The Proms is the most famous classical music concert series on the planet. This year it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary with 84 gigs over 57 days with more than 3,000 musicians. International ensembles including Berliner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra and the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will be performing throughout the epic festival, while this week’s highlights include members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra performing with Norwegian painist Leif Ove Andsnes at Battersea Arts Centre on Monday and the Philharmonia Orchestra performing balletic classics from Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky alongside the premiere of a new violin concerto from American composer Missy Mazzoli on Sunday.
We’re well and truly into summer now as we enter the second week of August – a time for winding down, lying around and remembering the joy of a mint Cornetto. But, it’s also time to make some sun-soaked memories and here’s our guide to the best things worth seeking out in the city this week to help you do just that.
Much of London’s cultural scene from theatre and cinema to music and other performances moves outside for the season. So get your alfresco fix by heading to Shakespeare’s Globe’s super-fun adaptation of the big man’s magical final play, ‘The Tempest’, which begins with Rachel Hannah Clarke’s Ariel hosing down the front rows of the audience (you have been warned) and keeps up the pace from there. Or head to the sunny South Bank for the last week of the National Theatre’s River Stage, with family theatre, dance, workshops, film screenings and more. And, if you haven’t managed to get to Edinburgh this year, get your fill of leftfield theatre at Camden’s Fringe instead.
There’s also plenty going indoors. Watch an epic concert in the Royal Albert Hall for The Proms; catch Jordan Peele’s much-anticipated new horror movie ‘Nope’, which hits cinemas this week; or see an exhibition of videogame art taking over the Photographers’ Gallery complete with experimental takes on ‘Super Mario Bros’ and ‘The Sims’.
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