Lifting the Curtain: Moving from the Virtual to the Real

Culture

London is poised for a cultural renaissance.

Ballets, theatres and operas that have been closed for what seems like forever are due to reopen and wow audiences across the city with a showstopping array of performances, from the English National Ballet’s eclectic festival of dance, Solstice, to the re-emergence of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

 

Current, Rising

A radical new way of seeing opera awaits this summer in the Royal Opera House, with Current, Rising taking spectators on a virtual reality ride into a magical universe inspired by the end of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, when Ariel is liberated from servitude by the magician Prospero. Four people at a time will enjoy this immersive dream-like experience to the music of composer Samantha Fernando. This groundbreaking opera which puts spectators at the centre of the performance, is developed by a female-led team and directed by Netia Jones.

21 May - 10 June 2021 | Royal Opera House | 10 minute taxi from Brown’s Hotel

 

British Ballet Charity Gala

Hosted by Dame Darcey Bussell (a former principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet) and television producer Ore Oduba in a bid to save British Ballet, the British Ballet Charity Gala will see dancers from eight of Britain’s leading ballet companies - Ballet Black, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, New Adventures, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet – performing on the same stage to raise awareness around art funding, with music by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy. This benefit gala is a wonderful reminder of why we must keep the arts alive, and will take place at the Royal Albert Hall - one of London’s most iconic buildings.

3 June 2021 | Royal Albert Hall | 20 minute taxi from Brown’s Hotel

 

Solstice by English National Ballet

A diverse selection of performances by dancers and musicians will be filling Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in June. The programme ranges from classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Le Corsaire, to a duet from Broken Wings - choreographed by Anabelle Lopez Ochoa - about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Solstice will also bring audiences the enchanting comedic ballet Coppélia, Akram Khan’s Dust, based on female soldiers in World War I, and William Forsythe’s lively and mesmerising Playlist, set to neo-soul and house music.

16 - 26 June 2021 | Royal Festival Hall, Southbank | 20 minute taxi from Brown’s Hotel

 

La Bohème

Refashioned by Richard Jones for the Royal Opera, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème will take audiences on a journey of sheer passion and heartbreak in nineteenth century Paris. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, the four-act opera, based on French writer Henri Murger’s 1851 novel Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, chronicles the lives of four young bohemians - a poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher - and the women they love. Stewart Laing’s atmospheric designs evoke their precarious attic homes and the grandeur of Paris’ shopping arcades for an intense and moving experience.

19 June - 6 July 2021 | Royal Opera House | 10 minute taxi from Brown’s Hotel

 

Romeo And Juliet

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is launching the summer season with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Kimberley Sykes. While everyone knows this doomed tale of forbidden love, there will undoubtedly be a modern twist in this production by Sykes. The casting for the title roles has also been confirmed with Joel MacCormack playing Romeo and Isabel Adomakoh Young playing Juliet. Given the magical outdoor setting, with the stage enveloped by the surrounding trees, it is also bound to be highly romantic.

23 June - 24 July 2021 | Regents Park Open Air Theatre | 20 minute taxi from Brown’s Hotel

 

Compagnie Niya – Gueules Noires

The world’s biggest hip hop festival, Breakin’ Convention, is back this year at Sadler’s Wells, opening with choreographer Rachid Hedli’s Gueules Noire (Black Mouths), a moving tribute to the migrant workers of the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin. Inspired by Hedli’s father’s memories and his connection to his old mining tools, this is also a deeply personal story, amplified by original music by Romual Houziaux. There will be haze effects and plenty of sublime breaking and popping by Compagnie Niya, which is made up of sons and grandsons of miners, to retrace life in the mines and reflect on struggle and solidarity.

1 & 2 July 2021 | Sadler’s Wells

 

The Cunning Little Vixen

Situated right in the heart of Holland Park, which is spread across the grounds of what was once a large private home, Opera Holland Park has a beautifully redesigned auditorium, and the lineup this summer includes their first production of Cunning Little Vixen, which tells the story of a fox in the Moravian forest called Vixen, who is taken captive by a forester from whom she eventually manages to break free. Sung in English by foxes, badgers, frogs, dogs and chickens, this adventure will unroll to the rhythm of the deeply moving music of composer Leoš Janáček.

13 – 30 July 2021 | Opera Holland Park | 30 minute taxi from Brown’s Hotel

 

The Phantom of the Opera

Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, and perhaps the world’s most famous West End musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera is coming back this summer to Her Majesty's Theatre, starring double Olivier Award nominee, Killian Donnelly as The Phantom, Lucy St Louis as Christine Daaé and Rhys Whitfield as Raoul. The twisted love story will immerse spectators in a lavish Parisian Opera setting where the disfigured musical genius becomes obsessed with young soprano Christine Daae. Even if you’ve already seen it, you’re bound to be impressed with this updated version.

27 July 2021 - 13 February 2022 | Her Majesty’s Theatre | 5 minute taxi from Brown’s Hotel

 

As opera, dance and theatre performances return to London’s stages, Brown’s Hotel makes the perfect base. Get in touch with our dedicated concierge team at reservations.browns@roccofortehotels.com or +44 20 7493 6020 and we’ll be delighted to help you discover the best of the city’s creative scene.

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