With his Elvis hairdo, crisp-white T-shirt and black leather jacket he was the coolest dude on television back in the seventies. He was the handsome devil who got all the girls and had guys like Cunningham running round in circles for him. Who are we talking about? ‘The Fonz’ of course!
A world apart from his legendary character in the 1970’s American sitcom ‘Happy Days’, actor Henry Winkler is to play a dastardly Captain Hook in the “Peter Pan” pantomime at the Richmond Theatre this Christmas.
This favourite children’s pantomime will run at this stunning Victorian theatre from December 6, 2013 until January 12, 2014.
London is home to a myriad of magical pantomimes all year round but especially during the festive season. Here’s a few more of the best pantomimes in London for Christmas 2013.
A little further south in Croydon, Eastender’s star Steve “Phil Mitchell” McFadden will be giving Henry Winkler a run for his money playing Captain Hook in a Croydon-adaptation of Peter Pan.
Other pantomimes put on this Christmas in London include Puss in Boots, which can is being performed in two extremely different formats at Hackney Empire and Greenwich Theatre.
The London Underground has commissioned some fantastic poster designs over the years and right now you can view the vast archive of posters from Victorian Times to the present day. Taking place at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, the ‘Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs’ marks the London underground’s 150th anniversary – making it the world’s oldest subway transport system.
The exhibition will show a poster for each of the 150 years of the Underground’s existence. Visitors can buy prints of the original artwork in various sizes.
The first graphic underground posters were commissioned in 1908. Along the years there have been some startling submissions such as Man Ray’s surrealist poster in 1938. The American modernist’s submission featured the underground logo at the top of the picture and what appears to be planet Saturn at the bottom of the page alongside the title, “Keeps London Going”.
The posters of the motor shows at Olympia are particularly striking and because most of the cars depicted are now defunct and can only be seen in old films and collections, these posters really give off an old and retro vibe.
From 1951 – 1953 Hackney artist William Roberts designed posters for London Transport. One of Robert’s most innovative designs was ‘London Fairs’ which he submitted in 1951.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Royal Norwegian classical concert – Commence the festivities in classical style
Every December there is an unfaltering traditional in the British capital for Norway to deliver a huge Christmas tree to Londoners. The Norwegian tree is erected and decorated in a blaze of colour and creativity in Trafalgar Square. The tree is a gift to London from the people of Oslo to mark remembrance and gratitude for the assistance given by Britain to Norway in the Second World War.
This significant festive occasion sees carol singers flock to Trafalgar Square as the tree’s conspicuous presence becomes yet another Christmas landmark in London.
To celebrate the installation of the great Norwegian tree a concert is held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. The Royal Norwegian annual Christmas concert features highly regarded Norwegian classical musicians to deliver an extraordinary programme of classical music of the highest quality.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church is an extremely interesting music venue. Many types of concerts take place in this London landmark, including jazz and chamber music. The church also acts as a place of worship with morning prayers and services. The church was opened in 1724 and is in the style of Greek revival, resembling the Acropolis in Athens. St. Martin-in-the-Fields is dedicated to St. Martin, a bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a well-known resting point for pilgrims on route to Santiago de Compostela.
Who said tennis tournaments were confined to the summer? While thinking about Christmas during Wimbledon is likely to send a shudder of disgust down your spine, watching tennis in the UK during the festive month is likely to make a refreshing change from the traditional Christmas shenanigans. If the prospect of being engrossed in a tennis tournament in December does sound appealing, simply head to London.
From December 4 – 8, 2013 what promises to be a thoroughly thrilling tennis competition will be held at the Royal Albert Hall. In a nostalgic blast from the past, the Statoil Masters will see many of the past tennis heroes battle it out on court once more.
Last year saw two of the most recognisable and formidable names in tennis compete – John McEnroe and Pat Cash. The predictably nail-biting match concluded with McEnroe beating Cash not without a few “You cannot be serious” shouts to the umpire and throwing of his racket, much to the delight of spectators. The competitive spirit of these never-to-be-forgotten heroes is still clearly evident as they battled intensely for victory despite the humour.
John McEnroe is the reigning Statoil Masters champion and you can be sure that the snarling American will be at his angriest as he vigorously defends his title. Mats Wilander and Henri Laconte will no doubt be doing there best to take his title away.
Whenever new roads are built or railways are extended it is common practice for the construction companies involved to collaborate with archaeologists. Archaeologists are called in to assess the ground for any relics or sign of historical interest before the land is finally covered up.
The London Crossrail project is one such construction development which has demanded a developer/archaeology alliance. It is a good job the archaeologists were called in as this huge rail connection project is starting to make some extremely interesting historical finds.
In the early autumn this year, an archaeological discovery in London saw almost 200 Roman skulls found when tunnelling along the Crossrail route. The skulls are believed to date from the third or fourth centuries. Roman pottery was also found amongst the skulls not far from the Liverpool Street site. As the Romans used to cremate their dead before the third century AD the archaeologists are almost certain of which period of Roman occupation the skulls come from.
The remains were found in the deposits of the ancient Walbrook River which was paved over in the 15th century. The river’s muddy walls provided the ideal preservation environment for ancient bones and artefacts. Over the last year some 10,000 Roman pieces have been found at the site.