Robbie Williams, Pope’s Loan, Melting Planet: London Weekend
The smartie who turned collapsing Enron Corp. into a piece of musical theater is back.
Rupert Goold, director of “Enron,” has just staged another cataclysm titled “Earthquakes in London.”
Our melting planet is the backdrop to this story of three oddball sisters. One is an ambitious environment minister, another is pregnant and suicidal, and the third is a high-strung student who doubles as a burlesque stripper. You watch their antics from spinning stools set around a snaking walkway.
At the National Theatre, ends Sept. 22.
Information: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or call +44-20-7452-3000.
Pope Benedict XVI has dispatched a few treasures to Britain before his visit this month.
Four 16th-century Flemish tapestries that the Vatican only unfurls on royal occasions will be displayed through Oct. 17 at the Victoria & Albert museum -- beside their original designs, or cartoons, by Raphael.
Seeing the works side-by-side reveals what a smug bunch the Brussels weavers were: They boldly strayed from Raphael’s template. “Christ’s Charge to St. Peter” has Jesus in a star- studded robe, rather than a plain white one. Kneeling Peter is cloaked in red and gold (the colors of the Virgin Mary) instead of the blue-and-gold ordered by the Renaissance master.
Miss the show, and you might have to wait another 500 years to see everything in one place; Raphael never did.
Information: http://www.vam.ac.uk or +44-20-7942-2000.
The Proms draw to a close this weekend with concerts both inside the Royal Albert Hall and on the lawn at Hyde Park.
The indoor performance will feature diva Renee Fleming singing Strauss, Dvorak and Smetana. Over at the park, Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras will entertain revelers praying for dry skies, as will Neil Sedaka -- the latest example of the Proms adopting a more populist approach (or pandering to the masses, depending on your viewpoint).
Information: http://bbc.co.uk/proms or +44-845-401-5040.
Robbie Williams retreads his glory days at Twickenham on Sunday night. The singer, who has just rejoined Take That, will showcase hits like “Angels” and “Let Me Entertain You.”
Williams is the headline act in a line-up that also includes songwriter James Blunt, Tom Jones, Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott and Plan B. All are gathered to raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity that supports U.K. servicemen and women wounded in Afghanistan and other conflicts.
Twickenham Stadium, TW1 1DS. Information: http://www.heroesconcert.com/
Pub grub once meant a dire diet of pickled onions and ploughman’s lunches. Now, London pubs are worthy of the sniffiest gastronomes: Michelin this week recommended several more, including the Fellow, close to the Eurostar terminal at King’s Cross (Tel. +44-20-7833-4395); the Larrik, near Regent’s Park (+44-20-7723-0066); and the Orange, in Victoria (+44-20- 7931-0204).
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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