Diary August 2016Book, exhibition, dance & theatre

2016-08-01
Culture

DANCE Vamos Cuba!

In this world-premiere production from the makers of the smash hit Havana Rakatan, a Cuban dance troupe dramatises travellers’ comings and goings at Havana’s airport. Accompanied by a live band, the dancers perform salsa, reggaeton, rumba and cha-cha-cha. Free dance classes will be offered before and after some of the performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Until 21st August at Sadler’s Wells

EXHIBITION

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

Lost beneath the waves for a millennium, and only rediscovered in the last couple of decades, artefacts from two cities that once stood at the mouth of the River Nile have gone on display. A team of archaeologists has sifted through the underwater ruins of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, retrieving more than 200 objects including glittering jewellery and towering statues of ancient gods. Until 27th November at the British Museum

SUMMER AT the Serpentine

A visit to the Serpentine Pavilion has become a staple of the London social calendar, and this summer’s pavilion (above), by Danish firm BIG, accompanies four additional “Summer Houses” – architectural attractions designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, Berlin studio Barkow Leibinger, Paris-based architect Yona Friedman and British architect Asif Khan. What’s more, Harrods will be hosting the Pavilion Café. Until 9th October at The Serpentine Gallery

David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life

Britain’s most distinguished living artist presents a new exhibition of 82 portraits of friends, family and acquaintances. Each canvas is the same size, with the subject sitting in the same chair against the same blue background. Despite such similarities, Hockney’s artistry breathes life into each of the people he invites us to get to know. Until 2nd October 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art

THEATRE Romeo and Juliet

Kenneth Branagh continues to make the case for being the dominant actor-manager of his era as he directs this, his company’s latest production. The leads are two of today’s biggest screen stars; Lily James (War and Peace, Downton Abbey, Cinderella) plays the Capulet girl who falls for one of the family’s Montague rivals, Romeo (Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden). Meanwhile, the great Shakespearean actor Sir Derek Jacobi takes the role of Mercutio and comedian Meera Syal plays Juliet’s nurse. Until 13th August at the Garrick Theatre

The Entertainer

It was in 1957 that Laurence Olivier played third-rate music-hall entertainer Archie Rice, a man bitterly aware that his way of life is fading fast. Now playwright John Osborne’s acidly elegiac farewell to the old, established order is revived, with Kenneth Branagh in the lead role. The cast includes John Hurt as the entertainer’s father, but it’s Branagh’s show, full of quickfire comedy and heart-rending pathos. From 20th August until 12th November at the Garrick Theatre

BOOK The Last Thing I Remember

By turns tense and render, this debut novel is told from the perspectives of two women – Sarah, who is in a coma, and Kelly, Sarah’s foul-mouthed and irascible friend. Sarah is “locked in”: she can hear everything going on around her but is unable to move or communicate. By listening in to conversations, Sarah slowly pieces together the events that led to her dire situation. This twist-filed novel will keep you guessing until the mystery is unlocked.

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