From the majestic Sail Royal Greenwich to street parties, National Park City Week and some of London’s best new theatre, The Resident picks out the best things to do in the capital this summer
Lead image: Cirque Bijou’s Harmonic at Kew Gardens (photo: Jeff Eden)
1 SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, King’s Cross
3 July-30 September
SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, is the latest project by London culinary geniuses, Bompas & Parr. The interactive exhibition at the new British Museum of Food will explore the past, present and future of ice cream, with the chance to experience glow-in-the-dark ice cream, a sub-zero ice chamber, an ice cream cloud and the world’s first hundreds and thousands fountain. The exhibition demonstrates how our relationship with ice cream has evolved through the ages, from the ornate sorbet moulds of 1700s Rome to the rise and fall of street vendors’ ‘penny licks’ in the 1850s. The cafe, Conehenge, which will serve a menu of ice-cream flavours inspired by age-old classics such as Candied Fruit (1694), All-Day-Ice-Cream-Breakfast (1691) and Bompas & Parr’s new flavour, Bliss Point. Tickets, £12.
Gasholder 11, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square N1C 4BY; bmof.org
2 Beautiful Thing, Thamesmead (part of GDIF)
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, launches this weekend. The programme runs at alfresco locations across Royal Greenwich, Royal Docks and Tower Hamlets, where public spaces will be transformed to host more than 130 performances celebrating dreams of love, struggle, ambition and flight. The festival comes to an end with Beautiful Thing, an iconic, optimistic love story about teenage boys Jamie and Ste. This outdoor dance-theatre production of Jonathan Harvey’s well-loved play will take place on and around the original south Thamesmead locations where the play (and 1996 Channel Four film) were set, marking the 50th anniversary of the first families moving in to this utopian riverside community.
3 42 Acres Wisdom Keepers Series, Shoreditch
Throughout July, 42 Acres Shoreditch is hosting a series of workshops offering the chance to encounter ancestral indigenous traditions from around the world in central London. Hosted by representatives from many traditions, including the Celtic and Druidic traditions of the British Isles, the series offers experiential workshops across a range of traditions from sacred tobacco, cacao and hape workshops to roundtables of indigenous perspectives on sacred activism. Tickets are £20+ VAT (suggested donation).
66 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4LW; 42acresshoreditch.com
4 Connaught Village – A Walk Through Time
Connaught Village, the beautiful Georgian village at the heart of the Hyde Park Estate, is celebrating its 150th anniversary milestone with a series of events throughout summer. The celebrations kick off with an immersive walk through time on 5 July (3pm-7pm, free), with food and drink, live music and street entertainment spanning the last 150 years. There will be two Horrible Histories performances, exciting food art and spectacular jelly from Bompas & Parr, as well as interactive presentations by re-enactment specialists bringing some of the quirkier parts of the estate’s history to life.
Connaught Village W2 2AA; connaught-village.co.uk
5 Sail Royal Greenwich
Tall Ships, the event that grants us the majestic sight of fleets of tall ships sailing the Thames returns to the capital for Sail Royal Greenwich 2018. For a few days only, 10 ships will be sailing to the Tower Bridge and back to Greenwich, offering fantastic daytime cruises or sunset sails ending with a fireworks display, as well as a VIP cruise including Sunday Brunch. Cruises sail from Woolwich Arsenal to Greenwich or Tower Bridge, and back, and all include food and drink on board. Tickets start from £64.90.
6 Pride in London Parade
The Pride in London Parade provides a platform for London’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for freedoms and equality. The parade sets off from Portland Place at 12pm midday, moving along Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square, before finishing on Whitehall around 5pm. The Trafalgar Square Stage will be rocking from 11.45am-8pm with famous faces and community acts including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alyssa Edwards, Eurovision finalist SuRie and, of course, the winner’s from Pride’s Got Talent. For those looking to go large, opening-times.co.uk has mapped 26 of the best Pride parties taking place in London on Friday 6 July and Saturday 7 July here.
7 Art Night, various locations along the Thames
Art Night, London’s largest free contemporary art festival, will transform the Thames riverbank for one night only, Running from 6pm-6am, the event showcases new commissions, one-off artist projects and premieres by 12 internationally renowned artists along a trail that takes in the Hayward Gallery, the Garden Museum, New Covent Garden Market, the British Interplanetary Society, Embassy Gardens, and the iconic Battersea Power Station. A dedicated MBNA Thames Clipper boat will run a bespoke route until 4am.
8 London SUP Open, Royal Victoria Docks
The first-ever London SUP Open will transform the Royal Victoria Docks into an urban lifestyle zone with food and drinks stands, retail and exhilarating water sports. The world’s fastest growing water sport, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a cross between kayaking and surfing, done on either flat water or waves. For those who’ve never tried it, there will be a free drop-in ‘learn to SUP’ area run by Decathlon, as well as free SUP Yoga sessions at 12pm and 5pm on both days (first come, first served) and free on-land yoga by Soul Sisters Yoga at 9am on both days. You can even enter a race, with Youth Racing for under 16s and dragon racing on four-person Red Paddle Co boards (board hire is £10 for the whole weekend). 8am-9pm. Entry to the event village is free.
1 Siemens Brothers Way E16 1GB; londonsupopen.com
9 Christie’s Lates, The Summer Edit
Combining art, music and specialist talks, Christie’s Lates in London is the perfect opportunity to mix with like-minded art lovers after hours. On Monday 9 July from 6pm-8.30pm, The Summer Edit will feature a bevy of new and cool events. There will be more than six events from The Art of Illustration: From Quentin Blake to Isabella Cotie, to life-drawing sessions. Entry is free and there will be a bar for drinks including Pimm’s and more.
8 King Street, St James’s SW1Y 6QT; christies.com
10 Field Notes: Painting the Anthoprocene at One Paved Court, Richmond
This month, One Paved Court will be hosting the work of painters Paul Smith and Katherine Le Hardy in the exhibition Field Notes: Painting the Anthoprocene. At the Richmond gallery, it documents new landscapes to produce a radical vision of what we consider to be in our current geological age, the Anthropocene. The contrast of the two artists is sure to make for an interesting exhibition with Smith’s background in photography and Le Hardy’s love of abandoned and decaying structures.
1 Paved Court, Richmond TW9 1LZ; onepavedcourt.co.uk
11 My Beautiful Circus at Chiswick House and Gardens
Until 9 July
Giffords Circus will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus with a run at Chiswick House and Gardens this month. Their show, My Beautiful Circus, will feature a selection of new and fan-favourite acts including Diana Vediashkina and her troupe of dachshunds, Lisandra Austin’s impressive aerial silk act and Pozo the Strongman’s display of acrobatics and strength. The show, which has been directed by Cal McCrystal, will be embarking on a country-wide tour but this will be their only performance in London. Circus goers will also be treated to live music from the circus band, gorgeous handmade costumes and a new tent. Giffords will also be hosting a pop-up rustic restaurant, Circus Sauce, serving a three-course menu which changes depending on the seasonal produce of the area.
12 Royal Photographic Society Exhibition, Royal Albert Hall
Until 11 July
Winning images from the Royal Photographic Society’s science photography exhibition will be on display until 11 July at the Royal Albert Hall. A panel of experts have chosen 100 scientific images to be on show for those attending events, as well as a special public day on 7 July when anyone can see the stunning shots on the ground level of the venue.
Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com
13 As You Like It, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre continues with the epic As You Like, a firm favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies. The production, directed by Max Webster, stars Olivia Vinall and Edward Hogg, who will take you on a journey through the mythical Forest of Arden, a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible. Here, two young people discover what it really means to be in love in a production that promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance. Tickets £25-£55.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com
14 Shakespeare in the Squares, various locations
Until 12 July
Shakespeare in the Squares is a not-for-profit touring theatre company that takes its tours alfresco. Their patron? None other than Dame Judi Dench! This year’s production, As You Like It – Shakespeare’s comedy of love, desire and mistaken identity – is touring 16 beautiful, privately-owned squares in London. This weekend, the production, which takes on the setting of the late 60s with the bucolic atmosphere of a rural music festival, celebrating the outdoors, music and nature, is headed for Little Wormwood Scrubs W10 on Saturday 30 June. The production is directed by Tatty Hennessy, who directed last year’s highly successful production of Romeo & Juliet. Take a picnic from 5.30pm and enjoy a night of excellent alfresco theatre and music.
15 Bees’ Needs Week, Carnaby
Carnaby will be launching Bees’ Needs Week from 9-15 July celebrating the nation’s pollinator heroes. They will even be re-naming themselves ‘Carnabee’ for the week in honor of the event. Carnaby is the perfect spot to celebrate bees with their over 1,000 flower window boxes and over 30,000 bees living in beehives on the rooftops. There will be many events going on along with an art trail across the 14 streets in the area. The restaurants in the area will also have special bee-inspired drinks and dishes.
16 Kelly Anna: She Stole the Show, The Book Club
12 July-4 November
London-based artist and print designer Kelly Anna will be taking over The Book Club in East London as part of their ‘Summer of Sport’ this July. Kelly’s work will focus on celebrating the female’s inner champion under the title ‘She Stole the Show’ and will include a collaboration with The Art of Ping Pong. Anna will also create a live mural during the takeover. This is a free exhibition! Running until 4 November.
100-106 Leonard St EC2A 4RH; wearetbc.com
17 River Stage at National Theatre
13 July-11 August
There will be five fantastic weekends of acts this summer at the River Stage put on by the National Theatre. The Glory, HOME Manchester, Sadler’s Wells, Nonclassical and the National Theatre will all have acts performing on consecutive weekends starting in July and running through August. Admission is free and there will be plenty of street food and drink for purchase.
Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
18 Poetry 4 Grenfell at the Bush Theatre
Saturday 14 July is sure to be a night filled with heavy hearts as the Bush Theatre will be hosting Poetry 4 Grenfell. Voices from the heart of the community will get the chance to recite, sing and rap from Poetry 4 Grenfell – Voices from da Grove and Latimer book and film. Kamitan Arts has played a big role in this and has helped this project. There will be many guests, as well, on 14 July at this performance. Tickets are £6.
7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
19 Catford Vegan Festival
South East London will be launching its first ever vegan festival on 15 July in conjunction with Plant Bass LDN. The festival will feature some of the Catford Food Market’s current vegan traders. Some of the traders will include The Nooch, Black Mylk and MissFlits Bakes Vegan. Admission to this one day event is free and open for everyone to enjoy.
Catford Broadway SE6 4SP; catfordfoodmarket.com
20 The White Rose at Brockley Jack
17 July-4 August
A powerful new production of The White Rose will be at the Brockley Jack theatre from 17 July-4 August. The play by Ross McGregor recounts the final days of Sophie Scholl, the 21-year-old student who was a key member of the non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany. Marking the 75th anniversary of her death, the powerful and provocative play looks at the power that civilian resistance groups played in that dark period of history.
410 Brockley Road SE4 2DH; brockleyjack.co.uk
21 San Pellegrino Italian Supper Club
All summer long, San Pellegrino is hosting a series of dining experiences. On 18 July they will host a Midsummer BBQ at Dynamic Vines in Bermondsey. With an Italian flair, this feast will bring the joy of alfresco dining indoors with a broad selection of meats, fresh salads and plenty of Italian wines. 7pm. Tickets £45. The next event, The Family Dinner – a convivial, sharing platter affair, takes place at Noho Studio on Thursday 30 August.
Dynamic Vines, Priter Road, Bermondsey SE16 4RA; billetto.co.uk
22 The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party
The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party is back for another year and this year coming to Seymour Place and New Quebec Street. There will be spectacular experiences along with plenty of food and drink from some of the best spots in the area. DJ’s will give you the chance to dance until 10pm and you can also learn new skills and moves at the Latin dance and hula hoop workshops and demonstrations.
23 The Great Egyptian American Songbook
The Underdog London will be hosting the Harfoush Jazz Band for a night of Egyptian and American timeless songs at London’s hottest gallery. The Harfoush Jazz Band offers a new jazz sound with a fusion of American and Egyptian 1940s and 1950s jazz. Tickets are £20 in advance via Eventbrite or £25 at the door. Doors open at 7pm and the show gets going at 8.30pm. Food and drink are available for purchase too.
Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW; theunderdog.london
24 Titanic The Musical at the Churchill Theatre
Titanic The Musical will be at the Churchill Theatre this month, telling the story of the so-called ‘unsinkable ship’. Inspired by the real people aboard the legendary ship, the musical will follow the final hours of the Titanic as it sank in 1912. Based on the book by Peter Stone, the music and lyrics were written by Maury Yeston, who helped the original Broadway production win five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It’s on at the Bromley Theatre from 16-21 July, fresh off its London tour and the acclaim it received from audiences.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
25 Africa Utopia Returns to Southbank Centre
Featuring four days of music, film, comedy, theatre, dance, literature, fashion, workshops, market stalls, talks debates and more, Africa Utopia is returning for a sixth year. There will be an exciting lineup of musicians, writers, comedians, filmmakers, performers and artists from the African continent and its diaspora. This year’s talks will focus around the ‘Pan-African’ ideological movement. There are tons of features to see throughout the four days. Tickets can be bought online.
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
26 John Williams, Shakespeare’s Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre will be welcoming back guitar virtuoso John Williams for two candlelight concerts in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Shows were sold out back in 2014 and 2015 and Williams will return this time with fellow world-renowned musicians, Berta Rojas and Paco Peña. Saturday night, Williams will perform with Rojas while Peña will join Williams on Sunday. Tickets start at £10.
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DT; shakespearesglobe.com
27 The London Artisan at Old Truman Brewery
The London Artisan will be bringing 50 contemporary designers to Old Truman Brewery for a two-day marketplace. There will be a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, Illustration and beauty products on display by the designers themselves. It is completely consumer oriented and there will be tons of options. Entry is free from 11:00am-6:00pm on both days.
Elys Yard Entrance (off Hanbury Street) E1 6QR; thelondonartisan.com
28 Enfield Balloon Festival
London’s only Hot Air Balloon Festival returns this month, courtesy of organisers Show Time Events Group. Enfield Balloon Festival has plenty to see and do, from street food and bars to funfair rides, stunts and shows, a huge firework display, kids zone, reptiles tent, owl displays and, of course, plenty of colourful hot air balloons. Experience the legendary Saturday night got, a favorite at balloon festivals across the world, where the balloons are set up at sunset and anchored to the ground in a visually stunning display.
Enfield Town Park EN2; enfieldballoonfestival.co.uk
29 National Park City Week
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is inviting all Londoners to explore all of the outdoor spaces London has to offer during the first ever National Park City Week in the Capital. There will be upwards of 280 events across London for people of all ages to enjoy. The week of events will help the Mayor to fulfill his ambition for London to be declared the first ever National Park City in 2019. Most events are free, but some will require a small fee.
30 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita at the Churchill Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Evita is at the Churchill Theatre Bromley from 24-28 July, following its smash hit run in London. The production by Bill Kenwright tells the story of Eva Perón, the Argentine political leader and second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. It follows her journey from humble beginnings to extraordinary wealth and power. The hit musical has won more than 20 awards and contains some iconic Tim Rice songs like Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and On This Night of a Thousand Stars.
High Street BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
31 Promenade Performance of The Tempest, St Paul’s Church
Until 28 July
Shakespeare’s final solo play is the enchanting opening to this year’s outdoor summer season at St Paul’s. Inspired by the courtly royal masques of the 17th century and the designs of Inigo Jones (the architect behind St Paul’s Church), The Tempest will be an evening of pomp, magic and illusion. Directed by Iris Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Winder, you’ll be led through St Paul’s Church as it transforms into the mysterious island. Dress to impress as you are about to join a party at the end of the world! Tickets £20 (under 16s £15). Preview shows (20-25 June) £15.
Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED; iristheatre.com
32 Summer Garden Party at Queen’s House, Greenwich
This month, the Queen’s House in Greenwich, the perfect location for an event with an air of royalty, will play host to a summer garden party. You’re invited to while away the summer’s evening with cocktails aplenty, music from Trinity Laban and flower arranging. There will also be, if the weather allows, star gazing out on the lawn. Curators will be hosting candlelit tours of the house, famous for its history as the home to members of the royal family alongside its extensive art collection. Adults £15, concs £10.
Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk
33 New Musical Show at the Richmond Theatre
Fans of the Rat Pack will be delighted by Richmond Theatre’s new musical show, Crooners. Following the story of three British gentleman as they weave their way through a catalogue of hits including Come Fly With Me, Beyond the Sea, Fly Me to the Moon, Mac the Knife and many more. The brand new music show will be performing alongside the prolific swing band The Mini Big Band, as well as featuring writing from comedy writer and performer Roman Marek. Marek also stars in the show as Francis alongside Jim Whitley as Samuel Davis and Philip Barley as Dr Martin.
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com
34 Marcus Brigstocke at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
Improv king Marcus Brigstocke will be premiering his new stand-up show at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre before he heads off on his Edinburgh Fringe tour. The exclusive five-day run from 25-29 July will follow the retired devil as he finally clears up what is good and what is bad once and for all in Brigstocke’s first character-driven show.
1 Clapham Common North Side SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
35 COSMIC Dragon Boat Race, Regent’s Canal
Twenty boats will battle it out over five heats in the annual COSMIC Dragon Boat Race at Regent’s Canal this Thursday. The sport, which has a 2,000-year-old Chinese legacy, sees teams of 10 rowers and a drummer, who helps keep the rhythm, race each other for 100 metres along Paddington Basin in Chinese Dragon Boats. In association with Merchant Square and Paddington Central, the friendly competition hopes to raise money for the local Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care [COSMIC] charity. The starting pistol will sound at 5pm at St Mary’s Bridge. The Rubber Duck Race will also be taking place from St Mary’s Bridge at 1pm, when 500 rubber ducks will bob 100 metres to the finish line by the Paddington Water Taxi point. Spectators can sponsor a duck for £3 by visiting COSMIC’S Virgin Money Giving page.
Paddington Basin, Merchant Square; merchantsquare.co.uk
36 Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace
Sponsored by the Chelsea’s 606 Club, Jazz on the Lawn will be coming to the garden at Fulham Palace for two outdoor live concerts on successive nights. This year’s season will be the tenth anniversary. Friday night’s performance will be by Michelle John, a 2017 finalist on The Voice, and Saturday will bring Jacqui Dankworth with the Charlie Wood Trio. Tickets are £16 for adults, £10 for children (4-10), and 3& under are free. The performances start at 7.30pm both nights.
Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue SW6 6EA; fulhampalace.org
37 Home, I’m Darling, National Theatre
24 July-5 September
Laura Wade’s much-anticipated new play Home, I’m Darling will premiere at the National Theatre this month. The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson heads up the cast of the new comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife while behind the scenes things begin to unravel. She’ll be starring alongside Kathryn Drysdale, Sara Gregory, Richard Harrington, Barnaby Kay and Sian Thomas in the production produced in collaboration with Theatr Clwyd.
Upper Ground, Lambeth SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
38 Malibu Pool Party
Malibu, one of the world’s most iconic Caribbean rums, is hosting a huge pool party of the summer on 28 July with some of the UK’s super star DJs. Leading the way as headliner will be Producer and DJ Toddla T, supported by true pioneers of the UK Garage scene, Sticky & Scott Garcia, alongside new kids on the DJ block like Fabienne Hebrard, Ashley Mi Ki Mak and Emerald Rose Lewis. Malibu will also be bringing the games into the mix with lots of fun activities and competitive games – all at a secret London location. Tickets are free but limited to two per person.
Register at malibugames.com
39 Sun Records – The Concert, New Wimbledon Theatre
Sun Records – The Concert is a celebration of the record label that signed everyone from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash, bringing the iconic music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Rufus Thomas to life on stage. Songs like That’s Alright Mama, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, and Blue Suede Shoes were all recorded at the trailblazing Memphis recording studio, crafted by musical visionary Sam Phillips. Sun Records _ The Concert is set to feature the musical instruments of the era, a multi-talented cast of singers and a supporting cast of amazing musicians to take you back to the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.
The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG; atgtickets.com
40 Translations, National Theatre
Until 11 August
Brian Friel’s modern classic, Translations, is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community. The show will be at the National’s Olivier Theatre this month. Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences. So, what happens when a land is robbed of its language?
41 Circa: Peepshow at Underbelly Festival
27 June-18 August
In a year when circus and cabaret are making real waves in London, Circa is headed for Underbelly Festival with Peepshow, an exciting European premiere that turns cabaret on its head, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. This beautifully bizarre show combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet, under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the Creative Lead for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Join ‘the rockstars of the circus world’ as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination, lurching from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful with teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials. Tickets from £16.50.
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com
42 Lee Bul at the Hayward Gallery
Until 19 August
Pioneering artist Lee Bul has transformed the Hayward Gallery into a dream-like landscape this month full of mirrored installations and futuristic cyborgs. The exhibition brings together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, to look at her thought-provoking and provocative artwork, which has been inspired by everything from science fiction to architecture. As the exhibition also coincides with the gallery’s 50th anniversary this month, it’s definitely not one you want to miss.
Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
43 All Too Human at the Tate Britain, Westminster
Until 27 August
Get down to the Tate Britain this month to see the exhibition that everyone is talking about, All Too Human. It celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.
Millbank, Westminster SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
44 Fun Home at the Young Vic
Until 1 September
Tony Award winning production Fun Home is coming to the Young Vic this month for its London premiere. It’s based on a graphic novel of the same title by Alison Bechdel, which follows Alison at three stages of life as she comes to terms with both her own sexuality and also the complex familial relationship she has with her father. With music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Lisa Kron and a stellar cast, it looks set to be a highlight of the summer.
66 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LZ; youngvic.org
45 Cirque Bijou’s Harmonic at Kew Garden
Until 2 September
Kew Garden’s recently reopened Temperate House will play host to an incredible aerial performance all summer. Visitors will be treated to Cirque Bijou’s Harmonic, which combines impressive aerial movement with a unique musical score from composer and cellist Rob Lewis and aims to explore the relationship between humans and plants. On for just 20 minutes, anyone with garden entry can watch the performances on weekends and bank holidays every hour from 12.30pm to 3.30pm right up until 2 September. It’s all in aid of the reopening of the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, which is home to some of the planet’s rarest and most threatened plants.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE; kew.org
46 True Colours at Newport Street Gallery
Until 9 September
The Newport Street Gallery is featuring three emerging artists – Helen Beard, Sadie Laska and Boo Saville – in their latest exhibition. True Colours is all about exploring the possibilities of colour across the 30 works on display, which include Beard’s vivid colour representations of sexual encounters, Laska’s dreamlike paint and collage works and Saville’s colour field paintings. Beard uses a vivid rainbow palette to create interlocking arrangements of bright primary colour, which combine to describe explicit sexual encounters. Working from found images, Beard’s work explores themes relating to gender, sexual psychology and eroticism. The exhibition will be accompanied by a number of artist talks throughout its run until 9 September at the Lambeth gallery.
Newport Street Gallery SE11 6AJ; newportstreetgallery.com
47 Charlie Duck at The Pump House Gallery
25 July-23 September
The Pump House Gallery is holding the first institutional solo exhibition of Charlie Duck’s work this July, named Floats Road. The Kent-born artist is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and works across drawing, painting and sculpture from his studio in Frankfurt. His work is well received and he has featured in a number of group exhibitions and installations across the UK and Europe in the years since his debut. Floats Road will be on display at the contemporary arts gallery, which sits in the beautiful surroundings of Battersea Park.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; pumphousegallery.org.uk
48 Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at County Hall
Until 16 September
This new production of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions is set in County Hall’s ornate Chamber. Director Lucy Bailey places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony? Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? This production has proved so popular that its run has been extended until September. Tickets £10-£95 (VIP Jury Tickets include access to a private bar area, a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks.
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 7PB; witnesscountyhall.com
49 The King and I, London Palladium
Until 29 September
The much-awaited production of The King and I, staring Tony Award-winners Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, transfers from Broadway to London this month. As one of Rogers & Hammerstein’s best-loved works, the musical received much praise during its New York run. Hailed as ‘the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals’, it is set in 1860s Bangkok, where an unconventional and tempestuous relationship develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher brought to Siam to teach he king’s many wives and children. Enjoy scores such as Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance.
8 Argyll Street W1F 7TE; kingandimusical.co.uk
50 Disney at The Vaults
Until 30 September
Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney FANTASIA will be coming to The Vaults, London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts, this summer. You will be invited to step inside The Vaults maze of tunnels in Waterloo where, wearing individual headphones, a 96-piece orchestra will guide them on an interactive journey. You’ll relive the world of Fantasia with binaural sound, 3D projections, elaborate set designs and dazzling lighting effects. Tickets from £30.
Leake Street, Lambeth SE1 7NN; soundsandsorcery.com
51 The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Until 30 September
On 23 March the National Maritime Museum opens a major photography exhibition celebrating the nation’s love affair with the seaside. Featuring over 100 works by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers – Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts – The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present, explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. The Great British Seaside documents a quintessentially British experience. It covers the country’s beaches from Brighton to Blackpool and captures the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them. Through the work of some of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, the exhibition will showcase photography from their archive collections, as well as negative contact sheets and footage.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk
52 Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, The Design Museum
Until 11 October
Co-created with late designer Azzedine Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the Design Museum celebrates the work of ‘couture’s rebellious outsider’ (The Guardian) in the first UK solo exhibition of his work. The exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body. Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna. The show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments ranging from the rare to the iconic.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
53 Michael Jackson: On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery
Until 21 October
The National Portrait Gallery will welcome the king of pop into its halls for an exhibition exploring Michael Jackson’s influence on contemporary art. Curated by the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Michael Jackson: On The Wall will span several generations of artists across all media. Dr Cullinan has sourced pieces from private and public collections around the world, alongside some pieces made especially for the exhibition, to create a unique landmark collection. Opening this summer to coincide with what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday, it will look at the legacy he has left on contemporary art. Some of the highlights include Andy Warhol’s 1984 portrait and David LaChapelles’ ‘An illuminating path’. More than just an exhibition, the gallery will also be releasing a publication to accompany it with essays from Zadie Smith and Margo Jefferson.
St. Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE; npg.org.uk
54 Dream On at V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Until 20 January 2019
Dream on is a new exhibition which explores dreams, the unconscious and an imaginary world between sleep and wakefulness. It weaves together several elements. Looking at our relationship to objects and the power we invest in them the exhibition plays with the notion that objects come to life when we are not looking, much like our dreams when we fall asleep. The artists at the exhibit include Christie Brown Katherine Tulloh, Madeleine Waller, the children of St George’s Hospital Tooting, and the primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney.
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA; vam.ac.uk
55 World Gallery at the Horniman Museum and Garden
The Horniman’s much-anticipated World Gallery is now open to the public, showcasing more than 3,000 objects from around the world exploring the fundamental question of what it means to be human. The 600 sq m gallery opened following a major redevelopment of the historic South Hall, providing a bright, contemporary setting for the Horniman’s world-class anthropology collection. Through vibrant and thought-provoking displays, the World Gallery showcases historic and contemporary objects from all five inhabited continents to show visitors some of the ways people live their lives, looking at common virtues of love and compassion, trust and friendship, dignity and courage. The World Gallery will continue Frederick Horniman’s ambition ‘to bring the world to Forest Hill’.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk