Diary March 2015Dance, exhibition, film, music & theatre

2015-03-02
Culture

THEATRE The Nether

In a brilliantly conceived vision of life in 2050, US playwright Jennifer Hayley explores an internet that has evolved into a virtual reality called the Nether. There, in cyberspace, a ruthless businessman has created a Victorian-style country estate where users can act out unspeakable evil. A determined detective investigates – but is a crime committed when the victims aren’t actually real? Until 25th April at The Duke of York’s

FILM The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

In 2012, audiences flocked to The best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a comedy about British retirees’ new lives in India. Now, Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, plus Bill Nighy, are back from part two. Their predicament? The hotel has just one vacant room but two prospective guests, forcing soon-to-be-married owner Sonny (Dev Patel) to choose between an American man, Guy (Richard Gere), and an Englishwoman, Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). The demands of a traditional Indian wedding alongside Sonny’s plans for hotel expansion ensure plenty of humorous twists and turns. Opens on 27th February in the UK

BALLET The Great Gatsby

Channelling Jazz Age decadence, Northern Ballet’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is a feast for the eye. At its heart is the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, the charismatic millionaire whose lavish parties come to life wild abandon thanks to the captivating choreography of artistic director David Nixon. The powerfully moving story of the doomed romance between Gatsby and the beautiful – but married – Daisy Buchanan adds to the period spectacle which, with its Chanel-inspired costumes, is every bit as intoxicating as the Champagne that flows freely in this heady era. From 24th to 28th March at Sadler’s Wells

CONCERT Dame Evelyn Glennie

The first musician to gain celebrity status as a solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie has performed to audiences worldwide and enjoyed a star turn at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Here, she is joined by the Isis Ensemble for a mixed programme that gives full rein to her genius. Alongside a special arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C sharp minor, there are works involving marimba and vibraphone. For newcomers to Dame Evelyn’s joyous sound, it’s a welcome introduction. 30th March at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

FILM Cinderella

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Disney’s retelling of the classic fairy tale gives us a dream cast in a big-budget production. Young Ella (Downtown Abbey’s Lily James), longing to escape the cruel treatment of her stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett), falls in love with a handsome stranger (Richard Madden of Game of Thrones). Ella’s chances of seeing him again seem dashed, however, when Tremaine forbids her from going to the palace ball. Time for fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) to come to the rescue? Opens on the 27th March in the UK

OPERA Madame Butterfly

Young bride Cio-Cio-San – Butterfly – has been cruelly deceived. For years, she’s waited for the return of her beloved husband, unaware he has deserted her and married an American woman. In this stylish production, evoking Japan’s exotic past on epic scale, soprano Kristine Opolais sings the emotional arias that chart the unravelling of innocence. Prepare to be swept away by the beauty of one of Puccini’s most performed works. From 20th March at the Royal Opera House

EXHIBITION Alexander Mc Queen: Savage beauty

Celebrating Alexander McQueen’s enduring legacy, Savage Beauty expresses the theatre of his unpredictable shows. More than 200 of the late designer’s works give expression to his broad range of themes, from the outlandish to the nature-inspired. Signature designs such as the ‘Bumster’ trouser and the Kimono jacket are featured, while one of the highlights is a holographic image – which stunned a 2006 Paris audience – of Kate Moss in a revealing organza gown. Accompanying the exhibition is a new publication on Alexander Mc Queen, exploring the designer’s art through a series of essays. From 14th March to 19th July at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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