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1. Iconic Style
Azzedine Alaïa “wanted to represent his love of design,” said Design Museum curator, Gemma Curtin of the Tunisian fashion designer’s plans for his first UK exhibition opening 10 May before his untimely passing at Christmas. His timeless body-skimming clothes have adorned Naomi Campbell to Kim Kardashian since the 1980s, earning him the moniker, “king of cling”. Now over 60 iconic pieces including the bandage dresses, corset belts and experimental leathers can be seen alongside specially made installations by Alaïa’s friends including legendary industrial designer, Marc Newson.
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier is on from 10 May to 7 October 2018 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG, designmuseum.org
2. Double Treat
Poldark hunk, Aidan Turner transforms from people’s hero to terrorist in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre in June. The black comedy sees Turner as Mad Padraic return to the Island of Inishmore to exact a bloody revenge when his cat is murdered. The playwright, Martin McDonagh, is a man of the moment too: having written and directed this year’s double Oscar-winning film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is on from 23 June to 8 September 2018 at the Noel Coward Theatre St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9LX, 0844 482 5141, noelcowardtheatre.co.uk
3. Best Party
Pop princess, Taylor Swift brings her Reputation tour to Manchester and London in June, hot on the heels of her first UK number one – Look What You Made Me Do – and 2017’s best-selling album, Reputation. Prepare to party as she has evolved her pop and country sounds for electro dance and R&B beats. Helping the Shake It Off singer rock the stadia will be Havana hitmaker, Camila Cabello and Brit pop star, Charlie XCX.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour is on 8 and 9 June at the Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 3FF and 22 and 23 June at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HA9 0WS, livenation.co.uk ticketmaster.co.uk
Hasta la vista George Clooney and Brad Pitt, there’s a new Ocean’s gang in town. This time full of feisty women led by Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie, played by Sandra Bullock. Her eight strong crew plot to steal a $150 million diamond necklace at the glam Met Ball, including close friend, Lou (aka Cate Blanchett) and hacker, Nine Ball (aka Rihanna in her first film role). Helena Bonham Carter leads the British contingent as gang member, Rose whilst James Corden pops up as Debbie Ocean’s confidante.
Ocean’s 8 is released from 22 June by Warner Bros. Pictures
5. Show Stopper
Get to know this 1950s musical again as the King and I opens at the London Palladium from 21 June. Based on the memoirs of the school teacher to the King of Siam’s children, Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe reprise their award-winning Broadway roles – made famous by Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in the 1956 film (for which he won an Oscar and she won a Golden Globe). Shall We Dance and other famous show stoppers will get those toes tapping.
The King and I is on from 21 June to 8 September 2018 at the London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF, 020 7087 7755 kingandimusical.co.uk
Fresh from headlining the Superbowl LII halftime show, Justin Timberlake is touring Britain this June after four years away. Kicking off in Birmingham, the SexyBack singer is celebrating his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods, which mixes his unmistakable pop, R&B, funk and soul sound with a new country vibe. “It sounds more like where I’ve come from [Memphis, Tennessee] than any other music I’ve ever made,” he said.
Justin Timberlake: Man of the Woods tour is on from 27 June to 11 July 2018 at the Birmingham Arena, King Edwards Road, Birmingham B1 2AA, 0121 780 4141, arenabh.com; Manchester Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank,
Manchester M3 1AR, 0161 950 5000, manchester-arena.com; The SSE Hydro Arena, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, thessehydro.com; The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, 0208 463 2000, theo2.co.uk; livenation.co.uk; ticketmaster.co.uk
Justin Timberlake: Man of the Woods tour is on from 27 June to 11 July 2018 at the Birmingham Arena, King Edwards Road, Birmingham B1 2AA, arenabh.com; Manchester Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR, manchester-arena.com; The SSE Hydro Arena, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, thessehydro.com; The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, theo2.co.uk; livenation.co.uk
7. Thriller Show
Michael Jackson remains a cultural superstar, still dominating bedroom walls to billboards. Now from 28 June, London’s National Portrait Gallery shows the Thriller singer’s impact on contemporary art in Michael Jackson: On the Wall. See Andy Warhol’s pop art makeover, David LaChapelle’s glossy theatrical take and Grayson Perry’s playful collage-style pot. “It is rare that there is something new to say about someone so famous, but here that is the case,” said Dr Nicholas Cullinan, the gallery’s director and show curator.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall is on from 28 June to 21 October 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, 020 7306 0055, www.npg.org.uk
8. Bright British Stars
British actors make their mark in May’s Star Wars prequel of Han Solo before he joined the Rebel Alliance. See Emilia Clarke, best known as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen, in her first major film role and Paul Bettany who is also in the new Avengers: Infinity War. Fresh from TV success with Westworld and Line of Duty is Thandie Newton. Watch out for Phoebe Waller-Bridge who is also making a name for herself as a writer and producer and American Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is released on 25 May 2018 by Walt Disney Pictures
9. Frank Faces
With so many glammed up, Photoshopped images, the candid and often unflattering paintings by top British artist Chantal Joffe make a refreshing change. Now her intimate views of family, friends as well as herself are on show at Manchester’s The Lowry from 19 May. “I wanted to give visitors a sense of breadth of her work that has put women front and centre over the last 20 years,” said Michael Simpson, the gallery’s director of visual arts and show curator.
Personal Feeling is the Main Thing – Chantal Joffe is on from 19 May to 2 September 2018 at The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ, 0843 208 6000, www.thelowry.com
10. Wardrobe Reveal
Frida Kahlo’s personal possessions are unveiled at the V&A from 16 June. It’s the first time these items have left Mexico. Born in 1907, the painter became the centre of Mexico’s avant-garde social scene alongside her husband, the muralist, Diego Rivera. Against the backdrop of her life and times, linger over the outfits she wore for her self-portraits and many photographs of her and discover her Revlon make-up secrets that helped her carefully construct her distinctive image which, “has kept her current to each generation,” said curator, Claire Wilcox.
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up is on from 16 June to 4 November 2018 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, 020 7942 2500, vam.ac.uk/FridaKahlo
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