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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+).
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.
This autumn rugby’s greatest championship the Rugby World Cup rolls into town, with London playing centre stage for the tournament.
Kicking off at England’s home ground of Twickenham Stadium, with the opening ceremony and England v Fiji match on 18th September, there are 44 days and 48 matches in the competition, and nations from Namibia to New Zealand taking part.
Actor/director Sir Kenneth Branagh is putting on a season of West End theatre with an all-star cast from the autumn of 2015.
Twenty years after the actor ran his first theatre troupe, he is back on stage with a cast that includes Judi Dench, Cinderella stars Lily James and Richard Madden, Rob Brydon and Branagh himself. The plays include works by Shakespeare and Terence Rattigan.
Kicking off the season is Dame Judi Dench and Branagh, who both co-directs and stars, in The Winter’s Tale (17th October 2015 to 16th January 2016). One of Shakespeare’s later plays, The Winter’s Tale is a tragicomedy, set in Sicily and an imaginary Bohemia with deserts and coastline.
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