Diary February 2018Music, exhibition, theatre & film

2018-02-01
Culture

MUSIC

Lady Gaga

She’s dominated pop with her irrepressible creative flair, and now Lady Gaga is touring with her fifth studio album, Joanne. It was greeted by critics as a return to form – unmatched by anything she’s done since the brilliant Born This Way. During the career-spanning set, Gaga serves up a feast of entertainment: accompanying the pumping tunes and power ballads are out-of-this-world stage set, startling costumes and abundant theatrical flourishes – including flamethrowers and vintage cars. On the 4th and 8th February at the O2

THEATRE

Long Day’s Journey into Night

After rave reviews and a sold-out run, the Bristol old Vic production of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece is finally coming to the West End, where audiences can savour a masterclass in acting. The powerfully charismatic Jeremy Irons stars as James Tyrone, the washed-up matinee idol in whose summer home the events of summer 1912 take place. Matching Irons for star power, Lesley Manville plays Tyrone’s wife, Mary, who is battling her own demons and warns, “The past is the present. It’s the future too”; it’s a defining line in a tale of a family rallying against reality and running from the secrets that they cannot face. From 27th January at Wyndham’s Theatre

FILM

Phantom Thread

It is, we’re told, the last performance from the great Daniel Day-Lewis before he bids farewell to acting forever. But what a high note he’ll be going out on, as he renews his collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson following the mighty There Will Be Blood. Amid the world of haute couture in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is recognised as a genius. But his fastidious nature and carefully controlled existence threaten to unravel when confronted by love. Opens on 2nd February in the UK

EXHIBITION

T-Shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion

The once humble T-shirt has come a long, long way since its days as an undergarment for men. From the tie-dye wonders of the hippie era to the shocking images of punk and the political slogans introduced by Katherine Hamnett in the 1980s, this is the one item of clothing that has come to mean all things to all men and women – and, it seems, will never go out of style. Charting the designs over the decades, from streetwear to high fashion, this provocative exhibition will provide newfound insights into the wardrobe staple. From 9th February at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Ocean liners: Speed & Style

The ocean liners of the golden age of travel are celebrated with an exhibition of more than 250 objects and photographs drawing upon fashion and culture. The story begins with Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s pioneering Victorian steamship the Great Eastern and moves on to the 20th century, when liners were in their heyday. Highlights include a Cartier tiara recovered from the Lusitania, and, from the Titanic, a panel fragment from the first class lounge and couture gowns worn by the passengers. From 3rd February at the Victoria and Albert Museum

THEATRE

Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Viktor

Almost a decade after a death, German choreographer Pina Bausch’s titanic work Viktor – inspired by the city of Rome and first performed over 30 years ago – is revived by the company that was her artistic home for almost her entire career. Brace yourself for a deeply seductive experience, graced with humour and wild imagination, as performers in classic mid-20th-century costume dance with period songs. From 8th February at Sadler’s Wells

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