June 2015

Theatre Songs for a new world

Triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World comes to the St. James’ Theatre for 3 weeks only! Celebrating 20 years since its first performance Off-Broadway with an all-new London production. Starring a multi-award-winning cast: Cynthia Erivo Damian Humbley Dean John-Wilson  Jenna Russell  Directed by Adam Lenson Songs for a New World takes us on a vibrant, thrilling and moving journey through the life-changing moments that define us.  Jason Robert Brown’s unforgettable songs weave characters, locations and time periods together in one extraordinary evening… “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” Jason Robert Brown This very special 20th Anniversary production features electrifying vocals from a multi-award-winning cast and a stunning five piece band.  Bringing Brown’s sensational score to life… From the celebrated composer-lyricist of The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County, 13 and Honeymoon in Vegas. ‘One of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim’ Philadelphia Inquirer ‘These are songs to pierce the heart and raise the rafters.’ The Hollywood Reporter Performance times: 7:30pm Monday to Friday, 3pm Wednesday and Saturday matinee Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes without an interval Originally Produced by the WPA Theatre, New York City, 1995 (Kyle Renick, Artistic Director) Original Orchestration by Brian Besterman and Jason Robert Brown Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York TO BOOK TICKETS PLEASE GO TO: http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/theatre/songs-for-a-new-world/

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Festival Camden Lock Live 2015

Camden Town is one of London’s most bustling and buzzy corners, even on a quiet day, so it’s fair to assume that Friday 10th July, when Lock Live returns to the capital’s coolest neighbourhood along with 4 stages of live entertainment, will be something a bit special. Back for its third year, Lock Live has so far done a sterling job of turning that Friday feeling up to 11 and promises to amp it up even further this year with a concentrated dose of everything that has made Camden such a vital cultural hub over the years. Most importantly there’ll be music, and plenty of it. Four stages will be filled with a variety of cool sounds from the likes of London’s favourite party starter DJ Norman Jay MBE, vaunted pop surrealists Stealing Sheep, reggae revivalists By The Rivers and sultry soul chanteuse Frankie Forman. And that’s just for starters, Lock Live’s music menu promises a truly gut-busting feast with the likes of Cal Jader, Too Many T’s, Flyte and Marawa’s Majorettes filling out the lineup. And if the music doesn’t fill you up the amazing array of street food stalls, featuring foodie favourites from across London, should do the trick. Oh and did we mention it’s free?

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Festival Citadel Festival

With so many festivals popping up in London in recent years it takes something pretty special to stand out from the crowd. Citadel, which pitches up in East London’s Victoria Park the day after Lovebox vacates the capital’s favourite festival spot, promises to be exactly that. Citadel isn’t billing itself as a music festival per se but the line-up is replete with some of the summer’s most appealing sounds: folk favourite Ben Howard and top indie band Bombay Bicycle Club share top billing and the likes of Kurt Vile, Anna Calvi, Nick Mulveym Roots Manuva and Neneh Cherry fill out a thoroughly eclectic musical programme. The team behind Citadel – the same people who brought you Lovebox, Wilderness and stateside festival fave Bonnaroo – are intent on presenting a Sunday spread that mingles music with an intriguing array of less familiar amusements. The festival’s gently esoteric offerings also includes Sunday Papers Live, which promises to bring the broadsheets to life with the assistance of poets, comedians, politicians and commentators, and a host of other unique attractions, covering everything from comedy to gastronomy, with a spot of yoga and a brass band thrown in for good measure!

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Festival Greenwich Music Time

Greenwich, the pleasant Thameside district of East London that’s most notable for being the home to Greenwich Meantime (and consequently a sort of timekeeper for the entire globe) has set aside a few days this summer to forget about the whole time thing – always important when you’re hosting a party – and play host to one of the capital’s most exciting and star studded music festivals. Back for 2015 after a successful debut last summer, Greenwich Music Time will once again dedicate four days to a programme of top-notch concerts that seem certain to transform Greenwich from the world’s centre of timekeeping to the home of truly timeless music. If you’re after bona fide musical greats then this corner of East London will be hard to beat this summer. Tom Jones headlines alongside the Gipsy Kings, George Benson and Ray Davies, one of London’s true pop legends, who’ll be bringing his Waterloo Sunsets a little upriver this summer.

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Art Kites From Kabul

Developed in collaboration with Turquoise Mountain – a Prince of Wales founded charity that has been working to regenerate culture and revive historic areas in Afghanistan since 2006 – Kites of Kabul will bring an evocative and vibrant display of Afghan kites to the V&A Museum of Childhood in East London this summer. Kites from Kabul celebrates the tradition of kite flying in Afghanistan with a stunning display of brightly coloured handmade kites of the sort that can typically be seen dotting the Kabul skyline on spring evenings. Made by the children of Kabul, these vivid, decorative kites highlight the rich history of kite flying in Afghan culture and offer a more optimistic view of a city that has endured a difficult recent history. “Turquoise Mountain is delighted to be partnering with the V&A Museum of Childhood on this exhibition. Kite flying is such an evocative symbol of childhood and freedom, and something that children and adults can relate to wherever they are in the world. We hope this exhibition will make its own small contribution to fostering a deeper understanding of Afghanistan, its people and culture, in the UK.” – Dr Tommy Wide, Managing Director, Turquoise Mountain.

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Film Luna Cinema at Madison

Recent years have seen the phenomenon of open-air cinema take off across the UK and Luna Cinema has been at the forefront of a burgeoning trend that looks set to take 2015 by storm. Watching a film with a roof over your head is so last year. Luna Cinema is the country’s leading producer of open-air cinema events, having won a reputation for laying on some seriously special settings for their al fresco film nights in recent years. This summer Luna Cinema is set to up the ante by offering an especially impressive programme of screenings across London. Venues include some of the capitals most picturesque and noteworthy sites, including Regent’s Park, Alexandra Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and Crystal Palace Park. But some of this summer’s hottest tickets will for a series of screenings at One New Change, where film buffs are granted a chance to enjoy a selection of cult classics complete with St Paul’s Cathedral making a welcome cameo appearance as a stunning backdrop. These exclusive screenings will take place at the Madison Rooftop Bar and Restaurant and come complete with a 3-course moviegoers menu that’s guaranteed to beat a bucket of popcorn. First up is last year’s Oscar winning black comedy Birdman on 26th July.

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