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This Week July 10-16

10 July 2017 Will Rathbone

There are two major openings this week - the BBC Proms return once again for a summer of contemporary, classical and increasingly experimental orchestral music, whilst the Natural History Museum’s Central Hall re-opens to the public after six months of re-development. Elsewhere a landmark exhibition of artworks from black artists during the Civil Rights Movement opens at Tate Modern, the Young Vic import a blockbuster new show straight to the West End and there’s a unique opportunity for a guided tour round Battersea Arts Centre.

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Tate Modern’s latest blockbuster begins in America in 1963, at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. It looks at black artists from the time - working in a variety of mediums from painting to sculpture; photography to fashion - and how their work reflected the multitude of reactions to the monumental social developments taking place in America. It’s one of the undoubted highlights of Tate Modern’s 2017.

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power runs at Tate Modern from July 12 - October 22. Tickets are £16.50

BBC Proms

Hallelujah! The BBC Proms are back, heralding in two months of the finest orchestral music London can muster up. Highlights include a live performance of minimalist composer Phillip Glass and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar’s 1964 concept album Passages, Holst’s The Planets, an evening of music from film composer John Williams and the return to the Proms of Jules Buckley, the young arranger who melds orchestral and contemporary music in consistently original ways.

The BBC Proms run from July 14 - September 9 at the Royal Albert Hall, and various locations around London. Ticket prices vary, but can be as little as £7.50!


Image Credit: Chris Christodoulou

Natural History Museum

It’s been a year of change at the Natural History Museum, as Dippy - the iconic Diplodocus - makes way for an enormous Blue Whale skeleton to be suspended from the ceiling of the Central Hall. Visitors can gaze in awe at a magnificent, beautiful creature that is still alive today, having been successfully brought back from ‘critically endangered’ to merely ‘endangered’. It is not only a success story in terms of conservation but a timely reminder of how much we still have to do to protect our planet, and the many wonderful species that exist alongside us, from destruction. There are also spectacular new specimens on display in the bays surrounding the Hall.

The Natural History Museum Central Hall re-opens on July 14. Entry is free.

Battersea Arts Centre: If Walls Could Talk Tours

There’s a fantastic opportunity to take a guided tour around the magnificent Battersea Arts Centre this Saturday, as the 124 year old former Town Hall opens all its doors to the public. Each tour guide has a special connection to the building, with some having performed, visited regularly or even lived there! It’s a fascinating place, and the myriad paths, rooms and walkways are full of history and romance.

If Walls Could Talk Tours take place at Battersea Arts Centre on July 15 and 26, and are free!


Image Credit: Morely Von Sternberg

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Young Vic are bringing one of the biggest shows of 2017 straight to the West End, as the Apollo Theatre hosts Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams’ tale of a family gathering at a cotton plantation in Mississippi that uncovers destructive secrets and lies. Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell play husband and wife Maggie and Brick, with Colm Meaney as Big Daddy, head of the family. It’s blockbuster, knock-your-socks-off theatre from firebrand Aussie director Benedict Andrews, and we recommend booking sooner rather than later.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs at the Apollo Theatre from July 13 - October 7. Tickets from £35.


Image Credit: Charlie Gray
 
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