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It is Alice in Wonderland’s 150th birthday this year (we know, she looks great for her age!) and she is still going strong, inspiring everything from fashion to ballet, opera to art, a testament to Lewis Carroll’s most curious and enduring creation. So we’re going head first down the rabbit hole to Wonderland for all kinds of curious events:
Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland opera at the Barbican is a multi-media production. It was the South Korean composer’s first opera, with a libretto co-written by the composer with David Henry Hwang performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. — Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland opera at the Barbican, EC2, is on 8th March (suitable for age 12+).
Custard pies and splurge guns at the ready as Sir Alan Parker’s gangster musical Bugsy Malone hits the stage at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.
The children’s musical set in a prohibition-era New York is play-acting at its best, with a young gangster cast that thrill with the fun of their make-believe warfare.
The British Museum’s big summer blockbuster exhibition is on the history of Indigenous Australia, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It is an extraordinary story that goes back 60,000 years, the oldest in human history.
The exhibition brings together artefacts from the National Museum of Australia as well as from the British Museum’s own collection. It includes objects that came from Captain Cook’s journey to Australia in 1770 — a shield picked up by one of Cook’s crew for instance — a 19th century turtle shell mask from the Torres Strait Islands, and art by leading modern day indigenous artists, including Yumari (1981) by Uta Uta Tjangala.
The Courtauld Gallery’s summer exhibition looks at incomplete artworks from its collection. Unfinished … Works from the Courtauld Gallery brings together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the 20th century that for a variety reasons were never completed.
In some cases the artist died or was unhappy with the artwork and discarded it halfway through, giving a fascinating view into the process of creating art through different periods of history. Then there are the works left deliberately unfinished. From the Renaissance to the Impressionists, artists have left their works for the viewer to complete in their mind.
The Old Vic Theatre’s new season starting this autumn is the first for new artistic director Matthew Warchus. Taking over from Kevin Spacey to run one of London’s most historic theatres, Warchus’s first season is a mix of new and old plays, from Pinter to Dr Seuss’s The Lorax, and includes a musical and a Eugene O’Neill production.
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