Oracle’s guide to What’s On featuring The Art of A Nation and The Royale
Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts
Soho Theatre | Tue 1 – Sat 5 & Tue 8 Nov 2016
Dane Baptiste is already being hailed as one of the most exciting comic talents to break in years. He is original, provocative and exceptionally prolific,
The London-born stand up made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for a Fosters Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now he’s back with his first nationwide tour of his second smash hit show Reasonable Doubts.
Tickets Tues 1 £10, Wed 2 & Thu 3- £12.50 (£10) Sat 5 £15 (£12.50)
21 Dean Street
Box Office 020 7478 0100
Stratford Circus Arts Centre | 02 – 05 Nov 2016
For the first time in Britain, an all-black cast.
Denmark, a Black empire of modern England, where an intelligent student discovers the world he once knew has crumbled. Implored to defend what is left of his father’s legacy, Hamlet now faces the greatest moral challenge – to kill or not to kill.
Doors: 18:00 – 00:00
Duration:2hrs 30 mins
Tickets from £13
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
London E15 1BX
020 8279 1001
The Royale – A Bush Theatre Production
The Tabernacle | 03 – 26 November 2016
Based on Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world.
Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who–at the height of the Jim Crow era–became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth.
Saturday Matinees: 12, 19, 26 November
Tickets from £15
35 Powis Square
off Portobello Road
London W11 2AY
Tel: 0207 221 9700
The Reading Agency Lecture
The British Library | 04 Nov 2016
Radio personality and journalist Gemma Cairney opens the BBC’s #LovetoRead weekend
In conversation with Reading Agency Chief Executive Sue Wilkinson, Gemma discusses what reading means to her, the barriers faced by people who struggle to read and her activism around young people’s mental health. Her guide to life for young adults, Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be will be published by Pan Macmillan in March 2017.
This event is part of #LovetoRead , is a BBC campaign to encourage reading for pleasure and to create a national conversation about books.
Doors: 19:00 – 20:30
Tickets £12.00 | Members £10.00 | Concs £8.00 £1.50 transaction fee when tickets are posted, or for telephone sales when an e-ticket is requested.
The British Library
96 Euston Road
+44 (0)1937 546546
The Hotel Cerise
Theatre Royal Stratford East | To 12 Nov 2016
By Bonnie Greer Inspired by Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
While, America’s first black president his set to end his eight years in office, Anita Mountjoy risks losing her family’s beloved hotel and cherry orchard.
Bonnie Greer’s new play is T he Hotel Cerise. It is was a famous retreat for middle-class black people during the time of segregation. It’s a landmark and symbol: a place where Black America once felt welcome and safe.
Are the family keepers of its proud history or simply trapped by its ghosts?
Stars include Ellen Thomas and Angela Wynter
Previews: £12/£15 (20 – 24 Oct)
Sat eves £12 – £25
All other shows £12 – £22
Tickets from £12:00
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square
London E15 1BN
Box Office 020 8534 0310
A Man Of Good Hope
Young Vic | To 12 Nov 2016
Asad is a young Somali refugee with a painful past, miraculously good luck and a brilliant head for business. After years in a refugee camp and then learning to hustle in the streets of Ethiopia, he sets off for the promised land of South Africa. But when he arrives, he discovers the violent reality of life in the townships – and his adventures begin.
Asad’s story is told through song and dance.
Music by the critically-acclaimed South African Isango Ensemble
Performances: 19:30 & 14:30
Tickets from £10
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
The Red Barn
Lyttelton Theatre | To 19 Nov 2016
A psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse.
On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely…
Performances: 19:30 & 14:15
Tickets £26 – £60
020 7452 3000
Ambassadors Theatre | To 22 Nov 2016
Pigeon English looks at the sometimes harsh reality of adulthood in modern-day Britain. Inspired by one of the most compelling events in modern history.
In the shadows of concrete, high-rises, eleven-year-old Harri is walking a tightrope towards manhood. Events quickly spiral out of his control and the world will never be the same again.
Running time 90 minutes
Performances 19:30 & 14:30
Tickets from £17.50
Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds
British Museum | To 27 Nov 2016
Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their surprising discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.
Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the beautiful objects in the exhibition range from great colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth, and migration, gods, and kings. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.
Entry 10.00 – 17.30
Adults £16.50, under 16s free
44 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Before they were icons, they were friends.
25 February 1964: 22-year-old Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali) has just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, he chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends – activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and American football star Jim Brown.
This fictional account of a real night imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. As the Civil Rights movement stirs outside, and the melody of ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ hangs in the air, four men will emerge from that one night ready to define a new world.
Performances: 19:45 & 14;30
Running time 70 minutes – no interval
Tickets £10 – £40
41 Earlham Str
0844 871 7624
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 23 Dec 2016
Come and be inspired by the annual free exhibition of stunning space photography
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the biggest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide.
For a taste of past exhibits and a preview of this year’s contestants click on the link
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Whitechapel Gallery | To 08 January 2017
In a new work for the Project Galleries, London-based artist Samson Kambalu (b. 1975) draws inspiration from early cinema and watching films as a child in Malawi. Flickering images, appropriated footage, improvised projections, unexpected power cuts and a lively audience made every screening a joyful live event, one that also made visible the mechanics of film.
Turning the gallery into a magazine spread, Kambalu projects his black and white films of visual slapstick alongside his writings. Influenced by Situationism and psychogeography, as well as by the Gule Wamkulu rituals practiced among the Chewa people, Kambalu embraces the subversive potential of non-productive time, gift economies and play.
Performances Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Tickets FREE ENTRY
Galleries 5 & 6
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
THE EY EXHIBITION: WIFREDO LAM
TATE MODERN | To 08 January 2017
Wifredo Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture.
Wifredo Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of Western Modernism. His unique paintings introduced the symbolism of his Cuban roots and defined a new way of painting for a post-colonial world. As he travelled in Europe and North and South America, he was a witness to twentieth-century political upheaval – including the Spanish Civil War, the evacuation of artists and intellectuals from France with the onset of World War II, and the new Cuba borne of the Revolution.
Throughout his long career, his work addressed themes of social injustice, nature, and spirituality, that challenged prevailing attitudes held by western artists about other cultures.
Tickets £14.50 FREE for Members
020 7887 8888
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures
Hampstead Theatre | To 10 Jan 2017
New York, 2007. Gus Marcantonio, a retired longshoreman, former trade union organiser, renaissance man, feels that the world has turned its back on everything he has fought for in life. With his sister, he summons his three grown children home, trailing the appendages of their chaotic lives, to their Brooklyn brownstone for the most unusual family reunion yet…
Performances 19:00 Matinee 14:00
Tickets from £10 – £35
020 7722 9301
Somerset House | To 15 January 2017
The eye of modern Malie.
Sidibé is celebrated for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960.
At a time when the West was fretting about whether photography was even an art form, Malick Sidibé was taking pictures of young people in Bamako which contain all the issues in that debate: authenticity, imitation, control of the image. Not because he was a theorist, but because all of those issues were also central to the newly emerging country. We see teenagers doing the twist, showing off their record collections, rocking drainpipes, then flares, then pimp suits. Friends relax by a river: everyone is young and carefree. But there are questions in these images too.
Doors 10:00 – 18:00
Bedlam: The Asylum
Welcome Collection | To 15 Jan 2017
Asylums are a thing of the past in Britain, whether they helped the patients is debatable.
Named after the South London Royal Bethlem Hospital, Bedlam a new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.
Doors: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 Sunday 11:00
83 Euston Road
020 7611 2222
South Africa – The Art Of A Nation
British Museum | To 26 Feb 2016
See the history of a nation from a new perspective
From some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.
Come on a journey from the very beginnings of artistic thought, through some of the earliest sculpture in southern Africa to colonial art from the 17th century onwards. See magnificent examples of 19th-century South African art, highly charged 20th-century works that responded to segregation and apartheid, and pieces that showcase the post-apartheid transformation of the nation since 1990.
The exhibition features a selection of significant objects, including some of the world’s oldest art objects and striking contemporary pieces responding to the country’s recent past. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the many peoples that have contributed to the story of South Africa.
Admission 10:00 – 17:30
Tickets £12.00 | Members/under 16s free | Booking fee: £1.00 per ticket
Great Russell St
Ticket booking: +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?
Whitechapel Gallery | To 05 March 2017
Do women have to be naked to get into a Museum?
The Guerrilla Girls are probably the art world’s most creative complainers. For over 30 years they have been successfully showing the hypocrisy of American galleries and museums. Now they are turning their attention to Europe.
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? explores diversity in European art organisations. It presents responses to questionnaires sent to 383 directors about their exhibitions programme and collections. The questions were formulated to critically look at the narratives that are produced by cultural institutions.
Curator’s Tour Thu 8 Dec, 6.30pm | Free
Admission 10:00 – 18:00
Tickets Free Entry
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Natural History Museum | To 10 Sept 2017
From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images. Visit the exhibition to see 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet.
Admission 10.00 -17.50
Tickets Adults from £10.50 | Child & concs from £6.50 | Family from £27.00
The Natural History Museum
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