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Lovebox moves to Brockwell Park

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Lovebox moves to Brockwell Park
Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Citadel Festival
Kew the Music
The Lehman Trilogy
Rhys Ifans stars in Exit the King at the National Theatre
Art Night London 2018
Open Air Theatre
 

 

A Monster Calls at the Old Vic in July 2018 when Lovebox and Citadel move to Brockwell Park and Wimbledon serves up an ace. Sam Mendes directs The Lehman Trilogy at the National where Rhys Ifans stars in Exit the King.

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The Lehman Trilogy

Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers.

National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 1st July to 1st August 2018

 

From July 2018, Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 163 years later. Few will forget the scenes of bankers leaving in 2008, their personal effects in cardboard boxes. Stefano Massini's play, adapted for the National by Ben Power, has been staged across Europe. The triumphant world premiere in Paris in 2015 was directed by Arnaud Meunier. Two years later it impressed the critcis in Italy. Now this five-hour saga comes to the Lyttelton Theatre, played out in three parts over one evening, charting the extraordinary story of three Jewish brothers who "became the kings of Wall Street" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

Exit the King

Rhys Ifans stars as the King in Patrick Marber's adaptation of Ionesco's dark comedy.

National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 1st July to 1st August 2018

 

This July at the National's Olivier Theatre, Patrick Marber directs his own adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's dark comedy, Exit the King. On the back of his lead role in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre, Rhys Ifans stars as the King while Indira Varma takes the role of the Queen. Anthony Ward provides the designs.

 
 
 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Beautiful blooms and show gardens within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 8th Jul 2018

 

Held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace - where he built one of the finest gardens in the world - the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a highlight of London's summer calendar. Coming into bloom in July, the flower show brings with it the Butterfly Dome, where you can wander through thousands of free-flying butterflies; the Show Gardens, a favourite each year with a spectacular selection to give you garden-envy; and Family Saturday, packed with activities such as sowing seeds, a fun trail, story-telling and cookery classes. Head to the Flower Marquee to pick up tips from floral exhibitors and buy plants from specialist nurseries.

 
 
 

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2018

The famous tennis tournament returns for another year.

Wimbledon: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London, SW19 5AE

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 15th July 2018

 

Wimbledon, the famous tennis tournament and the most watched event in the Grand Slam calendar, brings thousands of visitors to the All England Club with the live action played out on big screens at Murray Mound and all over London. Many tennis pros covet the Wimbledon crown above all others and the grass surface makes for fast, breathless duels. Tickets can be applied for through the public ballot on the website, if however you're not lucky enough to get hold of one it is easy to get in to the grounds if you queue up in the morning. However, there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, so you have to turn up seriously early - or queue overnight - to be certain of getting to see the biggest matches. But in the first week the outer courts still have some of the world's greatest players and you can grab tickets for them if you arrive by about 9am. TRAVEL: The most convenient tube station for getting to Wimbledon is 'Southfields' on the District line, the station before Wimbledon Park. Southfields is closer, has marshals, a lift and the shorter walk is fully signposted.

 
 
 

As You Like It

Shakespeare's play lends itself perfectly to the wooded setting of the Open Air Theatre.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 6th to 28th July 2018

 

In the mythical Forest of Arden, Shakespeare's As You Like It lends itself perfectly to the wooded setting of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. In a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. Directed by Max Webster (who directed Dr Suess' The Lorax at the Old Vic and Twelfth Night re-imagined for everyone aged six and over here at Regents Park), with new music by the former frontman of Noah and the Whale, Charlie Fink, this warm, open-hearted open air production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance.

 
 
 
 

British Summer Time Hyde Park

Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars play live

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 6th to 14th July 2018

 

Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars play live at British Summer Time Hyde Park, which returns for a sixth year in 2018 with another impressive line-up of big names in rock and pop. Playing Hyde Park on Saturday 14th July 2018, Brit and Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars will be joined by special guest, Khalid, who at the age of 19 won 2017's MTV VMA award for Best New Artist. Between two weekends of live music there's free entertainment in Hyde Park with open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, street food stalls and daytime DJs. Free sports sessions and after school multi-sports for kids are also part of the mid-week entertainment. Look out for more acts to be announced.

 
 
 

A Monster Calls

A stage version of Patrick Ness's magical realist novel.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 7th July to 25th August 2018

 

Sally Cookson - the director behind Jane Eyre and Peter Pan at the National Theatre - creates a stage version of Patrick Ness's magical realist novel, A Monster Calls, for the Old Vic, as part of the theatre's 200th anniversary season. Already a film, with the monster voiced by Liam Neeson, Cookson directs this staged version of Ness's award-winning novel which centres on a 13-year-old boy called Conor, who learns to face his darkest fears in the company of a hulking monster that visits him at night. This adaptation, an Old Vic production made in association with Bristol Old Vic and shown there first, is suitable for children aged 10 and above.

 
 
 

Art Night London 2018

The nocturnal art festival is curated by Hayward Gallery for the first time.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 7th July 2018

 

A night of free art, performance and music, Art Night partners with the Hayward Gallery for the first time. The festival will be curated by the Southbank gallery, to coincide with the its 50th anniversary in July 2018. Promising its most ambitious art trail to date, follow the route along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea. Art Night will also feature commissions and artists' projects in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues for just one night.

 
 
 

Kew the Music

Gipsy Kings, The Human League and Jools Holland play live at this year's festival.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 10th to 15th Jul 2018

 

Gipsy Kings, The Human League and Jools Holland play live at this year's Kew the Music, a week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. On Wednesday 11th July The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo play hits from their eponymous album which featured the global smash hits Bamboleo, Un Amor and Djoba Djoba. Electro-pioneers The Human League play their heady cocktail of pop, dance, glamour and electronics on Friday 13th July and Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra wrap things up on Sunday, with help from regular guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

 
 
 

Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret

A celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, Soho, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 11th to 29th July 2018

 

Last seen in London in July 2016, Weimar Cabaret is a celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic. The legendary entertainer, best known for as Dame Edna Everage, sets aside his alter ego to share witty anecdotes and irreverent asides as he narrates in his own inimitable style. He's joined by cabaret diva Meow Meow, an Australian artist who recently appeared as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream season at Shakespeare's Globe. Both are accompanied live onstage by the Aurora Orchestra for a risqué, sophisticated and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.

 
 
 
 

Lovebox

The festival moves to south London for its 16th year.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018

 

After a triumphant 15th birthday celebration which saw Frank Ocean and Chase & Status headline at Victoria Park, Lovebox moves to its new home in Brockwell Park in July 2018. Following thirteen years in Victoria Park, the move is a nod to their south London beginnings (the very first Lovebox took place on Clapham Common in 2002). Jools Butterfield, founder of the festival, says: "Nothing stays the same forever, and after thirteen very happy years in East London, it's time to open a new, ever more colourful chapter in our history as we go back to our South London roots." With high calibre headliners and a laid back party atmosphere, the love Londoners have for Lovebox continues to burn bright.

 
 
 

Citadel Festival

The festival mixes music with dance and drawing, screen printing and children's workshops.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Sunday 15th July 2018

 

After three highly successful years, during which time it has made a name for itself as one of London's best new festivals, Citadel moves to a new location this July: Brockwell Park. The one-day festival of music, food, theatre, art and entertainment often secures good headline acts. Last year indie rock band Foals played their only UK festival of the year here and masters of modern electronic music, Bonobo, also headlined. As well as music on the main stage there's a good choice of alternative entertainment from dance and drawing to screen printing and children's workshops, fashion and beauty stalls, fitness activities like disco dodgeball, and Sunday Papers Live with invited speakers creating a forum for debate.

 
 
 
 
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