Normally the calendar for June in London is full of outdoor events. Instead this month, our excitement is we can see our family and friends. As I write this Super Seven, we are easing out of a 10 week lockdown. With no large gatherings it means museums and galleries remain closed, but we can be excited about something small can’t we. On that note, I think I may just have found my best 2020 lockdown Super Seven for you to enjoy with others…
Glyndebourne Opera : Since 1934 Glyndebourne have opened their East Sussex doors to opera lovers. This year, not so. What they are doing is streaming an Open House Opera every Sunday evening until 8 June. So grab six friends and make your Sunday a dress up affair. Get your glad rags on, organise your picnic, sit in the park or your garden and do something different. Opera programme is Don Giovanni 31 May-7 June and then Così fan tutte 7 – 14 June. Any donations you can give to support these free screenings will help this venue survive.
The Old Vic in Camera Series :To raise funds for this incredibly historic theatre, the Old Vic are staging socially distant performances and readings in their empty theatre. First up is Duncan MacMillan’s play Lungs in June starring Matt Smith (Doctor Who & The Crown) & Claire Foy (The Crown). It was a sell out last year, and their performances were mesmerising. Tickets are limited to 1000 per performance (as in their auditorium), but the the opportunity to watch these two actors recreate their roles, isn’t to be missed. Tickets (£10-£65) will go on sale soon, so keep an eye out.
Inside V&A Kyoto to Catwalk : Take a look the V&A’s extraordinary exhibition on history of the Kimono. Then indulge in the Anna Jackson curator’s tour in Kyoto to Catwalk 5 videos that have just been uploaded to YouTube. When I visited the Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition in February I knew it was special, but as Waldemar Januszcak said in the Sunday Times yesterday “It gives you a tangible sense of the event.. in the V&A’s charming 5 part YouTube tribute to the Kimono”
Glastonbury 2020. What was to be their 50th anniversary, it is sadly cancelled : Instead the BBC will have coverage with three 90-minute programmes on BBC Two, broadcast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 26, 27 and 28.
Kew Gardens opens to timed ticket holders, including members, from Monday 1 June. Having wandered through the rose garden in Regents Park, I can only imagine how glorious Kew will be looking after all this sunshine. Everyone, even members need to book a time slot.
Historic Houses are opening up the gardens at Hampton Court Palace in June. A date is still to be confirmed, but this is good news.
Royal Opera House | The Cellist: On Friday night a neighbour rang and told me to watch The Royal Ballet screening of The Cellist. It is the story inspired by the life of cellist, Jaqueline du Pré. It’s on demand for 14 days and I cannot recommend it more highly. The ballet was first performed in February 2020, so this is an absolute treat to watch. It is just over an hour long, no interval, and the artistic interpretation of the cello (performed by a dancer), as she struggled with multiple sclerosis is so breathtaking, I was in tears at the end.
Having been out cycling a bit, I have discovered two absolute treats to go in the West End. One is at The Connaught.. A snazzy pizza from Jean George available from 4.30-9pm daily for take-away as well as home deliveries. Across Piccadilly at The Ham Yard Hotel, they have food available all day to pick up and go, from 8am. In June they will have Afternoon Tea and BBQ boxes for pre-order. Claridges Hotel have just announced their Claridges Fried Chicken (CFC) from Davis and Brook to collect or deliver every Thursday – Saturday – a winner for anyone wanting a special date night menu. And finally, Fortnum & Mason food department is open – need I say more… My advice for any of these trips is make it early if you can to avoid people! Obviously pizza is another story…
This House is the NT At Home screening this week. Highly recommended (It sold out both runs at the National Theatre & its West End transfer). Written by the brilliant British playwright James Graham, who wrote Quiz, Ink, Labour of Love among many other outstanding West End plays. This is followed by Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanos. It’s a hot month for #NationalTheatreAtHome
Royal Albert Hall | The Proms...According to an article by Time Out, it will go ahead, streamed with a new look. Keep your eyes peeled for July.
Tennis fans : Schroders Battle of the Brits. Jamie Murray has organised for the best in British Tennis to play at the 23-28 June in Roehampton. We will get to watch via Amazon Prime, and raise funds for the NHS Charities. It may not be Wimbledon, but it is better than nothing.
London Festival of Architecture has had to go virtual. 1-30 June. Usually you would find structures up all over the city, not so for now. Head over and see what they have up on their website they have over 100 events/talks running during the month. I think they will make their Autumn schedule slightly bigger to make up for this month, which can only be a good thing.