Diary June 2018Exhibition & festival



James Cook: The Voyages

When Captain James Cook set sail from Plymouth in 1768 in HMS Endeavour, it was the start of a journey of discovery, an exploration of vast reaches of the planet that back then were hardly known. His voyage was to yield almost the first Western sighting of Polynesian culture, and among the many landmarks was an unprecedented crossing of the Antartic Circle. The British Library’s exhibition of maps, drawings and log books brings this chapter from the past vividly to life, and at an event on 18th May, experts will discuss the enduring mystery surrounding Cook’s death. From 27th April to 28th August at the British Library


Glyndebourne festival

The annual festival at Glyndebourne has become a byword for all that is most joyful in opera, from rare revivals to well-loved classics. This year’s programme opens with Puccini’s poignant tragedy Madama Butterfly, alongside the comic delights of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Other performances include Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy’s tale of doomed love, Samuel Barber’s operatic thriller Vanessa plus two grand epics from Handel: Giulio Cesare and biblical tale Saul. From 19th May to 26th August, Glyndebourne, East Sussex


Summer Exhibition

As the Royal Academy celebrates the 250th anniversary of its Summer Exhibition, gallery-goers flocking to Piccadilly should be braced for a show unlike any seen before. Unpredictable and outspoken Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is in charge this year and has declared the theme to be ‘Art made now’, to add extra immediacy and freshness to the selected works. Look out particularly for Grayson’s Room of Fun, where visitors can see the pieces he and his committee ‘find amusing’. Join guests at the Summer Exhibition Preview Party on 6th June to see the show before the rest of the world. From 12th June to 19th August, Royal Academy of Arts


Hampton Court Palace Festival

Henry VIII’s magnificent palace plays host to a festival of music featuring some of the world’s most popular stars. This year’s eclectic line-up includes singers Lionel Richie, Gary Barlow and Paloma Faith, blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and The Beach Boys. Opt for the Kings Dining Package to enjoy a sumptuous meal in one of the palace’s state apartments before the concert in the Tudor Courtyard. From 5th to 20th June, Hampton Court Palace

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