Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Casting Announced


Katie Brayben will play the title role in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical opening at the Aldwych Theatre in February next year. Alan Morrissey will play King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. London previews beginning on 10 February 2015 and with the show currently booking to 13 June 2015. Press night will now take place on 24 February at 7pm. Final casting will be announced shortly.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. Beautiful has book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and is directed by Marc Bruni. Choreography is by Josh Prince with set designs by Derek McLane, costume designs by Alejo Viettii, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations and Music Arrangements are by Steve Sidwell. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will be produced in London by Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

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Maggie Smith, Terence Stamp, Gilbert and George… Portraits from Snowdon Archive Go on Display at National Portrait Gallery


An important display of portraits by Snowdon from the 1950s to the 1990s has opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today, Friday 26 September, 2014.

The display includes portraits from his recently announced gift, one of the largest in its history, of 130 original prints to the gallery, of some of his most iconic photographs. Highlights include from 1978 actor Terence Stamp dramatically clothed up to his neck in a cape and Dame Maggie Smith photographed with a cigarette and script in hand rehearsing the title role in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for Ingmar Bergman in 1970.

There are also striking gestural portraits of the journalist and Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans from 1980 and an imaginatively composed study of light and shadow of the artists Gilbert and George in 1985.

Coinciding with a new monograph published by Rizzoli, Snowdon: A Life in View (26 Sep 2014-21 Jun 2015), will highlight studio portraits from the 1950s to the 1990s, alongside selections from Private View Snowdon’s important 1965 examination of the British art world created in collaboration with art critic John Russell and Bryan Robertson, then director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Curated in close consultation with the photographer’s daughter Frances von Hofmannsthal, the display includes over 30 black-and-white portraits taken throughout his expansive and influential career.

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The London Art Book Fair

c986b5f67045909e_labf-2014-main-imageThe UK’s biggest art book event returns to the Whitechapel Gallery for 2014 to celebrate the best of international publishing. Individual publishers, galleries, colleges and rare book dealers will be selling the latest contemporary art publications alongside collectibles including zines, posters and limited edition artworks.

Browse beautiful artists’ books, rare art publications and catalogues from over 80 publishers. Enjoy a packed programme of talks and events, get involved in workshops on print and bookmaking and have your books signed by leading artists and authors.

Opening times: Friday 26 September 11am – 9pm.

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 11am – 6pm.

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Paul Simon & Sting ‘On Stage Together’ Tour Announces Additional London Show


As previously announced Sting & Paul Simon, two of music’s most prolific and seminal artists, will bring their critically-acclaimed On Stage Together tour to Europe in 2015. Following a swift sell-out, a second show in London on April 16 at The O2 and in Amsterdam on April 18 at the Ziggo Dome it was confirmed today by Live Nation.

Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together in Europe begins March 13 in Krakow Poland, to be followed by performances in Prague, Odense, Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Koln, Zurich, Munich, Milan, Vienna, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester & London (complete itinerary follows).

As long-time friends, the concept for the “On Stage Together” tour originated at the Robin Hood Foundation benefit in 2013 where they performed together for the first time. Both artists, who are known for their explorations in a wide range of genres, have pushed the boundaries of popular music and continue to speak to generations of fans.

As exemplified on their North American tour earlier this year, the concerts will feature two of music’s most iconic singer/songwriters blending their voices and their bands while performing their best-known songs both together and apart.

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National Portrait Gallery Unveils Newly Commissioned Portrait of Dame Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller, 2014

Dame Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller, 2014

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled today its latest commissioned portrait – a photograph of Dame Vivienne Westwood in her garden by artist and photographer Juergen Teller.

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and made possible by the J.P. Morgan Fund for New Commissions, the portrait has gone on public display for the first time today to celebrate ten years of the company’s support towards new commissions for the Gallery’s Collection.

In the large, 4 foot high, almost full-length photograph, Dame Vivienne is captured standing in the back garden of her London home. An informal and intimate portrayal of the celebrated fashion designer, Dame Vivienne is shown wearing a loose-fitting peach cardigan and her white hair is cropped short, both of which match the colours of two large roses in the bushes behind her. She is standing in a relaxed manner on her garden path, with clasped hands and pursed lips, looking directly at the viewer.

Juergen Teller has previously worked with Dame Vivienne on a number of her fashion campaigns and was invited to take on this commission by both the Gallery and Dame Vivienne due to this existing friendship and Teller’s familiarity with her work and style. On sitting for Teller, Dame Vivienne has said: ‘Photography isn’t like painting, where you can decide how you want someone to look, but Juergen manages it. It must be something to do with where he places you in the picture, and the space he leaves around you’.

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Glastonbury’s ‘The Rabbit Hole’ Coming to London for One Night Only

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The Rabbit Hole, the legendary secret venue famous for its appearances at Glastonbury and at The Glade Festivals, is set to bring its flavour of Alice in Wonderland to London.

Currently burrowing towards the City, it will emerge for one night only on Saturday, 20th September at Mode Collective in Notting Hill, bringing its trademark eclectic mix of live dance music, top DJs from the techno, house, trance and burlesque scenes and more psychedelic mayhem to thrill and delight. This is a rare opportunity to experience this favourite festival venue in the comfort of a city setting.

The Rabbit Hole team has assembled a selection of their favourite live acts and DJs to entertain guests into the early hours including a top-secret headine act. There will be performances from Rory Butler who at only 18 is an incredible singing and songwriting talent. He was recently invited to join the headliner Martyn Joseph at Greenbelt as well as playing at Glastonbury and Port Eliot earlier this year. Your Garden Day are another fantastic new band who will be appearing as well as The Railing Stains, a high-profile Rolling Stones covers band officially recognized by The Rolling Stones. Guy Thompson, the UK Air Guitar Champion, who is just back from the World Air Guitar Championships in Norway will also be there and an event like this is not the same without The Mad Cows. A plethora of DJs’ including DJs Poshratz (Rabbit Hole), Grantly (Flying Rhino) and many more will be there to move the intrepid crowd of ‘Rabbitholers’ on the dancefloor until 3am. All of this with extra riddles, potions, tunnels and fantastic characters thrown in.

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Best of BE Festival 2014

logobeFor the fourth year, the highlights of Birmingham’s European festival will be touring the UK and Madrid, introducing three of Europe’s most exciting emerging theatre companies to UK and Spanish audiences. The festival places a strong emphasis on collaboration, participation and exchange, and each of the pieces presented has been selected for their capacity to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this vein, all performances throughout the tour will conclude with post-show discussions, and an extended dinner interval with the performers will be provided at the Barbican, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, HOME in Manchester and the Traverse in Edinburgh.

From Hungary, Radioballet’s From the Waltz to the Mambo won the award for Best Individual Performer (Milán Újvári) at BE FESTIVAL, a 1960’s Hungarian ballroom dance manual becomes a tool to explore dogmas surrounding beauty and education. From Austria, Julia Schwarzbach’s Loops and Breaks puts the audience in the spotlight as she instructs them with phrases and language specific to each venue, inspired by overheard conversations in each area. Finally, winner of the ACT Arriaga International Touring Prize Waiting by Mokhallad Rasem from Belgium/Iraq is a meditation through film, movement, art and sound on the human experience of waiting.

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The London Design Festival


The annual London Design Festival, which takes place Saturday September 13 – Sunday September 21 2014, spans dozens of locations and hundreds of exhibitors.

This multi-event, multi-venue, nine-day festival takes place across London. The V&A will act as a central hub, hosting talks, events and exhibitions, including the intriguing ‘Wish List’, which showcases the work of ten up-and-coming and ten established designers, who were each asked to create something they’ve always wanted, but never been able to find.

If interior design is more your cup of tea, head to Trafalgar Square to see ‘A Place Called Home’. A collaboration with Airbnb, it consists of four pop-up ‘houses’. Identical from the outside, each will contain a room with a very individual character, dreamed up by four different design practices: Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse.

Not technically organised by the LDF crew, but arranged to coincide with the festival, there are also five key hubs – or ‘design districts’ – across London where there’s masses more going on: Chelsea Design Quarter, Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Brompton Design District, Fitzrovia Now and Shoreditch Design Triangle. In these areas you can expect late-night shopping events at design destinations such as Skandium and The Conran Shop, as well as exhibitions in galleries including Roca and the Geffrye Museum.

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Bestival had the World’s largest Disco Ball!

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It’s been the centrepiece of the Magic Meadow throughout Bestival’s four-day Desert Island Disco jamboree, and now we are utterly ecstatic to declare that our frankly magnificent disco ball has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title! Topping the tape at 10.33 metres, the dazzling disco beauty is as high as a three storey building, is covered in 2,500 mirrored tiles that would stretch out for a kilometre if you laid them end to end, and is filled with 350 cubic metres of air; equivalent to one thousand beach balls!

Verified by Mark McKinley from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS the Disco Ball was measured by surveyor Ollie Salter at midday on Sunday (7th September), before clinching the record when it was raised and spun, with a suitably disco-tastic light show, at the start of Chic featuring Nile Rodgers’ epic finale set on Sunday evening. And now we’re very proud say that Bestival holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest Disco Ball.

Rob da Bank said: “We love a challenge at Bestival, so when Nile Rodgers asked us to do something spectacular we knew it had to be beyond amazing. We don’t do things by halves, we get immersive and take them head on, so we’re very proud to have cracked the world record. Our Desert Island Disco has been utterly incredible, and to top it all off with the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest Disco Ball is the best feeling ever!”

Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator Mark McKinley said “I’ve had a professional surveyor measure the disco ball, I have verified the measurement and can reveal it is 10.33 metres in diameter.”

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Ms. Lauryn Hill Announces a Special Intimate Show in London



Ms. Lauryn Hill has announced that she will perform for a very special intimate show at Brooklyn Bowl, London on Sunday the 28th September. This will follow her forthcoming run of UK tour dates, including two sold out shows at O2 Academy Brixton, the first of which sold out in under an hour! The shows across London, Birmingham and Manchester later this month will see Ms.Lauryn Hill perform on British soil for only the second time in 5 years. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl will go on-sale 9am on Friday 5th September with special VIP and meet and greet packages available. For more information please visit:, or 

Ms. Lauryn Hill the American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, academician and actress established herself in the music world as the lone female member of The Fugees, whose record sales would make them the second biggest selling R&B act worldwide since Michael Jackson. Lauryn launched her solo career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. This album earned Ms. Hill a record breaking five Grammy Awards including ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best New Artist’.

Ms. Hill grew up in a home where the sound of music was a household staple and this love affair with music would extended in many different ways from jazz, to soul, to reggae, to rock and classical. These influences in turn would dramatically shape her approach to self expression and see her establish a powerful hybrid of musical influences.

After a four year hiatus post the release of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ and only one other UK show in the space of five years it is a rare thing indeed to see Ms. Hill perform in such an intimate setting and is not to be missed.


Ms. Lauryn Hill tickets for Brooklyn Bowl go on-sale 9am on Friday 5th September priced £55 / £80 (VIP) / £150 (Meet & Greet) (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from, or

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