Friday Arts Diary

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Haymarket Theatre Royal, London SW1, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Until August 20

In the second production of his acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Trevor Nunn directs Tom Stoppard's absurdist expansion of Hamlet. Jamie Parker is Guildenstern to Samuel Barnett's Rosencrantz - two minor characters in the original, now hilariously trying to piece together Shakespeare's tragedy, but confused by the things they have missed while off stage.


Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle Until October 16

The biggest exhibition of the surrealist's paintings in Britain in twenty years, Tate Liverpool offers a fresh perspective on Magritte's working practices. Sketches, collages, films and some of his early commercial work are shown alongside his canvases.


Udderbelly, Southbank Centre, London SE1, Arthur Smith's Pissed Up Chat Show 9 July

Arthur remains sober, while his guests are utterly smashed. What will happen? Probably something very funny, or perhaps just a lot of confusing nonsense. In vino veritas? We shall see.


British Library, London NW1, The Worlds of Mervyn Peake 11 July

To celebrate the gothic author's centenary, The British Library is running an exhibition of their Peake archives until 18 September. Monday's event is the first public reading of Titus Awakes, the fourth story in Peake's epic Gormenghast series (to be reviewed by John Gray in next week's issue of the NS). It was pieced together from his notes by his wife after his death, and was recently discovered in an attic by their son Sebastian, who will be chairing the event.


Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 Carmina Burana 9 July

Carl Orff's monumental musical rendering of 13th-century German poetry is performed in the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the 60th birthday of conductor and composer Ronald Corp. The Highgate Choral Society, New London Orchestra, The London Chorus and the New London Children's Choir come together with tenor Mark Wilde, Soprano Claire Rutter, and Baritone Mark Stone to hit the bombastic musical heights required.