Summer Exhibition 2021

In Conversation with celebrities – Fane Online

Fane continues to offer some top-notch names “in conversation” online, rolling on until the autumn. Book ahead for Dame Maggie Smith and Kathleen Turner or Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi in April, or way ahead for a Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci, live-streaming from the London Palladium in October. From 24-31 March, Fane is also offering Black Matters, a musical event with Giles Terera, Olivier-award winning star of Hamilton. It’s a cycle of songs inspired by the view from Terera’s Soho apartment during lockdown. fane.co.uk/online-shows fane.co.uk/giles-terera

Films, yoga and drama clubs – Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Riverside is offering three independent films which have received rave reviews – the award-winning animation Away plus Falling, and Luxor. Riverside receives part of the rental income from these films. Plus it’s offering yoga classes every Tuesday at 10am and Cat’s Whiskers, an adult drama club for the over-50s. These classes are free, but donations are welcome. riversidestudios.co.uk/

Orange Tree Theatre performances, Richmond

The Orange Tree is launching its first live streamed performances – a series of world premiere short plays by six emerging and established writers. The plays tell stories of “estrangement and loneliness, connection and redemption, despair in confinement to hope found in life outdoors”. The first tranche of three plays run from 25-27 March, the second from 15-17 April. They can be watched separately – or save 20 per cent when you book them all at the same time. Early Bird tickets only £10 until 18 March. orangetreetheatre.co.uk

What the Butler Saw – Theatre Royal Bath

The Theatre Royal Bath is offering the farce “What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton as an interim show during lockdown, starring Rufus Hound. A co-production with the Leicester Curve Theatre, it’s a filmed version of a stage production. theatreroyal.org.uk/online-theatre/ Note: What the Butler Saw was not originally intended for online streaming. The sound is a bit quiet – but the theatre has helpfully provided subtitles

Opera in a Kensington Clock Shop

Grange Park Opera has no less than 19 free events online in what it calls its “Interim Season”. Its latest offering, available from 20 March, is Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole.  It was filmed in and around an antique clock shop on Kensington Church St. Watch this trailer for a behind-the-scenes look at the filming process, including shots of the famous Sally Clarke’s deli and café. These events are free. grangeparkopera.co.uk/whats-on/lheure-espagnole/

Barnes’ People – Original Theatre Company

Barnes’ People is about four theatrical monologues starring Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough. Then there's A True Born Englishman, starring Adrian Scarborough. Billed as a “world premiere”, it tells the story of a footman at Buckingham Palace who decides, after 30 years, to spill his secret. Duration: around 20 minutes per monologue. Tickets £7.50 per monologue (or you can opt to buy a package). On until 31 July. originaltheatreonline.com/productions/14/barnes-people

A Splinter of Ice – Original Theatre Company

A Splinter of ice is a political drama, set in Moscow in the final years of the Cold War. British novelist Graham Greene meets his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby, Britain’s greatest spy – and traitor. Starring Oliver Ford Davies, it’s penned by Ben Brown, whose award winning West End play Three Days in May inspired the Oscar-winning film, Darkest Hour. Filmed onstage at the Cheltenham Everyman. Tickets £20. 15 April – 31 July. originaltheatreonline.com/productions/20/a-splinter-of-ice

In the Company of Actors – Stream.theatre

A documentary on the making of theatrical show called 'In the Company of Actors' follows Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving in New York as they prepare to open in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Hedda Gabler. Price: £3.99

Letters Live series – YouTube

If you haven’t come across the Letters Live series yet, they are archive recordings from iconic venues like the Union Chapel and Freemasons’ Hall have star names reading brilliant letters; some touching, others absolutely hilarious. Most recently uploaded is a special compilation for International Women’s Day starring Olivia Coleman, Gillian Anderson, Daisy Ridley and Caitlin Moran. Note – adult themes make it unsuitable for children. Letters Live Women’s Day The Letters Live YouTube channel also has other archive events featuring readings from stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Carr, Claire

Musical events at The Irish Cultural Centre – Hammersmith

West London's local Irish Centre in Hammersmith Broadway has a series of online musical events. And there’s a special traditional session, filmed in the Irish Cultural Centre, which will be available to view from 16 March. See below.  This is a free event. irishculturalcentre.co.uk/stpatricks2021/ irishculturalcentre.co.uk/2021/03/13/trailer

A Splinter of Ice

The other new production I have my eye on is Original Theatre’s A Splinter of Ice.  It’s a political drama, set as the thaw to the Cold War sets in in the late 1980s.  On paper, its pedigree looks excellent. Starring Oliver Ford Davies, it’s penned by Ben Brown, whose award winning West End play Three Days in May inspired the Oscar-winning film, Darkest Hour. Unlike many of OT’s other productions, this one will be filmed onstage at Cheltenham Everyman, with the idea of transforming it into a live touring production later in the year. This is how the website describes it: Moscow 1987, as the cold war begins to thaw and Britain’s greatest living novelist Graham Greene meets with his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby, Britain’s greatest spy… and traito

Barnes’ People

Original Theatre presents a series of four theatrical monologues starring Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough. They’re written by Peter Barnes, known for his series of monologues on the BBC back in the 80s. I particularly like the sound of A True Born Englishman, starring Adrian Scarborough. Billed as a “world premiere”, it originally appears to be been destined to be part of the original Beeb series, but was later dropped.  It tells the story of a footman at Buckingham Palace who decides, after 30 years, to spill his secrets... Duration: around 20 minutes per monologue. Tickets £7.50 per monologue (or you can opt to buy a package). 18 February-31 July

A Night in With: Tim peak, Mel Giedroyc and Stacey Dooley

A Night in With Fane continues its “A Night in With” series with celebrities including astronaut Tim Peake, broadcaster Nicky Campbell and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Stacey Dooley. There’s also a selection of well-known authors, including Marian Keyes and Kate Mosse. fane.co.uk/online-shows

Join an online choir

Join a local community choir Watermans in Brentford is offering you the chance to improve your singing with Hounslow Community Choir. Sessions are weekly. Term officially started on 14 January, but Waterman’s says it’s not too late to join. Open to over 18s.  £42 for 10 sessions (term started last week). Email kasia@watermans.org.uk hounslowcommunitychoir Image above: Chiswick Choir (taken before the pandemic)

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The Royal Albert Hall – VE day Concert

The Royal Albert has had to cancel its schedule until March. But its YouTube channel has a series of fundraising online concerts put together since the first lockdown to raise money for the iconic institution. They range from Katherine Jenkins singing to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day in the (empty) Hall to the Kaiser Chiefs, Sir Cliff Richard, K.T Tunstall and Richard Thompson doing home gigs. Viewing is free but you’re encouraged to donate anything from a fiver upwards to help with the Hall’s upkeep youtube.com

Free lectures and courses

Interactive and immersive online events

Stream.theatre shows

Original Theatre Company plays

Sadler’s Wells – online dances & workshops

Sadler's Wells - online dances & workshops Sadler's Wells has a selection of dance performances and workshops available to watch via their website and youtube channel, which includes behind the scenes footage of the making of some of their dances. 'Digital Stage In Focus' is a series of online collaborations with artists and companies to co-create a unique programme that gives you a chance to take a deep dive into the work. To for more information follow the link below: sadlerswells.com

Livestream Brentford FC games

Livestream Brentford FC games The Government's new Covid guidance says that organised outdoor sport is still exempt from legal gathering limits across all levels, which includes 'organised outdoor team sport' like football. Though you may not be able to go to the pub to watch any football games, Brentford FC's iFollow software is available to watch any which will be played over the second lockdown. It has a range of features including live match video streams, live audio commentary and 'exclusive club content.' The Basic Pass is free, and allows you to watch match highlights, behind the scenes content and see the club's newsletter. Other passes start from as little as £2.50, with the live stream video pass being £10.00. A full list of the pass prices and feature

National Gallery Virtual Tours

Inner Space – online wellbeing events

London Virtual Tours

Chiswick Book Festival Podcasts

A visual record of the Covid-19 Lockdown

Images above: Kitty on Lockdown day 92; Julia Fullerton-Batten Looking Out From Within Fine Art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten was "ultra-busy planning a photographic shoot with a large team of people, assistants, stylists, hair and make-up team, prop stylists, set designers etc." when suddenly everything stopped and her assignments were cancelled in March 2020. She decided to use her time during Lockdown documenting it by taking pictures of people inside their houses, from outside, through the window. She asked for volunteers through The Chiswick Calendar. Called Looking Out From Within, here are the results. Twenty four portraits of Chiswick residents, male and female, old and young, with their comments on living in Lockdown. She asked them al

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