What’s On | November

Image: Tristram Kenton ROH 2011


From major new exhibitions to James Norton treading the boards at the Donmar Warehouse and a stunning classical ballet at the Royal Opera House, here is the best of the arts in London this month


23 November – 16 December
Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet, created in 1952 as a sparkling showpiece for his muse Margot Fonteyn, is reprised this month by the Royal Ballet. Set to Delibes’ gorgeous 1876 score, it tells the story of the shepherd Aminta, who has fallen for the nymph Sylvia. Sylvia and Aminta defy the jealous hunter Orion’s attempts to take Sylvia for himself. Finally the couple are united, their union blessed by the goddess Diana. roh.org.uk

Image: Alice Hawkins

North: Fashioning Identity

8 November–4 February 2018
This month, Somerset House opens North: Fashioning Identity, examining representations of the north of England and Northerners in photography, fashion and art. Featuring over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks from renowned photographers, designers and artists, including Alasdair McLellan, Corinne Day, Raf Simons, Paul Smith and Nick Knight, it highlights how northern style and culture influences photographers, artists and designers across the world. somersethouse.org.uk


7 December–3 February 2018
After electrifying performances in Happy Valley and War & Peace, James Norton stars alongside Imogen Poots in writer Amy Herzog’s acclaimed play at the Donmar Warehouse. Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young, recently married and living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris. It’s all a little too perfect. Michael Longhurst (Amadeus, Constellations) directs at the Donmar for the first time. donmarwarehouse.com

Image: Ana Cuba


18 November–3 December
The ENO brings Marnie, a psychological  thriller based on Winston Graham’s 1961 novel to a new audience this month. Marnie makes her way through life by embezzling from her employers. When her boss Mark Rutland catches her red-handed, he blackmails her into a loveless marriage. Composed by Nico Muhly (pictured), Grammy Award-winning mezzo Sasha Cooke sings the title role, while acclaimed bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch sings Mark Rutland. They will be joined by the legendary Lesley Garrett. eno.org

Robert Webb: How Not To Be A Boy

25 November
As part of the Southbank Centre’s Being a Man festival, join award-winning comedian, author and star of Peep Show Robert Webb for a frank and funny conversation about not living by the rules of masculinity. Discover the relationships that made Robert Webb the man he is, and the absurd expectations he has encountered along the way. Coinciding with the publication of his new book, How Not To Be A Boy, part-memoir and part call-to-arms, Robert Webb takes an irreverent and incisive look at the state of modern masculinity. southbankcentre.co.uk

Image: Matt Crockett

Lorenzo Quinn, Actions Not Words

Until 22 Dec
You’ve seen pictures of his arresting installation, Support, from when it was unveiled at the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in  May. Emerging surreally from the depths of the Grand Canal, it depicts a child’s hands reaching up to support the antique façade of the palazzo. Now see internationally renowned contemporary artist Lorenzo Quinn’s new solo exhibition, Actions Not Words, at the Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair. The exhibition presents the many aspects of Quinn as a leading figurative sculptor and is an impressive culmination of the artist’s legacy to date, and hints at a great future ahead. halcyongallery.com

Jeanne Hébuterne, 1919, Modigliani


23 November–2 April 2018
Tate Modern’s retrospective is the largest ever dedicated to Italian artist Modigliani. During his brief and turbulent life, Amadeo Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. Though meeting little success during his lifetime, his portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century. Modigliani’s lesser-known but radical sculptures will also be on display, with portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, like Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne. tate.org.uk

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