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This Week 5 - 11 December

This Week 5 - 11 December

5 December 2016 Belphoebe New

We’re comfortably into December now, and if you’re still looking for some cultural entertainment alongside your Christmas shopping, this week brings both Winter warmers and Christmas chills galore. See the Tate Modern’s new enormous exhibition on modern American artist Robert Rauschenberg, laugh and cry through your favourite festive films at a pop-up cinema and enter a time machine in one of London’s most beautiful preserved 18th century homes. Dare we say Merry Christmas already?

Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern
 
This December explore the diverse work of experimental artist Robert Rauschenberg, the man who changed American art forever. This is the first major exhibition of his work in the UK for 35 years and the first retrospective of the artist since his death in 2008. Taking over the entirety of the Eyal Ofer galleries, Robert Rauschenberg will celebrate the abstract expressionist and pop artist’s extraordinary six-decade career, from his experimental combinations through to his responsive installations and performance art, showcasing major international loans that rarely travel and telling the story of a remarkable artist whose influence is still unmistakably felt today. Read our thoughts of the exhibition here.
 
Robert Rauschenberg runs from 1 December – 2 April 2017 at Tate Modern. Tickets are £16.80 with concessions available, find out more here.


Image Credit: Retroactive II 1963. Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Benighted at The Red Lion Theatre
 
Rather than celebrating the jolly and festive, The Red Lion Theatre is indulging in the rather more creepy side of Christmas this December, bring JB Priestley’s haunted house of horrors and psychologically chilling Benighted to the stage. Lost in the heart of wildest Wales on a treacherously stormy night, a group of travelers seek refuge in an ramshackle mansion house with the rather peculiar Femm Family, but begin to realise the house may be far more treacherous than the raging elements they have fled. Make sure to read our interview with playwright Duncan Gates about the production.
 
Benighted runs from 6 December – 7 January 2017 at The Red Lion Theatre. Tickets are £19.50 for adults and £16.50 for children. Find out more here.


 
Pop Up Screens: Christmas
 
If you’re the sort of person who scrambles for the Christmas playlist and puts on festive films from December 1st onwards, you’ll love this season of Christmas cinema from Pop Up Screens, starting this week with Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually and The Grinch. This year they will be creating their own unique winter wonderland at the Hackney Showroom, where the audience will enter the cinema through a wardrobe and be able to snuggle up in their very own white Christmas. Bring your own mistletoe!
 
Pop up Screen’s Christmas season runs 8 – 18 December, find out more here.
 
Winterlights at Dulwich Picture Gallery
 
Christmas is all about beautiful lights, and this light installation at Dulwich Picture Gallery looks set to be a colourful gem. For Winterlights the grounds and historic building will be transformed with illuminations from a variety of light sources bringing the Gallery to life after dark. Visitors can follow a dazzling trail along winding paths and explore explosions of colour and light in trees and secluded nooks. Choirs will perform Christmas classics each evening, and there will be street food and mulled drinks available from the gallery’s Christmas Cabin.
 
Winterlights runs from 6 – 18 December, prices are between £7 and £35. Find out more here.


 
Lives, Loves and Loss – Traces at Fenton House
 
Tucked away up a hill in Hampstead is the impressive Fenton House, which will be opening its doors this December for an immersive and interactive experience that will take you straight into the past. Step into the year 1730 and explore the Gee family, prominent silk and linen merchants who lived at Fenton House. Behind the doors is a multi- sensory experience in which visitors can experience the building’s past in sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes. Wander through abandoned rooms and unpick family secrets, discovering the lives, loves and losses of these former inhabitants and their relationships to each other. This exhibition is easy to lose yourself in, creating an atmospheric, other-worldly experience far from the London we know today.      
 
Traces at Fenton House runs 3 December – 23 December. It is open on weekends and some Thursdays. Tickets are currently £10 for adults and £5 for children, find out more here.

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