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This Week 20-26 February
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This Week 20-26 February

20 February 2017 Belphoebe New

February has gone incredibly quickly, and to round off the month is a truly exciting week in London. Theatre enthusiasts have a new production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to look forward to as well as Daniel Radcliffe returning to theatre as one half of a hapless double act in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. You can also delve into Princess Diana’s wardrobe, laugh out loud with Tiff Stevenson and discover film making by people of colour at a special East London V&A late.

Diana: Her Fashion Story
 
Princess Diana remains one of Britain’s best-loved figures, and this latest exhibition at the Royal Kensington Palace will explore her legacy through her famous style. There will be an extraordinary range of garments exhibited that she wore at some of her most prominent public appearances, from visiting the White House through to dancing with John Travolta.
 
Diana: Her Fashion Story opens 24 February and runs throughout 2017. Find out more and book tickets here.



Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
 
Another Harry Potter star takes to the stage this week (Harry Potter himself in fact) with this 50th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s Hamlet spin off, following Hamlet’s hapless childhood friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as they stumble through the events of the play, increasingly out of their depth. This brilliantly funny play manages to see the hilarity in an otherwise tragic storyline, with Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire taking on the two main roles.
 
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead runs Sat 25 Feb – Sat 29 Apr at The Old Vic Theatre. Find out more and book tickets here.


Photo credit: Manuel Harlan


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
Edward Albee’s electrifying play returns to the stage this week starring Sweeney Todd and Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton. It focuses around one dramatic evening on the campus of an American college, where husband and wife Martha and George invite new professor Nick and his wife Honey for some after-party drinks. However all is clearly not well, with Nick and Honey becoming embroiled in George and Martha’s toxic party games culminating in some uncomfortable truths being revealed.
 
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? runs 22 February – 27 May at Harold Pinter Theatre. Find out more and book tickets here.           

 
Tiff Stevenson – Seven
 
You might recognise Tiff Stevenson from her appearances on Mock The Week, Nevermind The Buzzcocks and The Office, and now you can catch her at Bloomsbury Theatre where she’ll be performing this hilarious yet poignant stand-up show. Inspired by a gig she did in Paris a month before the Bataclan attacks, she explores the need to make traumatic and impactful worldwide events about us, delving into all aspects of 21st century society including morality, vanity and mental health.
 
Seven by Tiff Stevenson runs at Bloomsbury Theatre 24-25 February, tickets are £10. Find out more and book tickets here.


Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

 
Electricity: The Spark of Life
 
What would we do and where would we be without electricity? Without doubt, electricity has transformed the modern world and captivated inventors, scientists and artists alike. This exhibition will explore electricity’s endless possibilities, from the terrifying existence of Frankenstein’s monster through to the brutal simplicity of the executioner’s chair. There will also be new artwork commissioned especially for the exhibition, including an exploration by Bill Morrison of the movements and networks of electricity and Camille Henrot’s critique of the relationship between humans, technology and the environment in an energy-dependent world.
 
Electricity: The spark of life runs 23 February - 25 June at The Wellcome Collection. Find out more here.


Alexander Bassano Photographic Studios, Woman modelling the latest permed hairstyles for the hairdresser Eugène Limited 1923. © Museum of London

Friday Late: gal-dem
 
gal-dem is an online magazine formed of 70 women of colour currently making waves in a largely white media sphere. They have teamed up with the V&A to create this special film-themed Friday Late held at various locations across Stratford and in partnership with the Stratford East Arts Centre. Highlights include a rolling programme of films exploring the masculinity of black culture, a Bollywood dance tutorial, a DIY Feminism workshop on women in comedy, a makers market and videography editing workshop at Gerry’s Kitchen.
 
Friday Late: gal-dem will be held on 24 & 25 February 2017 at various locations across Stratford. Find out more here.


Photo courtesy of V&A

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