In the week that we mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, here is a few ideas away from Shakespeare to see and do….

1. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Criterion TheatreMischief Theatre have done it once again, this time steering clear of the ‘Goes Wrong’, instead creating a farce involving incompetent crooks attempting to carry out a bank robbery. Health warning: prepare to laugh yourselves into hysteria. Read Love London Love Culture’s full review hereBooking until 2nd October…but probably an extension will be announced soon! 

2. Goodnight Mister Tom, UK Tourwho can fail to be warmed, charmed and utterly heartbroken at David Wood’s adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s story? Angus Jackson’s production truly brings to life the characters and the story and deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. Love London Love Culture saw it at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking this weekBooking for dates until the 21st May. 

3. Sunset Boulevard, English National Operawhile some members of the audience have been showing their displeasure over the fact that Glenn Close has had to pull out of several performances due to illness, her understudy Ria Jones soon proved them wrong – gaining a long standing ovation, proving that no matter who you see at this production you will have a great night! (Review round up for Glenn Close’s performance here). Booking until the 7th May. 

4. Sicily: Culture and Conquest, British Museumlooking at the ancient history of this island, the British Museum’s latest exhibition allows visitors to discover an island with a cosmopolitan history and identity. Here is what critics thought of the exhibitionOn display until the 14th August. 

5. Doctor Faustus, Duke of York’s TheatreJamie Lloyd’s latest production is dark, bizarre and as about intense as you can get! Kit Harington takes on the title role perfectly – but there is also a fantastic performance from Jenna Russell to look out for too. Love London Love Culture’s full review will be published on Monday night, after the official opening night! Booking until the 25th June. 

 

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