Arts Reviews

The Master Builder at The Old Vic

The Master Builder at The Old Vic

David Hare's lively adaptation of Ibsen's classic brings this complex multi levelled play right into the 21st century.

Necropolitan Line: SE1 history inspires Leeds art installation

An art installation inspired by the stories of a Southwark burial ground and a railway that carried coffins and mourners from Waterloo to Surrey is on show at a Leeds gallery.

Necropolitan Line: SE1 history inspires Leeds art installation
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax at The Old Vic

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax at The Old Vic

A Dr Seuss classic is brought to the stage for the Old Vic's festive offering.

The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic

The Old Vic is back on form. After an and uncertain start with his opening production Future Conditional new Artistic Director Matthew Warchus must know that his second production has upped the game.

The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic
Steve Hollingshead's 1001 photographs

Steve Hollingshead's 1001 photographs

A mosaic of 1001 black and white images 'defining the distinctive creative character of London' has gone on show.

Future Conditional at The Old Vic

Where was the element of originality?

Future Conditional at The Old Vic
Song from Far Away at the Young Vic

Song from Far Away at the Young Vic

A powerful portrayal of a troubled young man, attempting but unable to escape his past. The main stage at the Young Vic is big space. And it feels particularly big when there is a cast of only one.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015

This year's RA Summer Exhibition is sure to make people talk.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015
High Society at The Old Vic

High Society at The Old Vic

High Society at The Old Vic is the farewell party for Kevin Spacey.

Eric Ravilious and Morley College remembered at Dulwich

The famous but now lost work by Eric Ravilious at Morley College is recalled in a major exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Eric Ravilious and Morley College remembered at Dulwich
Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic

Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic

Ah, Wilderness! is humorous but curious in its modernity and ultimately lacks impact.

Golem at the Young Vic

Deeply serious yet profoundly silly, this is quite unlike anything else you will see on stage.

Golem at the Young Vic
Electra at The Old Vic

Electra at The Old Vic

Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra provides the Old Vic with a compelling and thoroughly memorable opening to its new season.

A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic

A confident, standout version of Streetcar.

A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic
The Crucible at The Old Vic

The Crucible at The Old Vic

A terrifying and entirely believable rendition of Miller's best known work.

Red Forest at the Young Vic

Belarus Free Theatre has created a play which is all anger and no narrative.

Red Forest at the Young Vic
A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic

One of Arthur Miller's greatest plays retains its power through the outstanding performance of the actor at the heart of its story.

Oh My Sweet Land at the Young Vic

A brutally honest, yet sensitive personal perspective on the war in Syria.

Oh My Sweet Land at the Young Vic
Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic

Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic

Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic is the first of a series of productions to offer a more intimate experience than the theatre's proscenium arch usually affords.

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead at the Young Vic

A play which comes loaded with history but fails to live up to expectations.

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead at the Young Vic
Happy Days at the Young Vic

Happy Days at the Young Vic

A perfectly staged version of Beckett's challenging work.

Beauty and the Beast at the Young Vic

A show which is mesmerisingly beautiful and laugh-out-loud funny in equal measure.

Beauty and the Beast at the Young Vic
Fortune's Fool at The Old Vic

Fortune's Fool at The Old Vic

It has taken almost twenty years for Mike Poulton's adaptation of Turgenev's tragi-comedy to reach London, having premiered at Chichester in 1996 and won Alan Bates an award on Broadway.

The Scottsboro Boys at Young Vic

Unlike Rosa Parks or Little Rock, the Scottsboro Boys haven't entered the lexicon of pivotal moments in the American civil rights movement - at least not in the UK.

The Scottsboro Boys at Young Vic
Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic

Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic

The star names of Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Mark Rylance make this a must-see production. But poor initial reviews led to the SE1 critic attending with trepidation.

The Lightning Child at Shakespeare's Globe

'This performance contains filthy language and bare flesh,' says a notice outside Shakespeare's Globe where The Lightning Child is being staged.

The Lightning Child at Shakespeare's Globe
Gabriel at Shakespeare's Globe

Gabriel at Shakespeare's Globe

Gabriel is an unusual unfolding of post-Shakespearian themes of London life, the position of women and the role of the trumpet in the works of Henry Purcell.

A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic

No piece of theatre could fully convey the horrors and injustices of the fight for Congolese independence.

A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic
Sweet Bird of Youth at The Old Vic

Sweet Bird of Youth at The Old Vic

This may not be a flawless production but its characteristics reflect those of its own characters; imperfect, compelling and beautiful.

The Alchemist at the Rose Theatre

Try as it might, this production is unable to turn a dud play into something more fantastic.

The Alchemist at the Rose Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe

This outstanding production doesn't require sun in order to shine.

Tanzi Libre at Southwark Playhouse

"Welcome to the all new Southwark arena," declares the the 'DJ' opening Tanzi Libre at the new Southwark Playhouse.

Tanzi Libre at Southwark Playhouse
Public Enemy at the Young Vic

Public Enemy at the Young Vic

You would be hard pushed to guess that Public Enemy was written in 1882 if you did not know it to be an Ibsen.

The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe

The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most bizarre plays combining a lightness of touch with much darker themes.

The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe
My Perfect Mind at the Young Vic

My Perfect Mind at the Young Vic

One man's extraordinary on-stage portrayal of his stroke and subsequent recovery.

The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic

Terence Rattigan's play The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic is a pre-World War One story with many 21st-century resonances.

The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic
Forest Form at the Stone Theatre Gallery

Forest Form at the Stone Theatre Gallery

The little-known Stone Theatre Gallery under the railway arches off Hercules Road is for a month filled with huge marble sculpture and large forest photographs.

Above Me The Wide Blue Sky at the Young Vic

Fevered Sleep's evocative ode to a lost rural idyll, performed in an unconventional manner.

Above Me The Wide Blue Sky at the Young Vic
Dido, Queen of Carthage at Rose Theatre Bankside

Dido, Queen of Carthage at Rose Theatre Bankside

Christopher Marlowe's first play is also his weakest; and this is, unfortunately, reflected in the Rose's production.

Chess: The Musical at Union Theatre

An impressive revival of a long absent musical, but one which leaves you questioning why it was revived at all.

Chess: The Musical at Union Theatre
Hamlet at Rose Theatre Bankside

Hamlet at Rose Theatre Bankside

A fast-paced Hamlet which still manages to surprise, despite the play's familiarity.

Feast at the Young Vic

A spectacular journey through the history of the Yoruba diaspora.

Feast at the Young Vic
Top Story at The Old Vic Tunnels

Top Story at The Old Vic Tunnels

It was always going to be hard to pull off a comedy which combines the mundane with the supernatural. This is a valiant effort, but it ultimately fails to match its own high ambitions.

Fair Em at the Union Theatre

This modern world premiere of a play once (wrongly) attributed to Shakespeare is entertaining in itself. But its illumination of the genius of the world's most famous Bard provides the greatest appeal.

Fair Em at the Union Theatre
Kiss Me, Kate at The Old Vic

Kiss Me, Kate at The Old Vic

A faultless show from the doyen of musical theatre and Shakespeare.

Theatre Uncut at the Young Vic

If you didn't catch 'Theatre Uncut' at the Young Vic, then you're already too late. For this year at least.

Theatre Uncut at the Young Vic
Blackta at the Young Vic

Blackta at the Young Vic

A bold play, making a bold statement, but one which doesn't quite hit the mark.

Fireface at the Young Vic

Are happy endings ultimately disappointing? Does the audience feel short changed if, after all the drama, a play finishes with all loose ends tied up and order restored?

Fireface at the Young Vic
Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic

Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic

Such is the magnificence of Anna Mackmin's new production of Hedda Gabler, the only thing really missing was the kind of climactic sense of total catastrophe which Ibsen obviously intended.

Three Sisters at the Young Vic

This contemporary take on the much-performed classic retains its original profundity and humour, whilst displaying beautiful execution and innovative staging.

Three Sisters at the Young Vic
Richard III at Shakespeare's Globe

Richard III at Shakespeare's Globe

Mark Rylance ensures that one of Shakespeare's most convoluted and challenging plays brings the audience down with a brilliant blend of laughter and sorrow.

A Doll's House at the Young Vic

It's appropriate that a major Edvard Munch retrospective is currently on show at Tate Modern, just down the road from the Young Vic.

A Doll's House at the Young Vic
The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare's Globe

The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe 2012 season continues with Simon Paisley Day in a riotous version of The Taming of the Shrew

The Fix at Union Theatre

The Union Theatre in Union Street has become more Union Square for a US election musical.

The Fix at Union Theatre
Democracy at The Old Vic

Democracy at The Old Vic

Michael Frayn's Democracy is a slow-burning piece focusing on the strained politics of late 1960s/early 1970s West Germany.

Minsk, 2011 at the Young Vic

'Minsk, 2011' represents a wake-up call to the realities of life in 21st century Belarus and challenges our complacency about the state of democracy in a forgotten corner of Europe.

Minsk, 2011 at the Young Vic
Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe

Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe

Timothy West declaimed the opening lines of William Shakespeare's Henry V in Southwark Cathedral during Southwark's Diamond Jubilee civic service last week.

The Suit at the Young Vic

A poignant portrayal of love, life and death in 1950s South Africa, set against a backdrop of growing oppression and violence.

The Suit at the Young Vic
Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical at the Union Theatre

Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical at the Union Theatre

This musical twist on an old classic successfully transfers from Broadway to Bankside. But something of the original tale is inevitably lost within all the songs and set pieces.

Wild Swans at Young Vic

With elaborate set designs, dozens of props (including a giant aubergine), video projection, puppetry, live music, song, dance and a cast of approximately 37 performers on stage each night, Wild Swans is an ambitious theatre production to say the least.

Wild Swans at Young Vic
The Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic

The Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic

A theatrical tour de force, heightened by a visual spectacular conjured up by The Old Vic, which hides its weaknesses within a powerful mix of high drama and dark beauty.

Bingo at the Young Vic

Patrick Stewart gives a stellar performance as the world's most famous Bard, but this is Shakespeare as you've never seen him before.

Bingo at the Young Vic
The Changeling at the Young Vic

The Changeling at the Young Vic

This exaggerated take on a classic is so barely recognisable from its original form that farce has replaced tragedy.

Without Warning at The Old Vic Tunnels

An extremely well executed piece of experimental theatre, this production fails to realise its ambitious aims.

Without Warning at The Old Vic Tunnels
King John at the Union Theatre

King John at the Union Theatre

Despite being one of Shakespeare's least known plays, this production bursts at the seams with passion, humour and drama.

Noises Off at The Old Vic

The Old Vic’s Christmas show ‘Noises Off’ brings tears of laughter to the eyes even after 30 years. Michael Frayn’s 1982 classic has been revived many times and has been seen by most theatre aficionados.

Noises Off at The Old Vic
Murmurs at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Murmurs at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

An alternative to the festive but familiar pantomimes and ballets, which all ages will appreciate as the perfect post-Christmas treat.

Orpheus in the Underworld at the Young Vic

A commendable attempt to broaden the appeal of opera, but one that unfortunately is more likely to turn the audience off rather than on.

Orpheus in the Underworld at the Young Vic
Hamlet at the Young Vic

Hamlet at the Young Vic

Michael Sheen does not disappoint in the title role as the tortured prince, but the production falls short of breathing new life into this oft-staged play.

Bound at Southwark Playhouse

Bound is a voyage into the heart of a dying industry, told through the souls of proud men.

Bound at Southwark Playhouse
The Playboy of the Western World at The Old Vic

The Playboy of the Western World at The Old Vic

Considering this dark, funny, thoroughly miserable Irish tale of deceit, villainy and disappointment was first performed at the Abbey Theatre Dublin in January 1907 it anticipates the genre of sitcom with remarkable wit.

Street Scene at the Young Vic

A Broadway classic, which successfully blends operatic high-drama with all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy.

Street Scene at the Young Vic
The Belle's Stratagem at Southwark Playhouse

The Belle's Stratagem at Southwark Playhouse

A little bit of history is required to fully appreciate The Belle's Stratagem.

The God of Soho at Shakespeare's Globe

Does this provocative production represent a step too far for Shakespeare's Globe, asks Alice Dickerson.

The God of Soho at Shakespeare's Globe
Globe Mysteries at Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Mysteries at Shakespeare's Globe

The Globe Mysteries at Shakespeare's Globe opens with a group of hoodies who soon show their faces as many characters in an exciting three hour religious tableau.

Marcia Mar at Nolia's Gallery

Acrylic, oil, brush, ink, music and a novel. All together. That is what you will find at the Care Revolution exhibition at Nolia's Gallery by the artist, writer and musician Marcia Mar.

Marcia Mar at Nolia's Gallery
Song of the City at Southwark Playhouse

Song of the City at Southwark Playhouse

Inspired by the music, art and poetry of one of India’s greatest literary figures Rabindranath Tagore, Song of the City was developed with an underground space in mind and works in tandem with the evocative Vault space at Southwark Playhouse.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Young Vic

This dark comedy proved so popular on its first run, it has returned to the Young Vic for a second dose of shock-a-minute drama.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Young Vic
Four Nights in Knaresborough at Southwark Playhouse

Four Nights in Knaresborough at Southwark Playhouse

Paul Webb's medieval play returns to London with a burst of power chords and a clash of powerful performances at the atmospheric Southwark Playhouse.

The Gift of Lightning at Waterloo East Theatre

Almost every audience member laughed during the opening scenes of David Gilna's The Gift of Lightning.

The Gift of Lightning at Waterloo East Theatre
In the Penal Colony at the Young Vic

In the Penal Colony at the Young Vic

This production by an independent Palestinian theatre company imbues Kafka's short story with modern day resonance and makes a statement without being too overtly political.

Richard III at The Old Vic

Marauding, evil, stylish and, being the sum of so many contradictions, brilliant, Kevin Spacey's Richard III is one of those theatrical moments of stunning magnitude.

Richard III at The Old Vic
Mr Happiness and The Water Engine at The Old Vic Tunnels

Mr Happiness and The Water Engine at The Old Vic Tunnels

The Old Vic Tunnels' two-for-the-price-of-one offer presents two beautifully evocative dramas, but risks delivering style over substance.

Government Inspector at Young Vic

Government Inspector at the Young Vic is a heady mix of surrealism, slapstick and satire.

Government Inspector at Young Vic
Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer at Waterloo East Theatre

Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer at Waterloo East Theatre

It is difficult to understand how the trials and tribulations of Irish explorer Tom Crean went unnoticed. Perhaps his mistake lay in not keeping a diary like Scott. And Shackleton.

Kafka's Monkey at the Young Vic

It is tempting to emerge from a play which finishes within the hour and feel slightly cheated.

Kafka's Monkey at the Young Vic
I Am The Wind at the Young Vic

I Am The Wind at the Young Vic

This is not a play that gives you time to get comfortable in your seat. The Young Vic’s production of I Am The Wind runs for 70 minutes straight through, and not a minute is wasted.

Forty-Seven Roses: An Evening with Peter Sheridan at Waterloo East Theatre

The passing of Peter Sheridan's father is at the centre of this one-man show and acts as a catalyst for a multitude of anecdotes about the intricacies of family life in 1960s Dublin.

Forty-Seven Roses: An Evening with Peter Sheridan at Waterloo East Theatre
Joan Miró at Tate Modern

Joan Miró at Tate Modern

Miró's first exhibition in London for over 50 years brings an unprecedented amount of work to the Tate Modern. But can the exhibition live up to the Tate's previous successes?

Terminus at the Young Vic

'Terminus'; end of the road. And this is where all three of the characters of Terminus find themselves, staring into oblivion and deciding to leap, with nothing to lose.

Terminus at the Young Vic
Cause Celebre at The Old Vic

Cause Celebre at The Old Vic

The new production of Terence Rattigan's Cause Celebre at the Old Vic is a highlight of the Rattigan centenary events.

Theatre Uncut at Southwark Playhouse

Theatre Uncut is a national theatre event created in response to the most severe spending cuts seen in Britain since World War II.

Theatre Uncut at Southwark Playhouse
Tatchell and Shortstuff at Waterloo East Theatre

Tatchell and Shortstuff at Waterloo East Theatre

Adam Smith has been to see two of the plays in the 'WET Rep' season at Waterloo's newest theatre.

Barclays bikes, spinning seats and an Elephant & Castle cardboard cut-out

The pick of this year's best designed buildings, products and projects has gone on show at the Design Museum.

Barclays bikes, spinning seats and an Elephant & Castle cardboard cut-out
Once Upon A Wartime at the Imperial War Museum

Once Upon A Wartime at the Imperial War Museum

A new family friendly exhibition takes a fun look at best-loved children's books which bring war conflicts to life.

The Boy James at Southwark Playhouse

This short play, based on the imagined coming-of-age of Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie is a curious affair – and worth seeing for its unexpectedness if nothing else.

The Boy James at Southwark Playhouse
Anansi: An African Fairy Tale at Southwark Playhouse

Anansi: An African Fairy Tale at Southwark Playhouse

The Anansi tales travelled with those who were enslaved in Ghana and west Africa to the Caribbean. Here they were retold to keep the flames of home alive.

A Flea in her Ear at The Old Vic

The Old Vic has a winner with its Christmas show this year. Feydeau’s A Flea in her Ear, starring a brilliant Tom Hollander, whirls along with split second precision and timing, not to mention mounting humour.

A Flea in her Ear at The Old Vic
Striking 12 at Waterloo East Theatre

Striking 12 at Waterloo East Theatre

Striking 12 is a modern day musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. The score and lyrics were written by Groove Lily, an American trio that seeks to fuse classical music, musical theatre, jazz and rock.

Gauguin: Maker of Myth at Tate Modern

Tate Modern's Gauguin show, the major winter exhibition which may break attendance records, has opened for a three and and half month run.

Gauguin: Maker of Myth at Tate Modern
Design for Living at The Old Vic

Design for Living at The Old Vic

Noel Coward's wit still sparkles in this lively but long new production of his 1933 comedy Design for Living by Anthony Page.

The Human Comedy at the Young Vic

For sheer effort, exhuberance and movement, this UK premiere of Galt MacDermot's The Human Comedy cannot be faulted.

The Human Comedy at the Young Vic
Bedlam at Shakespeare's Globe

Bedlam at Shakespeare's Globe

Nell Leyshon's fictional Bedlam is inspired by Bethlem Hospital, originally established in London in 1247.

Sunset Bitch at Waterloo East Theatre

It's a brave decision to set up another theatre in SE1, whose seemingly ever-growing collection of theatres rivals the West End in stature as well as number.

Sunset Bitch at Waterloo East Theatre
Scorched at The Old Vic Tunnels

Scorched at The Old Vic Tunnels

The Old Vic Tunnels lend themselves gloriously as a venue to this engaging, professionally executed if, at times, predictable first UK performance of Wajdi Mouawad's Scorched.

Don Juan in Love at The Scoop

Spanish high society comes to The Scoop in Steam Industry Free Theatre's production of Don Juan in Love.

Don Juan in Love at The Scoop
Toad Hall at The Scoop

Toad Hall at The Scoop

The well-known Wind in the Willows story has been adapted for the stage by Steam Industry Free Theatre.

Fuente Ovejuna at Southwark Playhouse

I've never been part of a lynch mob before. Tangram Theatre's production of Lope de Vega's Spanish Golden Age play works the audience into a vengeful frenzy.

Fuente Ovejuna at Southwark Playhouse
The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Young Vic

The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Young Vic

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a 1996 piece written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is being revived at the Young Vic this summer.

No Idea at the Young Vic

The Maria at the Young Vic is playing host to this show devised by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence.

No Idea at the Young Vic
Elephant 21 at Theatre Local, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Elephant 21 at Theatre Local, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

The Mayhem Company's new production, Elephant 21, is being performed in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

The Railway Children at Waterloo Station

A crowd-pleasing, spectacularly-staged summer blockbuster, in a most unlikely but apt destination.

The Railway Children at Waterloo Station
Reuben Powell: Paintings, Drawings and Prints at Hotel Elephant

Reuben Powell: Paintings, Drawings and Prints at Hotel Elephant

Elephant & Castle artist Reuben Powell is opening his studio to visitors during the London Festival of Architecture.

Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World at Hayward Gallery

As part of the Southbank Centre's three-month Festival Brazil, the Hayward Gallery plays host to Ernesto Neto's new exhibition, The Edges of the World.

Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World at Hayward Gallery
Sus at the Young Vic

Sus at the Young Vic

If you're after raw, intense, stripped-back acting, Sus delivers; this is a play that pulls no punches.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Young Vic

A sensitive and well-observed portrayal of the everyday lives and internal struggles of early twentieth century African Americans.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Young Vic
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera at Tate Modern

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera at Tate Modern

An exhibition of photographs taken surreptitiously or without asking permission of the subject has opened at Tate Modern.

Otieno at Southwark Playhouse

The tragedy of today's Zimbabwe proves the perfect setting for this adaptation of one of theatre's most compelling tragedies - Othello.

Otieno at Southwark Playhouse
Henry VIII at Shakespeare's Globe

Henry VIII at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe is staging William Shakespeare's rarely performed local play Henry VIII.

Ditch at The Old Vic Tunnels

Beth Steel's Ditch, premiered last month at the HighTide Festival in Suffolk, has transferred to The Old Vic Tunnels.

Ditch at The Old Vic Tunnels
Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe

Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe’s new season opens with a hellish and gory production of Macbeth by director Lucy Bailey.

The Real Thing at The Old Vic

In the 1982 play The Real Thing Tom Stoppard explores what it really means to be a writer or an actor and how real life relationships contrast with them.

The Real Thing at The Old Vic
Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara at the Union Theatre

Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara at the Union Theatre

The war on terror has inspired countless works of art over the past decade. But few are likely to be as aggressive and moving as the short plays currently showing at the Union Theatre.

Georgian Bankside revealed by Paul Sandby at Royal Academy

The Paul Sandby bicentenary exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts includes a long painting showing Bankside in the late 18th century.

Georgian Bankside revealed by Paul Sandby at Royal Academy
Random at Theatre Local, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Random at Theatre Local, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

random by debbie tucker green is the first production in the Royal Court's Theatre Local season at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

The Ministry of Food at Imperial War Museum

This exhibition has plenty to offer on so many levels: it will appeal to the food enthusiast as well as those with an eye for design or an interest in art.

The Ministry of Food at Imperial War Museum
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year at Design Museum

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year at Design Museum

This year's most innovative designs from architecture to fashion and interactive design to furniture have gone on display at the Design Museum.

The Hostage at Southwark Playhouse

When Brendan Behan's play The Hostage transferred from Dublin to London in 1958, he had to translate it from the original Gaelic.

The Hostage at Southwark Playhouse
Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde at Tate Modern

Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde at Tate Modern

The first exhibition in Britain devoted to pivotal Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) has opened at Tate Modern.

Progress at the Union Theatre

Last performed in 1986, this play leaves you feeling that perhaps little has progressed since then.

Progress at the Union Theatre
Six Degrees of Separation at The Old Vic

Six Degrees of Separation at The Old Vic

This is, for sure, one of those Old Vic productions which you will remember occasionally but without the enthusiasm and excitement which first greeted this play twenty years ago.

I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother at the Young Vic

While Israelis are taught that 1948 is the date of their victorious independence, Palestinian history teachers describe it as "al nakba", "the catastrophe".

I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother at the Young Vic
A Christmas Carol at Southwark Playhouse

A Christmas Carol at Southwark Playhouse

Ellie Jones's promenade production of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Neil Bartlett from Charles Dickens' text, is a delight.

The Tartuffe and The Trial at Southwark Playhouse

It's no surprise that Belt Up Theatre's current double-bill at the Southwark Playhouse had a sell-out run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Tartuffe and The Trial at Southwark Playhouse
Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting at Hayward Gallery

Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting at Hayward Gallery

Ed Ruscha's retrospective is the largest UK survey of his work in America over five decades from Pop Art to paintings of words and landscapes.

Designs on Delivery at London College of Communication

With the SE1 postal district being among the worst hit by the current strikes it is fascinating to be able to have a reminder of the great days of the Post Office.

Designs on Delivery at London College of Communication
Inherit the Wind at The Old Vic

Inherit the Wind at The Old Vic

Last night's insistent rain oppressed London. But theatregoers were not deterred from stepping through the drizzle and into what is fast becoming the hottest seat in town: Trevor Nunn's magnificent production of Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic.

Pop Life: Art in a Material World at Tate Modern

Tate Modern's controversial look at the legacy of pop art includes former Waterloo resident Tracey Emin among selected artists.

Pop Life: Art in a Material World at Tate Modern
Orestes: Re-Examined at Southwark Playhouse

Orestes: Re-Examined at Southwark Playhouse

An interactive reworking of Aeschylus’ tragic revenge cycle for a contemporary audience.

A New World: A life of Thomas Paine at Shakespeare's Globe

This late summer production at the Globe of a new play by Trevor Griffiths is a thoroughly enjoyable panorama of the life and times of Thomas Paine, an early campaigner for democracy, anti slavery and the rights of man.

A New World: A life of Thomas Paine at Shakespeare's Globe
Outbreak 1939 at the Imperial War Museum

Outbreak 1939 at the Imperial War Museum

Seventy years after the start of the Second World War, the Imperial War Museum has opened a new exhibition exploring the first three months of the conflict.

Confusions at the Union Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn wrote Confusions in 1974, at a time when his work was becoming very popular, and playing to large houses in London.

Confusions at the Union Theatre
Blood Wedding at Southwark Playhouse

Blood Wedding at Southwark Playhouse

On the face of it, Poppy Burton-Morgan's take on Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca's Blood Wedding looks eminently promising.

Helen at Shakespeare's Globe

This play, originally by Euripedes and in a new version by Frank McGuinness, is doubly timely, as it deals with both the futility of war and is a follow-up to the recent production of Troilus and Cressida.

Helen at Shakespeare's Globe
4.48 Psychosis at the Young Vic

4.48 Psychosis at the Young Vic

For the first five minutes of Sarah Kane’s final play, the only character stands still and silent on the bare stage.

As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe

There is a moment in the production of As You Like It, now showing at Shakespeare's Globe, in which the stage becomes a forest.

As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe
Troilus & Cressida at Shakespeare's Globe

Troilus & Cressida at Shakespeare's Globe

Troilus and Cressida is one of Bankside's local plays. William Shakespeare took the tale from Chaucer who had dedicated his version to John Gower, a resident in the Southwark Priory precinct.

Remembering Jan Kaplicky: Architect of the Future at the Design Museum

The Design Museum's small tribute to the Czech architect who died earlier this year includes a couple of items of local interest.

Remembering Jan Kaplicky: Architect of the Future at the Design Museum
The Rover at Southwark Playhouse

The Rover at Southwark Playhouse

Aphra Behn's Restoration play The Rover is widely considered to be her most successful work.

Mariscal - Drawing Life at the Design Museum

Bright, colourful, refreshing. This exhibition is perfect for a hot summer's day in London.

Mariscal - Drawing Life at the Design Museum
American Werewolves in London Bridge

American Werewolves in London Bridge

Although I've had a free ticket for the London Bridge Experience sitting on my desk for some months, I never quite mustered the enthusiasm to go and have a look at what is supposed to be London's scariest attraction.

Walking In My Mind at the Hayward Gallery

Tree trunks on the South Bank walkway have been covered in red spotted fabric by installation artist Yayoi Kusama.

Walking In My Mind at the Hayward Gallery
The Bridge Project: The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard at The Old Vic

The Bridge Project: The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard at The Old Vic

The Anglo-American venture known as The Bridge Project is the brainchild of Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey.

The Moon The Moon at Southwark Playhouse

The Moon The Moon is billed as a love story, about lost love but also love re-found. It is also billed as sad but filled with hope, love and optimism.

The Moon The Moon at Southwark Playhouse
The Highgrove Florilegium at the Garden Museum

The Highgrove Florilegium at the Garden Museum

The Highgrove Florilegium exhibition features watercolours of flowers, fruit, and trees by more than 70 leading botanical artists from around the world.

The Exquisite Corpse at Southwark Playhouse

Surrealism is a movement that endeavours to free the mind from the cage of logic.

The Exquisite Corpse at Southwark Playhouse
Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe

Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe

The new season at Shakespeare's Globe begins with a youthful presentation of Romeo and Juliet.

Little Boy at Union Theatre

This is a neatly written coming of age tale which, although deceptively simple in its telling, gives a clean, clear message, which is refreshingly frank and uncomplicated.

Little Boy at Union Theatre
London Cityscapes exhibition at City Hall

London Cityscapes exhibition at City Hall

Five colour large photographs showing 'bird's eye' views of central London are on show in City Hall.

Crimes of the Heart at the Union Theatre

All set within the kitchen of Ol’ Granpappy’s house where Lenny, ably played by Marjorie Lopez Tibbs lives having looked after her grandfather before he went to hospital.

Crimes of the Heart at the Union Theatre
Kafka's Monkey at the Young Vic

Kafka's Monkey at the Young Vic

From the moment she enters stage right, backwards, Kathryn Hunter mesmerises the audience in the Maria studio at the Young Vic.

Dancing at Lughnasa at The Old Vic

Lughnasa was a pagan festival that took place at the beginning of harvest in Ireland and other countries (It still exists in some areas today).

Dancing at Lughnasa at The Old Vic
Green Grass at Union Theatre

Green Grass at Union Theatre

Thirty-somethings Anna and John live on the twelfth floor of a tower block with their twelve year old daughter Sam. Sam is spending the night with a friend for the first time and it is, apparently, also, the first time the couple have been alone for twel

Whiter than Snow at the Unicorn Theatre

Whiter than Snow by Mike Kenny, for 10+, is playing at the Unicorn Theatre until 21 March.

Whiter than Snow at the Unicorn Theatre
Fall of the Peacock Throne at Southwark Playhouse

Fall of the Peacock Throne at Southwark Playhouse

This is a play about politics and power. A play with two stories, one set in the mid 20th century, the other ancient, in 336 BC. The stories are told in parallel and are both set in Iran once known as Persia.

Brit Insurance Design Awards at Design Museum

There are plenty of "I want one of those" moments as you stroll around this exhibition of practical, sustainable and efficient designs from the past year.

Brit Insurance Design Awards at Design Museum
Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism at Tate Modern

Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism at Tate Modern

Liubov Popova and Aleksandr Rodchenko were pivotal Constructivists following the Russian Revolution and together embraced advertising, architecture, film, painting, theatre and textile design.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Southwark Playhouse

Once again Southwark Playhouse hosts innovative and interesting drama.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Southwark Playhouse
Under the Sea 3D at BFI IMAX

Under the Sea 3D at BFI IMAX

Under the Sea 3D is a new IMAX film shot with IMAX cameras on the coral reefs around Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Complicit at The Old Vic

The Old Vic in the round is a suitably intimate stage for this three-hander. The audience, which partly sits on the old stage, is drawn immediately into the debate about the after-effects of 9/11.

Complicit at The Old Vic
Love in (3) Parts at Southwark Playhouse

Love in (3) Parts at Southwark Playhouse

Love in (3) Parts is akin to watching a live music video rather than a traditional musical, which is exactly the effect Lost Dog Theatre wished to achieve.

Community: The Elephant & Castle exhibition at the Cuming Museum

The photographs are the work of eleven MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography students at the London College of Communication at the Elephant & Castle.

Community: The Elephant & Castle exhibition at the Cuming Museum
The Scarecrow and His Servant at Southwark Playhouse

The Scarecrow and His Servant at Southwark Playhouse

This imaginative and funny adventure begins when a scarecrow suddenly comes to life in a thunderstorm.

It's Behind You! at the Union Theatre

It's Behind You is a pantomime for adults. Set in the town of Pantoville where all our favourite panto characters live like Buttons and Prince Charming, we find that most of our heroes and heroines are constantly drunk and high just to get through the day

It's Behind You! at the Union Theatre
Sleeping Beauty at the Unicorn Theatre

Sleeping Beauty at the Unicorn Theatre

Following tradition the Unicorn Theatre is staging a big Christmas production, and this time it is pantomime. However Sleeping Beauty is no ordinary panto.

David Copperfield at County Hall

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is a Christmas show being staged at County Hall.

David Copperfield at County Hall
Amazonia at the Young Vic

Amazonia at the Young Vic

Amazonia is just one of a series of events created by British and Brazilian theatre-makers to commemorate the life of Chico Mendes, one of the first people to resist the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa at BFI IMAX

Starting off where the original film ended (after a brief detour to explain how Alex the lion ended up in New York Zoo), the sequel details the four friends and the SAS penguins attempt to get back to New York from Madagascar.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa at BFI IMAX
Presumption at Southwark Playhouse

Presumption at Southwark Playhouse

Presumption portrays a dilemma all will understand and maybe even personally identify.

Red Fortress at the Unicorn Theatre

Carl Miller's new play doesn't romanticise Andalucia under Islamic rule as a place free of tension between Christians, Muslims and Jews but reminds its young audiences that the world's major faiths have much in common.

Red Fortress at the Unicorn Theatre
Shooting Clouds at the Union Theatre

Shooting Clouds at the Union Theatre

Frank Bramwell's play Shooting Clouds is a sharply observed social drama with a very topical overtone.

Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in Time at Fashion & Textile Museum

The exhibition covers two floors and features sixty of Bill Gibb's creations highlighting the years between 1968 and 1986.

Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in Time at Fashion & Textile Museum
How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Southwark Playhouse

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Southwark Playhouse

Fin Kennedy wrote this play in 2005 when Britain was rich.

Knock Against My Heart at the Unicorn Theatre

This fable, designed for audiences aged 14+, is collaboration between Brazil's acclaimed Theatre Company Nos do Morro and London's Theatre Centre.

Knock Against My Heart at the Unicorn Theatre
Blue Remembered Hills at Union Theatre

Blue Remembered Hills at Union Theatre

Rural England, summer 1943. The world is at war and seven children are playing out for the day.

Andy Warhol at The Hayward

For the second time in two decades The Hayward is home to an Andy Warhol exhibition.

Andy Warhol at The Hayward
The Butterfly Club at Southwark Playhouse

The Butterfly Club at Southwark Playhouse

Sarah May's new play inspired by the recent teenage suicides at Bridgend has opened for a short run at Southwark Playhouse.

Pero at the Unicorn Theatre

Whether you are an adult or child, the Speeltheatre Holland's Pero is well worth seeing.

Pero at the Unicorn Theatre
In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War at the Imperial War Museum

In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War at the Imperial War Museum

An exhibition marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the the First World War has opened at the Imperial War Museum.

Liberty at Shakespeare's Globe

The autumn offering at Shakespeare's Globe is a new play by Glyn Maxwell based on Anatole France's 1912 novel 'Les Dieux ont soif'.

Liberty at Shakespeare's Globe
Design Cities at Design Museum

Design Cities at Design Museum

Design Cities tells the story of design from 1851 to 2008.

Tommy Penton's Tate to Tate at Menier Gallery

Tommy Penton has brought his panorama of the riverside walk between Tate Britain and Tate Modern to the Menier Gallery in Southwark Street.

Tommy Penton's Tate to Tate at Menier Gallery
Fragments at the Young Vic

Fragments at the Young Vic

This is classic and superlatively acted Beckett. Marcello Magni, Khalifa Natour and Kathryn Hunter individually and as an ensemble are the consummate actors for these Beckett characters.

Timon of Athens at Shakespeare's Globe

Timon of Athens, written by Thomas Middleton in collaboration with Shakespeare, is rarely performed.

Timon of Athens at Shakespeare's Globe
The Mikado at Union Theatre

The Mikado at Union Theatre

The Mikado is widely regarded as the most popular of Victorian operettas, epitomising as it does the light comic style of which Gilbert and Sullivan are undisputed masters.

Street Scene at the Young Vic

New York, Summer 1947, an intense heat wave sets the scene for a revealing slice of street life from the multi-occupied brownstone tenement block.

Street Scene at the Young Vic
The Magdalene Mysteries at Southwark Playhouse

The Magdalene Mysteries at Southwark Playhouse

It is well worth catching this intriguing contemporary dance, voice and music theatre production this week at Southwark Playhouse as it arrives at next stop on its tour from Rome and St James's Piccadilly.

The Frontline at Shakespeare's Globe

Banksy's girl with a red balloon graffiti, once to be found in Clink Street, frames this every night story of what passes for life in inner-city and multicultural London.

The Frontline at Shakespeare's Globe
Unstated at Southwark Playhouse

Unstated at Southwark Playhouse

'Stories that refugees carry with them are the stories of our time - an odyssey' (spokesperson from 'Human Cargo').

All Nudity Shall Be Punished at the Union Theatre

Nelson Rodrigues' play All Nudity Shall be Punished, attempts to explore a moralistic society and along with this all of its corruption, falsehood and hypocrisy.

All Nudity Shall Be Punished at the Union Theatre
The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare's Globe

The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare's Globe

That 'there's nothing new in show business' is well demonstrated in Christopher Luscombe's new production on Bankside.

Little Black Dress at the Fashion & Textile Museum

More than sixty little black dresses, some famous, feature in a new exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum.

Little Black Dress at the Fashion & Textile Museum
Prose and Cons at the Union Theatre

Prose and Cons at the Union Theatre

The work of the Koestler Arts Trust must be commended. Annually they hold a competition for inmates in the UK and abroad, each year the winners' work is produced professionally.

The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Gray's extensively celebrated tragicomedy follows a group of literary enthusiasts from the sunny Cambridge days of student idealism through an overcast adult life to a violent final cloudburst of collapsing dreams and its quietly melancholic aftermath.

The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe

A lively production of A Midsummer Night's Dream continues this year's season at the Globe on Bankside.

Pygmalion at The Old Vic

This is a treat of a play, the cherry on the theatrical cup cake.

Pygmalion at The Old Vic
Water Sculptures and Zoo at the Union Theatre

Water Sculptures and Zoo at the Union Theatre

A double bill by Dawn King has three trapped humans and three trapped animals looking to the future.

The Good Soul of Szechuan at the Young Vic

The Young Vic has been transformed for The Good Soul of Szechuan starring Jane Horrocks.

The Good Soul of Szechuan at the Young Vic
The Flying Machine at the Unicorn Theatre

The Flying Machine at the Unicorn Theatre

In this new play by Phil Porter, three children dream of escape from a crumbling eye hospital where patients arrive but never leave and the children's ward seems to be run for the benefit of the dictatorial Nurse Cakebread.

King Lear at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe's new season begins with a persuasive production of King Lear by Dominic Dromgoole.

King Lear at Shakespeare's Globe
The Pajama Game at the Union Theatre

The Pajama Game at the Union Theatre

I don't like Musicals. Everybody has heard somebody say it. Most of us agree. Nobody likes Musicals. Until they see a good one. Cabaret, for instance, with its intricate storyline and unhappy ending, or Fiddler on the Roof, or West Side Story.

Mary Wollstonecraft painting at National Portrait Gallery

A portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft painted during the time she was living in Southwark is on show at the National Portrait Gallery.

Mary Wollstonecraft painting at National Portrait Gallery
Shine a Light at the BFI IMAX

Shine a Light at the BFI IMAX

For his latest project, Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese has turned his attention to rock and roll legends The Rolling Stones and their live performance at a benefit concert which took place in Autumn 2006 at New York's Beacon Theatre.

The Man Who Planted Trees at the Unicorn Theatre

This eco folk tale for all ages is delightfully presented by Puppet State Theatre Company.

The Man Who Planted Trees at the Unicorn Theatre
Maria Friedman: Re-arranged at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Maria Friedman: Re-arranged at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Maria Friedman has that gift which is only afforded to great singers in that she inspires emotion and empathy in line with whatever 'story' the protagonist of the song she is singing is conveying.

Othello at Pacific Playhouse

In a theatrical climate full of multiple dramatic devices and on-stage gimmicks it is refreshing to see a company with the conviction to present Othello in its purest form.

Othello at Pacific Playhouse
Three Hours after Marriage at the Union Theatre

Three Hours after Marriage at the Union Theatre

John Gay, author of The Beggar's Opera which was later adapted by Brecht into Threepenny Opera, wrote Three Hours after Marriage in the 1700s.

Word:Play at the Union Theatre

This mixed bag Box of Tricks venture features six fifteen minute plays centring on the idea of 'tradition' written by six different playwrights.

Word:Play at the Union Theatre
Involution at Pacific Playhouse

Involution at Pacific Playhouse

Involution is the debut play of writer Rachel Welch and is being staged by Mokita Productions at the Pacfic Playhouse (former home of the Southwark Playhouse).

Senti-Mental at the Union Theatre

This is a story about relationships. Erin and Harry. Rob and Raquel. Rob and Harry. Virginia and Rob. Phyllis and Harry. And then there's the heroin, and that affects them all.

Senti-Mental at the Union Theatre
Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia at Tate Modern

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia at Tate Modern

An exhibition charting the friendship of three early 20th-century artists has opened at Tate Modern prior to its showing in Barcelona.

U2 3D at the BFI IMAX

The eagerly-awaited U2 3D hits the BFI IMAX this week with a promise to its viewers of a cinematic experience never seen before.

U2 3D at the BFI IMAX
Speed-the-Plow at The Old Vic

Speed-the-Plow at The Old Vic

Kevin Spacey returns at last to the Old Vic stage with Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.

A Prayer for My Daughter at the Young Vic

The Young Vic is a captivating 'in the round' setting for this gripping drama.

A Prayer for My Daughter at the Young Vic
Reuben Powell's Hotel Elephant at Morley College

Reuben Powell's Hotel Elephant at Morley College

Hotel Elephant is the first chapter in Reuben Powell's plan to produce a permanent archive of the Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme.

Juan Muñoz at Tate Modern

The Juan Muñoz retrospective has opened at Tate Modern for a three month run prior to a showing in Bilbao.

Juan Muñoz at Tate Modern
Uncle Vanya at the Rose Theatre Kingston

Uncle Vanya at the Rose Theatre Kingston

The English Touring Theatre's production of Uncle Vanya launches the first season at the new Rose Theatre in Kingston.

Annie Get Your Gun at the Union Theatre

Bravo! Bravo! It's a smash! A Humdinger! Sockeroo! Bobbydazzler! And any further exclamatory words of praise you care to add. And what am I talking about? Why, 'Annie Get Your Gun' at the Union Theatre. It hits a bull's-eye.

Annie Get Your Gun at the Union Theatre
La Cage aux Folles at the Menier Chocolate Factory

La Cage aux Folles at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory is host to a revival of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstien’s La Cage Aux Folles.

Rapunzel at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

This light-hearted, good natured family show is talented Knee-High Theatre Company’s reinvention of their smash hit show staged at the BAC last Christmas.

Rapunzel at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
The Union of Shorts: The Best of the Bunch! at the Union Theatre

The Union of Shorts: The Best of the Bunch! at the Union Theatre

"I'm not good at telling stories," Rich (Fraser McPhie) tells us in Horst Buchholz and Other Stories, the first of the plays of the Union of Shorts -The Best of the Bunch! comedy evening at the Union Theatre.

A Christmas Carol and The Magic Flute at the Young Vic

The Young Vic has two infectiously exciting contrasting but complementary Christmas shows this winter.

A Christmas Carol and The Magic Flute at the Young Vic
Some Kind of Bliss at Trafalgar Studios

Some Kind of Bliss at Trafalgar Studios

Samuel Adamson has written another play set on Southwark's Thames Path.

Hogarth's Southwark Fair on show at Cuming Museum

On display now at the Cuming Museum in the old Town Hall on Walworth Road is an exhibition featuring famous works by William Hogarth.

Hogarth's Southwark Fair on show at Cuming Museum
Was He Anyone? at the Union Theatre

Was He Anyone? at the Union Theatre

Hidden away beneath a railway bridge something absurd is occurring. The world of N F Simpson follows only the logic of its own surrealism and yet manages to point directly at the flaws of our own mad world.

Sport in the 21st Century at More London Riverside

With a backdrop featuring Tower Bridge, the new Sport in the 21st Century photo exhibition provides passers-by with a fun and colourful diversion.

Sport in the 21st Century at More London Riverside
You Can't Take It With You! at Southwark Playhouse

You Can't Take It With You! at Southwark Playhouse

Once again the Southwark Playhouse hosts a classic play with exuberance and flair.

Ronald Falloon: 60s fashion photographs at Nolia's Gallery

Ronald Falloon has been persuaded to stage an exhibition of his unique collection of Sixties photographs.

Ronald Falloon: 60s fashion photographs at Nolia's Gallery
Looking for JJ at the Unicorn Theatre

Looking for JJ at the Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre is seeking to expand the target audience from the under 12s to the under 18s.

The World as a Stage at Tate Modern

The World as a Stage explores the relationship between visual arts and theatre. Opening with a flurry of excitement, the exhibit portrays the thematic influence of theatre on everyday life. Works range from small and unobtrusive to large and magnificent.

The World as a Stage at Tate Modern
Truckstop at the Unicorn Theatre

Truckstop at the Unicorn Theatre

Truckstop is a deep tale of a daughter (Katalijine) with a slow mind, who needs the order of how to dress written on a piece of paper in her bedroom, and her caring mother.

Terror 2007 at the Union Theatre

I could feel a frisson of nerves from my sister who accompanied me to the Union Theatre on this cold and crisp October evening.

Terror 2007 at the Union Theatre
Sea Monsters 3D at BFI IMAX

Sea Monsters 3D at BFI IMAX

This scintillating 3D film has 60 per cent amazing CGI, and great switchovers between the cretaceous, in CGI, and palaentological digs, in live action.

Booked at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

A low-ceiling tunnel lined with books leads you into a strange new world, where the smell of books is distinctively comforting, yet the view is startling.

Booked at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre
Abolition Art at City Hall

Abolition Art at City Hall

On display now at City Hall are several exhibitions to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade and Black History Month.

Chavi at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

Chavi, the Romani-Gypsy word for 'child', is the title of this exhibition at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre.

Chavi at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre
Dealer's Choice at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Dealer's Choice at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The dialogue of Patrick Marber's popular play Dealer's Choice, which premiered to general acclaim twelve years ago in the National's Cottlesloe Theatre, is as cannily uncompromising as one of its shark-eyed poker players.

Sugar Snap at the Union Theatre

A rainy Friday night, another performance to attend: at the Union Theatre in Southwark to be precise. A first trip to the 2005 Peter Brook Empty Space award winner impressed with its production of Sugar Snap directed by Suha Al-Khayyat.

Sugar Snap at the Union Theatre
RARRK-LONDON at the Bargehouse

RARRK-LONDON at the Bargehouse

Walk into the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf and you just might be surprised at what you find.

Richard III at Southwark Playhouse

Richard III is one of Shakespeare's classic history plays; the tale of a wretched king who kills anyone and everyone in his path on the way to the throne, including his two nephews.

Richard III at Southwark Playhouse
Fragments at the Young Vic

Fragments at the Young Vic

Just across The Cut from the Calder Bookshop, where many of Samuel Beckett's plays have been read and performed, there is a chance to see some short works in a marginally more theatrical space.

The Member of the Wedding at the Young Vic

Matthew Dunster directs the poignant new play at the Young Vic which displays themes of local and universal significance.

The Member of the Wedding at the Young Vic
The Curse of the Werewolf at the Union Theatre

The Curse of the Werewolf at the Union Theatre

When the Bancroft Family arrive in Walpurgisdorf in 1922, little do they know the events that preceded their arrival 30 years ago. For the town holds a terrible secret; it is the home of werewolves!

All About My Mother at The Old Vic

Local playwright Samuel Adamson is to be congratulated on his skillful reworking of Pedro Almodovar's 1998 Spanish film into an engrossing play for an English audience.

All About My Mother at The Old Vic
Reverence: a tale of Abelard and Heloise at Southwark Playhouse

Reverence: a tale of Abelard and Heloise at Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse returns strikingly to theatrical life in Southwark in the atmospheric vaults beneath London Bridge Station.

Ma vie en rose at the Young Vic

Ma vie en rose is an odd choice for the Young Vic's latest community show.

Ma vie en rose at the Young Vic
Holding Fire! at Shakespeare's Globe

Holding Fire! at Shakespeare's Globe

Jack Shepherd's new play at the Globe has many contemporary and local resonances.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the BFI IMAX

The BFI IMAX is the place for Harry Potter fans this summer. Not only is the new film on one of Britain's largest screens, but the final 20 minutes are in 3D.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the BFI IMAX
A Harlot's Progress in Cathedral Square

A Harlot's Progress in Cathedral Square

Approaching Cathedral Square you might be propositioned by a drunken and dishevelled young female.

HMS Pinafore at the Union Theatre

Being my first exposure to the musical theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan I had little idea what to expect.

HMS Pinafore at the Union Theatre
Charles Dickens - The Sparkler of Albion at The George Inn

Charles Dickens - The Sparkler of Albion at The George Inn

The Charles Dickens monoplay The Sparkler of Albion has come to Southwark for a summer run.

Zaha Hadid - Design & Architecture at the Design Museum

With construction of her Southwark Street building for the Architecture Foundation soon to begin, this is a timely survey of the work of the Baghdad-born architect.

Zaha Hadid - Design & Architecture at the Design Museum
Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare's Globe

Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare's Globe

The first ever production at the Globe of Love's Labour's Lost brings the parterred formality of the Spanish court to Bankside's bearpits.

Global Cities at Tate Modern

This summer's exhibition in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in how the world's biggest cities are addressing major socio-economic issues.

Global Cities at Tate Modern
The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe

The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe

The Globe's Renaissance and Revolution season continues with the Merchant of Venice, often described as a troubling play.

Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia at the BFI IMAX

This new 3D film at the IMAX is a must-see for anyone who enjoyed the BBCs "Walking with Dinosaurs", though its appeal should also extend to those who will enjoy the stunning Patagonian scenery, and anyone with an interest in paleontology.

Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia at the BFI IMAX
Gaslight at The Old Vic

Gaslight at The Old Vic

Its quite easy to imagine the characters in Gaslight living in 1880s Waterloo.

Potters Fields kiosk at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

A Potters Fields Park refreshment kiosk is included in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition alongside plans for the Olympic park, the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art and the Czech National Library.

Potters Fields kiosk at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Caligula at the Union Theatre

Caligula at the Union Theatre

Tunisian/French playwright Albert Camus' Caligula written in 1938 could, at the time of its first performance in 1945 have been seen to parallel the rise of Hitler and Nazism.

Roving Mars at BFI IMAX

It is ages since I have been to the BFI IMAX cinema, even though the best screen in the world is on our doorstep.

Roving Mars at BFI IMAX
Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

When Desdemona, already sensing that her new husband has been possessed by a quite irrational combo of delusion and jealousy, enquires "why dost thou speak so faintly?" the Globe theatre audience had to agree with her.

FUNharmonics at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

The latest in the London Philharmonic Orchestra's series of children’s concerts was in their temporary home at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

FUNharmonics at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
Billy the Kid at the Unicorn Theatre

Billy the Kid at the Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre knows its audience; children. Billy the Kid, adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name, is about an old man Billy, taking care of a teenager called Sam.

Barnstorm at the Union Theatre

"The events and characters depicted in this play are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events is purely accidental."

Barnstorm at the Union Theatre
In Extremis at Shakespeare's Globe

In Extremis at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe's eleventh season showcases plays exploring Shakespeare's own time, including Othello, The Merchant of Venice and Love's Labour's Lost.

Antony Gormley: Blind Light at The Hayward

You've seen the rooftop sculptures around the South Bank; now The Hayward has opened its doors for the first major London exhibition of Antony Gormley's work.

Antony Gormley: Blind Light at The Hayward
Vernon God Little at the Young Vic

Vernon God Little at the Young Vic

Rufus Norris deserves a medal for audacity if nothing else. In one sense DBC Pierre's Vernon God Little has been crying out for adaptation.

Madonna and Me at the Union Theatre

This engaging new play by three time playwright Tommy Kearney is refreshingly frank and, judging by the enthusiastic response of the audience, a bona fide hit.

Madonna and Me at the Union Theatre
The Big Brecht Fest Part 2 at the Young Vic

The Big Brecht Fest Part 2 at the Young Vic

In The Big Brecht Fest (Part 2) the Young Vic continues paying homage to Bertolt Brecht with two more short plays: How Much Is Your Iron? and Senora Carrar's Rifles.

A Bloodless Field at the Old Operating Theatre

The Old Operating Theatre is the location for two medical plays presented in the round.

A Bloodless Field at the Old Operating Theatre
A Karaoke Wedding at the Union Theatre

A Karaoke Wedding at the Union Theatre

With a chorus of scantily clad 'Shoop' girls displaying placards, a nonchalant singing vicar and a general attempt to lampoon the tradition of matrimony, A Karaoke Wedding seeks to explore the fallacy of marriage, love and romance.

The Big Brecht Fest Part 1 at the Young Vic

Bertolt Brecht is believed by many to be one of the most influential dramatists of the twentieth century.

The Big Brecht Fest Part 1 at the Young Vic
Total Eclipse at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Total Eclipse at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Nineteenth century French poetry luminaries Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud met in 1871, at the invitation of Verlaine himself, after the younger poet, aged sixteen had sent the twenty six year old writer some of his poems.

Medeia at the Union Theatre

The last great Greek tragedian Euripides’ feminist play Medeia, written in 431 BC was, in its own time, highly innovative.

Medeia at the Union Theatre
The Entertainer at The Old Vic

The Entertainer at The Old Vic

The Old Vic's 50th anniversary production of The Entertainer is both nostalgic and filled with modern resonance.

Generations at the Young Vic

The Maria in the Young Vic has been transformed for Debbie Tucker Green's Generations.

Generations at the Young Vic
The Soldiers' Fortune at the Young Vic

The Soldiers' Fortune at the Young Vic

Oliver Ford Davies and David Bamber are the stars of David Lan's revival of The Soldiers' Fortune at the Young Vic.

Lifeboat at the Unicorn Theatre

"It's a true story" said the usherette said when I arrived. It is and the extraordinary Lifeboat story is told in a fast-moving 65 minutes show.

Lifeboat at the Unicorn Theatre
Stars in the Morning Sky at the Union Theatre

Stars in the Morning Sky at the Union Theatre

In the run up to the Moscow Olympics, city officials are preparing for their international guests by, amongst other things, tightening up on prostitution.

Hogarth's Southwark Fair at Tate Britain

William Hogarth's Southwark Fair is part of the major exhibition at Tate Britain staged on the 250th anniversary of the artist being appointed Sergeant Painter to George III.

Hogarth's Southwark Fair at Tate Britain
Happy Days at the National Theatre

Happy Days at the National Theatre

If Beckett's minimalist, darkly comic Happy Days was meant to shake its audiences out of their apathy, then Deborah Warner's production may have been designed to rattle their perception of the play itself.

A Sonatina at the Unicorn Theatre

Hurry and catch the Danish Gruppe 38's production of A Sonatina at the Unicorn before it ends on Friday . It is meant to be for children, but don't let that bother you.

A Sonatina at the Unicorn Theatre
The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night at the Old Vic

The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night at the Old Vic

Edward Hall has brought his Propeller company's productions to the Old Vic.

The Enchanted Pig at the Young Vic

The Enchanted Pig, a Young Vic and Opera Group co-production, is without doubt an enchanting show.

The Enchanted Pig at the Young Vic
Journey to the River Sea at the Unicorn Theatre

Journey to the River Sea at the Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn is offering a real treat this Christmas in the form of a revival of the stage adaptation of Eva Ibbotson's popular novel Journey to the River Sea.

Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory

W.C. Fields is reputed to have warned actors not to share scenes with children or animals.

Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Love and Money at the Young Vic

Love and Money at the Young Vic

The Young Vic's small Maria theatre is inaugurated with Dennis Kelly's play about money and envy with only a little love.

Somme Theatre at the Imperial War Museum

On The Middle Day, written by Gavin Birch, is being staged by the The Old Vic at the Imperial War Museum.

Somme Theatre at the Imperial War Museum
La Musica at the Bookshop Theatre

La Musica at the Bookshop Theatre

Sexy! Sophisticated! Intimate! No, I haven't taken up writing copy for Ann Summers' latest collection; I've been to see La Musica at the Bookshop Theatre.

Celebrate Sporting London at City Hall

City Hall is showing off some of the treasures from London's Transport Museum during refurbishment of the Covent Garden venue.

Celebrate Sporting London at City Hall
Peter Fischli and David Weiss at Tate Modern

Peter Fischli and David Weiss at Tate Modern

Flowers and Questions is a major retrospective of collaborators Peter Fischli and David Weiss.

Terror 2006 at the Union Theatre

If you are in the mood for some gruesome gothic horror, then don't miss Terror 2006 at the Union Theatre.

Terror 2006 at the Union Theatre
Black and Light: George Nicholson at the.gallery@oxo

Black and Light: George Nicholson at the.gallery@oxo

The exhibition consists of a wide variety of black and white photographs that range from people groups to landscapes.

The State of the World at the National Theatre

The National Theatre is currently hosting an exhibition that shows people and events responsible for the current condition of the world.

The State of the World at the National Theatre
Sandblast at City Hall

Sandblast at City Hall

The chamber at City Hall is currently hosting a small exhibition about the Saharawi people of Western Sahara.

Shortcuts 2006 at the Union Theatre

Shortcuts 2006 is a festival held at the Union Theatre for a few weeks in October.

Shortcuts 2006 at the Union Theatre
Telltale at the Elspeth Kyle Gallery

Telltale at the Elspeth Kyle Gallery

As a celebration of Black History Month, eight up-and-coming black artists have been selected to display their works on the theme of remembrance and personal narrative.

Caught in the Crossfire at The Bargehouse

Caught in the Crossfire is collection of photographs which captures armed violence around the world at point blank range.

Caught in the Crossfire at The Bargehouse
Tobias and the Angel at the Young Vic

Tobias and the Angel at the Young Vic

This opening production is important not only to show off the Young Vic's improved auditorium but to link the new building to the past and to today's community.

The Alchemist at the National Theatre

When Ben Jonson wrote The Alchemist in 1610 London was in the aftermath of its third plague epidemic in eighteen years.

The Alchemist at the National Theatre
CORE at Union Works

CORE at Union Works

CORE isn't just another sculpture, painting, intallation, sound and film fusion exhibition.

Sense & Sensuality at the Bankside Gallery

This week is the last opportunity to check out an exhibition at the Bankside Gallery which is confronting art's last taboo.

Sense & Sensuality at the Bankside Gallery
A Moon for the Misbegotten at The Old Vic

A Moon for the Misbegotten at The Old Vic

This play lasts just over three hours including the interval. But you should arrive in good time to enjoy the fabulous set by Paul Atkinson and Alistair Turner.

Design Mart at the Design Museum

The annual Design Mart exhibition at the Design Museum showcases up-and-coming talent.

Design Mart at the Design Museum
Henry Moore: War and Utility at the Imperial War Museum

Henry Moore: War and Utility at the Imperial War Museum

This exhibition was originally conceived for the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green in Hertfordshire but the Imperial War Museum is a fitting setting for a show which hinges on the artist's experiences during the London blitz.

Between Worlds at the Union Theatre

Between Worlds lingers on in your consciousness, long after you've left the theatre, despite its deceptively mundane opening scene.

Between Worlds at the Union Theatre
In Extremis at Shakespeare's Globe

In Extremis at Shakespeare's Globe

A 21st century play (by Howard Brenton), set in 12th century France, featuring passionate debate on the nature of God and man, with the ever-present temptations of sex, power, revenge and authority, rounds off the Globe's 'Edges of Rome' season.

Curlew River at Southwark Cathedral

In 1956, inspired by his trip to the Far East the year before, Benjamin Britten wrote his operatic mystery play, Curlew River.

Curlew River at Southwark Cathedral
The Pirates of Penzance at the Golden Hinde

The Pirates of Penzance at the Golden Hinde

What a marvelous setting this lightest of all Gilbert and Sullivan operettas has found aboard The Golden Hinde!

The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe

After the blood and revenge-taking of this year's Edges of Rome season it is a relief to find a funny The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe.

The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe
Chelinot at the Union Theatre

Chelinot at the Union Theatre

Chelinot is a musical with a powerful theme and not for the faint hearted.

The Last Five Years at the Menier Chocolate Factory

This acclaimed, fast-paced musical by New York composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown follows the five-year life span of the relationship of Cathy (Lara Pulver) and Jamie (Damian Humbley) from first meeting, through marriage to breakup.

The Last Five Years at the Menier Chocolate Factory
The Cherry Orchard at the Southwark Playhouse

The Cherry Orchard at the Southwark Playhouse

Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, written in 1904 was his last and possibly, most autobiographical play.

Under the Black Flag at Shakespeare's Globe

How did Long John Silver lose his leg?

Under the Black Flag at Shakespeare's Globe
Summer Madness exhibition at Southwark Cathedral

Summer Madness exhibition at Southwark Cathedral

Cooltan Arts' latest exhibition Summer Madness has opened at The Refectory in Southwark Cathedral.

Superman Returns at the IMAX

Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer and featuring the Old Vic's very own Kevin Spacey as Lex Luther, finally hits the screens this week after months of hype and hot anticipation.

Superman Returns at the IMAX
The Animals' War at the Imperial War Museum

The Animals' War at the Imperial War Museum

Cats, dogs, horses and even pigeons feature in the Animals' War exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. It is a story of enormous ingenuity, British affection for animals and sadness.

Pierre Huyghe at Tate Modern

The first solo UK exhibition by French artist Pierre Huyghe has brought a pair of dancing doors to Tate Modern.

Pierre Huyghe at Tate Modern
The Life of Galileo at the National Theatre

The Life of Galileo at the National Theatre

Simon Russell Beale, in the guise of the great man himself, strides through the doors of the impressive set and addresses the audience, assuring them that 'Old times are over.'

Antony and Cleopatra at Shakespeare's Globe

In the third of Shakespeare's Globe productions in the series 'Edges of Rome' we learn yet more of the ancient, bloody and convoluted history of the Roman Empire.

Antony and Cleopatra at Shakespeare's Globe
Spring Awakening at the Union Theatre

Spring Awakening at the Union Theatre

German playwright Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Wedekind wrote his first play, The Awakening of Spring in 1891, when he was twenty-six.

Senhora dos Afogados - Our Lady of the Drowned at Southwark Playhouse

This is quite possibly the most compelling piece of theatre on in London at the moment, and easily one of the most important theatrical events of the year.

Senhora dos Afogados - Our Lady of the Drowned at Southwark Playhouse
Tselane's Song and Gogo at the Unicorn Theatre

Tselane's Song and Gogo at the Unicorn Theatre

Tselane's Song and Gogo are two children's plays from the South African Company Vulavulani and the Action Transport Company.

Constable's Waterloo Bridge at Tate Britain

Did John Constable paint Southwark Cathedral as well as Salisbury?

Constable's Waterloo Bridge at Tate Britain
Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe

Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe

Whatever may currently be happening in the world, it can be seen starkly precipitated out on stage in the new Globe production, by Lucy Bailey, of Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus.

This to This at the Union Theatre

This to This is an intelligent, thoughtful play, produced by London Ensemble, which features careful attention to casting and many fine performances.

This to This at the Union Theatre
Hamlet, The Outsider at Southwark Playhouse

Hamlet, The Outsider at Southwark Playhouse

One of the more striking things about this seventy minute version of Shakespeare's Hamlet is that the entire time the audience is watching the play, they are doing so in the same lighting as the actors.

Malvolio and His Masters at Southwark Playhouse

This enjoyable production centres on one of the central characters from Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, Mavolio, whose arrogance belies his lowly position as a mere servant.

Malvolio and His Masters at Southwark Playhouse
In Plain Clothes at the Siobhan Davies Studios

In Plain Clothes at the Siobhan Davies Studios

The addition of stylish studios for the first permanent home for Siobhan Davies Dance further improves busy St George's Road.

Undercover Surrealism at the Hayward Gallery

A new exhibition at the Hayward aims to reflect the exploratory, experimental and diverse nature of the Surrealist movement.

Undercover Surrealism at the Hayward Gallery
Coriolanus at Shakespeare's Globe

Coriolanus at Shakespeare's Globe

Dominic Dromgoole's first season as artistic director opens with a fast paced production of Coriolanus, exploring the psychology of power and the nature of democracy.

V for Vendetta at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

The explosive and entertaining V for Vendetta can be seen at the IMAX cinema in Waterloo.

V for Vendetta at the BFI London IMAX Cinema
Photospheres at Southwark Cathedral Refectory

Photospheres at Southwark Cathedral Refectory

Southwark Cathedral is now hosting an exhibition by Edward Hill featuring photospheres of various cathedrals around Britain.

Shakespeare and Co at The Mudlark

Streetwise Productions is back on Bankside with a new fast-moving production called Shakespeare and Co.

Shakespeare and Co at The Mudlark
Shared Experience at the Imperial War Museum

Shared Experience at the Imperial War Museum

Shared Experience shows every life during the Second World War as seen in art from Australia, Canada and Britain.

Shared Vision: A Community Arts Perspective

Shared Vision is a vast combination of art genres that meld together to form an art exhibition of colour and talent.

Shared Vision: A Community Arts Perspective
Designer of the Year at the Design Museum

Designer of the Year at the Design Museum

A new exhibition at the Design Museum allows you to have your say on who should win the coveted GBP 25,000 Designer of the Year prize.

Deep Sea 3D at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

Deep Sea 3D is a sensory explosion of colour and sound that explores the depths of the oceans and the amazing and stunning creatures that inhabit them.

Deep Sea 3D at the BFI London IMAX Cinema
Revealed: Celebrity Fairtrade habits

Revealed: Celebrity Fairtrade habits

The Fairtrade Foundation has recruited familiar faces such as Anita Roddick, Vic Reeves and Adrian Edmondson to highlight the positive impact that buying Fairtrade products can have on poverty.

Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World

This the first exhibition at Tate Modern dedicated to early Modernist abstraction. There are more than 200 works in a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, film and furniture design.

Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World
Searching for Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery

Searching for Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery

The Searching for Shakespeare exhibition appears to find a trail leading to Southwark rather than Stratford.

Resurrection Blues at the Old Vic

Robert Altman will have been pleased by the animated response to the press night production of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues.

Resurrection Blues at the Old Vic
Snapping Southwark: see the winning entries at Shakespeare's Globe

Snapping Southwark: see the winning entries at Shakespeare's Globe

Snapping Southwark is a photo exhibition which tries to capture the many faces of the area through the cameras of local residents.

The Little Dressmaker at the Union Theatre

Set in Russia during a time of celebrity, adultery and passion for the unique, this is a creative and emotional story about Olga Ivanovna, an adulteress and artist.

The Little Dressmaker at the Union Theatre
Picture This at the Bargehouse

Picture This at the Bargehouse

Picture This is a complex and vivid art show dedicated to educating people about how children around the world caught in the grip of war.

Journey to the River Sea at the Unicorn Theatre

Get ready for an exciting journey into the steaming jungles of Brazil with an adventurous and engaging girl named Maia.

Journey to the River Sea at the Unicorn Theatre
Southwark Fair at the National Theatre

Southwark Fair at the National Theatre

Samuel Adamson has observed the Southwark riverside well to give us more than two hours in and around Tooley Street and More London.

Amato Saltone at the Shunt Vaults

Underground theatre has yet again proven it is not for the faint of heart or the closed-minded.

Amato Saltone at the Shunt Vaults
Gothic Nightmares at Tate Britain

Gothic Nightmares at Tate Britain

Gothic Nightmares at Tate Britain looks at the taste for the fantastic around the years 1770 to 1830 through the works of Henry Fuseli and William Blake.

Martin Kippenberger at Tate Modern

Over two hundred works by the German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) are on show at Tate Modern.

Martin Kippenberger at Tate Modern
Southwark Black Elders art show

Southwark Black Elders art show

Southwark Black Elders group has fifteen pieces of artwork on show at Southwark Cathedral Refectory.

The Soldier's Tale at The Old Vic

Experience an unusual European-Iraqi collaboration at the Old Vic in Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale.

The Soldier's Tale at The Old Vic
Dan Flavin: A Retrospective at the Hayward Gallery

Dan Flavin: A Retrospective at the Hayward Gallery

Just a load of fluorescent tubes - or deep and meaningful art? It's easy to scoff at Dan Flavin's light works, but the Hayward's retrospective looks at the science too.

Tom's Midnight Garden at the Unicorn Theatre

The wonderful newly built Unicorn Theatre for children has opened with a truly memorable production.

Tom's Midnight Garden at the Unicorn Theatre
Aladdin at The Old Vic

Aladdin at The Old Vic

This year's 'must-see' pantomime, Aladdin at The Old Vic, with Ian McKellen repeating his camp Widow Twankey is rumbustuous and ambitious.

The Canterville Ghost at the Southwark Playhouse

Once again the Southwark Playhouse has come up with an original and thoroughly enjoyable family show for the Christmas Season. A traditional Christmas scene is ideally set with sparkling tree and flickering candles.

The Canterville Ghost at the Southwark Playhouse
Mental Fight Club's Blake Night at the Hop Cellars

Mental Fight Club's Blake Night at the Hop Cellars

Southwark-based Mental Fight Club this week held a special Blake Night event at the Hop Cellars to commemorate the 248th anniversary of the birth of visionary artist and poet William Blake.

Gainsborough to Turner at Somerset House

Watercolour views of the Thames are being shown as part of the Gainsborough to Turner exhibition.

Gainsborough to Turner at Somerset House
The Polar Express 3D at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

The Polar Express 3D at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

Seeing The Polar Express in 3D is a sure way to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Based on Chris Van Allsburg's children's book, the fim was first released last year and is back by popular demand.

Coram Boy at the National Theatre

Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Jamila Gavin's novel provides an electrifying, disturbing, utterly compelling night at the theatre.

Coram Boy at the National Theatre
Side by Side by Sondheim at the Union Theatre

Side by Side by Sondheim at the Union Theatre

For a night filled with music and laughter away from the crowded West End, Side by Side by Sondheim at the Union Theatre is ideal.

Henri Rousseau at Tate Modern

A major exhibition by the French artist Henri Rousseau has opened at Tate Modern prior to its showing in Paris and Washington next year.

Henri Rousseau at Tate Modern
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

IMAX 3D allows audience members to experience the magnificent desolation of landing on the moon without leaving Waterloo.

Old Inns and New Outs exhibition at Southwark Playhouse

Last summer's street performance of The Canterbury Tales is recalled in an exhibition of photographs and costumes.

Old Inns and New Outs exhibition at Southwark Playhouse
Robert Brownjohn at the Design Museum

Robert Brownjohn at the Design Museum

Many of the most memorable images of the Sixties are on show as part of the Design Museum's Robert Brownjohn restrospective.

Jeff Wall at Tate Modern

The first picture confronting the visitor to Jeff Wall's show at Tate Modern is a vivid chaotic scene called The Destroyed Room.

Jeff Wall at Tate Modern
Identity at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Identity at the Fashion and Textile Museum

The Fashion and Textile Museum commemorates i-D magazine's 25th anniversary with an appeal to the five senses.

Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, The Legend at the Imperial War Museum

Lawrence of Arabia died seventy years ago in a freak accident on an almost deserted road. The Imperial War Museum exhibition recalls his exploits and reveals a link to the current situation in Iraq.

Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, The Legend at the Imperial War Museum
What We Did to Weinstein at the Menier Chocolate Factory

What We Did to Weinstein at the Menier Chocolate Factory

This dark comedy written by Ryan Craig has a variety of themes including coming of age, religion, cultural displacement and war.

Flogging the Jewels at the National Theatre

Flogging the Jewels is an exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of Sphinx theatre company (formerly known as the Women's Theatre Group).

Flogging the Jewels at the National Theatre
Richard II at the Old Vic

Richard II at the Old Vic

The King, Richard II - played by Kevin Spacey - is the most colourful part of this modern day black and white and grey staging of Shakespeare's play. He has most of the best speeches too.

Ravin Mehta: Inspiration - A Designer's Perspective at City Hall

Eight designers use photography to express their individual ideas of inspiration, creativity, and diversity. The exhibition is part of the current London Design Festival.

Ravin Mehta: Inspiration - A Designer's Perspective at City Hall
Jan De Cock at Tate Modern

Jan De Cock at Tate Modern

Visitors to Tate Modern will find Jan De Cock's Denkmal 53 exhibition hard to avoid.

Eight Ways to Change the World at the Bargehouse

Walking from room to room of surrounding, poignant photographs, it would be difficult to leave this exhibition without feeling terribly heart-broken while at the same time undeniably inspired to action.

Eight Ways to Change the World at the Bargehouse
A Midsummer Night's Drink at the Mug House

A Midsummer Night's Drink at the Mug House

The Mug House under London Bridge is always worth a visit but on Wednesday and Friday evenings one's attention will be drawn to an exuberant actress in costume welcoming you to A Midsummer Night's Drink.

Alien Adventure at the IMAX

War of the Worlds, move over! IMAX is bringing a new Alien Adventure to screen!

Alien Adventure at the IMAX
The Triumph of Painting Part II at the Saatchi Gallery

The Triumph of Painting Part II at the Saatchi Gallery

This second part of Charles Saatchi's celebration of contemporary painting is a compilation of pieces by German artists. They include Dirk Skreber, Albert Oehlen, Wilhelm Sasnal, Thomas Scheibitz, Franz Ackermann and Kai Althoff.

Goblin Market at Southwark Playhouse

Goblin Market is a mystical and fantastical play that is based on the Victorian poem by Christina Rossetti.

Goblin Market at Southwark Playhouse
Treasure Island at The Scoop

Treasure Island at The Scoop

This summer The Steam Industry is again putting on a free theatre season in The Scoop next to City Hall. One of this year's productions is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Aristocrats at the National Theatre

The action in Aristocrats at first seems slow moving but the setting is an Irish country house Ballybeg Hall where there is time to have interesting and revealing conversations.

Aristocrats at the National Theatre
Siddhartha becomes the Buddha at the Union Theatre

Siddhartha becomes the Buddha at the Union Theatre

Union Theatre is currently presenting Sri Chinmoy’s Siddhartha becomes the Buddha. It is presented by Immortality’s Flame-Waves, an all female company that was started by the play’s director and actor Dipika Smith.

William Blake at the Museum of Garden History

Cloud & Vision: William Blake in Lambeth recalls his ten years as a resident of Waterloo.

William Blake at the Museum of Garden History
Right to Reply: The Trial of Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

Right to Reply: The Trial of Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

This is the the fourth year of the Globe's educational project involving Southwark and Lambeth schools. Right to Reply: The Trial of Othello is a project teaching students to improve their communication skills and their relationships with others.

Cedric Price: Doubt, Delight and Change at the Design Museum

If you absolutely go nuts over technical drawings, building models, and blueprint layouts then head on over to the Design Museum for the exhibition of Cedric Price's work.

Cedric Price: Doubt, Delight and Change at the Design Museum
The Canterbury Tales - from the George to the Cathedral

The Canterbury Tales - from the George to the Cathedral

Southwark Playhouse is putting on a fantastic open air version of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.

21st Century Watercolour at Bankside Gallery

This show represents the wide variety of styles and techniques of the 21st Century. Some of the most fascinating techniques are on display.

21st Century Watercolour at Bankside Gallery
Batman Begins at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

Batman Begins at the BFI London IMAX Cinema

Though intended to be larger than life and visually impacting, this movie could be enjoyed in either IMAX or regular form. If you are frequently visited by motion sickness then this IMAX movie version is not for you.

Union of Shorts 2005: Pub at the Union Theatre

Union of Shorts 2005: Pub is a compilation of short plays devoted solely to the pub at The Union Theatre.

Union of Shorts 2005: Pub at the Union Theatre
The Winter's Tale at Shakespeare's Globe

The Winter's Tale at Shakespeare's Globe

This current production successfully takes the audience back to Shakespeare's time through the use of authentic clothing, music, props, and even dance. As a groundling or a seated spectator this tale proves to be a joyful event for all.

Frida Kahlo at Tate Modern

For the first time in over twenty years Tate Modern is offering you a glimpse into the gripping world of Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo at Tate Modern
Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Shakespeare's Globe

Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Shakespeare's Globe

The Globe season continues with Pericles, Prince of Tyre. As with many Shakespeare plays the Bankside locality and characters play their part.

A Company of Pleasures: garden renaissance at Hatfield House

This exhibition brings together some of the permanent collection of tools,and garden objects with the genius of the Dowager Lady Salisbury, who is renowned for her gardens at both Hatfield House and in Lambeth.

 A Company of Pleasures: garden renaissance at Hatfield House
Untitled Simparch at Tate Modern

Untitled Simparch at Tate Modern

When one thinks of art, plywood is usually not the first medium that comes to mind for weighty investigations into the ills of the modern world, and there might just be a reason for that.

The House of Bernarda Alba at the National Theatre

When the House of Bernarda Alba was performed at the Young Vic in 1999 it was during a June heatwave reflecting the unbearable temperature referred to in Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca's play.

The House of Bernarda Alba at the National Theatre
William Bligh at the Museum of Garden History

William Bligh at the Museum of Garden History

Navigating History is a special exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Bounty’s legendary captain William Bligh, a Lambeth resident who is buried in the museum's grounds.

David Bowie's BLOC exhibition at County Hall

Bowieart.com and County Hall Gallery have come together to present BLOC, a new exhibition that aims to give 16 emerging artists the chance to get a little public exposure.

David Bowie's BLOC exhibition at County Hall
Designer of the Year at the Design Museum

Designer of the Year at the Design Museum

The shortlisted Designer of the Year entries can be viewed at the Design Museum.

Royal Watercolour Society at the Bankside Gallery

The Annual Exhibition of the RWS is at the Bankside Gallery this month, and it provides a wonderful opportunity to view a wide spectrum of works that are sure to challenge your opinions on the medium.

Royal Watercolour Society at the Bankside Gallery
China Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at County Hall

China Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at County Hall

A new exhibition on Chinese culture opened recently at the County Hall with displays of traditional arts including calligraphy and kung fu.

Mercury Fur at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Mercury Fur, is a very well written and very well acted, but ultimately horrifying piece of drama. It is simply impossible to deny the calibre of this production; however the worth of this product of obvious skill is very questionable.

Mercury Fur at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Tropicana at the Shunt Vaults

Tropicana at the Shunt Vaults

Tropicana, showing at the Shunt Vaults below London Bridge station, stuns with an all-sensory experience that is not just another night out at the theatre.

The Shy Gas Man at Southwark Playhouse

The Shy Gas Man which is advertised as a "dark comedy" is certainly dark, and at points uproariously funny, but it didn't quite manage to combine the two into a workable whole.

The Shy Gas Man at Southwark Playhouse
August Strindberg at Tate Modern

August Strindberg at Tate Modern

He is known as a radical and portrayer of women and men in opposition, bitter relationships hammered out in public on the anvil of the stage.

Alexandra Reinhardt at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory Gallery has become the new home of the Paintings in Hospitals charity and is hosting an exhibition of work by the late and thoroughly remarkable Alexandra Reinhardt.

Alexandra Reinhardt at the Menier Chocolate Factory
The Art of Love at Oxo Tower Wharf

The Art of Love at Oxo Tower Wharf

The Art of Love pays tribute to the mystery of love as expressed in its countless forms.

Maria Stuart at the Union Theatre

The new production by Scary Little Girls playing at the Union Theatre loses focus and confuses audience with a barrage of bizarre and overly abstract visuals.

Maria Stuart at the Union Theatre
Turner Whistler Monet at Tate Britain

Turner Whistler Monet at Tate Britain

This is mainly an exhibition of the Thames in the capital but with the added interest of some Venetian views to compare with London.

A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles

The Fashion and Textile Museum has opened its major exhibition of museum founder Zandra Rhodes’s dresses and prints.

A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles
National Anthems at the Old Vic

National Anthems at the Old Vic

The first half of Dennis McIntyre's grimly fascinating play seems like an extended version of 'Great Bores of Today'.

William Orpen: Politics, Sex and Death

A major retrospective of the artist William Orpen opens at the Imperial War Museum.

William Orpen: Politics, Sex and Death
The Triumph of Painting: Part 1 at the Saatchi Gallery

The Triumph of Painting: Part 1 at the Saatchi Gallery

It's hard to know quite what to make of The Triumph of Painting. "No self-respecting public gallery could put on a show like this, with no theme, no intellectual agenda, and a very rum load of stuff" wrote Tom Lubbock in The Independent.

Closer movie features South Bank locations

The film Closer, a story of four people who meet by chance and experience painful love, was first told on the South Bank when Patrick Marber’s play had its première at the National Theatre in 1997.

Closer movie features South Bank locations
Aladdin at the Old Vic

Aladdin at the Old Vic

Ian McKellan flounced on to the stage as Widow Twankey to a resounding ovation from an audience thoroughly on board for a bit of Christmas silliness.

A Simultaneity of Stories at Southwark Cathedral Refectory

The walls of the Refectory at Southwark Cathedral, some enjoying natural light and some lit with spotlights, are hung with work by Edith Slee.

A Simultaneity of Stories at Southwark Cathedral Refectory
Calamity Unparalleled at the Florence Nightingale Museum

Calamity Unparalleled at the Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas' Hospital is marking the 150th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's arrival in the Crimea with a special exhibition.

Robert Frank: Storylines at Tate Modern

The first major exhibition in the UK of one of the world's most important living photographers is now open at Tate Modern.

Robert Frank: Storylines at Tate Modern
 Gaffer! at Southwark Playhouse

Gaffer! at Southwark Playhouse

This is an exceptionally engaging one man tour de force set in the intoxicating context of Northbridge Town, a struggling for recognition Coca-Cola League Division Two football club.

The Teacher: National Headlines at the National Theatre

This monologue given by Nasser Mermarzia is part of the National Headlines series performed on the stage of the Olivier Theatre before the evening performance of Stuff Happens.

The Teacher: National Headlines at the National Theatre
Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern

Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern

The Bruce Nauman installation at Tate Modern is almost invisible. Only discreet loudspeakers can be found in the Turbine Hall which in the past has seen such popular attractions as the Weather Project.

Time Zones at Tate Modern

Time Zones is the first major exhibition at Tate Modern devoted exclusively to film and video.

Time Zones at Tate Modern
The Cheeky Chappie at the Union Theatre

The Cheeky Chappie at the Union Theatre

This is an excellent musical play which tells the story of the comedian Max Miller who was renowned in the 1940s and 50s as Britain’s highest paid variety artist.

Cloaca at the Old Vic

Waiting for curtain up in the relaunched Old Vic for Kevin Spacey’s first production one has time not only to observe the extended stage built out into the auditorium but also the Cloaca set.

Cloaca at the Old Vic
Spider-Man 2 at the IMAX

Spider-Man 2 at the IMAX

Sacked from his day job and in risk of losing another; deteriorating grades at college and losing the girl of your dreams - surely life couldn't get much worse for Peter Parker?

In Praise of Women at the.gallery@oxo

Zimbabwe is a troubled country nowadays, but the work of its sculptors is alive and well judging by a vibrant exhibition at the.gallery@oxo which runs until 22 August.

In Praise of Women at the.gallery@oxo
Steve Hollingshead's London Wall at City Hall

Steve Hollingshead's London Wall at City Hall

SE1-based photographer Steve Hollingshead is launching his London Wall Project at City Hall with an exhibition of more than 300 small black and white prints displayed as a wall.

20 Years of Change exhibition at Oxo Tower Wharf

Through pictures and words the exhibition charts changes to the South Bank and Bankside since 1984 - including the Coin Street neighbourhood.

20 Years of Change exhibition at Oxo Tower Wharf
Young Black Stallion at the IMAX cinema

Young Black Stallion at the IMAX cinema

Here’s a film quite up to children used to flat-out chases and special effects. This new production from Walt Disney is their first made expressly in IMAX format.

Saul Bass at the Design Museum

Once, a film’s titles for cast and crew were projected onto a cinema’s fire curtain and only then, with the curtains rising, did the real action begin.

Saul Bass at the Design Museum
Lartigue at the Hayward Gallery

Lartigue at the Hayward Gallery

This exhibition of the acclaimed French photographer, Jacques Henri Lartigue, seems like a leap through the twentieth century from the moment the six-year old boy was given his camera in 1901.

Measure for Measure at Shakespeare's Globe

Count Vincentio (Mark Rylance), undergoing a mid life crisis, leaves the morally lax city of Vienna to find a purpose to life.

Measure for Measure at Shakespeare's Globe
Much Ado about Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe

Much Ado about Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe

Mark Rylance continues an innovation made last year with an all-female production of Much Ado about Nothing at the Globe. And as Barry Norman never said, 'Why not?'

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter is on the triple-decker purple Knight-bus heading for SE1 soon after the dramatic opening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Americana Absurdum at the Menier Theatre

Americana Absurdum at the Menier Theatre

Wacky, claustrophobic, chaotic, fast and furious can be used to describe Americana Absurdum, a black comedy divided into two interrelated plays currently showing at the Menier Theatre.

Edward Hopper at Tate Modern

In Edward Hopper’s paintings, all the scenes seem to be conducted by lighting: whether by the sunlight streaming into rooms onto vacant faces or by being lit from within; a staging with the figures ready.

Edward Hopper at Tate Modern
Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe

Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe

The Globe's 2004 season of Star-Crossed Lovers would hardly be complete without Romeo & Juliet.

The Archbishop’s Ceiling at Southwark Playhouse

I have an admission to make. When asked to review The Archbishop’s Ceiling at Southwark Playhouse, I had never before been to this wonderfully intimate theatre, despite living in SE1 for several years.

The Archbishop’s Ceiling at Southwark Playhouse
Hamlet at the Old Vic

Hamlet at the Old Vic

Ben Whishaw is truly the student prince in Trevor Nunn’s new production; it has never seemed clearer that Youth will bear the brunt of the play’s chief protagonist.

Bert Hardy's historic Elephant & Castle photographs

A surprise photographic exhibition north of the river at James Hyman Fine Art recalls the Elephant & Castle 55 years ago.

Bert Hardy's historic Elephant & Castle photographs
Historic Bankside view at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery

Historic Bankside view at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery

An early 20th-century drawing showing the view of St Paul's Cathedral from Bankside is on show at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth.

The Maids at the Southwark Playhouse

This is a very fine, slick, short play with themes of envy, power, passion and ecstasy- a rich dramatic tale told with a concentrated lyrical dialogue.

The Maids at the Southwark Playhouse
CLICK: A Celebration of Sight at the.gallery@oxo

CLICK: A Celebration of Sight at the.gallery@oxo

Mary McCartney Donald curates this exhibition, which is compiled of images from over sixty photographers, including Tracey Emin, Mario Testino and Betty Jackson.

My Name is Michael Caine at Arch Gallery

Federico del Cerro's young, refreshingly modern Arch Gallery hosts an exhibition by Berlin artist Carola Gollner in tribute to one of Britain's most loved actors Michael Caine.

My Name is Michael Caine at Arch Gallery
The Skin of Our Teeth at the Young Vic

The Skin of Our Teeth at the Young Vic

This avant-garde play by Thorton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for its depiction of the Antrobuses, an all American family, and more generally, how humankind has survived throughout the various ages (and catastrophes) of the world.

Comedians at the Union Theatre

Comedians is a play that examines the philosophy and intentions behind laughter and comedy.

Comedians at the Union Theatre
Roy Lichtenstein at the Hayward Gallery

Roy Lichtenstein at the Hayward Gallery

The Lichtenstein collection of pop art spanning from the early 1960s until 1997 is visually stunning, yet somehow familiar with its enormous paintings of what seems to be comic book frames.

Markings at Southwark Playhouse

This new play by playwright Dominic Francis presented by Attic Theatre Company is a poignant and fine portrayal of the strong yet tormented and tenuous relationships that characterise one family from wartime 1940s to present day.

Markings at Southwark Playhouse
Julius Caesar at the Menier Theatre

Julius Caesar at the Menier Theatre

Cannon's Mouth's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the Menier Theatre is directed by Ben Naylor.

David Moore's The Commons at the Percy Miller Gallery

David Moore has enjoyed unfettered access to the House of Commons to take the most intimate pictures ever.

David Moore's The Commons at the Percy Miller Gallery
Democracy at the National Theatre

Democracy at the National Theatre

Democracy, written by Michael Frayn, won the "Best New Play" award by the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. It is being preformed in the Royal National Theatre on the middle sized staged because of its large success on the smaller stage.

Macbeth at the Union Theatre

The Union Theatre presents the Enmasse Theatre Company's inspired production of William Shakespeare's acclaimed tragedy of Macbeth.

Macbeth at the Union Theatre
Of Mice and Men at the Old Vic

Of Mice and Men at the Old Vic

Jonathan Church directs this brilliant stage adaptation of Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice and Men.

Donald Judd at Tate Modern

One of the most significant American artists of the post-war period, Donald Judd changed the course of modern sculpture.

Donald Judd at Tate Modern
Constantin Brancusi exhibition at Tate Modern

Constantin Brancusi exhibition at Tate Modern

Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi, encouraged by Rodin, went on to inspire Barbara Hepworth and Carl Andre.

The F Word at the Oxo Tower

As the visitors' book testifies, this is an exhibition to give thanks for.

The F Word at the Oxo Tower
Women and War at the Imperial War Museum

Women and War at the Imperial War Museum

From Boadicea in 60 AD to Kate Adie in the Iraq War of 2003, British women have been participating in wars as leaders, nurses, reporters, pilots, and critics.

Forty Hares and a Princess at Southwark Playhouse

It’s the time of year for fairy tales and Wonderful Beast the theatre Company performing at The Southwark Playhouse expertly brings to life five short tales from different traditions- Japanese, Turkish, Italian, Yiddish.

Forty Hares and a Princess at Southwark Playhouse
 The Wild Party at The Union Theatre

The Wild Party at The Union Theatre

There is exuberance and sparkle in abundance under the arches in Union Street.

Skellig at the Young Vic

David Almond's Skellig seems an unusual choice for the Young Vic's Christmas entertainment but it has a happy ending.

Skellig at the Young Vic
The Matrix Revolutions at the IMAX

The Matrix Revolutions at the IMAX

Dorothy goes in search of Oz: thus the final part of the Matrix trilogy seems to find Keanu Reeves on a journey into Machine World with the redoubtable Trinity at his side. But who or what is the Wizard?

New exhibition space at Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral's Refectory is the latest gallery to open in SE1.

New exhibition space at Southwark Cathedral
Eric Ravilious centenary exhibition at Imperial War Museum

Eric Ravilious centenary exhibition at Imperial War Museum

On Underground platforms it is a pleasure to see an Eric Ravilious poster again and this time advertising an exhibition.

George Nicholson photographic exhibition at Oxo Tower

The guest list at the opening of Painting with Light at the Oxo Tower contained many associated with memorable SE1 events over the last quarter of a century.

George Nicholson photographic exhibition at Oxo Tower
Ghosts of the Abyss at the IMAX

Ghosts of the Abyss at the IMAX

Engineered exclusively for IMAX cinemas, Ghosts of the Abyss (U) is Academy Award winning director James Cameron's documentary of the legendary Titanic that inspired his signature film.

The Weather Project at Tate Modern

Tate Modern's great Turbine Hall which closed in the summer has reopened with a giant sun seen through a mist.

The Weather Project at Tate Modern
Romeo & Juliet at the Young Vic

Romeo & Juliet at the Young Vic

The Young Vic is currently showing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with a twist.

Turner and Venice at Tate Britain

There are some surprising pictures including an SE1 view at Tate Britain's Turner and Venice exhibition.

Turner and Venice at Tate Britain
Taking London: photographs by Steve Hollingshead

Taking London: photographs by Steve Hollingshead

62 black and white photographs of London and its varied multicultural life adorn the walls of Bankside Restaurant for the month of October.

Murder in the Cathedral at Southwark

Apart from Canterbury Cathedral itself there can be no better stage for TS Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral than Southwark Cathedral.

Murder in the Cathedral at Southwark
Le Costume at the Young Vic

Le Costume at the Young Vic

When Philemon (Isaac Kounde) surprises his beautiful and cherished wife Mathilde (Sara Martins) in bed with another man, he struggles to keep calm.

Shakespeare's Rivals exhibition at the Globe

The entrance to the special exhibition Shakespeare's Rivals underneath Shakespeare's Globe is by way of a reproduction triumphal archway.

Shakespeare's Rivals exhibition at the Globe
Shakespeare in Art at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Shakespeare in Art at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Shakespeare in Art is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery for Dulwich shares with Bankside a strong link with Shakespeare and theatre. Edward Alleyn, part owner of the Hope Theatre, founded Dulwich College which still holds Shakespeare documents.

Dido, Queen of Carthage at Shakespeare's Globe

Christopher Marlowe reconnects with SE1 as Shakespeare's Globe presents Dido, Queen of Carthage - one of his early, lesser performed, plays written in about 1585.

Dido, Queen of Carthage at Shakespeare's Globe
Merry Wives of Windsor at the Old Vic

Merry Wives of Windsor at the Old Vic

Mistress Alice Ford (played by Claire Carrie) and Mistress Meg Page (Lucy Tregear) are the knowing Merry Wives who scheme to test their husbands' fidelity and to marry off delectable daughter Anne Page to the best suitor.

Richard III at Shakespeare's Globe

In terms of the series title 'Regime Change' Richard III marks the end of the bloody Plantagenets and ends with the union of Elizabeth of Lancaster with the Earl of Richmond, the beginnings of the Tudors.

Richard III at Shakespeare's Globe
Blackbird at Southwark Playhouse

Blackbird at Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse occupies a tiny space in a converted warehouse in Bankside. It is perhaps the building's physical limitations that acts as a forcing ground for their many innovative productions.

Richard II at Shakespeare's Globe

'Regime Change' is the topical title for the summer season at the Globe. The first play, Richard II, is a meditation on the duties and responsibilites of kingship.

Richard II at Shakespeare's Globe
Peribanez at the Young Vic

Peribanez at the Young Vic

This Spanish play is a rich mix of characters, music, emotions and politics that carries you along rather like a Chinese fire-cracker, exploding unexpectedly both to your delight and consternation.

Saatchi Gallery opens its doors and your eyes

Upon entering this new shrine of modern art on the South Bank, I felt as if I entered a different world of beds, sheep, and bodies all suddenly thrown in front of my eyes.

Saatchi Gallery opens its doors and your eyes
Peter Layton joins Jacquie Binns for exhibition

Peter Layton joins Jacquie Binns for exhibition

Peter Layton of the London Glassblowing Workshop is exhibiting his latest work alongside ecclesiastical embroiderer Jacquie Binns.

Scenes From the Big Picture at the National Theatre

Scenes from the Big Picture gives the playgoer a rare view of realism, God's view.

Scenes From the Big Picture at the National Theatre
Love's Labour's Lost at the National Theatre

Love's Labour's Lost at the National Theatre

Trevor Nunn's direction of Shakepeare's early play Love's Labour's Lost enhances a delightful production about the games of love and wit by casting it into sharp relief with its own dark shadings.

Manolo Blahnik at the Design Museum

Have you ever wanted to look into the detailed mind of a visionary shoe designer? Well if you visit the Design Museum’s exhibition of the designer Manolo Blahnik, you can see why these exquisite and elegant shoes are legendary.

Manolo Blahnik at the Design Museum
She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre

She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre

Dr Samuel Johnson once said that a work could not be considered literature until it had continuously pleased audiences for one hundred years. The Royal National Theatre’s production of She Stoops to Conquer would have satisfied him thoroughly.

The Children's Hour at the Union Theatre

Union Theatre’s production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour is anything but childish.

The Children's Hour at the Union Theatre
Jerwood Sculpture Prize at the Jerwood Space

Jerwood Sculpture Prize at the Jerwood Space

Works by eight sculptors short listed for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize, now in its second year, have gone on display at the Jerwood Space in Union Street.

Discovering London Street Names

You may have always wondered where the names such as Southwark, Marshalsea, Roupell, or Bear Gardens originated as street names.

Discovering London Street Names
A Laughing Matter at the National Theatre

A Laughing Matter at the National Theatre

"A Laughing Matter", a play about the production of "She Stoops to Conquer" is, unfortunately, unworthy of its name. The kindest descriptor I can give the play is "tedious".

Gitte Moller's Images from Ecuador at Gallery 33

When television and movies originally introduced the concept of "technicolour", people were astounded. Likewise, Gitte Moller's exhibition Images from Ecuador amazed me with its vibrance and striking qualities.

Gitte Moller's Images from Ecuador at Gallery 33
Twelfth Night at Southwark Playhouse

Twelfth Night at Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse's production of Twelfth Night is charming.

The Tempest at the Old Vic

The Old Vic's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Tempest is a riveting emotional experience, from its first scene's captivating intensity to its poignant ending speech.

The Tempest at the Old Vic

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