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ROH Live – The Nutcracker
Tuesday 5th December, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
NT Live – Young Marx
Thursday 7th December, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello. Quacks) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Boo Hewerdine in Concert
Saturday 9th December, 9.00pm Click for tickets
Boo is well known as one of the greatest songwriter performers in the business, but incredibly, its been 7 years since Boo released his last studio album of original material ‘God Bless The Pretty Things’. Not that he’s been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career. Boo wrote Radio Ballads for the BBC’s Olympic and recent Child Migration series. There has been a huge array of writing and producing with both established and upcoming artists and passing something on to budding writers via his much loved song-writing workshops. Boo spent three years writing a daily blog which lead to podcast fun with that staff of The WORD (RIP) and invitations to join Radio broadcasts such as The Verb (BBC Radio 3) and a moment of personal satisfaction when his work was included in the radio round up Pick Of The Week on BBC Radio 4. Boo formed the duo State Of The Union with American guitarist Brooks Williams and recorded and released two albums and an EP, live in the studio with engineer Mark Freegard, the duo appeared on BBC1 TV Andrew Marr show performing their cover of Pet Shop Boys Rent.
Boo has written lyrics and played on over 30 new recordings by and with other artists during the period including the acclaimed 2014 album (Vagabond) and 2015 EP (Back The Dogs) with Scottish singer Eddi Reader, Last Man Standing Ep (2015) with Kris Drever of Lau and Duke Special. Reveal Records compiled the first document of his career to date with a fine Best of compilation My Name In Brackets and swiftly followed that with an album of lost recordings found in a box! This album was Open which received five star reviews and was number 5 in the Telegraph Albums of The Year 2015.
We are delighted to have him back at the Club and playing an intimate gig where we can enjoy his amazing music and dry witty stories. Don’t miss him.
Strictly Come Dancing Final & Christmas Party
Saturday 16th December, 6.00pm onwards
As has become our tradition and an indulgence in our guilty pleasure, we shall again be combining our Christmas celebration with the final of the Strictly final…
Bubbles,canapés, armchair judgments, music after the live streaming to our big screen…what’s not to love. We hope you can join us for an evening of fun and socialising. Entering into the spirit with sequins, gowns, boas, heels etc optional but definitely not compulsory. The ladies may also dress up if they wish.
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Berliner Philharmoniker Live – New Year’s Eve Concert
Sunday 31st December, 4.00pm Click for tickets here
A wonderfully civilised way to start New Year’s Eve with a concert featuring Simon Rattle and Joyce DiDonato. Broadcast live via satellite.
The festive programme opens with Antonín Dvořák’s concert overture Carnival, a work that is part of an overture trilogy with philosophical aspirations. In the trilogy, the Czech composer summarises the most important aspects of human existence in music: nature, life and love. In Carnival, Dvořák celebrates joie de vivre with intoxicating, effervescent sounds. In the Pas de deux from the ballet Apollon musagète which recalls the Viennese waltz, Igor Stravinsky, the creator of such energetic works as L’Oiseau de feu and Le Sacre du printemps, shows his elegant, carefree and tender side.
In the dance episodes from his musical On the Town, premiered in 1944, Leonard Bernstein evokes quite different moods – exuberant, cheeky and jazz-inspired. The play is about the amorous adventures of three sailors who go ashore in New York for 24 hours. To send the audience on its way, the final work of the evening is the suite from the ballet The Golden Age, in which Dmitri Shostakovich uses wit, irony and sarcasm to satirise the lifestyle of the so-called “roaring twenties” while also making a social critique in a humorous way. Although the ballet proved unsuccessful, the ballet suite which the composer constructed from four movements enjoys great popularity, particularly the polka of the third movement, and will create the perfect atmosphere for New Year celebrations.
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