The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.


Kings Place Gallery, London, N1 - Sculptor’s Drawings, 31 August – 12 October

The largest ever exhibition of its kind with over 200 works on display, this collection will span the entire public space at Kings Place over three levels and focus on the unique way in which sculptors approach drawing. Works on show include both preparatory drawings that demonstrate the functionality of drawing in the design process of sculpture as well as drawings and collages that have a sculptural quality themselves. Artists represented range from the established to the emerging and include names such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Pablo Picasso, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.


Richmond Theatre, London, TW9 - Great Expectations, 12-15 September

The Charles Dickens 200th anniversary celebrations continue, with this new adaptation of one of his best-loved books at Richmond Theatre. In this production, the 59-chapter-long 1860 novel has been transplanted to the English Raj, using colonial India as a backdrop for Dickens’s epic tale of love, faith and the class divide. As a consequence, a level of race and even caste is applied to the already complex plot. Expect a very fresh and different adaptation of a story you thought you already knew.


West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – Ondine, 8-15 September

The Northern Ballet brings the UK premiere of Ondine to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Described as a "beautifully tragic adult fairytale" and featuring the original music by Hans Werner Henze, it is a must-see for all fans of ballet.


ITV1 - The Scapegoat, 9 September, 9pm

This new television adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1957 novel promises to retain the harsh edges, dark humour and unexpected twists of the original book, and judging by early previews, it seems to succeed. When lonely academic John Standing meets his doppelganger, a mysterious French aristocrat named Jean de Gué, he is forced to change places and finds himself caught up in the intrigues and passions of his double’s family. This is one period drama that may be worth watching.


London Jewish Cultural Centre, NW11 – Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival, 0-11 September

The fourth year of the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival offers up a remarkable roster of journalists, authors, politicians and writers including Howard Jacobson, Rose Tremain, David Lammy MP, Alison Weir and Michael Palin. There is also an opportunity for would-be writers to hone their own skills at one of three creative writing workshops.

Dame Barbara Hepworth with some of her work, 1967. Hepworth is one sculptor to have her drawings included in a new exhibition. Photo: Getty Images.
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SRSLY #45: Love, Nina, Internet Histories Week, The Secret in Their Eyes

This week on the pop culture podcast, we chat Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Nina Stibbe’s literary memoir, our histories on the internet, and an Oscar-winning 2009 Argentinian thriller.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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SRSLY is hosted by Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz, the NS’s web editor and editorial assistant. We’re on Twitter as @c_crampton and @annaleszkie, where between us we post a heady mixture of Serious Journalism, excellent gifs and regularly ask questions J K Rowling needs to answer.

The Links

Love, Nina

The first episode on iPlayer.

An interview with Nina Stibbe about the book.

Internet Histories Week

The index of all the posts in the series.

Our conversation about MSN Messenger.

The Secret in Their Eyes

The trailer.

For next week

Anna is watching 30 Rock.

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See you next week!

PS If you missed #44, check it out here.