"There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking." Christian Dior
Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston stars in the Jamie Lloyd Company’s revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, opening at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited 12 week season from 5 March 2019.
For the first time ever at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, visitors are invited to enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank as the Studio Tour unveils its biggest expansion to date.
The Points Guy UK Lands into Covent Garden
· The ultimate online travel resource marks its UK arrival with a pop-up event
· Visitors will benefit from tried-and-tested travel tips to maximise their travel experience
· Prizes including flight tickets, airmiles and branded merchandise
On Saturday 27 April, leading US travel website The Points Guy, the go-to place for points, air miles and all things travel related, will open the doors of its first concept store.
For one day only, visitors will be able to discover the brand through a series of fully immersive activations which emulate the airport experience travellers have before flying.
Located at 17 Floral Street, Covent Garden and split across three levels, visitors will check in via The Points Guy UK style arrival desk where they’ll have the opportunity to create their own branded postcards via a fully interactive photobooth. Allowing them to take centre stage and pose in front of a series of memorable backdrops, once their postcard is designed, visitors will then move on to the second stage of the pop up - a state of the art airport style lounge, where they’ll be offered insider knowledge, advice and tips on everything from how to fly First Class for (almost) free, to the best airlines for families.
Once they’ve learnt how to maximise their future travel experience, visitors will then head down to The Points Guy Duty-Free shop, where they can win a selection of prizes in the claw style vending machine. Prizes include flight tickets, airmiles, AVOIS points and branded merchandise.
The one-off event brings the biggest US travel website to life and marks its highly anticipated UK launch.
Proven to save money, ease stress and improve the overall travel experience, The Points Guy puts people in the know, so they can explore the world without breaking the bank.
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Everybody had told Barney not to play too near the edge of the chalk pit. But today was one of those grey days when there was nothing to do, nothing to play, and nowhere to go. Except to the chalk pit. The dump!
Royal Opera House Productions: 8 April – 8 May 2019
La forza del destino, selected dates to Monday 22 April 2019
Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
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Romeo and Juliet, selected dates to Tuesday 11 June 2019
Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed production returns to the Royal Opera House, with music by Sergey Prokofiev and a number of exciting debuts from across The Royal Ballet. Also available in cinemas and free around the UK on the BP Big Screens on Tuesday 11 June, with an encore cinema screening on Sunday 15 June.
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Faust, Thursday 11 April – Monday 6 May 2019
Gounod's most popular opera returns in David McVicar's stunning Parisian production, with singers including Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott. Also available in cinemas on Tuesday 30 April with an encore screening on Sunday 5 May.
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Billy Budd, Tuesday 23 April – Friday 10 May 2019
Deborah Warner stages the first production of Britten's all-male opera at Covent Garden for nearly two decades, with Jacques Imbrailo, Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt in the lead roles.
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Within the Golden Hour/ Medusa / Flight Pattern
A contemporary triple bill showcases revivals of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Crystal Pite, alongside the world premiere of Medusa by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
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Juliet and Romeo, Saturday 13 April – Sunday 14 April 2019
Through dance, theatre and comedy, innovative theatre company Lost Dog tell the story of Shakespeare’s young lovers – if they hadn’t died in a tragic misunderstanding but lived not-so-happily ever after.
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A Man of Good Hope, Tuesday 16 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
The true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa told through music, singing and dance, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg. Performed by Isango Ensemble.
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SS Mendi: Dancing the Drill of Death, Thursday 18 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
Award-winning South African lyric theatre company Isango Ensemble re-tell the story of a real-life, tragic maritime disaster, based on the book by Fred Khumalo.
Friday Rush is a great way to get last-minute tickets for the Royal Opera House at a range of prices - even for sold-out shows. At 1pm every Friday, 49 Friday Rush tickets for almost all main stage shows performed by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet in the following week are available to purchase online: https://www.roh.org.uk/events/friday-rush
LONDON, March 2019 – Coal Drops Yard, the King’s Cross shopping and restaurant district, invites the public to join them over London Craft Week (8 – 12 May) for a programme of workshops, installations and experiences to celebrate the makers and crafters of London’s newest creative neighbourhood.
UK: London, Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Today the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL2019 launches its stellar 19th annual programme which will run from 15th May until 22nd May across London with eight days of amazing film, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 4 world film premieres, 11 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 17 features, 36 shorts and 7 VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!
Opening this year’s festival on the 15th May at the Prince Charles Cinema is the UK Premiere of PERFECT– a film that sends us tripping into a science fiction world like no other. Directed by Eddie Alcazar (KUSO) it is unclear if the young man (Garrett Wareing) has committed the horrible crime, but his mother (Abbie Cornish) sends him to a luxurious retreat full of beautiful hedonistic people for therapy. He will receive an experimental treatment to cure his ills and discover his true self. His mother has been there, but does she want to help him become ‘perfect’? Frenetic editing, soul shocking set-pieces and some eye-popping animation by Kidmograph, PERFECT alternates between calm and chaos, and picks at themes of AI, genetic engineering and esotericism. With its super-heightened visuals worthy of Gasper Noe, production design that DAZED would find hard to beat and a stunning soundtrack by Flying Lotus, this is ALTERED STATES for the iGeneration.
"Steven Soderbergh presents an overwhelming sensory assault”. ScreenAnarchy
The festival’s Closing Night on the 22nd May at Stratford Picturehouse is the World Premiere of THE RIZEN: POSSESSION directed by Matt Mitchell and starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sarine Sofair, Adrian Edmondson and Sally Phillips. In 1955, NATO and the Allied Forces conducted secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They succeeded, but what they unleashed almost tore our world apart and sent a human through a portal to somewhere very alien. This was the story of THE RIZEN, our closing night premiere in 2017. Come forward to now, and a group of urban explorers is exploring the abandoned bunker. But will they and a private military unit sent in after them, become the final pieces in a 60-year plan to reopen a door that should have stayed closed.
"Violent and witty in equal amounts, this is a very British sci-fi horror." SFL
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SCI-FIDO – THE WORLD’S, ONLY COSPLAY FOR DOGS EVENT, returns this year on Saturday 18th May outside the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, in association with DOGSTARPHOTO and ALL DOGS MATTER for the Crufts of Science fiction! Do you have a four-legged friend who likes to dress up as a sci-fi character? Or a pooch that looks like Princess Leia? Bring them along to our ‘dressed-up dog’ photo session!
Augmented, virtual, enhanced, trans or multimedia – it’s ‘mixed up’. A few brands have led the way - adding a VR thing here, an AR thing there – but does it make any difference and does this usual corporate approach get to the audience in a way that makes them care? #HACKSTOCK: 5 on the 16th – 18th May at festival’s secret HQ is our answer – bringing creators, makers, disrupters, artists, musicians, hackers, developers and you together in one place to talk it, think it, do it and play with it. And it’s Free! We have every flavour of headset - from cardboard to Magic Leap and a myriad of other toys to play with.
Access to the Hackstock playground is by password only, register on the festival website for the details.
Other major Film Premiere Galas this year include the World Premiere of SHED OF THE DEAD, directed by Drew Cullingham, it’s darkly funny, gruesome and a little bit rude! Shaun of the Dead meets The Archers. Trevor (Spencer Brown) doesn’t really like gardening but has an allotment in which he spends his days avoiding his overbearing wife. Most of his time in his shed is spent painting figurines for wargames he plays with his friend, Graham (Ewen MacIntosh), both of them dreaming and arguing about their gaming alter-egos.
One day, Mr Parsons, one of the other allotment tenants, knocks with a petition to have Trevor evicted as his plot is a disgrace. After what should have been a simple argument, Trevor is left with a corpse to hide. Unfortunately, this untimely accident coincides with the Zombie Apocalypse and Mr Parsons' return is just the start of Trevor's problems. More pressing is whether or not he should try and save his wife (Lauren Socha) and her beautiful best friend (Emily Booth), who both he and Graham have a thing for... The film also features a little BDSM fun provided by Michael Berryman.
Celebrating its World Premiere, AFTER WE LEAVE is a brilliant début for director Aleem Hossain, a vibrant script, satisfying special effects and outstanding performances – the type of film this festival searches for every year.
Near future, Los Angeles is a bleak place: permanent recession, water shortages, and rising crime. Six years ago, Jack abandoned his wife and vanished. Now he's back because before he left, they'd applied for a visa to immigrate to a better life on an off-world colony. The permit has finally come through, but there's a catch: it's a couple’s visa, and Jack cannot leave Earth without his wife. Is Jack back because he wants to make things right or because he needs his wife so he can use this "lottery ticket" to a better life?
Another World Premiere is THE TANGLE, a brilliant sci-fi noir written and directed by Christopher Soren Kelly and stars Jessica Graham (Crazy Bitches) and Nicole Da Silva(Wentworth)
In the near future, the TANGLE, an AI with airborne nanotech, connects the world. The Tangle is benevolent; it has stopped crime, keeps us well and safe. But to make sure it never turns rogue a government agency watches over them from within technology safe rooms, locations impermeable to the nanobots that make up the Tangle. When field agent Margot Foster is found dead in one of these rooms, the agency needs to investigate the first murder in years.
Also having its world premiere is ZOO-HEAD, directed by Navin Dev. With the aesthetic of TRAINSPOTTING and the weirdness of GROUNDHOG DAY, this is a strong debut from Dev, with great performances and awesome techno soundtrack to boot. Charlie is a zoo-head, a slang term given to junkies addicted to a powerful hallucinogenic that has memory munching side-effects. Squatting in a foetid apartment and existing on benefits, Charlie is a mess, and it is about to get worse. The Social Service is forcing the long-term unemployed to under-go radically experimental treatment to get them ‘normalised’; the only danger would be to zoo-heads. Charlie gets called in and lies about his situation, and so begins his treatment.
UK Premieres include:
FONOTUNE: AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE
Dir: Fint, 2018, Japan/Germany, 74mins, Japanese/German (English subtitles).
The world will end soon, so what to do? Outside of time, a teen hooker, lo-fi cowboy and a mute drifter cross the white desert to experience the final performance of the mysterious rockstar hero.
This visually stunning work MUST be seen on the big screen. Its soundtrack will leave you humming and tapping for days to come, and its beautiful production design burns your brain.
The film stars Kiki Sukezane (Westworld) and features performances by Guitar Wolf Seiji and Stereo Total.
"Is it daft punk? Is it THX? No, it is FONOTUNE, and you will never forget it." SFL
Dir: Shae Sterling, 2018, New Zealand, 90mins, English.
New Zealand is beautiful, and often we only see the ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscapes and not the everyday life of your average stoner.
Riko (Jimi Jackson) lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Waikato, New Zealand). Life was pretty normal until two aliens crash-landed near Riko’s house. He welcomes the aliens, and together they develop an intergalactic relationship of epic proportions.
"Raw and real as Peter Jackson's "Bad Taste", more bro' than Taika Waititi's "Boy", and up there with Kevin Smith's "Clerks" as a debut indie film. Garth Bray, Amazon" SFL
Dir: David Giancola, 2019, 93mins, USA
Dane (RYAN WESEN) was going to steal one last car before he quit forever, but is disturbed by Tomas, an inventor being chased by the police, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A. Trapped in the manic crossfire, Tomas passes a device to Dane, who is teleported miles away into the arms of Kate (LAURA JAMES, S*W*A*T). She could be the girl of his dreams except for the global conspiracy he has just embroiled her in. The FBI’s Ray Moritz (MAXWELL CAULFIELD, Grease 2) wants to destroy it, Amanda Graham (SEAN YOUNG, Blade Runner) wants it for the C.I.A., and rogue agent Sy Devol (JOHN JAMES, Dynasty) has his sinister plans.
Sy unleashes his brutal assassin, Brink (SAM J. JONES, Flash Gordon) who leaves a trail of corpses behind him while pursuing the ‘Axcellerator’ device. To stay alive, Dane and Kate must discover the Axcellerator’s secret. An exhilarating rollercoaster ride reminiscent of 80s blockbusters – a classic, fun action thriller.
John James is confirmed to attend, others TBA.
AFTER THE LETHARGY
Dir: Marc Carrete, 2018, 82mins, SPAIN
Sara, a journalist with a keen interest in UFOs, receives a video from a paranormal researcher, talking about a hotspot for landings and sightings. She travels to the forest to meet the researcher and meets the park ranger who tells her of a dark character who lives alone deep in the woods and the abandoned retreat. Soon she discovers the truth about the UFo sightings and must fight for her life.
"All-out monster, promising a mesmerising mix of terror and adventure" Bloody Disgusting
"Takes hybridisation to extremely graphic proportions' Dread Central
"Old school sci-fi horror at its finest, great twists and turns, seat of the pants thrills and some truly gross-out moments." SFL
THE FINAL LAND
Dir: Marcel Barion, 2019, 113mins, Germany, German (English subtitles)
Across the bleak wilderness, the prisoner has escaped, looking for a rumoured ship that might get him off-world. One of his pursuers discovers him aboard the craft and instead of turning him in declares he also wants a way out and together they fly away. But who built the ship and where did it come from, more importantly, where are the crew? As they try to answer these questions, they hear a strange signal and obsessing on its origin head toward it. This feature debut by Barion is a testament to what performance and pragmatic use of resources can achieve. At times it feels like ALIEN, at others like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
"An outstanding science fiction story that never once reveals a low budget." SFL
Dir: Wen Ren, 2018, 104mins, China, Mandarin (English subtitles)
In a future reliant on solar energy, the world falls into chaos after the sun disappears, the skies are lit only by the stars and the temperature is rapidly dropping; eventually, oxygen on Earth will be exhausted. Yang, a reclusive astronomer, and Mu, a neighbour he hardly knows, must find their way to a supposed sanctuary located in District Four.
Ren’s debut film has a unique take on end of days stories with spectacularly realised special effects showing how different our world, and everything that we take for granted in it, would look in the absence of the Sun.
"It is fantastic to see China producing high concept and stylish indie sci-fi, don’t miss this one." SFL
Dir: Erin Berry, 2019, 82mins, CANADA
Bernwood (Paula Brancati, Slashers) is an anti-conspiracy video blogger. She spends all her time debunking conspiracy theory until she gets a note from an old man claiming to have worked for the legendary Majestic-12 (aka majic), a secret US spy agency, created after the UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. So begins her trip down the rabbit hole looking for answers as reality as she seems to know it is unravelling.
"Sitting squarely in X-files territory and plays brilliantly with alternate realities and what we perceive to be real" SFL
UK premiere (stranger > fiction doc strand)
Dir: Brett Ryan Bonowicz, 2018, USA, 82mins, English.
Conceptual artists Don Davis, Charles Lindsay, and Rick Guidice have helped bring NASA projects to life. Their incredible pioneering artwork, which helped define the aesthetics of futurism and space travel, is ubiquitous; and yet these artists have always been hidden behind the scenes until now.
The second documentary that Bonowicz has had at the festival, last year we screened CLOSER THAN WE THINK about conceptual artist Arthur Radebaugh. Again, Bonowicz delivers a love-letter to concept art and design.
If you’ve got an eye on the future, then learn about those who’ve helped shape it. SFL
CHASING EINSTEIN (stranger > fiction doc strand)
Dir: Timothy Wheeler and Steve Brown, 2019, 81mins, USA
Einstein's vision of gravity has shaped our understanding of the universe for the 100 years since Eddington confirmed his theory in 1919.
Nobody has succeeded in challenging Einstein's theory despite its startling conclusion that the vast majority of gravity must be caused by an invisible form of ‘matter’ that has yet to be detected. The search for this missing "Dark Matter" will either confirm Einstein or disrupt a century of physics.
Following leading scientists including Nobel Laureates on the brink of paradigm-shifting discoveries, CHASING EINSTEIN travels behind the scenes of some of the most extraordinary experiments ever created to probe the mysteries of the dark universe (LIGO, CERN, XENON 1T).
Will Einstein stand the test of time, or will a controversial new theory change the way that we see the universe?
Finally, we are delighted to have the London Premiere of LUCID, directed by Adam Morse, 2018, 86mins, UK
A young man practices an experimental form of therapy after his enigmatic neighbour offers to help him overcome social anxiety and win the girl of his dreams.
Isolated in a big city with no friends, young Zel simultaneously fears and craves intimacy. He has a pitiful obsession with a dancer called Jasmine and is caught spying on her by an eccentric neighbour Elliot (Billy Zane) who offers to help him win her heart. Lust leads Zel on an intense subliminal adventure as Elliot teaches him how lucid dreaming can be used to practice the art of seduction but will Zel be able to charm Jasmine in reality? This thought-provoking film, with great cinematography and luscious production design, will stay with you for a long time.
We will have the main cast and director in attendance for a Q&A.
For the full line up visit the website: sci-fi-london.com #SFL19
Stephen Fry to open Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair
on Friday 7th June in Battersea Park
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s (ABA) annual flagship event Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair returns for its62nd year and will be opened on Friday 7th June at noon by the actor, writer and rare book collector Stephen Fry. The Fair is being held from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June in Battersea Park and the event is one of the world’s largest independent marketplaces for rare and out-of-print books. More than 150 exhibitors, from 15 countries around the world, will offer rare, unique and unusual works including signed first editions, maps, manuscripts, art and ephemera.
Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair at Battersea Evolution is open:
• Friday 7 June: noon – 8pm (£20 admission)
• Saturday 8 June: 11am – 7pm (free admission)
• Sunday 9 June: 11am – 5pm (free admission)
To register for complimentary tickets on all days visit: www.firstslondon.com
Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea Park, London SW8 4NW
FREE shuttle bus operates between Sloane Square and the Fair
This year international online rare bookseller Biblio is the Official Fair Partner and Shakespeare’s Globe is the Charity Partner. John Wolfson, the Globe’s Honorary Curator of Rare Books will curate an exhibition of 16 extremely rare editions from his own Collection together with other items from the Globe which are not usually on show to the public. In 2008 John Wolfson bequeathed to the Globe his collection of more than 450 works associated with Shakespeare, which will be donated after his death. He will also give a talk, accompanied by actors, at the Fair. The works to be exhibitedat the Fair and include:
• A first edition of Rima et prosa by Luigi da Porto (1539) containing La Giulietta which is the source for Romeo and Juliet;
• A first edition of La prima[-quarta] parte de Le novella by Matteo Bandello (1554-73) from which four stories were adapted by Shakespeare;
• A first edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher (1634). This play was not included in the First Folio (1623) or any of the subsequent Shakespeare folios.
NEW for 2019:
• For the first time at the Fair an exhibitor will use virtual reality. With the aid of Oculus Go, Daniel Crouch Rare Books will give visitors a chance to fly over Turgot’s monumental 18th century ‘Plan de Paris’, which depicts the French capital during the reign of Louis XV;
• The International Society of Bible Collectors is mounting a special Bible Exhibition at the Fair which will highlight the literary and cultural significance of the Bible. It will include a fragment of the Gutenberg Bible, the world’s first printed book, the Lunar Bible, the first printed book to make landfall on the moon, a 17th century Bible with the bookplate of Charles Dickens, and a rare copy of the ‘Wicked’ Bible (1631) containing the infamous misprint “thou shalt commit adultery”;
• Discovery Day - on Sunday 9th June from 1-3pm members of the public can bring up to 5 items to be appraised by experts.
Talks, Tours and Live Demonstrations at the Fair
• Tours include an introduction to rare books, a modern first editions highlights tour, a history of the printed nature book tour, a LGBTQ+ tour and female writers tours plus Fair Sponsor Biblio is organising a brief walking tour;
• Talks include “Unreal City: Journey to the dark side of London” by photographer Adriaan van Heerden which will cover how TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land was translated into 85 photographs of London, Simon Beattie will discuss his translation of Friedo Lampe’s novel At the Edge of the Night, which was banned by the Nazis and Cynthia Johnson from the Institute of English Studies will discuss ‘Collecting the Medieval Book in the Industrial North West’;
• Live demonstrations include calligraphy by renowned artist Andy Moore and traditional book binding by the Royal Bindery’s Apprentices.
Tom Jones has announced a very special headline London show this summer, taking place at the spectacular courtyard of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – home of the Chelsea Pensioners.
Tom Kerridge and his merry band of foodie friends toured the country in 2018 with a stellar line up of world-class chefs and award-winning pubs, who served their signature dishes to our Pub in the Park punters.
Join the Beasts of London on an immersive tour and let the animals tell you the story of their city
The Museum of London opens Beasts of London on 5 April 2019; a state of the art, immersive and digital experience that takes visitors on a journey through time, from before London was created through to the present day.
Inspired by objects drawn from the museum’s world class collection and working in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, this family-friendly show brings you face to face with the beasts both large and small who helped shape the city we know today. Made up of nine episodes, each tells the story of the capital from an animal’s perspective, highlighting some of the city’s most iconic moments.
Starting in prehistory with the very first of London’s beasts you are then guided through the arrival of the Romans. Then comes the Medieval Age when the first menageries were built in the city and then through the disastrous years of the Great Plague of the 1600s. From there you find yourself transported inside a rowdy Victorian tavern, centre ring underneath a bustling big top at the Circus and then standing side by side a group of noble horses from across the ages. Finally, you arrive back in in the 21st century to explore people’s relationship with the city’s animals today.
Beasts of London is a surprising, multi-sensory experience which sees Museum of London curators join forces with multi award-winning director, designer and audio visual specialist Dan Shorten - the video projection lead at Guildhall School. Shorten’s most recent projects include Blackout at Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber and Waddesdon Imaginarium at Waddesdon Manor. The animals throughout the experience are voiced by well-known names such as Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Bell and Joe Pasquale alongside actors from Guildhall School.
Francis Marshall, Senior Curator at the Museum of London said: “Beasts of London is the first fully-immersive show presented by the Museum of London. It is a journey that is surprising, creative, visually striking, emotionally affecting and encourages visitors to look at the animals of London in a new way and to consider our city from a very different perspective. It is a product of intensive research and boundless imagination from our team in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is sure to appeal to audience members of all ages.”
Dan Shorten, creative director for Beasts of London and video projection lead at Guildhall School, said: “It has been wonderful working with the Museum of London to bring to life the story of animals throughout history in London and its streets using the latest video mapping technology. Video design is a fast growing area of Guildhall School’s work, and our production artists are regularly engaged for high profile public facing work. We can’t wait to share this immersive and spectacular world with all Museum of London visitors.”
Beasts of London is part of the Culture Mile programme.
Further information: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/beastsoflondon
Free culture on your doorstep in London - enjoy the best of British culture, free this summer
Everyone in London can enjoy free culture on their doorstep when the Royal Opera HouseBP Big Screens are hosted at 24 key locations across the UK this summer including at Trafalgar Square, Lyric Square in Hammersmith, The Scoop at London Bridge City, Television Centre White City, Arena Square Wembley Park and General Gordon Square in Woolwich.
Bring a picnic and your friends and family to see beloved classics: Romeo and Juliet (11 June), Carmen (2 July) and The Marriage of Figaro (9 July) as they are live-broadcast. Other sites in the UK include Aberdeen’s Duthie Park, Castle Square in Swansea, Walton Halls and Gardens in Warrington and all the way down to Bembridge in the Isle of Wight.
On 11 June, the first 2019 BP Big Screen is live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Kenneth MacMillan’s celebrated ballet Romeo and Juliet movingly depicts the love and heart-break endured by literature’s most renowned couple. On July 2, award-winning director Barrie Kosky’s exuberant take on Bizet’s Carmen will be screened. With cabaret ensemble numbers and high-kicking dancers, this production is a beloved masterpiece. On July 9, the Royal Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro is screened. Mozart’s greatest comedy is given a sumptuous staging by David McVicar, its stunning score is fast-moving in this hilarious production with ravishing duets and emotionally potent arias.
Gok Wan, who will present the BP Big Screens in July said:
“As a huge opera and ballet fan, I love the BP Big Screens. As a child I would have loved watching opera for free with my friends! It’s fantastic that 24 sites across the UK become opera houses or ballet stages for the night and share in the magical performances live from London’s Covent Garden. Outdoor cinema is now one of the nation’s favourite summer pastimes and each summer the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens give everyone access to free culture on their doorstep, a great experience for free!”
Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, commented:
“The BP Big Screens are a much-loved highlight of the summer calendar across the UK, and I am delighted that we once again beam the best the Royal Opera House has to offer to an ever-wider audience. Over the years, our collaboration with BP has enabled more than half a million people to experience ballet and opera – many for the first time – and together we bring this summer highlight to people all over the UK.”
Des Violaris, Director – UK Arts and Culture at BP said:
“Each summer we look forward to the BP Big Screens and taking free culture to people all over the country. This year we screen live world-class opera and ballet from Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight and build on over 30 years of partnership work between BP and the Royal Opera House”
The first Royal Opera House BP Big Screens was in 1987 showing free ballet and opera to audiences across the UK. In 2018, 41,500 people saw a free opera or ballet performance at one of 40 screenings in 20 different locations.
The Marriage of Figaro will also be live streamed on the Royal Opera House’s Facebook, YouTube and OperaVision.
Share on social using @royaloperahouse and #ROHromeo, #ROHcarmen and #ROHfigaro.
The Royal Opera House BP Big Screen locations in London:
Romeo and Juliet, 11 June 2019: Trafalgar Square (London); Television Centre, White City (London); Arena Square Wembley Park (London); General Gordon Square, Woolwich (London)
Carmen, 2 July 2019: Trafalgar Square (London); Lyric Square, Hammersmith (London); Television Centre, White City (London); Arena Square Wembley Park (London); General Gordon Square, Woolwich (London)
The Marriage of Figaro, 9 July 2019: Trafalgar Square (London); Lyric Square, Hammersmith (London); The Scoop at London Bridge City (London); Television Centre, White City (London); Arena Square Wembley Park (London); General Gordon Square, Woolwich (London)
All the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens are rated 12A.
Turtle Bay brings a taste of Caribbean traditions to the UK this Easter
This Easter there’s something for everyone at Turtle Bay. The Caribbean restaurant and bar has free kite making kits for kids and has launched an exclusive new cocktail that will tickle your taste buds and blow any diet out of the water.
A popular tradition in the Caribbean over the Easter period is to gather as a family and fly kites together. To celebrate this and so everyone can get involved in this fun pastime, children* will receive a free kite making kit so they can put their creative skills to the test. A great surprise for the little turtles when they order from the kid’s menu and it’ll be a bonus for the mums and dads out there if it keeps them occupied too, even if it’s just for a little bit. But you’ll need to hurry – once the kite making kits have gone, they’re gone!
‘Rum Rabbit Rum’ is the latest alcoholic concoction that will be hopping its way onto the cocktail menu for the Easter period, from Monday 8th to Monday 22nd April. The scintillating selection of ingredients deliver a delicious combination of Caribbean flavours including Pussers (rum), white cacao and coconut milk.
If that’s not mouth-watering enough, the signature drink will also include a scoop of chocolate ice cream and will be topped off with a piece of brownie and a Caribbean dumpling dipped in rum caramel sauce. Even the rim of the glass is dipped in rum caramel making it the ultimate Easter treat, with a Caribbean twist.
Of course, the incredible Turtle Bay menu will be available over the Easter period so you can sample the delicious delights it has to offer to round off your visit. From Caribbean curries such as the curry goat, to meats that are marinated for 24 hours in Turtle Bay’s signature jerk mix and finished over open flames, this is Caribbean food at its best.
With so much to enjoy at your local Turtle Bay this Easter, book your table now: www.turtlebay.co.uk
*The Easter kite making kit is suitable for children aged four and over and only provided when a meal is purchased from the Little Turtles menu.
The Design Museum extends David Adjaye: Making Memory exhibition and children go free during Easter half term
The Design Museum is pleased to announce that David Adjaye: Making Memory is to be extended until 4 August 2019
The exhibition explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by celebrated British-Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE
From 1 - 25 April 2019, up to three children aged 15 and below go free with the purchase of each adult ticket to the exhibition
Celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye OBE examines the idea of the monument and presents his thinking on how architecture and form are used as storytelling devices in David Adjaye: Making Memory.
The exhibition features seven projects including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre* in London. Each of the projects, selected by Sir David Adjaye, is presented in a dedicated room alongside specially commissioned video interviews and immersive site-specific displays.
Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise. Visitors will also be offered a first look at an in-depth display of the proposed Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Boston, designed to be a place for discursive action and assembly.
Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, the Design Museum said:
“It is with great pleasure that we have decided to extend David Adjaye: Making Memory until 4 August 2019. The exhibition has been attracting a diverse audience and visitors’ feedback has been outstanding. The Design Museum’s purpose is to make the impact of design visible to everyone and this exhibition’s messages are clearly reaching well beyond the world of design and architecture.”
The Penguin Classics pop-up shop is coming to Shoreditch, London from 25th - 31st March 2019.
Both a shop and a cultural space, the pop-up will celebrate that these are books to love, not just to study, and will bring together diverse voices to explore, discuss and challenge the literary canon.
Many different people working in public transport have kept London moving over the past 200 years. But who are these people? Join London Transport Museum to find out about some new names; past and present women who deserve a round of applause!
Following a sell-out season of Halloween screenings, ‘Movie Nights at the Museum’ returns as The Luna Cinema teams up with The Natural History Museum for three evenings of traditional and not-so-traditional Valentine’s films.
A new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations opens on 8 February at London Transport Museum and celebrates one of the world’s greatest cities – London – revealing some of the fascinating tales of London life past and present.
Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as the Studio Tour undergoes a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow.
Immerse yourself in all aspects of Japanese culture, from food, art, music and fashion to award-winning anime, the latest high-tech gadgets and cool cosplay. Hundreds of exhibitors, along with tens of thousands of J-culture fans, will gather for the event.
The largest lights installation in the capital, ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ returns to London’s most iconic shopping street onThursday 15th November, with a magical, festive celebration of the switch-on moment.
To celebrate the best of Italian themed cinema alongside ASK Italian’s Autumn menu - which includes a brand new black & white Beef & Chianti Ravioli – ASK Italian is hosting a series of Black & White movie nights so you can dine on Italian cuisine whilst watching the famed Audrey Hepburn classic, Roman Holiday
Embark on a multi-sensory experience where perception-shifting light design intersects with innovative low-calorie cocktails produced by some of the world’s most influential bartenders.