New exhibitions and galleries you have to see in 2019

Britain has hosted hundreds of famed artists throughout its rich history and you’ll find their works portrayed in exhibitions and galleries in numerous towns and cities. These spectacular locations are constantly updating their collections to provide us all with a unique opportunity to cast our eye over prized works from some of the world’s most famous artists, sculptures, painters and impressionists. In preparation for 2019, here are the new exhibitions and galleries that are well worth a date in the diary…

Discover why Van Gogh loved London

Tate Britain will host the largest exhibition of Vincent van Gogh’s work in the UK for nearly a decade (27 March – 11 August). Marking the Tate’s first Van Gogh exhibition since 1947, Van Gogh and Britain will bring together 40 of his most prized works while examining the culture, art and literature that provided inspiration when he lived in London in his early 20s.

Life through a lens

The Tate Britain will also explore the life of renowned photojournalist Don McCullin through images that document his extraordinary career (4 February – 6 May). From harrowing stills of the battlefields of Vietnam and the Troubles in Ireland to images of life in London’s East End and scenes of urban strife, more than 250 photographs will provide a complex retrospective of an icon in British photography. 

An artist at work

September welcomes the most comprehensive survey of William Blake for more than 15 years at Tate Britain (11 September – 2 February 2020), featuring 600 works across an array of different mediums. Discover how the British artist has influenced other artists, writers, musicians and many more people besides over a period of more than 250 years, while working in a time of war, revolution and oppression.

A medicinal journey of discovery

Explore one of the world’s most significant medicine collections at London’s Science Museum and find out how health and medicine have developed during the last 400 years. Bringing together impressive collections from pharmaceutical entrepreneur Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum, the Medicine Galleries are set to fill the entirety of the building’s first floor.

See life in Tudor miniature

The first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures to be hosted in the UK in more than 35 years goes on display in the National Portrait Gallery (21 February – 19 May). Showcasing works from some of the most skilled artists of the period, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, will feature portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, as well as other famous figures including explorers Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Explore the world of cartoons

The Cartoon Museum is due to open in the spring after relocating to London’s Wells Street, near Oxford Circus. As well as new exhibition spaces, a learning centre and visitor facilities, the museum promises to bring the “imagination of the world of cartoons into a physical space”.

The power struggle of an ancient king

Renowned for his savagery, the great king Ashurbanipal ruled the ancient world by showcasing his power, as detailed in the British Museum until 24 February. I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria features numerous wall reliefs from the period that detail how the king demonstrated his unquestionable authority.

Immerse yourself in the world of Manga

The biggest exhibition of manga to take place outside of Japan will fill the British Museum in May, detailing how the visual narrative art form has become a global multimedia phenomenon (23 May – 26 August). By examining manga’s appeal across the globe, the Manga exhibition is set to entertain, inspire and challenge, presenting the art form in a new light.

Great artists separated by history

Nearly 500 years separate Michelangelo and Bill Viola but the Royal Academy are going to explore what influence the great Renaissance Master painter had on the video art innovator (28 January – 31 March). Bill Viola/ Michelangelo will delve into the pair’s mutual fascination with birth, life and death, among a host of other themes.

Appreciate the art of sculpture

Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley is looking to fill the Royal Academy with seawater as part of an exhibition detailing his illustrious career (21 September – 3 December). The artist, renowned for creating the Angel of the North and for his incredible sculpture work, will present his most significant set of works for more than a decade.

Celebrate the life of Leonardo

The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery will mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s passing with Leonardo da Vinci: A life in drawing, displaying 12 of his finest works as part of a national celebration (2 February – 2 May). Twelve venues across the country will simultaneously display 144 of Da Vinci’s exquisite drawings, considered to be among the most technically accomplished in the history of art.

Ink the artistic history of tattoos

Uncover the largest gathering of original tattoo artwork and real objects ever assembled in the UK at Bristol’s M-Shed space (16 March – 16 June). Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed will celebrate the rich artistic heritage of tattooing as part of a pioneering and comprehensive history exhibition featuring the thoughts of leading academics, cutting edge designers and plenty of key private collectors.

An encounter with art and architecture

Blenheim Palace will host The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective from February, the largest collection of the famed JMW Turner’s works ever to visit the county (16 February – 22 April). Exhibited in the State Rooms of the Palace, this immersive experience will feature stunning artwork in equally spectacular surroundings.

Uncover street art with a difference

The first major UK exhibition of Keith Haring’s work promises to delve into underground club culture while taking inspiration from pop art and graffiti at Tate Liverpool (14 June – 10 November). Renowned for his public art, Haring has a huge influence on global culture through his sadly short-lived but highly illustrious artistic career.

Experience Royal fashion up close and personal

See the wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex as part of a special exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (14 June – 6 October). From mid-June, Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will provide Royal fans with the chance to see Meghan’s striking dress in person, alongside all of the other significant fashion points from their big day.

Don’t missy Dippy on tour

Finally, the Natural History Museum’s famed Dippy the Diplodocus will continue his tour of Britain by visiting the Great North Museum: Hancock (18 May – 6 October). Having spent more than 100 years in London, the 21.3-metre-long skeleton provides a unique insight into prehistoric times and can enthral both children and adults alike.

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Golden Globe nominations 2019

Golden Globe nominations 2019

As with every year, this year’s Golden Globe nominations put the spotlight on all that is great in the film world. Ahead of the 76th Golden Globe awards, the latest batch of nominations feature an array of filming locations that showcase the very best of Britain.

A Star Is Born 

With its 5 nominations, including for best film, A Star is Born sees Bradley Cooper’s character Jack take to the stage to film festival scenes at the iconic Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Somerset.  Up for the best actor award in the drama category, Cooper’s co-star Lady Gaga, playing Ally, is also up for best actress. Held every year, apart from the odd fallow year when the ground is allowed to recover, Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield festival in the world, featuring five days of music and performing arts.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Another nomination for best drama, Rami Malek’s remarkable portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury means he’s also nominated for best actor. Shot across London, notable landmarks used during filming include the Grade II listed art deco Gillette Building in Brentford and Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey. Southwark’s Union Street also doubled up as New York in the biopic, with the picturesque backdrop of the Grand Union Canal near Rickmansworth providing a further spectacular setting for a glimpse into the life of one of music’s most revered talents.

The Wife

The beauty of the Arbigland Estate near Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland provides a chunk of the setting for Glenn Close as she portrays a wife who questions her life choices during a trip to Stockholm with her husband. Nominated for best actress, watch out for Close in the elegant Hutcheson’s Hall in Glasgow, a restaurant and former hospital dating back to 1805 that provides a spectacular urban backdrop in director Bjorn Runge’s drama.

A Private War

Rosamund Pike’s portrayal of the late journalist Marie Colvin mixes the glamour of London with the stark reality of warzones across the globe. Worthy of a best actress nomination, Pike excels in telling the tale of the renowned Sunday Times war correspondent that put her life on the line to convey the truth to the world. Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman, the film is based on ‘A Private War’, a 2012 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner.

The Favourite

The magnificence of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire provided the predominant filming location for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama about Queen Anne in 18th century England. Both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are nominated for best supporting actress, while writing pair Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis have been nominated for best screenplay. The country house is a leading example of Jacobean architecture, while the surrounding landscape is home to two deer parks and an array of other wildlife.

Mary Poppins Returns

The heart of the City of London is a prominent feature as the magical nanny makes her return to the big screen, with Rob Marshall’s work nominated for best comedy or music film. The spectacular Victoria Monument, near to Buckingham Palace, also features in the film that has seen Emily Blunt and Lin Manual Miranda put forward for best actress and actor respectively in the music and comedy category.

Stan & Ollie

John C. Reilly is nominated for best music or comedy actor for his representation of one half of iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy – starring alongside Steve Coogan. Filmed across Britain, look out for the Lido in Worthing and the Black Country Museum in Dudley, alongside a strand of the Great Central Railway near Loughborough. Birmingham’s The Old Rep Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre and Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden also appear as settings where the star duo perform, alongside the Hackney Empire Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome.

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TASTE December 2018

London – recently opened

 

London’s restaurant scene has continued to excel as we enter the winter months, welcoming a number of new venues and experiences. The Great Northern Hotel, in Kings Cross, has opened Anthracite, a three-roomed martini lounge in the Grade II listed Italianate Victorian building offering a carefully curated selection of vodkas, gins and vermouths so guests can create a bespoke martini. They will also enjoy luxury food including caviar, charcuterie and cheese boards.

 

Following on from hugely successful pop-ups and venues across London and Bristol, founders Tim Vasilakis and Neo Christodoulou have launched The Athenian in the capital’s financial district, bringing authentic Greek street food to Canary Wharf. Grab-and-go eatery HOP Vietnamese has set up in the base of The Leadenhall Building, offering their signature HOP box with curry and steamed rice, alongside a host of other delicious Asian street food. Meanwhile, Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Imperial Treasure, renowned for its Peking duck and other high-end authentic Chinese specialties, made its European debut in Waterloo Place in late November.

 

November also saw the opening of the latest Comptoir Libanais, this time a flagship offering in London Bridge from founder Tony Kitous. Bringing unique dishes and a taste of Lebanon and the Middle East to Tooley Street, diners can delve into a selection of mezze alongside wraps, salads and delicious meats fresh from the grill.

 

After tasting success in Shoreditch and Croydon, Boxpark Wembley launched in early December with a Rinse FM takeover, offering a diverse mix of street food and retail vendors, including The Athenian, TapaVino, Bombay Burrito and Cut + Grind. High-end Japanese restaurant Ginza Onodera has also opened its doors in St James, providing a delightful menu styled on traditional Japanese cuisine and techniques. Alongside specialist festive menus, tuck into teppan-yaki, sushi and robata grill dishes from the group that has two Michelin-starred Sushi Ginza Onodera restaurants in New York. In addition, Pan Asian tapas restaurant Gamma Gamma launched at 6 Greek Street in the heart of Soho, with a menu of shareable fusion dishes featuring exotic meats such as kangaroo, zebra and ostrich, coupled with an extensive bespoke cocktail list.

 

London – opening soon, refurbished or relocated

 

An Islington branch of Covent Garden’s popular vegan eatery Wild Food Cafe is set to open on Angel’s Upper Street in mid-December, with a ‘wild brunch’ and gluten-free wood fired pizza on the menu. Meanwhile, Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Tamarind in Mayfair has completed an extensive refurbishment and has returned with a reinvented menu to mark the occasion. Ramen pop-up Yamagoya has also relocated from Waterloo to return to Soho, taking over the upstairs space at hot pot restaurant Shuang Shuang, where it first appeared several years ago. Expect a variety of ramen dishes, alongside its famed rainbow cake.

 

Manchester – recently opened

 

Manchester has also welcomed both Dishoom and The Ivy to the city in recent weeks, with both looking to build on their legacy of success in the capital. Guests at The Ivy Spinningfields can eat on one of four fabulous floors of a hugely impressive timber framed café-style brasserie, with a menu that blends modern British and international dishes. Meanwhile the award-winning Indian café group

Dishoom has brought its Bombay inspired delights to the remarkable surroundings of Manchester Hall.

 

Manchester – opening soon

 

Popular independent Italian cicchetti and charcuterie Bacaro is set to open in the city in early 2019, occupying a space on the ground floor of the iconic shopping emporium Afflecks in the Northern Quarter. In addition, acclaimed chef Gary Usher will open his sixth restaurant, Kala, on Manchester’s King Street in February.

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Theatre to book in 2019

London shows

Small Island

Opening in May, the Olivier Theatre in London’s National Theatre will welcome an adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel Small Island by Helen Edmundson. Focusing on the history of Jamaica and Britain and set at the time when the Empire Windrush docked in the UK, the show follows the connected stories of Hortense, new to London from Jamaica, landlady Queenie and two servicemen, Bernard and Gilbert.

The Antipodes

October means the European premiere of Annie Baker’s The Antipodes at the Dorfman Theatre, another of the National Theatre spaces. Following a period at the Signature Theatre in New York, the play about stories and the people that tell them is directed by Lila Neugebauer.

Top Girls

Having premiered in London in 1982, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls will return in 2019 to the National Theatre’s Lyttelton space. Following Marlene, the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency, the play is an innovative look at a country that is divided by its ambitions – the first showing is in late March.

9 to 5 The Musical

Enjoy a hilarious tale of friendship, gossip and revenge, as well as Dolly Parton’s biggest hits in 9 to 5 the Musical, which premiers in the West End’s Savoy Theatre in late January, before concluding at the end of August. Telling the story of how to survive in an office environment, expect all of the classic songs, including the title track 9 to 5, Always a Woman and Around Here, as well as many more.

All About Eve

Discover Ivo van Hove’s new adaptation of All About Eve at London’s Noel Coward Theatre, starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Uncover a world of jealousy and ambition, and question why people are fascinated with celebrities, youth and identity when the show premiers in the West End in February 2019.

Come From Away

Having sold out on Broadway, Come From Away comes to the UK in 2019 to tell the remarkable true story of how a small town in Newfoundland housed 7,000 stranded air passengers in the wake of 9/11 in 2001. Highlighting the capacity for human kindness in difficult times and the triumph of humanity over hate, the show gets underway at London’s Phoenix Theatre in late January.

The Waitress

Taking inspiration from Adrienne Shelly’s hit film, The Waitress is the story of Jenna, a waitress and skilled pie-maker on the hunt of a new life beyond the confines of her small town and loveless marriage. Katharine McPhee will star as Jenna during the limited run from February to May at the Adelphi Theatre on the Strand.

Long-running shows Lion King The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables and Thriller-Live will all continue to grab the imagination in 2019 too.

Across the UK

Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s re-imagined take on Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake completes its tour of Britain in the first half of 2019, with shows all over the country. Famed for its male ballet ensemble, it’s an exciting modern look at a renowned classic production. Alongside shows at Sadler’s Wells in London, the tour will visit Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Southampton, Glasgow, Bristol, Canterbury, Norwich, Liverpool, Wimbledon, Hull, Woking, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Annie

Following a successful stint on London’s West End, the heart-warming story of young orphan Annie will visit 16 cities across the UK between early February and the beginning of July. Expect all of the hit songs, including It’s the Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow, and keep your eyes peeled for Anita Dobson and Craig Revel Horwood, who are both set for spells as tyrannical orphanage owner Miss Hannigan in Michael Harrison and David Ian’s hit production.

The Bodyguard

X-factor winner Alexandra Burke leads the cast in The Bodyguard, a musical based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Having successfully conquered London’s West End, the romantic thriller follows bodyguard Frank Farmer and superstar Rachel Marron and is directed by award-wining Thea Sharrock. Having opened in Glasgow in late 2018, the hit musical will travel across the UK in 2019 before culminating with Manchester shows in early January 2020. Note that Carole Stennett will step into the lead role for certain shows.

Measure for Measure

Despite being written in the early 1600s, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure still resonates strongly to this day. Gregory Doran directs the story of a young nun, compromised by a corrupt official and unsure of her options. Starting in late June, shows will take place at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon until the end of August.

In The Willows

Discover a fresh new take on Kenneth Grahame’s classic as The Wind in the Willows is transformed into a thrilling hip hop musical. Director Poppy Burton-Morgan has joined forces with award-winning composer Pippa Cleary and pioneering hip-hop composer Kieran Merrick for In The Willows, which will tour the UK from mid-February to the start of June. Expect killer beats and epic tunes as deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca stars as Otter.

Pirates!

A vibrant revival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is set to open in 2019, although dates are yet to be confirmed. Pirates!, directed by Daryl Gray, will feature new arrangements and orchestrations from Grammy Award winner Steve Sidwell, some 140 years after the original was first performed.

We Will Rock You

The smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You returns in 2019 for a UK and Ireland tour, having toured internationally since leaving the West End in 2014. Offering a combination of Elton’s futuristic comedy writing paired with 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, it follows the epic Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which opened at number one in the box office in more than 30 countries. The nine-month tour of the UK gets underway in September.