At the NPG on Sat: Thomas Lawrence portature exhibition - very good & and well-put-together exhib; Photo Portrait Prize - the one of Tony Blair showed him as aged and care-worn; Royal Society 350th anniversary; the Lady Chatterley trial.
At the Coward Theatre I saw the thriller Deathtrap (review and trailer). This is in Sleuth and Dial M for Murder territory. The cast are excellent and the play has many layers & twists, reaching a satisfying conclusion.
On Sunday I went for my first walk across Regents Park, carrying on across the canal and road to Primrose Hill. It was odd being in a place for the first time yet with it being utterly familiar, as this has been in so many films/TV.
Down the Hill to Regents Park Road - a high street of small shops (no high street multiples), with cafes and delis predominating.
On the corner of Regents Park Road and Sharpleshall Street, behind the library, is the pop-up Museum of Everything in its current instance. I'd missed the first two so was determined to see this one. Exhibition #3 is curated by Peter Blake: a fascinating series of rooms which could be characterised as the byways of popular culture: (review)
- pics of Victorian freaks
- dolls & puppets
- Ted Willcox embroideries - witty satires on contemporary life (same territory as Grayson Perry's Walthamstow tapestry)
- Peter B's collection of Hornby trains and circus posters.
- Walter Potter's extraordinary collection of stuffed animals, making tableaus of the 'improving' Victorian kind, saved from The Potter Museum of Curiosity (Art Gallery: The Museum of Everything - The Arts Desk)
- Arthur Windley's miniature fairground - a room full of hand-built classic toys, built up over 40 years - a delight (BBC news)