Round up of this week’s ‘must do’ arts, exhibitions, and events.
Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt
The Fitzwilliam Museum | 23 February – 22 May 2016
The first major exhibition for the Fitzwilliam’s 2016 bicentenary celebrations goes beyond the images of mummies, pharaohs and mystery often associated with ancient Egypt. It shows how coffin design developed over 4,000 years, reflecting significant changes both in the status of affluent ancient Egyptians and in the gods that were important to them.
Discover how these remarkable objects were constructed and what this information can reveal about the craftsmen who made coffins and the clients who commissioned and bought them. A ‘live’ conservation area in the exhibition will provide visitors with a unique insight into the science used to examine the objects on display.
23 February – 22 May 2016
Galleries 12 & 13
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge CB2 1RB
Tel: 01223 332900
Motown The Musical
Shaftesbury Theatre | Feb 2016 – March 2017
It began as one man’s story…became everyone’s music…and is now London’s hottest new show. Motown The Musical follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records. The story begins in 1983, on the evening of the 25th anniversary celebration of Motown, and Berry Gordy is looking back on his career. Inspired by his childhood hero, black American boxer Joe Louis, the young Berry dreams big, hoping one day to make people as happy and proud. After a few years on Detroit’s automobile assembly line he sets his sights on bringing a socially charged, racially divided country together with music. With an $800 loan from his family, Berry founds a music-making factory. Motown is born!
Berry signs a series of ground-breaking artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more. But with the Vietnam War looming and America at a cultural turning point, Berry realises the time has come to push for something bigger than he ever dreamed of, to make music that could get the whole world moving to the same beat.
210 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London, WC2H 8DP
Box Office: 020 7379 5399
Eleven Women Facing War
IWM London | Until 24 April 2016
The first UK display of Eleven Women Facing War, an exhibition of photographs and film by award-winning British photographer Nick Danziger. It records the stories of eleven women in different conflict zones from 2001 to 2011.
The stories are of women from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Colombia, the Balkans, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Nick first photographed these women for an International Committee of the Red Cross study in 2001. Ten years later, he set out to find each one and learn what had become of their lives.
10am – 6pm every day
IWM Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ
Tel 020 7416 5000