The best of the arts in London and beyond this month.
Sam Mendes directs the long-awaited new play from Jez Butterworth, following his seminal plays Jerusalem and The River. Direct from a record-breaking sold-out run at the Royal Court Theatre, this epic new play, The Ferryman, transfers to the Gielgud Theatre West End this month. Multi award-winning actor, director and writer Paddy Considine (Dead Man’s Shoes, A Room for Romeo Brass, Tyrannosaur) will be joined by Laura Donnelly (The River, Outlander, The Fall) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Splendour, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) in the production. Set in rural Derry, 1981 – the height of the Troubles – Considine plays Quinn Carney, a family man whose farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they are interrupted by a visitor.
20 June– 7 October. Monday–Saturday at 7pm. Matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 1.30pm. 150 seats – under £25 for all performances. Book online or call the Gielgud Theatre box office on 0844 482 5130.
A feast for the senses, this exhibition in the East Wing of Somerset House features 10 extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years. The perfumers include Lyn Harris, Mark Buxton (the creator of Comme des Garçons 2) and Olivia Giacobetti – famous for creating the first fig scents for Diptyque. You’ll be taken on an olfactory journey through a series of rooms designed to reflect the inspirations of the scents, from a sandy desert to the Scottish Highlands, a Catholic confessional to a lover’s boudoir.
21 June–17 September. Open Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sundays 10am–6pm (last admission 5pm), and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11am–8pm (last admission 7pm). Tickets £11, concessions £9. Visitors with disabilities can bring a companion free of charge. Under 12s free of charge with an accompanying adult. Visit the website to book.
Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell star in Tennessee Williams’ classic, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick (O’Connell) and Maggie (Miller) dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? Directed by Benedict Andrews at the Apollo Shaftesbury, following his smash-hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, this searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is a 20th century masterpiece.
13 July–7 October. Performances Monday–Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets in previews Monday–Thursday £10–£55, Friday and Saturday £10–£57; from 25 July Monday–Thursday £10–£65, Friday and Saturday £10–£67. To book, visit the website or call the Apollo Theatre box office on 0330 333 4809.
An acclaimed group of around 90 professional painters, whose work is based principally upon direct observation of nature and the human figure, the New English Art Club aims to assist and encourage the art of painting to develop even more expressive possibilities. Their Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries showcases its members’ work and this year features a number of works exploring the space needed to create art. Alongside the work of member artists, the exhibition will include painting, drawing and prints selected from an open submission, with around 400 paintings and prints on display and available to buy.
16–25 June, Mall Galleries. Open 10am–5pm. Tickets £4, concessions £2.50, 50 per cent off for National Art Pass holders and free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under-18s.
Follow a trail of art across London’s East End during this all-night arts festival. Now in its second edition, Art Night presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn and moves to a different part of London each year. Curated by Fatos Ustek in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, this year’s event features a dozen art projects popping up in unusual and iconic locations. Many of the works are site-specific, and directly engage with the culture and heritage of the area. A highlight includes prints by Jake and Dinos Chapman among the furniture of the 18th century Dennis Severs’ House at London Dock.
1 July. For more programme information, visit the website.
It’s three years since Lorde, the 20-year-old New Zealander, released her stunning debut album Pure Heroine. Featuring anthemic social commentary in songs like Royals and Team, the Grammy-nominated album became the soundtrack for the millennial generation. Now the illusive artist is back with her eagerly awaited follow-up album Melodrama. Produced by musician Jack Antonoff (partner of Lorde’s good friend Lena Dunham), it tells ‘the story of the last two fluorescent years of my life’, she has said. If first singles Green Light and Liability are anything to go by, it’ll be the album of the summer.
Join 10s of thousands of visitors at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for Masterpiece London, one of the top international cross-collecting fairs for art, antiques and design. Hailed by the Financial Times as ‘fast becoming the most imaginative and glamorous art and antiques fair in the world’, Masterpiece London has drawn close to 40,000 visitors each year since its launch in 2010. Examine museum-quality works from more than 150 leading galleries and dealers from all over the globe, and buy the best pieces available on the market from a wide variety of disciplines.
28 June–5 July. A variety of ticket options are available, from £18–£130 for the Le Caprice Dining Package. Visit the website to book and for full programme information.