Round-up of ‘must do’ Arts, Exhibitions and Events from Oracle
Muhammad Ali: I Am The Greatest
o2 | 4 Mar to 31 Aug 2016
This exhibition explores the life of probably the greatest sportsman of all time, Muhammad Ali. It is a chance to experience a taste of the ‘Muhammad Ali Center’ the museum in Louisville dedicated to the six core principles of Ali’s life and inspired by his story which transcends boxing with its humanity and diversity.
The story includes Ali’s rise from humble beginnings in Kentucky where he was known as The Louisville Lip, to becoming the three times heavyweight champion of the World and known as The Greatest.
Weekdays: 10.00 – 16.00 last ticket entry (clear by 17.30)
Weekend: 10.00 – 17.30 last ticket entry (clear by 19.00)
Adults £18:00 plus booking fee
Children £09:00 plus booking fee
Black Chronicles Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948
National Portrait Gallery | 18 May – 11 December 2016
Black Chronicles showcases over forty photographs that present a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. These portraits of individuals of African and Asian heritage bear witness to Britain’s imperial history of empire and expansion. Pictures include of members of an African choir who performed in London for Queen Victoria in 1891.
These pictures highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment when the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to Britain.
This display is part of Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter, an ongoing archive research programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Autograph ABP is a London-based arts charity that works internationally in photography and film, race, representation, cultural identity and human rights.
Ticket Free admission
Thursday-Friday 10:00 – 21:00
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
Tel 020 7306 0055
Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS
IWM London | to 13 November 2016
This interactive display shows how Britain’s armed forces deal with very different aspects of global security, from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to being part of coalition efforts to fight ISIS in the Middle East.
Using the objects and experiences of personnel involved in these two operations, this display shows the complexity of contemporary conflict and security.
10am – 6pm every day
Last admission 5.30pm
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
National Theatre | to 18 May 2016
Chicago, 1927. In a recording studio on the city’s South Side, a battle of wills is raging. Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, uses every trick in the book to fight her record producers for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill-treatment and bad deals, she’s determined that ‘Black Bottom’, the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way.
But Levee, the band’s swaggering young trumpet player, plans to catapult the band into the jazz age. His ambition puts them all in danger.
Inspired by the real-life Blues legend and infused with her music, August Wilson’s play speaks powerfully of a struggle for self-determination against overwhelming odds.
Sharon D Clarke plays Ma Rainey.
Tickets online £15, £28, £34, £39, £50
Saturday evenings: £15, £28, £39, £44, £55
National Theatre, South Bank
London SE1 9PX
Box Office 020 7452 3000
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation
Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Tower Theatre Company
The Barbican | 17 – 21 May 2016
On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the mischievous arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule.
With a feuding Fairy King and Queen, Quince and his friends presenting their play within a play, and chief mischief-maker Puck on hand, games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.
Part of a nationwide tour, this production combines eighteen RSC professional actors and fourteen amateur theatre companies from around the UK, selected to play Bottom and the Mechanicals.
Performances 19:30 | 13:00