Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Is there is more to Antony Gormley than the rather stiff, unyielding and angular Angel of the North in Gateshead and his own body-casts plonked onto Crosby Beach on Merseyside and elsewhere? In the courtyard of the RA, there is there is a tiny sculpture of what, at first, looks...

Read more
Youth Without God at the Coronet

Youth Without God at the Coronet

Topical theatre can operate either with a scalpel or a sledgehammer. ‘Youth Without God’, adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton, has committed so heavily to the latter option, that it’s closer to a wrecking ball. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the sledgehammer approach; in the right hands it can...

Read more
Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

The RA seem to have an extraordinary knack of conjuring up exhibitions of ‘neglected’ artists, as though from a cupboard under the stairs. The last ‘overlooked’ artist was Felix Vallotton, still in the Sackler Galleries until 25 September, which exposed the Swiss to a wider audience. Helene Schjerfbeck’s name does...

Read more
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

The Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson needs a big canvas for his installations, and Tate Gallery’s new-ish extension has space a-plenty to accommodate his immersive and topical works. Fifteen years ago he packed them in at the Turbine Hall with his Weather Project, which was dominated by a giant sun, with...

Read more
Shitfaced Shakespeare at the Underbelly

Shitfaced Shakespeare at the Underbelly

Shitfaced Shakespeare is a company comprised of eclectic, classically trained Shakespearean enthusiasts who bring a variety of the Bards plays to life. That description of their shows might sound average, but now imagine one of the leading actors to be absolutely shitfaced and the rest of the players improvising around...

Read more
The Egerton House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review

The Egerton House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review

When the dog you have taken to afternoon tea is gifted with his very own bottle of pawsecco; a non-alcoholic, grape-free, animal-friendly rosé ‘wine’, you know your expectations are about to be blown out of all proportion. Reggie, the adorable, enthusiastic and inquisitive Toy Poodle found his own station, on...

Read more
The Duck and Rice Review

The Duck and Rice Review

Good quality Chinese food (not the take away variety), dog-friendly, vegetarian- friendly and in Soho? The Duck and Rice provides all of the above at an affordable price. The restaurant encouraged us to bring along Reggie the Toy Poodle who was greeted with as much gusto as ourselves. The Duck...

Read more
British Summertime Festival: Only Barbara Streisand could sing Silent Night in mid-Summer

British Summertime Festival: Only Barbara Streisand could sing Silent Night in mid-Summer

Barbra Streisand gave the audiences at the Barclay’s British Summertime event in Hyde Park,July 7th, everything they could have hoped for. And more was to come. The legend was joined for three ‘surprise’ duets during her set. One with Kris Kristofferson, who had performed a set earlier. He joined her...

Read more
Cutting Edge : Modernist British Printmaking

Cutting Edge : Modernist British Printmaking

Between the wars, there emerged a radical and vibrant art movement in Britain called Modernism, using the medium of lino-cut. You may think that Speed and Flight were just two of the subjects touched on, along with Urban Living, At Work and Play, and Pastoral Life, but Claude Flight and...

Read more
Opera at the Royal College of Music

Opera at the Royal College of Music

A Dinner Engagement followed by Trouble in Tahiti. A Berkeley/Bernstein double bill not to be missed. The Royal College of Music, London, 28th, 29th June and July 1st. This stunning double bill by the Royal College for Opera studio showcases, amongst many other pleasures, the reasons why the Royal College...

Read more