June is blasting off with a mini heatwave, and it’s going to be sizzling quite nicely on the cultural front as well this month. Check out what’s on this June 2019 in London from classical music to theatre, exhibitions and events. There’s some Andrew Scott, some Manolo Blahnik, John Malkovich puts in a creepy appearance, two pavilions rise up for the summer, and there’s some bite-size classical music.
June’s top recommendation
An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection
The exhibition features a personally selected edit of shoe designs from Blahnik’s private archives set amongst the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection. Each room will explore a particular theme associated with Blahnik’s work and his imagination, spanning the theatre and spectacle of the Commedia dell’arte, 18th-century Rococo style, the fashions inspired by his native Spain, his own personal interpretation of Englishness and much more. The candy-coloured shoes designed for Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film, Marie Antoinette, will be on display as well as jewel-encrusted shoes which reflect the diamond-mounted gold boxes and delicately painted miniatures of the Wallace Collection’s Boudoir Cabinet. From 10 June.
Wigmore Hall Under 35s
Wigmore Hall’s fantastic under 35s scheme offers £5 tickets to hundreds of concerts every season, together with live-streamed concerts on Facebook, pre-concert talks and Q &A sessions with artists. Check the website for more details. A good introductory taster if you’re new to Wigmore Hall would be Dame Sarah Connolly singing Schumann, Mahler and Britten with Malcolm Martineau on piano on the 23 July, but there are plenty of concerts throughout June.
The Little Orchestra
A soirée with The Little Orchestra is a marriage between classical music, theatricality and immersive entertainment. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned concertgoer, it’s a fun way to experience a little Handel, Beethoven or Mozart. It takes the stuffy out of classical music and injects it into plush sofas instead from which you sip cocktails. And it’s not just the seating which is casual – Nicholas, the conductor introduces the piece before you start, and the evening carries on with music, food and drink with carriages at midnight. Check the website for the latest events.
Free classical events
What’s on this June in London
The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta
Up to 50 balloons will take to the sky on various dates this June with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress leading the launch from Battersea Park. The prevailing wind should allow for another stunning and unforgettable flight over Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye and Tower of London. Check the website for updates. Every Sunday throughout June.
Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet brings the world premiere of his new play Bitter Wheat to the West End’s Garrick Theatre from 7 June. John Malkovich plays depraved Hollywood mogul, Barney Fein, who falls from power to shame in a journey compared to The Odyssey. The play is in response to the #MeToo movement and the allegations made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein last year.
The Colour Palace at the Dulwich Pavilion
The Dulwich Pavilion returns with The Colour Palace, created by Peckham-based architects Pricegore architects and designer Yinka Ilori. The Colour Palace is a lively fusion of European and West African cultural traditions inspired by the buzz of fabric markets in Lagos, Nigeria, and incorporating symmetry, curves and right-angles – all elements present in Sir John Soane’s iconic 1811 design of the Gallery. The 10-metre high structure, complete with internal viewing platform, will host a full programme of events and activities throughout the summer. Free entry. Opens 12 June.
Kiss My Genders
This summer, the Hayward Gallery presents Kiss My Genders, a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity. Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by artists from around the world who employ a wide range of approaches to articulate and engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities. From 12 June.
If you’re still crying over the passing of Fleabag, you might want to get over to the Old Vic for an Andrew Scott fix. Matthew Warchus directs Scott in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, guaranteed to dry up those tears since the very sexy vicar walked off our telly screens this spring. Opens 17 June.
Soane Lumière at the Soane Museum
Bringing together drawings and objects in the spaces of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light examines Sir John Soane’s innovative use of light and optical devices in architectural design. The exhibition will explore how Soane utilised light, not just through the shapes and ornamentation of his architectural compositions, but also by implementing tools such as top lighting, grilles, coloured glass and mirrors. From 19 June. Free entry.
The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019. Ishigami has arranged slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding park. Within, the interior of the Pavilion is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For Ishigami, the Pavilion articulates his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature. From 20 June.
The Strawberry Hill Festival of Flowers
The Strawberry Hill Festival of Flowers is celebrating a new sustainable floristry by inviting florists and growers to create arrangements that reflect Horace Walpole’s ideas about design. His garden was naturalistic, showing a love of flowers and scent, and this exhibition will reflect Walpole’s ideas about visual impact and colour, as well as using flowers grown in his eighteenth-century garden. More information here. 23 to 26 June.
Masterpiece London, the annual art fair where you can view and buy the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery – from antiquity to the present day – opens 27 June at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.