Hopes of a Pink Floyd reunion, an Amy Winehouse tribute, Simon Callow and Anna Chancellor are our choices for London this week.
There’s just a week left to see a famous love-hate relationship reenacted on the London stage.
In Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens play the divorced couple who can’t seem to get enough of each other, though they’ve both remarried. There’s a lot of squabbling and smashed china in this fun Jonathan Kent staging, together with some beautiful Art Nouveau sets.
“Private Lives” is at the Gielgud Theatre through Sept. 21: http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk or call +44-844-482-5138.
Pont Street is the new restaurant of television chef Sophie Michell, best known for “Cook Yourself Thin.” The establishment, on the site of the short-lived Hix Belgravia, specializes in seafood. Michell is the youngest female executive chef in the U.K. Information: http://bit.ly/1eH5YwW or +44-20-3189-4850.
Gymkhana, which opened this week in Mayfair, is a modern interpretation of the sports clubs created by the British in colonial India. It’s an offshoot of Trishna, the Michelin-starred Indian seafood restaurant in Marylebone. Information: http://www.gymkhanalondon.com/ or +44-20-3011-5900.
He was Sudan’s undersecretary for culture in the mid-1970s, then spent six months and eight days in prison without charge.
Now 83, artist Ibrahim El-Salahi is the toast of Tate Modern -- and the first African artist to get a retrospective there. The 100 works on show blend calligraphy and geometric motifs with Modernism and Surrealism, highlighting the many long years that El-Salahi has spent living in the West.
The exhibition ends Sept. 22 at Tate Modern. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk or +44-20-7887-8888.
Pink Floyd fans will be hoping for a reunion of sorts as Roger Waters plays “The Wall” at Wembley Stadium Saturday. His former band mates David Gilmour and Nick Mason have joined on previous London dates. With or without his colleagues, the 70-year-old puts on one of rock’s more spectacular shows, with a flying pig and the destruction of an enormous wall.
A monthlong festival, “Amy 30,” is marking what would have been the 30th birthday of singer Amy Winehouse on Sept. 14. There are concerts, exhibitions, a cabaret and a walking tour in Camden: http://www.amywinehousefoundation.org/amys30appeal
OTHER LONDON OUTINGS
A tentacular contraption has landed outside Tate Modern.
It’s “Endless Stair” -- an installation of 20 interlocking hardwood staircases that you can use as a climbing frame. It’s a key attraction in the eight-day London Design Festival (through Sept. 22), centered around the Victoria & Albert Museum. Information: http://www.londondesignfestival.com.
Those who like art and books should check out the weekend-long London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery which showcases publishers, magazines and more: http://bit.ly/10On6GU.
Meanwhile, the Royal Opera’s Deloitte Ignite festival -- curated by Stephen Fry and labeled “Verdi/Wagner” -- has actor Simon Callow getting inside Wagner’s head and Fry moderating a debate on the relative merits of each composer. The festival ends Sept. 29: http://www.roh.org.uk/about/deloitte-ignite.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)
Muse highlights include the London and New York weekend guides, Lewis Lapham on history, Jeremy Gerard on New York theater, Amanda Gordon’s Scene Last Night and Greg Evans and Craig Seligman on movies.
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