What’s On | August

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Image: BBC Sanjeet Riat

From open-air theatre and the world’s most famous classical music performances, to London’s first festival dedicated to making and doing, explore the best of the arts in the capital this month.

BBC Proms

13 July–8 September
Consisting of over 90 concerts taking place over eight weeks, the world-famous BBC Proms brings the best of classical music to the widest possible audience. With most performances taking place in the Royal Albert Hall, the 2018 Festival will commemorate a century since the end of the First World War with Five Telegrams. Anna Meredith is also one of 22 women composers as the festival refl ects on the centenary of the women’s vote. bbc.co.uk/proms

Little Shop of Horrors

3 August–15 September
A spoof musical based on the 1950s B-movie horror genre, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of the misfits of Skid Row, whose lives are full of broken dreams and dead ends. However, when flower shop assistant Seymour discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential, he gains a new sense of hope. Will his newfound fame and fortune win the heart of kind, sweet Audrey? Expect music, fun and mean green monsters at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. openairtheatre.com

Image: Claudio Raschella

Club Swizzle

31 July–26 August
Serving up an eclectic mix of comedy, circus and cabaret, the creators of La Soirée prove that good old-fashioned showmanship is alive and well with their new show, Club Swizzle. Let the acrobatic and charismatic Swizzle Boys pour you a drink whilst you enjoy entertainment led by cabaret wunderkind Reuben Kaye. A live band will provide the soundtrack for the night, while a collection of the fiercest divas and dancers will keep you amused with their unique brand of fun, sassy theatre. Restricted to over 16s due to partial nudity. roundhouse.org.uk

Image: Conrad Felixmuller ‘The Beggar of Prachatice,’ 1924, © DACS, 2018

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany

30 July–14 July 2019
While the term ‘magical realism’ is today associated with the literature of Latin America, it was originally coined in 1925 by German artist and critic Franz Roh, who used it to describe the shift from expressionism to an art characterised by cold, unsettling interpretations of reality. This year-long free exhibition at the Tate Modern will explore this new realism with works by artists such as Otto Dix, George Grosz and Albert Birkle on display. tate.org.uk

Image: Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion

Until 7 October
Harnessing the subtle interplay between light, water and geometry, this year’s incredibly photogenic Serpentine Pavilion is the work of architect Frida Escobedo. Drawing on both Mexican domestic architecture and British materials and history, the atmospheric-enclosed courtyard reflects and refracts the sun’s movement across the sign in a way that invites visitors to consider the passing of time. As usual, the Pavilion will also act as a platform for Park Nights, the Serpentine’s annual programme of experimental and interdisciplinary site-specific performances and art. serpentinegalleries.org

Image: Adébayo Bolaji

Make More Festival

23–27 August
London’s first festival dedicated to all forms of making and doing, Make More encourages visitors to discover what sort of maker they are through a series of hands-on creative experiences. Expect a full programme of live demonstrations, taster sessions and experiences from textile printers, street artists, weavers, carpenters, beekeepers, and makers working in a wide variety of other creative disciplines. There will also be a range of live performances (including children’s theatre), plus plenty of food stalls and chef stands to keep you going throughout the day. makemore.art

Image: ‘Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936 © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Until 2 September
As part of The Art of Change, the Barbican’s 2018 season exploring how the arts respond to social and political landscape, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing is the first UK survey to chart the work of the famous American documentary photographer. Spanning Lange’s oeuvre from 1919 to 1957, the show features the iconic Migrant Mother, as well as rarely seen photographs of the internment of Japanese-Americans during the War, and several series documenting the changing social landscape of post-war America. barbican.org.uk

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