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This week: 5 – 11 February
Image Credit: Satyagraha at English National (c) Donald Cooper Opera

This week: 5 – 11 February

5 February 2018 Suzanne Frost

Escape the miserable weather with meditative opera, dream yourself away on an elegant ocean liner or give in to the darkness with an H. P. Lovecraft festival…

Satyagraha
 
English National Opera continues to champion contemporary opera. Satyagraha, Philip Glass’ 1979 mesmeric masterpiece, looks at Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa and his development of non-violent protests as a political tool. The story moves back and forth through Gandhi’s life, with the flow of time, words and music creating a hypnotic experience. Glass’s use of repetitive musical structures – ‘minimalism’– creates a mesmerising soundscape quite unlike traditional operas.
 
ENO’s Satyagraha is at the London Coliseum 1 – 27 February


Alan Oke as Ghandi in Satyagraha, (c) Donald Cooper

 
 
Mad As Hell
 
For everyone who didn’t get a ticket to Network during its sold out National Theatre run, Mad As Hell at Jermyn Street Theatre reveals an interesting insight into the source material. Shining a light on what went on during the making of the iconic 1976 film, Mad As Hell follows the story of film star Peter Finch falling in love with Eletha Barrett, a local working class woman, while filming in Jamaica. Soon they are entangled in a bitter fight about prejudice, class, race and the courage of love.
 
Mad As Hell is at the Jermyn Street Theatre 7 – 24 February


Mad As Hell (c) Visual Things

 

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
 
No other form of travel could be as romantic or nostalgic. With Ocean Liners, the V&A puts on the first exhibition to explore the design of international liners, the great 'floating palaces' of the past, and their cultural impact. This exhibition brings back the golden age of ocean travel, with over 250 objects including paintings, sculptures, ship models, fashion, photographs, posters and film. Highlights include a wooden panel fragment from the first-class lounge of the Titanic, a diamond Cartier tiara recovered from the sinking Lusitania in 1915 or the Christian Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich for her arrival in New York on-board of the Queen Elizabeth in 1950.
 
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style is at the V&A from 3 February and tickets are £18


The Titanic in dry dock, 1911, Victoris & Albert Museum, London

 
Girls & Boys
A completely different type of travel starts off this new play at the Royal Court. Girls and Boys tells the story of two people who meet in the queue for an Easyjet flight and stumble head - over - heels into a passionate intense relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids - but then things start to go awry and normal family life takes a disturbing turn. Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan returns to the Royal Court making this a rare opportunity to see the Hollywood star in an intimate setting. Boys & Girls is the first collaboration between writer Dennis Kelly (Matilda the Musical; The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastormas) and director Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet, Barbican; Posh, Royal Court) for this entirely new production, bringing together two creatives at the very top of their game.
 
Boys & Girls is at the Royal Court from 8 February – 17 March and tickets are £12 - £ 65


Carey Mulligan in rehearsals for Girls & Boys at the Royal Court (c) Johan Persson


 
London Lovecraft Festival
Horror fans should head over to the Etcetera Theatre in deepest darkest Camden for London’s first ever Lovecraft Festival, a theatrical celebration of the works and mythos of American cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Over 6 dark evenings, the festival showcases seven different shows; from spooky improv by The Society of Strange, Hidden Basement’s puppetry and physical theatre Shadow Over Innsmouth and Vulcanello’s genderswitched Mountains of Madness. Fans of Cthulu, tentacled horrors and creeping insanity from other dimensions can find their palates tickled and their brains disturbed.
 
The London Lovecraft Festival is at the Etcetera Theatre from 6 – 11 February


Philip North and Claire Matthews in “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
 

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