It’s going to be a crazy September for this Londoness as I set the final stage for my daughter Clarissa’s wedding. Wish me luck! I’m also going to need some luck translating all this cricket talk that’s going on about town, especially as my Aussie friend Clare flies in from Melbourne into my home turf. I’m going to have to pretend I understand the rules of this very British sport, and that I even like beer. Until then, here are some of the top things to do in London this September.
- The Ashes
- William Blake, Tate Britain
- Two Ladies, Bridge Theatre
- Armistead Maupin in London
- The Watsons, Chocolate Menier Factory
- Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, V and A
- Agrippina at the Royal Opera House
- Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration
- Freddie and Edward Fox in the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra
- Cuban Cold War comes to London
- Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous
If you fancy a dose of cricketing fever pitch, then grab yourself a ticket to The Ashes 2019. I’ve started doing a bit of homework so that I can keep up with Clare. I now know the game was named The Ashes back in 1882 when the Aussies beat England at the Oval. ‘The Sporting Times‘ proclaimed that the “body [of English cricket] will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. England vowed to reclaim its “ashes,” and henceforth, one of the world’s most famous sporting rivalries was born. I’m looking forward to some friendly cricket brawl and some lessons from my Aussie gal who is going to need to explain the difference between a bouncer, a duck and a googly. Go England!
William Blake, Tate Britain
Tate Britain presents the largest survey of work by William Blake in the UK for a generation. A visionary painter, printmaker and poet, Blake created some of the most iconic images in the history of British art and has remained an inspiration to artists, musicians, writers and performers worldwide for over two centuries. This ambitious exhibition will bring together over 300 remarkable and rarely seen works and rediscover Blake as a visual artist for the 21st century. 11 September to 2 February 2020
Two Ladies, Bridge Theatre
As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room. Friends, or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other? Can they trust their husbands? Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić will play Hélène and Sophia respectively in Two Ladies, a new play by Nancy Harris and directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge Theatre. 14 September to 26 October.
Armistead Maupin in London
The bestselling and LGBT activist Armistead Maupin is coming to London’s Southbank on the 17 September. America’s storyteller will recount his favourite tales from the past four decades, offering his own engaging observations on society and the world we inhabit. Maupin has been blazing a trail through US popular culture since the 1970’s, when his iconic and ground-breaking series ‘Tales of the City’ was first published as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Watsons, Chocolate Menier Factory
Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, this new play from Laura Wade, the winner of this year’s Olivier Award for Best New Comedy (Home I’m Darling), is making its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory after a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year. 20 September to 16 November.
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, V and A
Tim Walker, one of the world’s most inventive photographers, is coming to the Victoria and Albert Museum this September. Tim Walker: Wonderful Things is the largest exhibition of Walker’s pictures to date. It celebrates his extraordinary contribution to image-making over the last 25 years and the inspirational role that the V&A’s collection plays in his creative process. Opens 21 September.
Agrippina at the Royal Opera House
One of Handel’s early operas and starring American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, Welsh counter-tenor lestyn Davies and Brit Lucy Crowe, this one is sure to be a biggie. It’s directed by Barrie Kosky who gave us the phenomenal ‘Carmen’ earlier this year.
Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration
For his first solo exhibition at the gallery since 2012 – and first exhibition at Victoria Miro Mayfair – Grayson Perry presents new work including pots, sculpture, large-scale prints, a tapestry and a carpet. In these new works, the artist casts an anthropological eye on the heady collision of art, money, power and desire. 25 September to 20 December.
Freddie and Edward Fox in the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra
Foxy father and son wowed us in ‘An Ideal Husband’ last year and they’re joining forces again for the last night of the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra. British and Russian talent perform music of their homelands in this unique concert programme at Cadogan Hall with Edward and Freddie Fox narrating. 25 September.
Cuban Cold War comes to London
Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics is the first major exhibition of graphic design from Cuba’s ‘golden age’. It brings together 115 posters and 70 magazines distributed across the globe by OSPAAAL: Fidel Castro’s Organisation of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America, an organisation founded to promote cooperation between socialist countries and liberation movements. The works in the exhibition were produced by 33 designers, many of them women. 27 September.
Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous
The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969. In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. 27 September to 26 January 2020.
This post was sponsored by Keith Prowse. All views and opinions are my own.
Feature image: Tim Walker Studio