Arts, Events & Exhibitions


Review: Chichester Festival's "stark" productions

Chichester Festival has revived Debbie Tucker-Green's 'Random', in a double-bill together with 'Generations'. This hypnotically repetitive meditation on the Aids crisis in South Africa sees the cast walk off one by one, beginning with the youngest, and the survivors repeat the scene over and again, in ever more elegiac tones, while the South African Cultural Choir provide the poignantly vibrant...

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London: Great Hall of the Old Bailey to host Lourdes charity event

Great Hall of the Old Bailey - image KD/ICN

The Great Hall of the Old Bailey will be the setting for a performance of Peter's Way of the Cross, on Wednesday evening, 30 May.

The Choir of Westminster Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage with Actors from the Catholic Association for Performing Arts will take part in this event by kind permission of the Judge Nicholas Hillard QC, Recorder of the City of London. There will be drinks ...

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London: Exhibition of work by artists Tom Treherne and Mike Quirke

An exhibition showcasing oil paintings by Tom Treherne, and a selection of prints and drawings by Mike Quirke, is on at Our Lady of Dolours RC Servite Church, 264 Fulham Road, London SW10 9EL until 22 May 2018.

Tom studied at St Andrews, Oxford, and the Royal Drawing School. He paints religious subjects finding inspiration in Genesis, Daniel, Revelations, the Gospel of Matthew, and also m...

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London: @70 - Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba or "catastrophe". @70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture, taking place at RADA Studios, Chenies Street, London from the 14-20 May, is a week-long festival of theatre, dance, films and talks commemorating the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland. Every year ...

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Brighton Rock on Stage

Two years after her excellent Brideshead Revisited adaptation (read my review on this site), Bryony Lavery has adapted Graham Greene's Brighton Rock for the stage and has scored another palpable hit in a triumphant ensemble production sensitively directed by Esther Richardson. Whereas Waugh's Brideshead focuses on the aristocratic and upper echelons of society, Brighton Rock is a nov...

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Stabat Mater broadcast live from Sistine Chapel

History was made yesterday when James MacMillan's Stabat Mater became the first work to be live streamed from the Sistine Chapel, performed by The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia under Harry Christophers. Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, the 55-minute work was performed, as at its 2016 premiere and on the acclaimed CORO recording, by The Sixteen and strings of the Britten Sinfoni...

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Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery

The latest not-to-be missed exhibition at The National Gallery is a glorious melee of seventy eight works by Monet. Depicting the artist's use of architecture as a medium it moves through seven rooms of paintings of increasing stature, revelling in what he describes as "the beauty of light in which they exist" covering 1867 -1908. Monet was one of the founders of Impressionism, a movement that ...

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London: Russian singing quartet Lyra coming to Manor House

There's a rare chance to hear the Russian singing troupe Lyra, from St Petersburg, when they give a concert at the parish of St Thomas More in Manor House, north London on 13 May, as part of their UK tour.

The programme will consist of Russian Orthodox Church music in the first half, followed by lively Russian folk music in the second part.

The talented singers are: Andrey Sysoev, t...

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Bethlehem: Students complete intensive icon writing course

During Holy Week for the Orthodox Church, and the first week of Easter for the Latin Church, 14 students of various nationalities came together to write the icon of St Mary Magdalene at the Bethlehem Icon Centre (BIC).

An icon of the Apostle to the Apostles was the right choice for both these weeks, because Mary Magdalene was the first person to witness the empty tomb and Jesus after the ...

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Play: Death of a Hunter

I'm always pleased to get an invitation to the Finborough Theatre since the plays I've seen there have never failed to live up to the theatre's reputation for originality and excellence. Last night's production of Death of a Hunter was no exception. Written by Rolf Hochhuth for the Salzburg festival in 1977, the current adaptation by Peter Triers, translated by Peter Sutton was first...

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Good Friday - Passion Play in Trafalgar Square - despite weather

In spite of heavy rain and freezing temperatures, the brave Wintershall Players - with James Burke-Dunsmore as Jesus and a cast of more than hundred, along with horses, doves and donkey - gave two beautiful performances of The Passion of Jesus, in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. In past years, the play has taken place under blue skies. This year the weather was disappointing, but cast and audi...

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London: Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square

On Good Friday, 30th March 2018, the renowned Wintershall Players return to the heart of London with their awe-inspiring full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery at 12noon and 3.15pm.

The Passion premiered in 1993 on the Wintershall Estate in Surrey and since then has become a highly anticipated Easter fixture, both in Guild...

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Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square - Good Friday 2018

On Good Friday, 30th March 2018, the renowned Wintershall Players return to the heart of London with their awe-inspiring full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery at 12noon and 3.15pm. The Passion premiered in 1993 on the Wintershall Estate in Surrey and since then has become a highly anticipated Easter fixture, both in Guildford a...

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Rise Theatre to perform Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador at St Ignatius, Stamford Hill

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Rise Theatre will be performing Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador, at St Ignatius parish, in Stamford Hill, north-east London next week. The true story of Blessed Oscar Romero and his heart for the oppressed people of El Salvador is brought vividly to life by the Rise Theatre team in this highly acclaimed production, accompanied by an original soundtrack from James Joshua Otto and a...

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