Diary April 2018Opera & Theatre, film, exhibition & Music

2018-04-03
Culture

MUSIC

Evgeny Kissin in Recital

Child prodigies are rare still are those who grow to develop and nurture their genius as adults. Evgeny Kissin seized the attention of the world as a teenage pianist, yet still packs out concert halls three decades on, aged 46. At the Barbican, the charismatic Russian star is tackling one of the most technically difficult works in all of Beethoven, the wild, soaring Hammerklavier Sonata, and there’s further evidence of his brilliance with several of the virtuosic preludes by Kissin’s compatriot, Sergei Rachmaninov. From 29th March at the Barbican

EXHIBITION

Fashioned from Nature

The symbiotic relationship between fashion and the natural world is explored in an eclectic exhibition of 300 objects dating from 1600 to the present. Some are inordinately elegant, such as a 19th-century dress embellished with the iridescent wings of jewel beetles, and a 1780s waistcoat with a pattern of Macaque monkeys. More recent examples include a Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles, and a Stella McCartney tunic and trousers created from synthetic spider silk. From 21st April to 27th January 2019 at the Victoria and Albert Museum

OPERA

Coraline

Neil Gaiman’s unsettling children’s fable – filmed in 2009 – is the subject of the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage, the composer known for Anna Nicole, his earlier work for The Royal Opera, based on the life of the Playboy model and tabloid sensation. In this world premiere, young Coraline discovers a hidden door in her family home into a parallel universe, where everything seems much better. There are some unsettling differences, though – her ‘other’ parents have buttons for eyes and don’t want to let her go back. Coraline will appeal to adventurous audiences of all ages. From 29th March to 7th April at the Barbican

FILM

Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi spectacular plunges us into the overcrowded dystopian world of 2045, where there is only one escape; the Oasis, an immersive virtual-reality game. When its billionaire inventor dies, the race is on to find a hidden prize of unimaginable wealth. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, and starring Tye Sheridan and Mark Rylance, Spielberg’s adaptation takes special effects to a breathtaking new level. Opens on 30th March in the UK

FILM

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Downton Abbey’s Lily James stars in this romantic drama set just after the Second World War, directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral). James plays a free-spirited reporter who visits Guernsey to write about the Island’s Nazi occupation. As she learns about the quietly subversive resistance campaign waged by the oddly named society, she finds herself falling in love with a local man (Michiel Huisman). Opens on 20th April in the UK

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