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Notre Dame De Paris

Cast of Notre Dame de Paris. Photo: Alessandro Dobici

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Notre Dame De Paris
The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
Condo 2019
Cost of Living
Vault Festival
Vault Festival
Pierre Bonnard: The Colour Of Memory
London A Cappella Festival
Bill Viola/Michelangelo
V&A Friday Late: All To Play For
Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Notre Dame De Paris

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 23rd to 27th Jan 2019 - Various Times

 

Cathedral bell-ringer Quasimodo falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda in the original French production of the musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Twenty years after its Parisian debut, and after receiving international acclaim in 23 countries worldwide, Notre Dame de Paris is performed at London Coliseum in French with English subtitles and with a live orchestra. Gilles Maheu directs an international ensemble of singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians as our hunchbacked hero stalks the rooftops of Paris. Opera fans be warned: the music, by Richard Cocciante, is described as "pop-rock musical" by The Telegraph.

 
 
 

The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 22nd to 27th Jan 2019

 

Held in Battersea Park in winter, spring and autumn, The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair mixes unusual finds with genuine antiques covering everything from furniture to textiles, glass to garden artefacts. The winter fair 2019 will see the foyer display inspired by The Cocktail Hour, taking style tips from fashionable 1950s and '60s nightspots to show how you can create a contemporary space for parties or a modern club room. Popular with buyers from Soho House, Colefax & Fowler and Anthropologie, visitors may also spot David or Victoria Beckham, Eddie Redmayne or Miranda Richardson at this popular antique fair where more than 150 dealers come together. Located within easy reach of Chelsea, there's a courtesy shuttle service running from the Sloane Square Hotel.

 
 
 

Condo 2019

 

Various Venues Dates: 12th January to 9th February 2019

 

A collaborative exhibition by 52 galleries across 18 London spaces, Condo 2019 is a month-long city-wide art festival featuring some of the most exciting young art galleries from around the world. Hollybush Gardens hosts Gregor Podnar from Berlin, Union Pacific hosts Christian Anderson from Copenhagen and Lomex New York, Rodeo hosts Galeria Jaqueline Martins from Sao Paulo, and The Approach hosts The Breeder from Athens. See the full line-up on the official website.

 
 
 

Cost of Living

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station

 

Dates: 25th January to 9th March 2019

 

Adrian Lester stars in the UK premiere of Martyna Majok's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Cost of Living, staged by Edward Hall at Hampstead Theatre which celebrates its 60th birthday this year. The drama centres on four shattered lives as Adrian Lester makes his Hampstead Theatre debut in the role of truck driver Eddie, who is attempting to re-engage with his estranged wife following an accident. Katy Sullivan, who starred in the award-winning off-Broadway production, makes her UK stage debut reprising her role as Ani. They're joined by Emily Barber in the role of Jess and Jack Hunter in the role of John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy.

 
 
 

Vault Festival

The Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, South Bank, London, SE1 7XB

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 09th - 26th February 2012

 

This February the newly discovered Old Vic Tunnels will be taken over for the Vault festival. The underground maze will host a number of theatrical gigs including late night themed parties and a horror-exclusive cinema. The flicker club and Hammer will be joining forces to offer resurrections of classic horrors including Frankenstein Created Woman, as well as cutting edge thrillers Let Me In and much anticipated, The Woman in Black. Lurking underground the streets of London this cinema will be the perfect place for audiences to immerse themselves in some truly nerve-racking screenings. Further events include silent opera La Boheme; the combination of silent disco and opera, plus a ballsy gig from heavy metal band The Furies, and numerous late night spectaculars with different themed nights to suit all tastes.

 
 
 
 

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour Of Memory

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 23rd January to 6th May 2019

 

A major exhibition of works by French painter Pierre Bonnard, a friend and contemporary Henri Matisse, known for his unconventional use of colour and his preference to work from memory. Showing around 100 of his greatest works, this Tate Modern exhibition emphasises Bonnard as a 20th century artist who had a profound impact on modern painting and would become an influential figure for later artists like Mark Rothko and Patrick Heron. Spanning four decades from 1912 to his death in 1947, the exhibition includes breakthrough works like Dining Room in the Country and The Lane at Vernonnet.

 
 
 

London A Cappella Festival

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Jan 2019

 

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the annual London A Cappella Festival returns to Kings Place with Laura Mvula performing with female vocal quintet Black Voices. All-male American pop-jazz vocal sensations m-pact, legendary Cuban superstars Vocal Sampling and three of the UK's best University a cappella groups - The Techtonics, The Rolling Tones and The Bristol Suspensions - are also part of the packed programme. Bulgarian vocalists The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices and festival co-hosts The Swingles - performing at LSO St Luke's - will ensure the whole four day festival runs in sweet harmony.

 
 
 

Bill Viola/Michelangelo

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 26th January to 31st March 2019

 

Pairing the work of pioneering video artist Bill Viola with drawings by Michelangelo, this Royal Academy of Arts exhibition explores the affinities between the two. Conceived as an immersive journey through the cycle of life, the display shows a selection of Michelangelo's most poignant works, including those from Windsor such as his drawings of the Crucifixion, alongside 12 major installations spanning Viola's entire career. Though working five centuries apart and in radically different media, the exhibition reveals a deep preoccupation with the nature of human experience and existence that the two artists share.

 
 
 

Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival

 

Various Venues Dates: 19th January to 2nd February 2019

 

The first arts festival in the UK dedicated to British-Chinese performance and culture, the Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival comes to London this January. With the aim of building on the representation of Chinese artists in the UK, it boasts a packed programme covering everything from Chinese-language cinema to shows combining music, rap and spoken word. Venues taking part include the Camden People's Theatre, BFI Southbank, Rich Mix, Southbank Centre and Photographers' Gallery. See the official website for the full line-up.

 
 
 

V&A Friday Late: All To Play For

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Friday 25th January 2019

 

Taking place on the last Friday in every month, the V&A's Friday Lates are free drop in events that celebrate all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society. January's event takes the theme of All To Play For, exploring how we play today and how we could potentially play tomorrow. Questioning what play can be and how it relates to society, it looks at the ways makers and players are pushing boundaries. Visitors will be able to solve riddles to find their way out of an escape room, work together to decode a puzzle of dancers, and play newly commission video games. There will also be the chance to design your very own game.

 
 
 

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