Covent Garden is one of London’s most exciting and vibrant areas and no matter what time of year it is, there are always many world class cultural events taking place. Here are our picks of some of the most interesting live performances and exhibitions in Convent Garden during January and February 2014.
The Snow Spider, Io Theatre Company
Tristan Bates Theatre, London, from Monday 6th – Friday 10th January
A vibrant and magical stage adaptation of Jenny Nimmo’s critically acclaimed book is presented to an audience of all ages through physical theatre and a wonderful accompanying musical score. The story follows 9 year-old Gwyn Griffiths as he is drawn into an exciting but dangerous journey through five unusual birthday gifts. With the help of a silver spider named Arianwen, can Gwyn combat the mysterious challenges he is faced with throughout his adventure?
Tristan Bates Theatre, London, from Tuesday 14th Jan – Saturday 8th Feb 2014
A witty interpretation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Oedipus Tyrannos, Jeremy Kingston presents an alternative outcome between Oedipus the King of Thebes and his father, Laius, had they entered into conversation rather than Oedipus murdering his father and subsequently marrying his mother, Jocasta. Oh the drama.
Giselle, The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from Saturday 18th Jan – Monday 10th Feb 2014
Heralded as ‘The greatest of all Romantic ballets’, Peter Wright presents Petipa’s classic nineteenth-century story of love, betrayal and the supernatural. Using a combination of ‘exquisite choreography’ and wonderfully atmospheric set design, the tale of a pheasant girl and her tragic love for Count Albrecht is told over two acts in the most memorable way by Britain’s largest ballet company. A must-see for any ballet enthusiast.
Photographs by Richard Dunwoody MBE, ‘The Brooke’
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, from Sat. 6th Jan – Sunday 2nd Feb 2014
Richard Dunwoody, photographer and former champion jockey, exhibits his collection of photographs from his personal experience with animal welfare charity The Brooke, established in 1934 by Dorothy Brooke. To celebrate the charity’s 80th year of rescuing, caring for and educating communities in the compassionate husbandry of working horses, mules and donkeys, Dunwoody’s images are powerful and emotive, capturing the challenging existence of these animals.