From a thoroughly psychedelic trip down memory lane with the origins and impact of Alice in Wonderland with the V&A’s latest exhibition, to the captivating production of Romeo & Juliet — here’s how to keep entertained this month.
Watch the National Theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet online: Outstanding is the word to describe the National Theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet — the directing (Simon Godwin), the adaptation (Emily Burns), the music (Michael Bruce), and the captivating performances by Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley as Romeo and Juliet, all beautifully come together to make for a tantalizing production.
Incorporating a stellar, award-winning cast that includes the magnificent Tamsin Greig, Fisayo Akinade, Adrian Lester, Lucian Msamati, and Deborah Findlay, expect switches of tempo to play to the emotive narrative, and flashes of slick cinematography set against the rich charm of the stage for a modern-day appeal.
This production was filmed on a single stage at the National Theatre over 17 days, and will have you enthralled for 94 minutes. Watch online in the UK with a NOW TV entertainment pass or Sky subscription, and in the USA on the PBS Video app.
Celebrate iconic black female singers with the BFI’s new season of showings: Running from 17 May – 30 June, the BFI Southbank will celebrate black female singers who have turned their musical artistry into film. Entitled, Her Voice: Black Women From the Spotlight to the Screen expect music documentaries, biopics and feature films with performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé. Tickets on sale from 3 May.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT
Take in some Rodin sculptures: The Tate Modern has a new major exhibition for spring in the form of The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin, which celebrates the life of famed French sculptor, François Auguste René Rodin (1840-1917). Known as the founder of modern sculpture and for working with bronze and marble, this show looks at his use of plaster. The exhibition is influenced by his landmark exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Alma in 1900 where he displayed his life’s work almost entirely in plaster, and as such, many of the original stand-out exhibits like the monumental casts of Balzac 1898 and the La Meditation 1896 will be shown in a rare reunion.
Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
See Talk Art’s video installation: To celebrate the release of the book, Talk Art: Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask brought to you by actor, Russell Tovey and gallerist, Robert Diament the boys have teamed up with W1 Curates for a video installation in central London showing art by the likes of KAWS, Tracey Emin, and Katherine Bradford (as pictured below). Catch it while you can, it runs until 9 May.
161-167 Oxford St, London, W1D 2JP
Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum: Opening on Saturday 22 May is the latest exhibition by the V&A, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser. Here, you’ll discover the origins of the Alice in Wonderland, it’s adaptation, reinventions, and how it has impacted various mediums from art to the catwalk over 157 years. It promises to offer an immersive and mind-bending journey down the rabbit hole, naturally.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Join the ‘Designing with Care’ online talk hosted by the Design Museum: On 11 May the Design Museum will be hosting a panel discussion with the 2020 Designers in Residence exploring design’s relationship to care. The residents, including Abiola Onabule, Cynthia Voza Lusilu, Enni-Kukka Tuomala and Ioana Man will share their insights when it comes to the role of care within the design industry, exploring fashion, wellbeing, empathy, and the urban relationships with microbes and agriculture.
Watch a Shakespearean play in the open-air: The 2019 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns with a bang this month at the world-renowned open-air Shakespeare’s Globe. The play is brought together by the Globe’s Associate Artistic Director, Sean Holmes, the music is by Jim Fortune, and it’s performed by members of the Hackney Colliery Band.
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT
Workout with SoulCycle and Selfridges: SoulCycle Outside London at Selfridges has launched and it’s first outdoor studio in the U.K. The instructor led, 45 minute sessions are held outside on Selfridges’ Edward’s Mews, with 5 classes a day running until the end of June. Be sure to shop too, and visit the new rooftop terrace, Alto by San Carlo, which is ideal for alfresco dining in London.
See a kaleidoscope of color at Kew Gardens: Naturally Brilliant Colour is Kew’s ode to the vibrant colors found within the natural world. Opening on 17 May and running throughout the summer, Kew invites its visitors to view “the boldest, brightest colour on Earth” with botanical artwork using Pure Structural Colour, by artist Coral G Guest.
“We are incredibly excited to introduce the world to Pure Structural Colour – a stunning crossover of science and art. This is something that really has to be seen to be believed, and we cannot wait to welcome visitors to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens to experience Pure Structural Colour for themselves. Naturally Brilliant Colour immerses visitors in a journey through time, showcasing some of the most beautiful shades in the natural world. A coming together of artwork and innovative technology, this exhibition is truly a feast for the eyes.” Maria Devaney, Galleries & Exhibition Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE