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Arts Around The World: August 2018

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By Claire Hammond

Take a look at the live events, entertainment, theatre and arts we’ve found for you this month! What’s happening near you? Whether you’re enjoying outdoor festivals and summer sunshine, or keeping warm with winter cabaret festivals, join us to celebrate arts around the world.

August 2018

The Boy From Oz, Melbourne, Australia

The iconic Australian musical, The Boy from Oz turns 20 in 2018, and to celebrate, The Production Company are staging a new production at the Arts Centre’s State Theatre. This dazzling, funny and moving story of the legendary Australian entertainer Peter Allen includes many of his best loved hits:
I Honestly Love You, I Still Call Australia Home, Tenterfield Saddler
and the show-stopping I Go to Rio.

King Lear, London, UK

Following its sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Munby’s explosive revival of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy moves to the West End with a celebrated cast led by Ian McKellen as the embittered monarch in a fractured kingdom. With its intimate staging, this contemporary, dystopian production places audiences at the centre of the storm as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.

Stratford Festival, Canada

The Stratford Festival is, quite simply, Canada’s premier theatre arts festival. Stretching from late April until early November, the Festival invites you to immerse yourself in all things theatrical. With four stages, the 2018 season offers visitors up to eight productions a day, appealing to all styles and tastes.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK

The 2018 Fringe Program boasts 3,548 shows. Yes, you did read that correctly! With venues ranging from a “pianodrome” constructed of 55 recycled pianos in the Royal Botanic Garden to a comedy club hosted in a chicken coop, the program includes 1,900 premieres. There is undoubtedly something for everyone!

M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, Singapore

Billed for its bold curation, residency programmes, commissioning of local and international works across its several platforms, as well as a smorgasbord of workshops and technique classes, the annual M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival is presented by Singapore’s leading contemporary dance company, T.H.E Dance Company.

The Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival, Sweden

This August, the fourth Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival opens at the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten), offering eleven days of guest performances from countries that include Iran, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Brazil, France and Belgium. Six new Dramaten productions will premiere during the festival, a screening of Jane Magnusson’s forthcoming film, Bergman: A Year, a Life. When the festival ends on September 2, more than 200 visiting actors, directors and theatre technicians will have convened on the national stage in more than 50 productions, discussions, workshops and film screenings. The anniversary year 2018, when Bergman would have turned 100, has drawn considerable attention around the world.

Helsinki Festival, Finland

Finland’s largest arts festival will once again provide a diverse programme of events throughout the city, with experiences ranging from classical to world music and pop, from drama to contemporary dance, and from visual art to film and children’s events. Lose yourself in the Night of the Arts or get carried away with the fringe programme. This is a festival that brings the arts to everyone!

Pretty Woman: The Musical, New York, USA

One of the most beloved romances of all time is now on Broadway! Starring Samantha Barks and Andy Karl, and brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood and Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical is set to light up your heart.

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