Diary August 2017Theatre, danse, music & exhibition

2017-08-01
Culture

EXHIBITION

BP Portrait Award 2017

Staged annually, and with a first prize of £30,000, this competition is a vital platform for emerging talent. Thousands of entries from around the world are whittled down by an eminent judging panel to a final selection – including the three shortlisted for the main award. And all 53 are now being exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. Painted portraits can provide an insight into people’s minds and characters like no other medium; the works on show this year are no exception. Until 24th September at the National Portrait Gallery

Matisse in the studio

“A good actor can have a part in 10 different plays,” said Henri Matisse. “An object can play a role in different pictures.” Composed in a studio in Nice, his paintings revolutionised 20th-century Western art. But around him were objects that allowed the artist to draw influences from further afield: textiles from Africa, Chinese calligraphy and ornate Islamic art. Putting these items on view alongside the works they inspired, the exhibition allows us to appreciate and savour Matisse’s paintings in an entirely new light. From 5th August to 12th November at the Royal Academy of Arts

California

Steaming with the sultry secrets of a wealthy family in the USA’s Deep South in the ‘50s, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof sealed the reputation of writer Tennessee Williams. The hit 1958 on-screen version starred Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman; here, Sienna Miller plays Maggie, the “cat” who bristles with fury at her loveless marriage, while rising star Jack O’Connell is husband Brick, drowning his sorrows as he struggles to live up to his father’s hopes. An unmissable theatrical landmark. Until 7th October at the Young Vic

DANSE

Romeo & Juliet

Forty years ago, to honour the Queen's Silver Jubilee, Rudolph Nureyev created a new production pf Romeo & Juliet for the English National Ballet. Now, the company returns to the Royal Festival Hall for the first time in almost a decade to re-stage this emotionally intoxicating version of the tale of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, set to Sergei Prokofiev's stirring score. From 1st to 5th August at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

MUSIC

BBC Proms 2017

Whatever your musical tastes, there's something for your at BBC Proms 2017. Celebrating the centenaries of the birth of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie are modern-day successors Dianne Reeves and James Morrison in an enthralling tribute concert (Prom 27, 4th August). Or experience sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar give the first live performance of music composed by her father Ravi and Philip Glass (Prom 41, 15th August). Until Saturday 9th September at the Royal Albert Hall

THEATRE

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Steaming with the sultry secrets of a wealthy family in the USA’s Deep South in the ‘50s, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof sealed the reputation of writer Tennessee Williams. The hit 1958 on-screen version starred Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman; here, Sienna Miller plays Maggie, the “cat” who bristles with fury at her loveless marriage, while rising star Jack O’Connell is husband Brick, drowning his sorrows as he struggles to live up to his father’s hopes. An unmissable theatrical landmark. Until 7th October at the Young Vic

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