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Dec 7, 2012

Top theatre director targets young with $16 seats

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Britain’s top directors Michael Grandage is targeting the next generation of theatre-goers by offering one quarter of all tickets to his upcoming, star-studded season for 10 pounds ($16) each, a fraction of what they would normally cost.

The award-winning 50-year-old has just set up the Michael Grandage Company after a successful 10-year tenure at the Donmar Warehouse in London, and has announced a five-play season that opens on Monday with wartime drama “Privates on Parade”.

Dec 7, 2012

Royal Academy show charts rise of British landscape

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner
and John Constable are among Britain’s most revered artists,
admired for their ability to capture a native landscape long
dismissed by the establishment as a subject unworthy of great
painters.

A new exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, unusually
drawn entirely from its own collection, traces how the three
artists helped pave the way for greater acceptance of a genre
now considered one of Britain’s greatest artistic achievements.

Dec 6, 2012

Royal Opera stages Meyerbeer rarity

LONDON (Reuters) – The audience at London’s Royal Opera House is in for a big surprise on Thursday night.

They will witness German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer’s 1831 grand opera “Robert le Diable” (Robert the Devil), a work so rarely performed that virtually no one has seen it, let alone sung it or played it.

Dec 6, 2012

What the devil? Royal Opera stages Meyerbeer rarity

LONDON (Reuters) – The audience at London’s Royal Opera House is in for a big surprise on Thursday night.

They will witness German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer’s 1831 grand opera “Robert le Diable” (Robert the Devil), a work so rarely performed that virtually no one has seen it, let alone sung it or played it.

Dec 5, 2012

Rare Raphael drawing raises record $48 million

LONDON (Reuters) – One of the greatest drawings by Renaissance master Raphael still in private hands sold for 29.7 million pounds ($47.9 million) on Wednesday, an auction record for the artist in sterling terms and double pre-sale expectations.

Sotheby’s auctioneers had high hopes for the 16th century “Head of an Apostle”, a study for Raphael’s last painting “Transfiguration” which is on display at the Vatican Museum in Rome.

Dec 5, 2012

Palin rejects “seventh Python” claim in court case

LONDON (Reuters) – Michael Palin was deadly serious, Terry Jones yawned and Eric Idle looked like he was half asleep.

At London’s High Court on Wednesday, proceedings in a case over royalties from the hit musical “Spamalot” were distinctly humorless, despite the presence of three out of six members of the surreal comedy troupe Monty Python.

Dec 4, 2012

Royal Baby: Hysteria, humor and “Kate Expectations”

LONDON (Reuters) – At least Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine have fewer things to worry about now they have announced they are expecting their first child.

A day after breaking the news, the couple popularly known as “Wills and Kate” received advice from the world’s media and public on what to call the offspring, what he/she/they will look like, what to wear during pregnancy and even what the child was thinking inside the womb.

Dec 3, 2012

“Craziness everywhere” at UK Turner Prize for art

LONDON (Reuters) – One of contemporary art’s most prestigious awards is announced later on Monday, and members of the Turner Prize jury must decide between the first performance artist to be nominated, two filmmakers and the creator of obsessively detailed drawings.

The British award, which helped establish the careers of top artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, has pushed contemporary art into the public domain, although opinion over the quality of works on display has always been sharply divided.

Nov 30, 2012
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London show sheds light on Handel’s hidden “Messiah” helper

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(Part of a portrait of George Frederic Handel by Thomas Hudson, 1749/Hamburger Stadtbibliothek)

Anyone dusting off their copy of George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah” in the run-up to Christmas this year might spare a thought for the unsung hero of the piece.

Nov 30, 2012

London plan to sell Henry Moore work hits legal snag

LONDON (Reuters) – Plans by a cash-strapped London borough to sell a Henry Moore sculpture worth up to 20 million pounds ($32 million) to help pay the bills has hit a snag after the Art Fund charity launched a legal challenge over who owns “Draped Seated Woman”.

Tower Hamlets in the east of the capital, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, is struggling to make austerity savings of 100 million pounds over the next two years, and proposed the sale of the Moore as a partial solution.

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