Diary May 2018 Dance, festival, theatre & exhibition, sport

2018-05-01
Culture

DANCE

Swan Lake

It takes a great deal of bravura to touch a 30-year-old, much-adored classic, but that’s the Royal Ballet is doing with its new production of Swan Lake. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score, the ballet tells the tale of the romance between Prince Siegfried and the beautiful swan princess Odette – and the sorcerer who attempts to trick the prince into marrying Odette’s dark nemesis, Odile. Choreographer Liam Scarlett’s fresh vision recreates the ballet as a dazzling spectacle for dance aficionados and first-timers alike. From 17th May to 21st June at the Royal Opera House

SPORT

Chestertons Polo in the Park

With mallet-wielding riders thundering pell-mell across the turf, polo is a thrilling spectator sport. The three days of equestrian action at Hurlingham Park, in Fulham, begin with an England International on 8th to 10th June at Hurlingham Park

THEATRE

Mood Music

Playwright Joe Penhall’s new black comedy about the harsh realities of the music industry reunites Rhys Ifans with director Roger Michell, who made Notting Hill. The play is set in a London recording studio, where a young songwriter, her producer (Ifans), industry lawyers and bigwigs do battle over who owns a hit song. Until 16th June at the Old Vic

EXHIBITION

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008 – 2018

It’s been a politically volatile decade and, from the 2008 US presidential campaign’s seminal Obama ‘Hope’ poster to the placards held on recent marches by a newly invigorated women’s movement, never have the medium and the message been so closely intertwined. This exhibition documents the ceaseless invention and memorable design involved in creating images which – regardless of whether one agrees with the message – have has an international impact. It’s also a fascinating snapshot of the growing power of social media to get the word out around the globe at the touch of a button. Until 12th August at the design Museum

SPORT

Fever-Tree Championships

Finishing just before Wimbledon begins, the annual tennis tournament at The Queen’s Club has long been an indicator of who might flourish at SW19, with Boris Becker and Andy Murray among previous winners of both events. But the west-Kensington club is worthy of a visit I its own right, as the men’s players compete in singles and doubles matches over seven days. From 18th to 24th June, The Queen’s Club

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