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Royal Opera House – The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel

April 9May 9

British director and Jette Parker Young Artist Isabelle Kettle reimagines Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s darkly satirical operas in a timely comment on gender politics. This production has been created with streaming in mind, building the filming element of the piece into the viewing experience while drawing on choreographer and movement director Julia Cheng’s background in hip-hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre. The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel depict a crisis of femininity and a crisis of masculinity respectively. The production lasts…

Stream.theatre – A Killer Party

April 26May 23

Developed in the US during lockdown last year, this new musical detective story has been adapted for the UK and filmed in actors’ homes. A failed West end actor and artistic director of a small regional theatre calls a read-through of his latest murder-mystery play. But the cast arrive with more than theatre on their minds. The artistic director ends up face-down in his soup, and the detective work begins. Nine episodes, on demand from 26 April to 23 May.…

Stream.theatre – Eurobeat: The Pride of Europe

April 30May 18

Stream.theatre has built up an impressive stable of productions, now handily subdivided into categories, including drama, musicals, concerts and documentaries. Describing itself as a “loving send up” of Eurovision, this musical features West End stars, drag queens, power ballads and “outrageous” dance routines. The premise is that the tiny principality of Liechtenstein is paying homage to this contest, reflecting “quirky, colourful and camp Europe”. You get to vote for your favourite songs. Filmed at the Clapham Grand, it’s streamed from…

Stream.theatre – The Weir

May 3May 9

Stream.theatre has built up an impressive stable of productions; now handily subdivided into categories like drama, musicals, concerts and documentaries. Their “Irish Rep” section includes a production of The Weir, an award-winning ghost story which has been described as “a modern classic”. The Weir is filmed remotely, and luckily, given that the Irish Rep company is based in New York, is available to watch on demand from 3-9 May. So no time differences to worry about. Tickets £18. Tickets Ticket price:…

Free Online Talk – Tonic to the nation: The Festival of Britain 70 years on

May 7 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

May 2021 marks 70 years since the opening of the Festival of Britain, intended as a ‘tonic to the nation’ following the Second World War, and showcasing the best of British arts and industrial design, science and technology. Sarah Castagnetti will take you inside The National Archives’ collection - a real treasure trove of records created by the Festival of Britain Office - the official government body tasked with organising the event. Sarah will reveal to you minutes of meetings,…

Virtual Talk – William Morris Wallpapers: “Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls!”

May 8

A man of prolific talent and prodigious energy, William Morris was an artist, poet, manufacturer, writer, businessman, conservationist and revolutionary socialist.  His creative work included designs for flat patterns, embroideries, stained glass, mural decoration, books and tapestries, and his firm, Morris & Co., was the foremost decorating company of its time. But it is as a designer of repeating patterns, and particularly wallpapers, that Morris is probably best-remembered today. A master-colourist, he was a one-man pattern-making phenomenon, blessed, according to…

Online talk: William Morris Wallpapers

May 8

“Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls” - William Morris A man of prolific talent and prodigious energy, William Morris was an artist, poet, manufacturer, writer, businessman, conservationist and revolutionary socialist. His creative work included designs for flat patterns, embroideries, stained glass, mural decoration, books and tapestries, and his firm, Morris & Co., was the foremost decorating company of its time. But it is as a designer of repeating patterns, and particularly wallpapers, that Morris is…

Chiswick Auctions – Interiors, Homes & Antiques

May 13
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This sale offers a range of modern, mid-century and antique furniture and furnishings for the home and garden and provides the perfect alternative to high street shopping, especially for those looking for interior design inspiration or simply that unique piece for your home. The sale features a wide range of lifestyle categories including jewellery and watches, ceramics, glass, British and European works of art, sculpture, rugs and other collectables, all with accessible estimates. Prospective clients may bid in person (subject…

Going Bats in Chiswick! with Philip Briggs, Bat Conservation Trust

May 13 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm BST

Bats live with us in our urban environments. They are mysterious and yet interesting creatures that help with plant pollination and the control of insects. Where can they be found in London/Chiswick? What species? Are they under threat? What can we do to help them? Philip Briggs has offered to provide some answers! Philip developed an interest in bats through volunteering at the WWT London Wetland Centre, where he assists with regular bat surveys and bat walks. He is a…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Bauhaus online lecture

May 13 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm BST

Bauhaus: Idea & reality - Gavin Plumley Founded in 1919 in Weimar, the Bauhaus was a progressive art school. Under the directorship of architect Walter Gropius, its students studied a broad range of artistic disciplines. The Bauhaus lasted for a 14-year period, with bases in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin, and during that time it not only came to typify an age but also dictate matters of style for decades to come, through its art, architecture and design. This talk looks…

Free Online Talk: Court Number One, The Old Bailey

May 14 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

The Old Bailey is Britain’s most famous courthouse. At its heart is Court Number One, a courtroom where, since it opened its doors in 1907, the most notorious trials of spies, murderers, politicians, traitors and fraudsters have taken place, and where, also, terrible miscarriages of justice have been perpetrated. In this talk organised by the National Archives at Kew, Thomas Grant will trace how this courtroom, largely unchanged in 110 years, has witnessed the changing social and moral history of…

Free Online Talk – Top Level Tips: Using Foreign and Commonwealth Office Records

May 18 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

Interested in diplomatic history and the conduct of foreign policy? This short expert-led webinar will give an overview of the different types of Foreign and Commonwealth Office records in The National Archives' collections and the many treasures they contain. This webinar will be delivered by Juliette Desplat, Head of Modern Collections, and includes a live Q&A. The Talk will last approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A. Tickets Ticket price: Free Book Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk See our Things to…

The Upper Room Spring lectures – Jeremy Paxman

May 19 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm BST

Jeremy Paxman is a renowned broadcaster, journalist and writer, feared by politicians of all stripes for his trademark tough interviewing style. He presented BBC Two’s Newsnight from 1989 to 2014 and has been the presenter of University Challenge since 1994. His many books include Friends in High Places (1990), The English (1998), The Political Animal (2002), On Royalty (2006), Britain’s Great War (2013) and A Life in Questions (2016). Jeremy will be in conversation with the BBC journalist Julian Marshall. Tickets:…

Live Midday Modern Conversation on mulberry trees

May 21 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm BST

A virtual talk with mulberry expert Dr Peter Coles as part of Urban Tree Festival 2021. For Spring and Summer 2021 Hogarth’s House is running a monthly virtual video series called Midday Modern Conversations, inspired by Hogarth’s print ‘A Midnight Modern Conversation.’ The team speak to specialists and experts on a range of intriguing topics. In this special live edition of Midday Modern Conversations, mulberry expert Dr Peter Coles will speak to our Historic Houses Senior Manager John Collins about…

Glastonbury – Live at Worthy Farm (Livestream)

May 22 @ 7:00 pmMay 23 @ 12:00 am BST

Booking is now open for what’s usually the hottest musical ticket of the year – Glastonbury. And because this year’s online, you can attend without sleeping on the hard ground, slogging through a mud bath or risking sunstroke. Excellent news for people who loathe camping! The other piece of good news is that tickets are a reasonable £20. The bad news is that instead of being a full weekend of events, it’s only five hours of streaming. Headliners are Coldplay,…

Chiswick Auctions – Jewellery

May 28

The Chiswick Auctions Jewellery department is passionate about fantastic rare and beautiful jewels and are able to advise you on historical pieces, works from famous collections and important gemstones. In this auction, you will find antique and modern jewellery, alongside works by famous jewellers and jewellery houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Carlo Giuliano, Cartier, Andrew Grima, Tiffany & Co., Boucheron, Chaumet and Georg Jensen. Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity), online via Chiswick Auction’s own…

Chiswick Auctions – Wines and Spirits

May 28
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One event on July 7, 2021 at 12:00 am

Chiswick Auctions's Wine & Spirits Department has breadth as well as depth. Offering the chance to buy and sell everything from single bottles to entire cellars. They value and sell not only the top end Bordeaux and Burgundies, but also the rising stars of the new world and the wine makers and regions in ascension from across the globe and the finest Whiskies, Rums and spirits from the vast panoply of producers, countries and ingredients. Prospective clients may bid in…

Online Talks – International Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist Readings

May 30June 6

Meet the International Booker Prize 2021 shortlist in a virtual celebration, featuring readings from this year's selected authors and translators. The International Booker Prize rewards the best work of fiction translated into English from another language, aiming to encourage more reading of quality works of imagination from all over the world. Join the shortlisted authors and translators for readings in both English and the books' original languages. The event is chaired by British writer, editor and podcaster Derek Owusu, whose…

Chiswick Auctions – Chinese Art: 100 Stories

June 1

After 25 years in the auction business, Chiswick Auctions has seen thousands of objects consigned and sold in their Saleroom. For their Specialists, some of the most memorable items are those with interesting provenance or items consigned by unassuming clients. From a 50p car boot find which then went on to sell in an excess of £4,000 to a recently broken ‘peach cup’ that was carefully restored and sold for £21,250, their Asian Art Department is rich with stories. To…

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall

June 3June 17

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Designate Vasily Petrenko return to the Royal Albert Hall to perform a host of French and Russian Romantic masterworks for our next streamed concert, brought directly to the comfort of your own home. Joining the Orchestra is one of the UK’s most prolific concert pianists, the multiple award winning Stephen Hough– globally renowned for his outstanding interpretations of the piano repertoire and widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of…

Online Embroidery Course with Becky Hogg

June 4 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm BST
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One event on June 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Learn how to make a stunning embroidered strawberry in metal threads with designer Becky Hogg. Organised by the Williamk Morris Society. Please note that this is an online class which takes place over two consecutive weeks: Friday 4 & 11 June 2021. The cost of the class does not include the Strawberry kit; once you have booked the class, please purchase the kit (cost £25 plus postage) directly from Becky Hogg here. Strawberry Thief was first produced in 1883 and was inspired…

Chiswick Auctions – Erotica: Objects of Desire

June 10

The sale will celebrate the weird, the wonderful and everything in between and will be the ultimate cabinet of curiosity for erotica enthusiasts Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity), online via Chiswick Auction’s own bidding platform, by telephone or absentee bidding as normal. After the sale, purchased lots can be collected using their Click and Collect service. Further details TBA, see chiswickauctions.co.uk/auction-calendar/ See our Things to do listings for all the events happening in Chiswick: chiswickcalendar.co.uk/whats-on-in-chiswick Support The…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Stravinsky online lecture

June 10 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm BST

Shaken by Earthquake: Igor Stravinsky, the Ballet Russes and the astonishing 1913 première of the Rite of Spring - Sandy Burnett The story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all: Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers, and costume and set designers transformed expectations of what a night in the theatre could be, and the circumstances behind its most notorious stage work of all. Sandy examines the build-up to the Rite of Spring’s première in Paris,…

Chiswick Auctions – Silver & Objects of Vertu

June 11

Our Silver & Objects of Vertu Department hosts the only dedicated silver sale in London, specialising in English, Irish and Scottish silver in addition to offering continental silver including French, Dutch, Maltese and Russian. Many of the prestigious names have successfully sold, including Paul de Lamerie, Paul Storr, John Scofield and Hester Bateman. Objects of vertu form an important section of the sales and include bodkins, enamels and snuff boxes, ranging from 18th century Paris examples to Faberge objet d'art. Prospective…

Online Talk – Emery Walker, Typographer

June 19 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm BST

Image above: Emery Walker Simon Loxley looks at Emery Walker’s contributions to the typographic identities of what were later called ‘the great triumvirate of English private presses’ – the Kelmscott Press, the Doves Press and the Ashendene Press – and beyond. How valid were his ideas, and what was the effect of his influence? Simon Loxley is a graphic designer and writer on design, typography and design history. Tickets Ticket price: £5 Book Tickets: williammorrissociety.org See our Things to do…

Chiswick Auctions – 19th & 20th Century Paintings and Works on Paper

June 29

Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity) online via Chiswick Auction’s own bidding platform, by telephone or absentee bidding as normal. After the sale, purchased lots can be collected using their Click and Collect service. Further details TBA, see chiswickauctions.co.uk/auction-calendar/ See our Things to do listings for all the events happening in Chiswick: chiswickcalendar.co.uk/whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. We publish a weekly newsletter and update the website with local news and information daily.…

Chiswick Auctions – Books & Works on Paper

June 30

Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity), online via Chiswick Auction’s own bidding platform, by telephone or absentee bidding as normal. After the sale, purchased lots can be collected using their Click and Collect service. Further details TBA, see chiswickauctions.co.uk/auction-calendar/ See our Things to do listings for all the events happening in Chiswick: chiswickcalendar.co.uk/whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. We publish a weekly newsletter and update the website with local news and information daily.…

Chiswick Auctions – The Collector: Objects to Clocks

June 30

Chiswick Auctions'European Works of Art and Clock Department handles a diverse range of decorative objects, sculpture and clocks dating from the 12th century to the end of the 19th century. Holding three sales a year, the auctions offer works of art and sculpture in materials such as bronze, marble,alabaster and wood. In addition the sales feature a large selection of clocks including 18th and 19th century bracket/table clocks, carriage clocks, musical clocks, mystery clocks and long-case clocks alongside more decorative…

Chiswick Auctions – Autographs & Memorabilia

July 7

Offering the only dedicated Autographs & Memorabilia auction in the United Kingdom, our popular sale covers all areas of history, music and film culture. We are known for providing a variety of collectables relating to prominent figures and historic events such as Winston Churchill, David Bowie and Queen Elizabeth II. The unique sales offers you the chance to buy and sell items of personal collecting interest or pieces that have shaped our past. Prospective clients may bid in person (subject…

Chiswick Auctions – Designer Handbags & Fashion

July 7

Our Designer Handbags & Fashion Department brings a passion for fashion to our busy saleroom with five dedicated sales a year. The sales include luxury handbags, fashion and costume jewellery with a selection of vintage and contemporary pieces from labels including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Christian Dior. Featuring everything from the world’s most expensive bags, the Hermes Birkin, to the Classic Chanel flap bag or It bags such as the Dior Saddle, our sales offer something for…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Soviet Central Asian Mosaics lecture

July 8 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm BST

Cosmonauts & Cotton Pickers - Soviet Central Asian Mosaics and the use of public art as propaganda - Chris Alexander This lecture explores the birth of the Soviet mosaic from its roots in Islamic mosaics and Communist propagandist posters through to the question of preservation in post-Soviet Central Asia. We explore why Soviet thinking was so keen to bring art out of galleries and into public spaces, and how, in an era when Socialist Realism was the only permitted artistic…

Chiswick Auctions – Modern & Post-War British Art

July 9

Chiswick Auctions's popular Modern & Post-War British Art sales offer a wide range of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, prints and photographs by both established and fresh names of the British art market.  Presenting a variety of works at accessible estimates, the sales are an exciting opportunity for experienced collectors and art lovers alike to engage with the breadth of British artistic output. Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity), online via Chiswick Auction’s own bidding platform, by…

Chiswick Auctions – Modern & Post-War British Art

July 9

Chiswick Auctions's popular Modern & Post-War British Art sales offer a wide range of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, prints and photographs by both established and fresh names of the British art market.  Presenting a variety of works at accessible estimates, the sales are an exciting opportunity for experienced collectors and art lovers alike to engage with the breadth of British artistic output. Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity), online via Chiswick Auction’s own bidding platform, by…

Chiswick Auctions – Islamic & Indian Paintings: The Dexter Collection Part II

July 16

Islamic & Indian Art sales feature a selection of artworks dating from the 7th century to the 20th century and covers items from the Mediterranean shores through to Southeast Asia and China. The sales offer works on paper such as manuscripts, paintings and drawings, as well as works of conventional craftsmanship such as ceramics, metalwork, textiles, arms & armour, glass, jewellery and lacquer. Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity), online via Chiswick Auction’s own bidding platform, by…

Chiswick Auctions – Islamic & Indian Art

July 16

Chiswick Auctions's Islamic & Indian Art sales feature a selection of artworks dating from the 7th century to the 20th century and covers items from the Mediterranean shores through to Southeast Asia and China. The sales offer works on paper such as manuscripts, paintings and drawings, as well as works of conventional craftsmanship such as ceramics, metalwork, textiles, arms & armour, glass, jewellery and lacquer. Prospective clients may bid in person (subject to capacity), online via Chiswick Auction’s own bidding…

The Arts Society Chiswick – contemporary sculpture and the public space lecture

September 16 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm BST

Fresh Encounters: contemporary sculpture and the public space - Anna Moszynska The role of sculpture has changed substantially in recent times. Anna Moszynska looks at how the concept of monument and memorial, familiar since classical antiquity, has shifted towards other concerns. Sculpture now plays a vitally important role in terms of site in the city. The idea of the sculpture park came into being in Britain in the mid-20th century, thanks to the efforts of Sir Henry Moore, and has…

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