There’s rarely a quiet time for cultural things to see and do, but at the moment there seems to be an embarrassment of riches. So as ever, in no particular order, here are a few things that caught our eye for November, and beyond.
Beg, borrow & steal! Sold out performances but well worth queuing for returns are:
55 Days @ Hampstead Theatre. Starring the brilliant Mark Gatiss as Charles 1. On until 24 November.
The River @ Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs written by Jez Butterworth (he of Jerusalem fame). On until 17 November.
New seasons opening for Donmar, National Theatre and Royal Court from Friday, so be sure to book early. Highlights include an all female version of Julius Caesar @ Donmar, Frances de la Tour in the new Alan Bennett play People @ National Theatre and The Low Road by Bruce Norris (previous work includes Clybourne Park) @ Royal Court.
The hottest ticket however has to be for The Effect @ National Theatre. Created by the dream team behind award-winning ENRON of playwright Lucy Prebble and director Rupert Gould, it also stars Billie Piper.
Museums & Galleries
Hollywood Costume @ V&A is now on until 27 January. See the original costumes from Dorothy’s ruby slippers to John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever suit, and everything in between from Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver to Avatar.
Seduced by Art @ National Gallery until 20 Jan 2013. A first for the National Gallery, a photographic exhibition, here at the title suggests are exploring the connection in works by photographers inspired by paintings, including Old Masters.
Light from the Middle East: New Photography @ V&A from 13 November 2012 – 7 April 2013. The first major exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East, featuring over 90 works by some of the most exciting artists from across the region.
And if this wasn’t enough photography, there is also
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize @ National Portrait Gallery now until 17 Feb
Tim Walker:Story Teller @ Somerset House on until 27 Jan
Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour @ Somerset House on until 27 Jan
Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea @ National Maritime Museum, just opened and on until 28 April.
Bronze @ Royal Academy is on until 9 December. Another impressive blockbuster of a show with 150 works covering 6000 years – unique in this thematic approach and in scale.
The London Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday, running until Sunday 18 November. There’s something for everyone, from veteran Herbie Hancock at Southbank Centre, 12 November to singer Gwyneth Herbert at Arts Depot, 15 November. For more details check out www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk . And if that isn’t enough check out Mingus Big Band at the end of the month at Ronnie Scott’s bit.ly/TKCLHH
The Master – Paul Thomas (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) Anderson’s period drama based loosely on Scientology-founder L Ron Hubbard, but not quite a bio-pic. Also to be seen for the great performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix – Oscar odds anyone?
My Brother The Devil. Out this Friday 9 November. Winner of the BFI London Film Festival’s Best British Newcomer and Sundance Best European Film, this story of a drug-dealing older brother not only makes Hackney look beautiful, and contains almost lyrical street language, but has some very original twists on the typical gangland film. Cast is almost all from non-professional locals too.
Also there are the following film festivals are finishing shortly:
Russian Film Festival – On until 11 November - bit.ly/S0G8GA
African Film Festival – On until 11 November - www.filmafrica.org.uk
Korean Film Festival – On until 16 November - www.koreanfilm.co.uk
Jewish Film Festival – On until 18 November - ukjewishfilm.org/festival-2012
And book now for: Seven Psychopaths + Q&A with director Martin (In Bruges) McDonagh @ BFI 1 December, 7.30pm.