Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake, composed in 1875-76 returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London’s chic Islington district. The spectacle made its debut at the same theatre in 1995, and is returning to the place of its première after 18 years.
The performance, based on old Russian folktales, tells the beautiful story of a young prince who falls in love with Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by the curse of an evil sorcerer. Throughout the story, we are drawn into the twists and turns of the relationship between the two leads and how it develops.
Britain’s most popular choreographer, Matthew Bourne, revolutionised the performance by replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with an all-male one. The Times said of the show: “the impact of this vibrant staging is undiminished; if anything it’s even stronger.” Bourne’s adaptation of the show has made the classic story more modern and relevant to today’s society.
Swan Lake has achieved more than 30 international awards, and has become the longest-running ballet in the West End and on Broadway. It encompasses dance, humour and award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston to create a breath-taking performance, enjoyed by those who know and love the traditional story as well as newcomers to the timeless tale.
The show is running at Saddler’s Wells theatre from now until the 26th January, and tickets range from £12 to £60 and are available from the theatre’s website. After taking in the magnificent performance, why not extend your experience by coming to visit DUKES London for a glass of our Perrier-Jouet champagne and tasty canapés from just £21 per person.
Somerset House is preparing itself for one of Britain’s biggest consumer fashion showcases: Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend. Designers such as Welsh favourite Julien Macdonald will be showcasing their latest collections ahead of next season. Amongst masses of designer shopping and expert fashion talks, the catwalks will take centre stage.
Designs from more than 100 of the top UK and universal designers will be showcased in four trend sections, each highlighting 40 minutes of fabulous fashion. Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend offers a unique opportunity to see the best upcoming trends and exclusive first-class fashion advice from the experts. London’s Somerset House, located in The Strand at the heart of the city, will be host to the fashion extravaganza.
The show is running for a long weekend from 20th- 24th February 2014 and tickets range from £20 – £130 depending on your chosen package. A variety of extras will be offered, including tote bags with “luxe” treats to provide that VIP edge, including samples from fashion favourites Kurt Geiger and St Tropez.
After enjoying the show with the girls, why not continue your experience with our Ultimate girl’s night in package at DUKES London. Our exclusive offer includes relaxing beauty treatments and a complete goody hamper to share. For more information, or to book, visit our website or call +44 (0)207 491 4840.
From the 17th-19th of January, Earl’s Court will undergo a continental-style makeover as it’s transformed into the host venue for the city’s annual France Show. The show brings the best of France to the people of London in an exhibition honouring all the cultural quirks of our favourite Western European country.
View London states that the show possesses plenty of ‘joie de vivre’ and has dubbed the show ‘a full-on weekend of French fun’. There’s a huge variety of activities on offer for every kind of Francophile to enjoy, including a colossal traditional French market. The market comes complete with more than 50 hand-picked French stalls offering tempting treats like cheeses, charcuterie meats and a choice of French crafts.
The France Show runs from the 17th to the 19th of January at Earl’s Court in London. Tickets for the event cost £10 in advance or £13 on the door and are available from The France Show website.
After taking in all of the cultural delights of France at the fair, why not come and sample the no less sophisticated atmosphere of the PJ Lounge at DUKES London. Our champagne and canapés promotion costs from only £19 per person, and includes a glass of French bubbly from our partners Perrier-Jouet. Call 0207 318 6585 to book, or reserve yourself a place online through our website.
The newly opened Jacobean-style theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, officially launches on Thursday 9th January with Webster’s amazing The Duchess of Malfi. This macabre, tragic play written by John Webster in 1612-13, is the classic tale of corruption and the misuse of power within the Italian courts.
The brilliantly talented actress Gemma Arterton stars as the title role of the Duchess, and is returning to the Globe after she first made her acting debut there in 2007, as Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost. For avid theatre fans, or those who enjoy a shocking and dramatic storyline, this performance promises to deliver with its dominant themes of love, loss and revenge.
The Duchess of Malfi is running at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe from the 9th January to 16th February. Tickets vary in price from £10 for standing, to £60 for a premium seat. To book tickets, call the box office on 020 7401 9919 or visit Shakespeare’s Globe website.
Why not treat yourself to dinner at DUKES London either before or after the show? With a unique menu created by our wonderfully talented chef Nigel Mendham, you could enjoy our pre-theatre special offer from just £31 per person.