Art, Theatre, Music & Shows

Plays, music, art exhibitions and profiles of artists & musicians.

Wintershall cancels Passion Play, but will present on-line film

For the first time, Wintershall Theatre will not be performing the Passion of Jesus live in Trafalgar Square, London on Good Friday, the 10th of April or in Guildford on the Saturday 11th of April, because of the coronavirus.

But the company has devised a plan so as not to disappoint their audiences. They have made a documentary film with rehearsal clips, interviews, stills and mobile pho...

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Art: Faith and Light Exhibition online

Archangel Michael by John Bateson

Faith and Light is a virtual Art exhibition consisting of eight pictures and a brief commentary. This exhibition of paintings and prints by John Bateson is on display at Our Lady of Dolours Servite Church in Fulham Road, west London. Because of the Coronavirus people can no longer visit.

John writes: "As people cannot go to the exhibition in person I have brought it to you. I hope you enj...

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New Song for Saint Patrick's Day

Simon Au

Simon Au, a parishioner at Holy Apostles, Pimlico, central London, writes:

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I remember myself as a young boy watching my father play the guitar in church and thinking that it was so cool, and so after some persuading, I convinced my father to let the eight-year-old me join him in the Holy Apostles Folk Group. At that time, I think I on...

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Art and Prayer at Ealing Abbey

Come to Ealing Abbey for an alternative way to engage with Scripture and prayerful reflection this Lent. Over four Saturday mornings we will be reading from passages of St Matthew's Gospel together and then creating our own art response in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All are welcome - whatever their age or artistic experience. Basic art materials will be provided or participants can brin...

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Peter's Way of the Cross at Westminster Cathedral

An evening of reflection and music in Lenten preparation for Easter will take place at Westminster Cathedral at 7.30pm on Thursday, 12th March, when the choir of the Westminster Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage with actors from the Catholic Association of Performing Arts perform Peter's Way of the Cross'.

The piece, composed by Bernard Lavery and Giovanni Marseglia, is a series of reflections o...

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Watch: Reflection from Cardinal Nichols for beginning of Lent

The Incredulity of St Thomas

For the beginning of Lent, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers reflections on this painting in the National Gallery by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas'. It was commissioned in 1497 for the altar in the Church of San Francesco in northern Venice.

During Lent we walk a path of reflection and preparation for 40 days before celebrati...

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Cambridgeshire: Lost reliquary of St Agnes discovered

A carved 15th-century sculpture displayed on top of a cupboard at the National Trust's Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire has been discovered to be a unique reliquary bust, previously thought to have been lost.

The bust of the martyr St Agnes has been identified as being by Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden or his workshop, a 15th-century sculptor in northern Europe. But only 20 of his works are ...

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Finty Williams presents Sir Alec Guinness Award to Amy Cotter

photo by Patrick Lee

Actress Finty Williams, (daughter of Judy Dench and Michael Williams), presented this year's Sir Alec Guinness Award to Amy Cotter from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama last Tuesday.

The presentation took place during the Students Evening hosted by CaAPA (the Catholic Association of Performing Arts) on 18 February 2020 at the CAA (Club for Acts and Actors) Covent Garden....

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Raphael tapestries on display in Sistine Chapel


This week, as part of celebrations commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of the famous Renaissance artist Raphael Sanzio, the Vatican Museums is hosting an extraordinary exhibition.

For the first time, the tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel are being displayed in the original location for which they were intended.

The ten tapestries depict events from t...

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Chance to volunteer in epic Good Friday Passion Play

Actor James Burke-Dunsmore in the role of Jesus

Dates for your diary: Trafalgar Square in central London will once again be transformed into the Jerusalem of two millenniums ago, on Good Friday, 10 April, when the 100-strong cast of Wintershall Players, accompanied by a number of animals, re-enact the Passion of Christ at 12 noon and 3.15pm.

The epic performances will be relayed to massive screens and high quality sound systems will ca...

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Play: The Maestro's Last Words

The Maestro's Last Words, by Barry Langley. Director Orsolya Nagy. At the OSO Arts Centre 4-8 February 2020

The OSO (Old Sorting Office) is a fringe theatre set in the beautiful location of Barnes Green. Every week they perform new works of theatre, music and comedy in their 74 seat auditorium. They are also available to hire for private functions.


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Irish performers celebrate St Brigid's Day at iconic central London venue

London Celtic Youth Orchestra

Bishop Paul McAleenan of Westminster Diocese was in attendance at a 'Celebration of Irish music, poetry and dancing' on January 31st, the eve of St Brigid, at St James' church Piccadilly, hosted by the Irish Chaplaincy.

Forty-three members of the London Celtic Youth Orchestra took to the stage first and had the audience of several hundred clapping their hands and tapping their feet. They ...

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Play - The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel, Notre Dame de France, Leicester Square, London

'The fifth gospel, which everyone can read, is our life', wrote Henri Vergès, a Marist brother who was assassinated in Algeria. While many of us have heard of twentieth century martyrs like St Oscar Romero or Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, and even the monks of Thibirine, via the film Of Gods and Men, it was the fir...

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London: Argentine Tango in Farm Street

Tango Shelter evening

A wonderful evening of Argentine Tango social dancing, Tango Shelter 2019, was held at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre last month to honour Argentine Pope Francis's birthday as well as to raise funds for the work Farm Street carries out for the homeless. The event also included ballet performances by The English National Ballet to traditional Argentine Tango music and a live singer singing two s...

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