From design innovation at the London Design Festival and a Rachel Whiteread retrospective to a rare Edgar Degas exhibition and an Agatha Christie drama in a unique courtroom setting, here is the best of the arts in London this month
London Design Festival
London Design Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. Now in its 15th year, the festival boasts a programme of 450 projects and events across a series of design districts, including continuing its long-standing relationship with the Victoria and Albert Museum. This year, the Prince Consort Gallery will be transformed to house Reflection Room, an immersive coloured light experience by Flynn Talbot. londondesignfestival.com
Witness for the Prosecution
6 October–11 March 2018
You are hereby summoned for jury service. Step inside London County Hall on the Southbank and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting. Lucy Bailey (Comus, The Graduate, Titus Andronicus) will direct this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal, with the audience thrillingly placed in the thick of the action in a spectacular location. witnesscountyhall.com; 0844 815 7141.
Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell
20 September–7 May 2018
Now for a rare treat: the opportunity to see stunning paintings, pastels and drawings by leading French Impressionist Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas to mark the centenary of his death. The Burrell Collection in Glasgow holds one of the greatest collections of Degas’s works in the world. Rarely seen in public, this exhibition marks the first time the group of 20 pastels has been shown outside of Scotland since they were acquired. A fitting tribute to one of the greatest artistic innovators of his age. nationalgallery.org.uk
Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’
29 September-10 December
A true icon of modern American art, 86-year-old Jasper Johns is widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and lightbulbs. Since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1958, Johns’ treatment of iconography, and appropriation of objects, symbols and words has reimagined the familiar to render it unfamiliar. The first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years, Something Resembling Truth comprises over 150 works that rarely travel from international private and public collections, and new works by the artist. royalacademy.org.uk
Browse and buy worldclass art from the best international galleries at the Frieze art fairs in Regent’s Park. Every year, Frieze hosts two internationally important art fairs in tandem: Frieze London, which showcases the best of contemporary art, and Frieze Masters, which specialises in historical art and antiquities, including Old Master paintings, ancient Egyptian artefacts, medieval sculptures and avantgarde works. frieze.com; Open 12pm–7pm daily, 12pm–6pm on Sunday. Tickets from £35.
11 September-10 October
The Royal Opera’s 2017/18 Season opens this month with Richard Jones’ highly anticipated new production of Puccini’s La bohème, conducted by music director Antonio Pappano. Replacing John Copley’s previous 1974 production for the company, the new staging of Puccini’s opera of love, Bohemian life and death in 19th -century Paris features a superb international cast including Nicole Car and Michael Fabiano. roh.org.uk On 3 October, La bohème will be screened live at cinemas across the country. To find your closest cinema, visit the website.
Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain
12 September-21 January 2018
In 1993, Rachel Whiteread became the first woman to win the Turner Prize with her entry ‘House’: the concrete cast of the interior of a condemned Victorian house in Mile End. Now Tate Britain opens a comprehensive exhibition of Whiteread’s work. The show tracks Whiteread’s career and brings together works such as Untitled (100 Spaces) 1995 and Untitled (Staircase) 2001 alongside new pieces. tate.org.uk; 020 7887 8888.