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    • from 21/01/2015 to 27/05/2015
      Event: The Hard Problem

      Location: National Theatre, SE1

      Tom Stoppard’s new play, The Hard Problem, is the Arcadia playwright’s first at the National Theatre almost 10 years. It is directed by outgoing artistic director, Nicolas Hytner, his last play at the National.

      The Hard Problem stars Olivia Vinall as Hilary, a young psychology researcher newly appointed to a artificial intelligence institute, tasked with with exploring consciousness, or the relationship between the brain and the mind — the “hard problem” of the play’s title.

    • from 08/03/2015 to 08/11/2015
      Event: Alice in Wonderland Anniversary Events

      Location: Various venues

      It is Alice in Wonderland’s 150th birthday this year (we know, she looks great for her age!) and she is still going strong, inspiring everything from fashion to ballet, opera to art, a testament to Lewis Carroll’s most curious and enduring creation. So we’re going head first down the rabbit hole to Wonderland for all kinds of curious events:

      Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland opera at the Barbican is a multi-media production. It was the South Korean composer’s first opera, with a libretto co-written by the composer with David Henry Hwang performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. — Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland opera at the Barbican, EC2, is on 8th March (suitable for age 12+).

    • from 26/03/2015 to 05/07/2015
      Event: Defining Beauty: the Body in Ancient Greek Art

      Location: British Museum, WC1

      The British Museum is showcasing its magnificent Ancient Greek art collection this spring with its blockbuster exhibition, Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art.

      With around 150 artworks from the museum’s own collection and beyond, the exhibition shows how the Greeks revolutionised art in the 5th century BC, with their representation of the human form in a more naturalistic way. The Greeks championed the idealised human form or body beautiful and showing the naked form as heroic.

    • from 19/05/2015 to 08/08/2015
      Event: Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man

      Location: Theatre Royal Haymarket, SW1

      Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper stars in the stage play of  The Elephant Man over the summertransferring from its Broadway run.

      Cooper, making his West End debut, stars alongside Patricia Clarkson as Mrs Kendal and Alessandro Nivolo as Dr Treves in Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play about the real life of severely disfigured John Merrick.

    • from 17/10/2015 to 16/01/2016
      Event: Plays at the Garrick

      Location: Garrick Theatre, WC2

      Actor/director Sir Kenneth Branagh is putting on a season of West End theatre with an all-star cast from the autumn of 2015.

      Twenty years after the actor ran his first theatre troupe, he is back on stage with a cast that includes Judi Dench, Cinderella stars Lily James and Richard Madden, Rob Brydon and Branagh himself. The plays include works by Shakespeare and Terence Rattigan.

      Kicking off the season is Dame Judi Dench and Branagh, who both co-directs and stars, in The Winter’s Tale (17th October 2015 to 16th January 2016). One of Shakespeare’s later plays, The Winter’s Tale is a tragicomedy, set in Sicily and an imaginary Bohemia with deserts and coastline.

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