission on the 27 September. In cinemas across the country.
Maggie’s Culture Crawl is a night-time fundraising walk to raise money for Maggie’s Centres across the UK. The 10-mile Culture Crawl this year is taking place on Friday 28th September 2018, and kicks off at 7pm at The Design Museum. Walkers will have exclusive access to cultural venues including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, experiencing a year’s worth of culture in one night, with exclusive access after-hours access to museums, exhibitions, entertainment and food along the route.
Maggie’s is a charity that supports anyone affected by cancer with free support from professionals, workshops and groups in specially designed centres in hospital grounds. To register for the Culture Crawl, please visit the Maggie’s website. A registration discount is available with code Londoness5.
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