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William Patrick Roberts, The Dance Club (The Jazz Party), 1923Leeds Museum and Art Gallery (c) Estate of John David Roberts. By permission of the Treasury Solicitor, courtesy of Bridgeman Images

This week: 26 February – 4 March

26 February 2018 Suzanne Frost

Be the first to catch Tate Britain’s major new exhibition or enjoy two feuding queens in Mary Stuart before it closes in the West End. Curl up with a book or shimmy into the new month with some jazzy rhythms. London’s cultural calendar is really kicking off now.

Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band at The Palais de Dance, Hammersmith 1919 © Max Jones Archive

Marking 100 years since jazz first reached Britain, this exhibition explores the genre’s influence on art, design and society. Britain’s jazz age was never as loud and ostentatious as the scene in the US but what jazz did was to germinate a native British music industry and youth culture long before rock n’roll began. Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain considers the reception of jazz as it entered the public consciousness after WWI; how it brought audiences together and influenced changes in society. The impressive collection illustrates this moment in history through hundreds of artefacts, from 78 records and vintage banjos through advertisements, photographs, sheet music, clothing and a selection of paintings.
Alongside the exhibition there will be complementary events including tours, lectures, workshops and more. Swing by for the Wednesday Lates with jazz-inspired cocktails and music by different Jazz ensembles from Smitty’s Big Four, to the Meg Morley Trio and electro-swing DJ Tallulah GoodTimes.

Rhythmn & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain is at Two Temple Place from 27 January – 22 April, entry is free

London’s Big Read at Library

Mezzanine at Library

Library is a private members club, hotel and all-round creative hub centred around literature. Think Soho House but with lots and lots of books. With 1 March being National Book Day, Library will mark this event by opening their doors to non-members all through the month. Their Honest Library is based on the principle of recycling and sharing: Take any book off their shelves as long as you replace it with one from your own collection. Also, join in on their event London’s Big Read and vote for your favourite of the shortlisted London authors. There will be live music events, art exhibitions, film screenings and author-led book clubs and special talks. If you, like essayist Jorge Luis Borges, always imagined that “paradise will be a kind of library” this should be the place for you.
 
Library is at 112 St. Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BD
 
 
Adventures in Peter Pan’s Neverland at the Museum of London Docklands

Adventures in Peter Pan's Neverland (c) Museum of London Docklands

Explore the wonderful world of Peter Pan as the museum transforms into Neverland for a fun-filled weekend. A series of interactive events, film screenings and performances will take place throughout the weekend, providing a whole new generation with an introduction to J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters. Professional actors will lead Peter Pan-themed workshops and re-enact short scenes from the story, amidst a transformed museum which will be adorned with confetti cannons and decorations. There will be “sightings” of Captain Hook’s pirates and other larger-than-life characters from the story in the permanent gallery spaces during the weekend. Two screenings of the classic animated film Peter Pan will run each day, allowing visitors to see Peter’s tale before they continue the stories themselves in the museum.
 
Adventures in Peter Pan’s Neverland is at the Museum of London Docklands 3 –4 March, 10.45am – 4pm, Tickets from £4
 
 
Mary Stuart at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Lia Williams, left, as Elizabeth and Juliet Stevenson as Mary. Photograph: Manuel Harlan

Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart is now in its final weeks at the Duke of York’s Theatre before heading off on a national tour. Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days and the power struggle between two ambitious warring queens. The production’s major coup is winning two high calibre actresses, Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams to play both roles, deciding each night by the toss of a coin.
 
Mary Stuart is at Duke of York’s Theatre until 31 March
 
 
All Too Human at Tate Britain

Girl with a White Dog, Lucian Freud 1950-51 (c) tate London, 2018

Showcasing around 100 works by some of the most celebrated modern British artists – including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon – this exhibition celebrates the painters who strove to represent human figures in the most intimate of ways, revealing how their art captures personal and immediate experiences, distilling raw sensations through their use of paint. Significant and rarely seen works by Freud and Bacon will give visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the rich sensuality and intimacy of these two modern masters. The exhibition will also include work by a diverse range of artists, including: Frank Auerbach, R.B. Kitaj, Paula Rego, Jenny Saville, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. It will make poignant connections across generations of artists engaged in figurative painting across the 20th century, as well as shedding new light on the role of women artists in this traditionally male-dominated genre.
 
All Too Human is at Tate Britain 28 February – 27 August
 
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