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This week: 12 – 18 March

12 March 2018 Suzanne Frost

Springtime is edging closer every day so go out and celebrate London’s versatile cultural offerings, from dance to theatre, to experimental unusual fringe shows, photography and art.

My Generation

In celebration of My Generation, the forthcoming film produced and narrated by Michael Caine, which tells the story of the swinging sixties through the icons that shaped the era, this accompanying free exhibition runs from 8 – 21 March at 3 Carnaby Street. The showcase includes photographs, prints and previously unseen archive footage featuring many of the icons in the film, including Twiggy, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Jean Shrimpton, Paul McCartney and The Beatles, as well as Michael Caine. My Generation will be in cinemas on 14 March for a one night special that includes a Q&A with Michael Caine and director David Batty before being officially released in September this year. With Carnaby Street the birthplace of Swinging London and the epicenter for style and creativity, visitors can expect an immersive experience full of the ambience of this revolutionary period.
 
My Generation exhibition is at 3 Carnaby Street 8-21 March. Entry is free.
 
 
Post Modern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox. Photo: Stacie Hess

YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox, the powerhouse pop-jazz phenomenon that started out as a bedroom project, are on tour and visiting London for a night of vintage-pop mash-ups at the Roundhouse. Creator Scott Bradlee’s trademark big band twist on modern pop hits such as Rhianna’s Umbrella or Sia’s Chandelier gained huge popularity on social media but it’s onstage that the project really shines, with the band and its rotating cast of multi-talented singers and musicians playing a wide range of reimagined hits in the party-like atmosphere that has come to characterize the band’s shows. They are now promoting their first live album The New Classics that gives Taylor Swift, Beyonce, NSync and Meghan Trainor that time-warping twist.
 
Postmodern Jukebox are playing at the Roundhouse on 13 March. Tickets £27.50-102.50
 
Beowulf

Seth Kriebel in Beowulf

Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic poem in Old English and hailed as one of the most important works in English literature. Seth Kriebel’s brand new interactive performance invites the audience to explore the world of this legendary story from our ancient past without ever leaving their seats. Accompanied by an evocative soundscape, the audience will be immersed in the realm of this extraordinary epic as Kriebel brings strange and wonderful landscapes to life a thousand years after the monster-fighting exploits of the eponymous hero were first written down. Combining the oral tradition from which it arose with the open-world possibilities of contemporary computer games to create a unique interactive experience, each audience will embark on their own unique adventure, with the direction of every show determined by their choices of where to go and how to explore the imagined world of this classic tale.

Beowulf is at Battersea Arts Centre 14 - 31 March, Tickets £12.50
 
Ballet Black

Ballet Black in Arthur Pita's 'A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream', Cira Robinson as Titania & Isabela Coracy as Puck. Photo: John Ross

Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, Ballet Black celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent, showcasing technique, precision and grace in specially commissioned pieces. They return to the Barbican for their third consecutive year following two sell-out seasons. The Double Bill will showcase a new narrative ballet for all of Ballet Black’s artists by choreographer Cathy Marston, renowned for her expressive and beautifully crafted work. The Suit is based on Can Themba’s South African fable. Completing the evening is Arthur Pita’s A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream, a heady piece of dance-theatre for which the Portuguese choreographer earned an Olivier nomination following its premiere. The production mixes the classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to an eclectic soundtrack that includes Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac.
 
Ballet Black is at the Barbican Theatre 15 —17 March. Tickets £16 - 30
 
 
The Birthday Party

Toby Jones in The Birthday Party. PhotoJohan Persson

Harold Pinter’s darkly comic masterpiece The Birthday Party is heading towards it’s final weeks at the Harold Pinter Theatre and with a star studded cast including Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan, Zoë Wanamaker and Pearl Mackie, this strictly limited West End run is not one to miss. Set in a rundown seaside boarding-house, an innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare with the unexpected arrival of two sinister strangers. The play has been classified as a comedy of menace, characterised by the typical Pinter elements such as ambiguous identity, confusions of time and place, and dark political symbolism. Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter's brilliantly mysterious story about the absurd terrors of the everyday.

The Birthday Party is at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 14 April. Tickets £15 - 125
 
 
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