Matilda the Musical

Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, Matilda, comes to the West End this spring, courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Originally performed at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2011 to sold-out audiences, it was then transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in the West End in October 2011.

Matilda the musical is written by esteemed playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics being provided by much-loved Australian comedian and musician, Tim Minchin.  The performance is directed by Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter Darling.

Described by the Guardian as ‘an evening of unadulterated bliss’, the show follows the story of a very intelligent young girl named Matilda who possesses special powers.  Her unloving parents treat her awfully, and her sadistic teacher Miss Trunchbull is just as terrifying as she rules the school with cruelty and fear.  Eventually, Matilda decides that the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and with the help of her good friends, she succeeds.

Matilda the musical is running from now all the way through to December of this year. Tickets for the performance range from £20 to £65 and are available now from either The Cambridge Theatre website, or the RSC website. To finish off your evening, why not visit DUKES London and embrace our Winter Warmer offer, available throughout March.  The offer includes a complimentary room upgrade, full English breakfast and Wi-Fi. To book, visit the DUKES London website.

 

Turner Prize Winner at Hayward Gallery

If you’re a fan of contemporary art, the Hayward Gallery on London’s iconic Southbank Centre is currently playing host to one of the biggest names in the industry. Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed is the main attraction at the Gallery until April, where the exhibition displays his take on playful contemporary art.

Creed has been one of the most significant names in British art since his 2001 Turner Prize win, in which his Work No. 227 centred around an empty room in which the lights went on and off. The Wakefield born artist has seen his success advance since the 2001 win, and for the past 13 years his exhibitions have been seen all around the globe.

Taking everyday materials and transforming them into surprising new forms, his artistic pieces aim to challenge the standard perceptions of run of the mill events and objects. The current exhibition displays pieces which incorporate a running theme of exploration of the invisible structures that run through our lives.

The exhibition is currently on display and runs until 27 April at Southbank’s Hayward Gallery, with tickets costing £11 per person. If you’re making the trip to London to sample some of the world’s best contemporary art, why not check into DUKES London and enjoy a full weekend of sightseeing in one of the world’s most cultural capital cities.

Romeo and Juliet at The Royal Opera House

Mid-October marks the debut of the Royal Ballet’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy; Romeo and Juliet at the beautiful London Royal Opera House.

The classic play combines the themes of power within society and the inevitability of fate in this ultimate tale of forbidden love.  The Royal Ballet’s performance highlights the plight of the two star-crossed lovers as they embark on their love affair in the form of a stunning ballet.

Choreographed by the esteemed Kenneth MacMillan, this version of Romeo and Juliet focuses on the ‘emotional and psychological intensity at the heart of the tale’.  Widely known as his masterpiece, MacMillan’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965, and has been performed worldwide over 400 times.

The much-loved play begins its seven week-long programme on Saturday 19th October, and tickets are already selling out. Why not continue your civilised afternoon with DUKES champagne and canapés from just £19 per person, in our beautiful Perrier Jouet Lounge.  To book or for further information, call 0207 318 6585 or email events@dukeshotel.com.

Dinosaurs to roam again in London

Are you or your family fascinated by dinosaurs? Then why not consider paying a visit to a remarkable live show at the O2 Arena in London that will bring these huge ancient creatures back to life?

Watch them evolve and see how each species interacted with one another. Walking with Dinosaurs is a show that has already blown-away audiences and critics, its technical and scientific success will bring 20 life-sized dinosaurs actually inside the O2 arena. The show starts just after Christmas from 26th December 2012 to 6th January 2013 with tickets starting from only £32.25.

Based on the award-winning BBC television series, this family spectacular offers a genuine insight into 185 million of years of history. It has already been seen by more than seven million people in 206 cities across the world and its success is credited to the innovative work of its production team.

The huge life-like dinosaurs will each roam hunt, growl and seek something to fill their stomachs. Palaeontologist Huxley also braves the earthquakes, volcanoes and comets to teach visitors about these prehistoric ancestors and the events that took them from global domination to complete extinction.

Each or the creatures are operated by a team of three people with their movement supplemented by classical music and special effects.

After an evening watching the show with your family, why not give our hotel a little visit and head over to our DUKES bar to try one of the world’s finest martinis?