Based on the novel by the English writer Baroness Orczy, this Broadway musical tells the tale of the eponymous leader of a band of English aristocrats. Set during the time of The Terror in 18th-century France, the group seek to rescue their French counterparts before they can be killed by the country’s new revolutionary government.
Kyoko Nakano, a writer and German literature scholar, published Kowai-e (Fear in Painting) in 2007. The book focuses on famous and historic Western paintings featuring images of fear. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Nakano’s book, an exhibition will be held showcasing a number of the masterpieces discussed, including The Execution of Lady Jane Grey from the National Gallery in London.
PAUL DELAROCHE, THE EXECUTION OF LADY JANE GREY, © THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON. BEQUEATHED BY THE SECOND LORD CHEYLESMORE, 1902
alt-J are an English indie rock band that formed in 2007 in Leeds. The band’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, was released in May 2012 and won the Mercury Prize. Their second album, This Is All Yours, was released in September 2014 and went straight to number one in the UK. Having released their third and newest album earlier this year, alt-J are now touring RELAXER, with one night only in Japan.
London-educated violinist Michiko Kobayashi has been introducing pieces by British composers to Japanese audiences from the time of her debut in 2004. Since taking up the violin at the age of five, Kobayashi has won numerous awards in Japan and abroad, including a silver medal at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Kobayashi’s repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary and she has performed extensively in London and Japan.
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The Caretaker is a three-act play by the Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor Harold Pinter. The play was Pinter’s first commercial success and remains one of his most celebrated and frequently performed plays. The story takes place in a house in west London during the 1950s and examines the strange relationship between a tramp, Davies, and two damaged and disconnected brothers, Mick and Aston.
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The film How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a British–American sci-fi romantic comedy that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Set in the 1970s, an alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the London suburb of Croydon.
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Built from a seat of solid wood into which the chair back and legs are connected, Windsor chairs first appeared in Buckinghamshire. They came to be highly admired by the founders of the mingei craft movement, Yanagi Soetsu and Hamada Shoji, as well as stencil dyeing artist Keisuke Serizawa.