Diary September 2016Theatre & exhibition

2016-09-01
Culture

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. Until 12th November at the Garrick Theatre

EXHIBITION

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen’s Wardrobe

As part of the festivities surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, some of her most famous outfits are going on display in this historic exhibition. The clothing charts her life: there are childhood coats, military attire and ceremonial costumes. But the mainstay here is the work of leading designers – perhaps most notably the Queen’s favourite, Norman Hartnell, whose gowns combined clean, bold lines with ornate fabrics. Until 2nd October at Buckingham Palace

Georgia O’Keeffe

Tate Modern presents the UK’s largest ever exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. She is known for her large scale flower paintings, which, despite her sustained protestations to the contrary, are widely assumed to have erotic undertones. This retrospective seeks to present O’Keeffe as a multifaceted artist. Until October 30;

William Eggleston Portraits

People in diners, phone booths, petrol stations and supermarkets are among influential American photographer William Eggleston’s subjects; National Portrait Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan says his photos capture “something extraordinary in the seemingly everyday”. The more than 100 works on display also include shots of Eggleston’s family and friends, as well as never-before-exhibited photographs from the 1960s, taken in the American south, and portraits of Clash singer Joe Strummer and actor/photographer Dennis Hopper (above). Until 23rd October at the National Portrait Gallery

Christopher Wood

This exhibition at Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery explores the turbulent life and art of painter Christopher Wood. A survey over 80 works celebrates the enormity of Wood’s achievement during the 10 years before his untimely death in 1930, aged 29. Until October 2;

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