Culture Corner / What's On / March
Though Spring should be upon us - it's definitely remaining bitterly cold in the capital. We've handpicked some of our favourite current and upcoming cultural events to keep you out of this icy wind both in London and further afield. Abigail's Party / Richmond Theatre Lisa: 'This month I've chosen the incredible play 'Abigail's Party'. One of the most popular and influential plays to emerge from the UK, the great cast include Hannah Waterman of EastEnders fame and Martin Marquez. It's just brilliant, such a timeless classic. I'll never forget seeing Mike Leigh's work years ago so it was great to see it as an actual play. I'm a big fan of Martin Marquez too, but I am a little biased as his sister Julietta has been a close friend since school.' 'Abigail's Party' is on at Richmond Theatre until March 16th and continues at Theatre Royal in Brighton from April 1st to Saturday 6th.
© Richmond Theatre The Bride and the Bachelors / Barbican Centre Tom: 'The latest show at the Barbican Centre 'The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns' is one of the most interesting exhibitions at the Barbican Centre in recent years. Featuring key works by all five artists, the installation rooms are complemented by dance and music pieces (I was lucky enough to see an amazing piano recital when I went earlier in the week) and result in a truly immersive experience. I would recommend on heading there at the weekend though as the whole experience was quite intense and required a lot of concentration, not great after a working day'. 'The Bride and the Bachelors' runs until June 9th.
Bowl of Chalk / Walking Tours Alexa: 'It's not very often you have the excuse to be a tourist in your own city, but Bowl of Chalk (cockney rhyming slang for walk!) walking tours provide the perfect opportunity to do just that. Led by tour guide Jonnie, these aren't your average Blue Guide tour. Instead you'll find yourself down alley ways in central london that you didn't know existed or discovering the background of the most recent street art in the East End. Bowl of Chalk walks have an air of 'impromptu-ness' (Jonnies own description), no walk is the same and you'll be left feeling like you've spent the afternoon with an old friend, albeit an incredibly knowledgeable one. Check out his reviews on trip advisor if you don't believe me!' Every weekend, Pay what you can
© Bowl of Chalk Lichtenstein: A Retrospective / Tate Modern Dani: 'I recently went to see the Lichtenstein retrospective which opened last month at Tate Modern. Though must of us know many of the artist's most famous works, it was revealing to see just how much Lichtenstein had produced over the years and how varied his work was - especially the monochromatic and sculptural pieces. Though I really liked the later landscape works, it was perhaps the earlier, cruder works which were my favourite. A great exhibition for kids too, I would highly recommned heading to the Tate to see this as well 'Painting after Performance'. Lichtenstein runs until may 27th.