Tomorrow’s World

Three experts in studying the future share their wisdom.

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Annie leads June’s Top 10 new London shows

From a classic musical and acclaimed Shakespeare to buzzy history plays.

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BWW Interview: Alex Bourne

The actor discusses his role in the West End revival of classic musical Annie.

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BWW Interview: Drew McOnie

The director/choreographer on reviving On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air.

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BWW Interview: Edward Fox

The actor talks John Betjeman play Sand in the Sandwiches.

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BWW Interview: Matthew Croke

The actor on becoming the new West End Aladdin.

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Duke of York’s Theatre

Sacred and profane, trivial and profound blissfully combine in this irresistible, Olivier Award-winning tale of choirgirls gone wild. Lee Hall, of Billy Elliot fame, adapts Alan Warner’s 1998 novel with a similarly shrewd grasp of youthful hope amidst challenging circumstances, and with the arts once again proving a vital escape – albeit, in this case, temporarily.

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Salome, National Theatre

Salome, that dancing seductress who demanded the head of John the Baptist, has been reclaimed by Yael Farber in this new feminist interpretation (the RSC stages Oscar Wilde’s more familiar take next month). Or at least that’s the intention, but Farber’s production sacrifices the personal for the mythic – ironically once again losing the woman history erased in a storm of overblown symbolism.

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Giacometti, Hokusai, Paula Hawkins and a feminist podcast

On my May MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: Cutting a fine figure Giacometti’s full body of work revealed in a major Tate Modern retrospective
  • Don’t miss: Making waves The British Museum goes beyond Hokusai’s iconic print
  • Commuter corner Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water and the inspiring MAKERS podcast

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Angels in America, National Theatre

Tony Kushner’s landmark two-part play begins at a funeral, with a rabbi solemnly naming a woman’s surviving relatives; partway through the interminable list of grandchildren, he stops and sighs. It’s a witty opener for a piece that’s epic in every conceivable sense of the word, taking almost eight hours to tackle not just state of the nation, but state of humanity and the divine. Though there’s the odd lull, particularly in Kushner’s baggier, wilder second part, Marianne Elliott’s revival – 25 years after the influential National Theatre production ­- is a monumental achievement.

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