West End show review: Hit musical The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre is bigger and better

Jul 23 2021

Grammy® Award nominated musical The Prince of Egypt, based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film, has now re-opened to the public. I was meant to watch it in 2020 before the pandemic started so I was delighted to attend one of the first shows back on stage last night. The complete cast, orchestra and company of 154 are back into London’s Dominion Theatre adhering all measures and with socially distanced audiences.

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Attraction review: Buckingham Palace Garden open to the public for the first time in history

Jul 13 2021

This summer families can discover the sights of private areas of Buckingham Palace Garden enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to picnic with views of the Palace. I have done that and loved feeling the soft grass under my bare feet and laying on historical grounds. 

Kids and parents alike can wander around the garden’s winding paths and experience the beauty and calm of this walled oasis in central London. Among the many features to discover are the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, the Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its island that is home to the Buckingham Palace bees (accessible exclusively to Prince Albert who used it as his man cave). 

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Art exhibition review: Paula Rego at Tate Britain 7 July – 24 October 2021

Jul 06 2021

This week, Tate Britain opens the UK’s largest and most comprehensive retrospective of the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego  (b.1935). Rego is uncompromising in her extraordinary imaginative power and redefined figurative art as well as revolutionised the way in which women are represented. The exhibition tells the story of Paula’s remarkable life, highlighting the personal nature of much of her work and the socio-political context in which it is rooted. It reveals her broad range of references, from comic strips to history paintings. Featuring over 100 works including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels, drawings and etchings, the show spans Paula Rego’s early work from the 1950s to her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000s. I loved this exhibition which deepens my knowledge of this artist and her talented family including Rego’s husband and painter Victor Willing and their son and filmmaker Nick Willing. I had the pleasure to meet them a few years ago at a retrospective about Victor Willing in Hastings.

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