Home I’m Darling
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre in summer 2018, Home, I’m Darling has transferred to the West End. It opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 26 January 2019 and has performances until 13 April 2019.
How happily married are the happily married? Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade’s fizzing comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950’s housewife.
As it’s London Fashion Week from 15 to 19 February 2019, I thought it would be a good time to see a new photography exhibition from acclaimed fashion photographers Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng at Somerset House. English as a Second Language is a free exhibition open from 24 January to 28 April 2019.
These London-based photographers have created works to explore their feelings of being ‘lost in translation’, a feeling which informs their search for capturing beauty in the often overlooked and unseen narratives in our everyday lives.
And if that inspires you to want to embrace the fashion season, the London Fashion Week Festival has a curated experience of shows, talks and shopping at 180 Strand on 16 and 17 February 2019.
Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous names in art history and has been described as “the summation of all that is the 20th century”. His image and his art are everywhere, but few know the remarkable story of his rise to greatness. Young Picasso takes an in-depth look at the journey of the artist’s life and traces his path to genius.
In close collaboration with five major European museums – Museo Picasso Málaga, Fundación Picasso-Museo Casa Natal, Picasso de Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Musée national Picasso-Paris – Young Picasso offers unique insight into the artist’s masterpieces at each of these remarkable institutions as well as additional insight from historians, curators, letters from friends and lovers, and Picasso’s grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
Two Temple Place
John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing is at Two Temple Place from 26 January to 22 April 2019. Artist, art critic, educator, social thinker and true polymath, John Ruskin (1819-1900) devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge. To mark the bicentenary of his birth, this exhibition celebrates the legacy and enduring relevance of Ruskin’s ideas and vision.
It brings together over 190 paintings, drawings, daguerreotypes (early photography), metalwork and plaster casts to illustrate how Ruskin’s attitude toward aesthetic beauty shaped his radical views on culture and society. Newly commissioned material by contemporary artists explores how John Ruskin’s influence, throughout the arts, education, the economy and the environment, is still being felt today.
It’s completely free to visit and worth going whatever is on as Two Temple Place is a stunning building.
After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, is returning to the National Theatre. Featuring a cast of 40 and a 21-piece orchestra, the show previews from 12 February 2019 with booking until 6 April 2019.
The scene is set in New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Janie Dee and Peter Forbes return to reprise their roles, with Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding joining the cast as Ben and Sally. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical includes such classic songs as ‘Broadway Baby’, ‘I’m Still Here’ and ‘Losing My Mind’.
Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution is in the Main Gallery at the FTM (Fashion & Textile Museum) on Bermondsey Street from 8 February to 2 June 2019.
An irresistible momentum began to take hold of London in the 1950s, as a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers, film-makers, artists and musicians were hard at work, redefining the concept of youth and evolving a proto ‘Pop’ culture. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran. These designers and their network became known as ‘The Chelsea Set’; a group of young people attempting, for the first time, to create something outside of the established order.
The exhibition includes fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera to explore not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. And it’s not just Conran and Quant featured as there are works by Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and photographer Nigel Henderson.
The Bridge Theatre
From 25 February 2019, Joanna Froggatt, whose credits include Downton Abbey, for which she was the recipient of a Golden Globe award as well as three Emmy nominations, leads the cast of Alys, Always alongside Robert Glenister at The Bridge Theatre. It’s an adaptation of Harriet Lane’s novel and is directed by Nicholas Hytner. It’s a gripping psychological thriller that excavates the fault line that separates the entitled from the unentitled.
Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player?
National Portrait Gallery
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver is at the National Portrait Gallery from 21 February to 19 May 2019.
The exhibition brings together key works from the National Portrait Gallery and major loans from public and private collections, including miniatures that haven’t been seen in public in the UK since the early 1980s, to showcase the careers of the most skilled artists of the period, Nicholas Hilliard (1547? – 1619) and French-born Isaac Oliver (c.1565 – 1617).
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, miniature painting was regarded as an art form at which the English excelled above all others and Hilliard and Oliver gained international fame and admiration. This is the first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years.
London Classic Car Show
The annual London Classic Car Show is on at ExCeL London from 14 to 17 February 2019. See and hear your favourite cars in action at The Grand Avenue, a spectacular roadway running through the centre of the venue.
Discover the world’s best classic car manufacturers, clubs, collectors and dealers. It’s a great event for car memorabilia and to see displays of the most prestigious vintage cars.
If you would like even more ideas for this month, do have a look at last month’s recommendations as many are still valid for February too.
Van Gogh and Britain opens at Tate Britain on 27 March 2019. This major exhibition is the first to take a new look at the artist through his relationship with Britain. It explores how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career and how he, in turn, inspired British artists, from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon.
After another hugely successful festival in 2018, C2C (Country to Country) is returning to The O2 for a seventh year on 8 – 10 March 2019. The festival will bring three days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love and expect from the weekend, with performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe.
And this looks really good at the National Portrait Gallery. Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr opens on 7 March 2019. The exhibition brings together some of Parr’s best known photographs with new work never exhibited before. The focus remains squarely on one of his most engaging subjects – people. The exhibition examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad with Parr’s wry observations of Britishness.
Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon, on Instagram as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as AboutLondonLaura.
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