March in London 2019

 
 
 
 
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The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr
Tom Hiddleston stars in Betrayal
David Adjaye: Making Memory
WOW - Women of the World
Teenage Cancer Trust Series
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers
Ballet Black: Double Bill
The New Londoners
Hito Steyerl: Power Plants
Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2019
Head of the River Race
The London Coffee Festival
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2019
 

© RMN-Grand Palais (musee d'Orsay) / Herve Lewandowski

Tom Hiddleston stars in the final Pinter at the Pinter, Caryl Churchill's Top Girls comes to the National Theatre and van Gogh gets a blockbuster exhibition at Tate Britain, it's all in London in March 2019.

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Richard Alston Dance Company: Quartermark

The acclaimed dance company presents two new works this year.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March 2019

 

The acclaimed Richard Alston Dance Company, entering its 25th year, makes the first of its final two visits to Sadler's Wells. The company presents two new works and the revival of Proverb, one of Alston's most telling pieces, set to the vocals of Steve Reich. Hungarian uses the renowned Johannes Brahms music, as dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour. Detour, Martin Lawrance's new work, is set to Michael Gordon's pulsing Timber with the choreographer's trademark quick-paced style.

 
 
 

David Adjaye: Making Memory

The London based architect examines the idea of the monument.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 2nd March to 5th May 2019

 

Architect David Adjaye examines the idea of the monument at the Design Museum where seven of his buildings come under the spotlight. The London based architect, designer of this year's Brit Awards trophy, presents his thinking on how architecture and form are used as storytelling devices. His projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. (crowned Design of the Year 2017) and the National Cathedral of Ghana are examined, showing how Adjaye uses architecture to create monuments and memorials.

 
 
 

The Renaissance Nude

Revealing what lies beneath, the Royal Academy of Arts traces the origins of the nude.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 3rd March to 2nd June 2019

 

Showing some skin, the Royal Academy of Arts presents The Renaissance Nude, an exhibition examining the origins of the nude. Bringing together works by artists such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Durer and Cranach, the exhibition reveals how drawing the human anatomy from life inspired some of the most renowned 15th and 16th century masterpieces. This was a time when the nude was transforming Christian art, as demonstrated in this display which includes full-scale paintings, miniatures, bronze statuettes and anatomical studies. See how the idealised beauty contrasts with the ageing body, and public images compare with more intimate works.

 
 
 

Betrayal

Tom Hiddleston stars in the final play in Jamie Lloyd's Pinter at the Pinter season.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 5th March to 1st June 2019

 

Tom Hiddleston, star of The Night Manager, returns to the London stage following his acclaimed Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh. Bringing the Pinter at the Pinter season - with the Jamie Lloyd Company showing all of Harold Pinter's works - to a close, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance. Thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, "the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter's plays" (The Daily Telegraph). Revealing characters' hidden emotions and veiled motivations and their self-absorbed competitive dishonesty, Pinter's Olivier award winning play is set to take the London stage by storm.

 
 
 

Hito Steyerl: Power Plants

Art to make you leave your comfort zone and question your surroundings.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2AR

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 6th March to 6th May 2019

 

Named "the most influential person in contemporary art" in 2017 by ArtReview in its Power 100 list, German filmmaker and visual artist, Hito Steyerl, explores ideas and predictions at the meeting point of artificial intelligence and human testimony. This project, on display at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and online, kicks off with Actual RealityOS, a collectively produced digital commission, and Power Walks, a series of guided neighbourhood walks, leading to this exhibition opening in spring 2019. Taking the area local to the gallery, Steyerl uses data about wealth, social housing and austerity to chart real-life inequality forcing you to leave your comfort zone and question your surroundings.

 
 
 
 

Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads

Over sixty sketches, drawings and full-sized sculptures juxtaposed with the Renaissance armour that inspired them.

Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 6th March to 23rd June 2019

 

New research reveals that Henry Moore's long relationship with the Wallace Collection directly inspired his celebrated Helmet Head sculptures, so where better to show them together for the very first time? It's wonderful to see over sixty sketches, drawings, maquettes and full-sized sculptures in plaster, lead and bronze, juxtaposed with the Renaissance armour that inspired them. Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads reveals that armour - and what it represents - is a recurring theme in all of Moore's work, including his reclining figures, exploring ideas about power and strength, protection and vulnerability.

 
 
 

Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

Works by the photographer famous for his wry observations of Britishness.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 7th March to 27th May 2019

 

Britain in the time of Brexit is seen through the lens of Martin Parr, a photographer famous for his wry observations of Britishness. The new works form just one section of Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr which opens at the National Portrait Gallery this spring. Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad. The exhibition also focuses on the British Abroad, including photographs made in British Army camps overseas, and Parr's long term study of the British 'Establishment', revealing the obscure rituals and ceremonies of British life. His portraits of celebrities, most of which have never been exhibited before, also go on display, showing British fashion legends Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, contemporary artists Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and world-renowned football player Pele.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2019

This show includes photography, original prints and sculptures from over 100 British and international galleries.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Mar 2019

 

Whether you're looking for a picture to match your new curtains or to discover the works of a creative genius on the way up, then this is the place for you. Taking place in Battersea in spring and autumn and on Hampstead Heath in May, the Affordable Art Fair offers original art from just over 100 to 6,000. Attended by around 22,000 people each time, the shows include photography, original prints and sculptures from over 100 British and international galleries. The four-day Battersea spring fair gathers together more than 100 British and international galleries under one roof.

 
 
 

WOW - Women of the World

Activist and writer Angela Davis, author Naomi Klein and comedian Jo Brand challenge stereotypes.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March 2019

 

This is the ninth Women of the World Festival (WOW) but the first since Jude Kelly left the Southbank Centre to run the WOW Foundation full time. She has lined up two headline talks with legendary activist and writer Angela Davis as well as award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein. Jo Brand challenges stereotypes with Born Lippy: How To Do Female and Women's Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer examines how debates have become so damagingly polarised. During the day on Friday and Saturday there's What Now? and What Next?, led by Kelly, looking at the current state of the nation for women and girls, and asking what the future looks like. Through eight major events the festival invites us to take stock of where equality is now and what comes next.

 
 
 

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2019

The renowned photography exhibition returns for its 22nd year.

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 8th March to 2nd June 2019

 

In spring each year The Photographers' Gallery in London shows an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize worth 30,000 to the winner. The 2019 exhibition - which marks the prize's 22nd year anniversary - features images by Laia Abril, whose work focuses on the difficult topic of abortion; Susan Meiselas, a leading documentary photographer known for her work in conflict zones; Arwed Messmer, nominated for his exhibition on the Red Army Faction; and Mark Ruwedel, recognised for his work that explores geological, historical and political events. The winner will be announced during the run of the exhibition, rewarding the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.

 
 
 
 

Downstate

A fiery and provocative new play from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bruce Norris.

National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 12th March to 27th April 2019

 

Coming to the National Theatre direct from its debut at Steppenwolf, Chicago, Downstate is a fiery and provocative new play from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bruce Norris. Set in downstate Illinois, it tells the story of four men convicted of sex crimes against minors. Sharing a house with one another, they live out their lives in the shadow of their offences, and soon one of them will come face-to-face with a victim. But does the visitor want closure or retribution? The powerful piece puts the limits of compassion in the spotlight and questions what happens when society deems someone beyond forgiveness.

 
 
 

Ballet Black: Double Bill

New dance piece portrays a milestone moment in South African history.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, Covent Garden, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Mar 2019

 

UK-based Ballet Black, led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, return to the Barbican Theatre for the fourth consecutive year following their previous sell-out seasons, this time with two world premieres. The first, a Barbican co-commission, Ingoma (Song), portrays a milestone moment in South African history when 60,000 black miners took courageous strike action. The second is another original work, a light-hearted and engaging narrative ballet by Italian choreographer Luca Silvestrini.

 
 
 

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

The most complete exhibition of the artist's paintings outside Spain.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 18th March to 7th July 2019

 

In spring 2019 the National Gallery stages the first exhibition in the UK for over a century of the work of the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. More than sixty works displayed in Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light represent the artist's career, making this exhibition in the Sainsbury Wing the most complete exhibition of the artist's paintings outside Spain. Important masterpieces are among the portraits, landscapes and the seascapes, garden views and bather scenes for which he is most well known. Sometimes referred to as Spain's Impressionist, his work resonates with that of his contemporaries across Europe, including Sargent and Monet.

 
 
 

The Show In Which Hopefully Nothing Happens

An absurdist piece about hope, humour and failure which children aged between six and 10 will enjoy.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 21st March to 28th April 2019

 

An absurdist piece about hope, humour and failure which children aged between six and 10 will enjoy. Welcome to the most boring show in history: an actor who never gets to perform and a security guard who just hopes nothing will occur. Originally created in the Netherlands, this piece of theatre by Jetse Batalaan is recreated with the Unicorn featuring a UK cast.

 
 
 

The New Londoners

Featuring 163 families from 187 countries, captured by an award winning British photographer.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 

Dates: 22nd March to 7th July 2019

 

Close to 200 different countries are represented by people living in London, according to the UN, and award winning British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins has created portraits of most of them. The British Library has acquired the collection, featuring 163 families from 187 countries, and displays a selection of them in a free display in the Library's Second Floor Gallery. The New Londoners features photographs of the families in their London homes and is the first time an edit of the completed project can be seen on public display.

 
 
 
 

Emma Kunz

The first UK solo exhibition by the late Swiss healer, researcher and artist.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 23rd March to 19th May 2019

 

Geometric drawings inspired by spiritualism go on display at the Serpentine Gallery at the first UK solo exhibition by the late Swiss healer, researcher and artist Emma Kunz, one of the great pioneers of abstract art. Born to a family of weavers in 1892, Kunz used her drawings, created using a pendulum, to formulate diagnoses for her patients and saw in them answers to her questions on life. She "channelled her sorrow into these amazing geometric drawings," says Serpentine Galleries artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, "It's almost like a higher force, a magnetic force drew her hand."

 
 
 

Teenage Cancer Trust Series

Rudimental, Take That, Doves, The Script and Levellers make up this year's line-up.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 25th to 31st Mar 2019

 

The Teenage Cancer Trust annual series of concerts returns to the Royal Albert Hall this spring with five wondrous nights of music. This year the line-up includes Rudimental, Take That, alternative rock legends, Doves, who return after a decade away, pop/rock trio The Script and English folk-rockers Levellers. Supporting Rudimental is grime star Ghetts, Take That celebrate their 30th anniversary and Doves, the legendary three-piece band from Manchester, reward a generation of fans patiently waiting for their reappearance. Irish trio The Script are five albums and ten years into a 30 million record-selling career while English folk punk band Levellers play a full electric set on Sunday 31st March as part of 'A Beautiful Night Out', a one-day version of their award-winning grass roots festival Beautiful Days.

 
 
 

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

Cillian Murphy stars in the Enda Walsh adaptation of Max Porter's novel about loss.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 25th March to 13th April 2019

 

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy "is riveting as a bereaved husband - and an imaginary crow" (The Guardian) in the Enda Walsh adaptation of Max Porter's novel about loss. Grief is the Thing with Feathers, which makes its UK premiere in the Barbican Theatre, is a deeply moving meditation on love, bereavement and living as a father and his two young children deal with the shock of sudden death. In Walsh's staging for Complicite and Wayward Productions, the Crow's "psychological and symbolic aspect" is emphasised by having Murphy embody him, switching between roles "with a flip of his dressing gown" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

The London Coffee Festival

The four-day festival returns with coffee, cocktails, music and art.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 25th to 31st Mar 2019

 

The four day London Coffee Festival returns with coffee, cocktails, music and art all linked to the theme of coffee. The festival includes live roasting demonstrations, an espresso martini party, coffee food pairing, a milk bar, latte art and the school of chocolate. Across the Old Truman Brewery site over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs and art exhibitions are staged, all centred on the caffeinated drink.

 
 
 

Top Girls

Caryl Churchill's powerful feminist play returns to London.

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 26th March to 22nd April 2019

 

More than three decades since it premiered at the Royal Court, Caryl Churchill's powerful feminist play, Top Girls, returns to London in 2019, and it's just as relevant today as it was back in 1982. Originally staged in the era of Thatcherism, the story follows Marlene - the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency - as she takes inspiration from Maggie at Number 10 to realise even more ambitions. A look at the obstacles women have to tackle in order to obtain equality, it sees Marlene dine with notable female figures - both mythical and historical - as they discuss their own tumultuous journeys to power.

 
 
 
 

The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

The first exhibition of the Dutch artist's work at Tate in over 70 years.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 27th March to 11th August 2019

 

See Van Gogh's Sunflowers in a new light at The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain. The artist's 1888 masterpiece - which has only left the National Gallery three times in its history - is shown at Tate Britain for the first time, alongside the British artwork that it inspired - from flower paintings by Frank Brangwyn and Matthew Smith to Jacob Epstein and David Bomberg. The first exhibition of the artist's work at Tate in over 70 years, the display concentrates on Van Gogh's residence in London, between 1873 and 1876, revealing his enthusiasm for British culture. It shows how he responded to works by John Constable and John Everett Millais, his love of British writers and his passion for British graphic artists and prints. Despite his poverty, he collected around 2,000 engravings, most from English magazines such as the Illustrated London News, prints he returned to in his final months when he painted his only image of London, Prisoners Exercising, from Gustave Dore's print of Newgate Prison.

 
 
 

Re-Textured Festival

A new festival celebrating electronic music and brutalist architecture.

 

Various Venues Dates: 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st Mar 2019

 

A new festival from Krankbrother, Re-Textured takes over several London venues this March. A celebration of both electronic music and brutalist, modernist architecture, it will see the Southbank Centre, 180 The Strand and Village Underground are take part, hosting a series of electronic, techno and ambient gigs across four days.

 
 
 

Ghost Stories

The original terrifying live production returns to west London 8 years after its premiere.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 29th March to 11th May 2019

 

Having premiered at Lyric Hammersmith back in 2010, Ghost Stories has since become a global phenomenon and in 2019 it will return to the west London theatre as part of Sean Holmes' last season as artistic director. Not recommended for those with a nervous disposition, the show is a series of short stories strung together by academic presenter, Professor Philip Goodman (played by Andy Nyman, co-creator of Derren Brown's stage and TV shows), and there are plenty of moments when you'll want to hide behind the sofa. Written and directed by Nyman and the League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson, it is billed as a selection of stories whose creepy tales "will bleed off the stage and into your dreams". That's not quite the case - there's enough humour to soften the truly scary stuff - but it certainly gives you plenty of paranormal things to think (and shriek) about. You may notice your step quicken on the walk home after dark. Not suitable for anyone aged 15 and below, or those of a nervous disposition.

 
 
 

Head of the River Race

420 crews row down a 4.25 mile course along the Thames.

Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London, SW6 3JD

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 30th March 2019

 

The Head of the River Race is one of the classic races on the rowing calendar, a warm up for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race that follows the exact same course backwards, from Mortlake to Putney Bridge along the Thames. There are 420 crews in all, rowing down the 4.25 mile course, testing their willpower and teamwork in this uniquely macho sport. It is also a particularly nice stretch of the river, so even if you are not that excited by rowing, this is a really nice spot to enjoy a walk or a pint and watch the boats glide past - hopefully the tides will dictate that the race coincides nicely with an early pub lunch, but you'll have to book early if you want a seat that faces the river.

 
 
 
 
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