Prince and Patron

Marking Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, this exhibition of works from the Royal Collection was chosen by the Prince of Wales himself to reflect his lifelong love of art and history. The 100-plus items on display range from Johan Joseph Zoffany’s detailed painting of art connoisseurs at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery to an embroidered red cloak once worn by Napoléon Bonaparte. The prince has also selected pieces by young artists from three charities he supports, including the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan. From 21st July to 30th September at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace


King Lear

Sir Ian McKellen was known for his roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company long before he played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And this month, he returns to the theatre where he made his West End debut, in a production of King Lear directed by Jonathan Munby. Seen by a lucky few last year’s Chichester Festival, the play is being revived for just 100 performances, giving audiences another chance to witness McKellen’s intense physical presence as the monarch raging against the fates as he descends into madness, while his family and kingdom are riven by conflicts. From 11th July to 3rd November at the Duke of York’s Theatre


His lacerating wit and matchless way with words have made Alan Bennett one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, with a body of work going back almost half a century. Now there’s a new Bennett play – one that could do for the medical world what The History Boys did for education. Set in a hospital that’s due to close, and where a cynical TV documentary crew are on the hunt for stories, Allelujah! is a no-holds-barred satire. reuniting Bennett with acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner, it is one of this year must-see productions. Until 28th September at the Bridge Theatre

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