What’s On This Weekend: Nine Night, Cecil Beaton: Thirty From The 30’s & TS Eliot Prize Readings
Nine Night Play in Westminster
Following their smash-hit run at the National Theatre, Natasha Gordon’s remarkable debut play Nine Night has been transferred to Trafalgar Studios in the West End. Roy Alexander Weise directs a cast of seven people, including Cecilia Noble as the funny and formidable Aunt Maggie, in this touching and exuberantly funny exploration of the rituals of family. Gloria is very ill. When her time comes to an end, the celebration begins with the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. For her children though, marking her death with a party is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and an endless parade of mourners. Only a short journey from our Westminster office, if you’re interested in looking at properties to rent or properties to buy in the area, feel free to drop in and say hello to our team who would be happy to help.
Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace in Westminster
Until 3rd of February, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Collection Trust are offering the chance to see the State Rooms of the Palace up close. With the gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers, these rooms provide the perfect setting for the many famous masterpieces from the Royal Collection. In the company of an expert guide, you will be taken on an exclusive tour through these magnificent rooms when the Palace is not normally open to the public. The tour lasts aroun 2-2.5 hours and ends with a glass of champagne, a copy of the official souvenir guide and a 20% discount in the shop.
Cecil Beaton: Thirty From the 30’s Exhibition in Bermondsey
Celebrated as one of Britain’s most influential portrait photographers, Cecil Beaton was among the greatest visual chroniclers of the Twentieth Century. The photographer spent many years as a major contributor to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Life, Sketch and Tatler, photographing the most notable names in fashion, film, the arts and society. This special display at the Fashion & Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street coincides with the 50th anniversary of Cecil Beaton’s ground-breaking retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in 1968. Across the road from our London Bridge office, drop in and say hello to our team if you’re interested in looking at properties to rent or properties to buy in the area.
Blessing of The River Thames in London Bridge
Every year in January, processions from both Southwark Cathedral and St Magnus the Martyr Church in the City meet together on London Bridge for the annual celebration Blessing of the River Thames for those who live and work on it. Originally the idea of Father Philip Warner almost a dozen years ago, it combines the eastern Christian tradition of blessing water by dipping a cross in it, with the under-celebrated feast of the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist. A short religious service is performed by clergy from both churches during which a wooden cross is thrown into the river. To take part, make sure you're on the bridge before 12.30 when the procession begins.
TS Eliot Prize Readings on Southbank
The poets shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize will be reading from their own work on the eve of the award ceremony and announcement of the winner. This prize was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society’s 40th birthday and to honour its founding poset. Ian McMillan will host this first major highlight of the 2019 literary calendar and it will be judged by a panel of established poets who this year comprise Sinéad Morriseey, Daljit Nagra and Clare Pollard. Awarded annually, the TS Eliot Prize is given to the author for the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland this year. Only a very short bus ride from our Kennington office, drop in if you’re keen to find out more about properties to rent or properties to buy in the area.
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other Play on Southbank
Cate Blanchet will be making her National Theatre debut alongside Stephen Dillane in a new play called When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other. Breaking through the surface of contemporary debate, this play explores the messy and often violent nature of desire and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play. Using Samuel Richardson’s novel, Pamela, as a provocation, six characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance. Martin Crimp’s comtemporary and timely take on this classic book from 1740 expands upon the themes of virtue and seduction that appear in the epistolary novel. With an A-list star in the cast though, tickets will sell fast so don’t miss out!
If you’re interested in finding out more about future events in Westminster, London, Kennington and the surrounding areas, feel free to drop by any of our offices – we’ll be glad to provide you with a list. We can arrange viewings of properties for sale and properties for rent within walking distance of some of these popular venues.
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