Diary April 2016Music, theatre & exhibition

2016-04-01
Culture

THEATRE If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Actress, singer and musician Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous, Little Voice) returns to the stage in a theatre/gig/dance hybrid. In a heartfelt look back at her childhood in Lancashire, she sings the new-wave hits she grew up listening to. Accompanied by a live-band, and sharing the stage with dancers choreographed by Royal Opera House associate artist Aletta Collins, Horrocks delivers a bittersweet celebration of music, longing and rebellion. Until 16th April at the Young Vic

THEATRE Funny Girl

Based on the life of early-20th-century Broadway comedienne Fanny Brice and her relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein, Funny Girl was the hit ‘60s musical that catapulted Barbra Streisand to superstardom. Though the lead role might prove daunting for most performers, the superlative Sheridan Smith has more than risen to the task. Now, the Menier Chocolate Factory is transferring this evening of unbeatable entertainment to the Savoy. From 9th April at the Savoy Theatre

EXHIBITION Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

From girdles to garters, underwear’s history has largely been covered up – until now. In a landmark exhibition, centuries of changing fashions are charted. There are designs to admire, but also whalebone corsets so constrictive that they could alter body shapes. Pieces from Mary Quant, Liza Bruce and Vivienne Westwood bring the story up to the present day. From 16th April at the Victoria and Albert Museum

MUSIC Shakespeare 400: Anniversary Gala

What better way to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare than with this gala concert featuring stirring music and drama? The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents excerpts from works including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with opera stars such as Dame Felicity Palmer joining proceedings. 23rd April at the Royal Festival Hall

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