Here is a round-up of just some of the great entertainment available in and around Covent Garden this Autumn, from exciting new exhibitions opening this month, to the start of The Royal Ballet season, not forgetting a brand new show which promises to be a real giggle as we join the Trotter brothers for a very special evening.
1Mayerling is opening The Royal Ballet’s new season from 8-30 October; a gripping story with emotional depth and haunting imagery. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed this complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. The glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in murder and suicide.
The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet’s many distinctive solos and pas de deux. Mayerling will also be shown in UK cinemas on 15 October with an encore screening on 21 October.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden www.roh.org.uk
2In complete contrast a brand-new show comes to London for the very first time; so get ready for a hilarious night out with the Trotters at The Nag’s Head. The fun starts from the moment you try to arrive! As you would expect there is some wheeling, dealing, eating, and even hiding from the mob…
Join the Trotter brothers and their friends for a knees-up at The Nag’s Head as they try to drum up some cash, pay some debts, and make a cheeky saving on the side. But why is the pub closed on the busiest night of the week? There’s money to be made and debts to be paid. It promises to be a t’riffic night out with some cushty pub grub; a night we promise you won’t forget in a hurry. Brought to you from the people behind the worldwide hit, Faulty Towers the Dining Experience this brilliant immersive comedy will transport you to Peckham in a wholly original show created in loving tribute to the popular BBC TV series. Only Fools
The (cushty) Dining Experience is in London at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton every Friday and Saturday night from 5 October – 14 December. Get ready to laugh your way through a three-course meal and two hour show from £49.
3It’s time to take a trip down memory lane as Snoopy, Charlie Brown and co are coming to Somerset House in a cultural celebration of the world’s most influential comic strip. This landmark exhibition Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts features over 100 comic strips and personal artefacts from the Schulz Museum. It also showcases the original drawings of the cartoon’s creator Charles M. Schulz, alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang from some of today’s most exciting artists and designers.
As a generation of artists who grew up during the ‘golden age’ of Peanuts come to prominence today, its presence in the ideas and ambitions of contemporary media, from film and fashion to street art and sculpture, seems more powerful and meaningful now than ever before. Peanuts has been acknowledged as one of the most popular and influential comic strips of all time. From 1950 to 2000 Creator Charles M. Schulz produced 17,897 Peanuts strips, syndicated to over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and translated into 21 languages, totalling a readership of 355 million people.
Visit the exhibition to remind or familiarise yourself with the Peanuts cast, including everyone’s favourite canine Snoopy, loveable loser Charlie Brown, blanket-toting philosopher Linus, bossy older sister Lucy, piano playing Schroeder and sports-obsessed Peppermint Patty who all continue to captivate audiences of all ages around the world.
Good Grief Charlie Brown! opens 25 October – 3 March, £14, £11
Somerset House, Strand www.somersethouse.org.uk
4If you haven’t been lucky enough to bag yourself a ticket to Tina: The Tina Turner Musical this night promises to lift your spirits like no other. The R.S. Hispaniola have a truly spectacular evening planned, Tina Turner tribute artist Julie Nevada will give you a stunning performance of classic Tina numbers in an equally stunning venue with views across the Thames towards the London Eye and beyond.
On arrival you will be welcomed with a glass of prosecco followed by a three- course dinner. The evening will include two sets of Tina’s most popular songs so you are sure to hear some of your favourite numbers. Tickets to the Tina Turner Tribute Dinner on 21 September and 18 October cost from £55 and include a welcome drink, dinner and tea/coffee. Cash bar on board.
Hispaniola Restaurant Ship www.hispaniola.co.uk