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Avivson Gallery Highgate

Dorothy Bohm: Colour Photographs

A collection of small and exquisite colour prints by accomplished émigré artist Dorothy Bohm. The artist has selected the prints herself – many of which have never seen in public before – and they will be available to purchase.
Until 14 June

N6 5JX. 07852 558 944. www.avivsongallery.com

Ben Uri

Czech Routes

A celebration of the ‎contribution made by Czechoslovakian emigré artists to Britain since 1900. Listen to our audio tour with curator Nicola Baird on JR OutLoud.
Until 20 May

NW8 0RH. 020 7604 3991. www.benuri.org.uk

Etz Chayim Gallery

Czechoslovakian Show

See website for further details nearer the time.
Until 24 June

Viewing by appointment: caroleannek17@gmail.com. Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, HA6 3AA. 019 2382 2592. www.npls.org.uk/etzchayim.htm

H Club

Christopher Roche: Devotion

An exhibition of work by award-winning photographer Christopher Roche. This collection documents his five-year project, which saw him travel the globe exploring different, and often disappearing, faith traditions.
Until 19 May

WC2H 9HQ. https://hclub.com

Isokon Gallery

George Adams: Bauhausler in Britain

Born George Teltscher in Vienna, Adams studied at the Bauhaus under Gropius, Itten, Kandinsky and Schlemmer and arrived in London in 1938. Following internment in Australia, he returned to England and contributed to the war effort in map-making and pamphlet design. He took part in the Festival of Britain 1951 and, although not well known today, became a key figure in bringing Bauhaus ideas to Britain. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 27 October

NW3 2XD. www.isokongallery.co.uk

Jewish Museum

Great British Jews: A Celebration

A celebration of the contribution made to the UK by Jewish immigrants and their descendants. Discover some very recognisable British inventions, innovations, products and people that you never knew were Jewish, from the worlds of culture, commerce, science, sports and more.
Until 23 June

Jews, Money, Myth

Explore the role of money in Jewish life and its problematic stereotype in relations between Jews and non-Jews. The exhibition looks back over 2,000 years, drawing together manuscripts, prints, Jewish ritual and ceremonial objects, art, film, literature and cultural ephemera. Highlights include Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver and a new commission by Jeremy Deller. Read more about the show in the Apr 2019 issue of JR and listen to our audio tour with curator Joanne Rosenthal on JR OutLoud.
Until 7 July

NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk 

London Transport Museum

Émigré Poster Designers

In the 1930s, numerous artists and designers fled Nazi Europe and settled in the UK. London Transport, under the direction of Chief Executive Frank Pick, commissioned many of the best of these émigré designers to produce some of the most distinctive posters on the network. The LT Museum is celebrating 20 of these posters, spanning four decades of the work, including designers such as Hans Schleger, Hans Unger and László Moholy-Nagy. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 27 June

WC2E 7BB. www.ltmuseum.co.uk

National Army Museum

The Art of Persuasion: Wartime Posters by Abram Games

A major exploration of the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games. In particular, see pieces created during his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during World War II. Read more about the exhibition in the Jul 2019 issue of JR.
Until 24 November

SW3 4HT. 020 7730 0717. www.nam.ac.uk

The Photographer’s Gallery

Dave Heath: Dialogues with Solitudes

Psychologically charged images of society in post-war North America, taken by influential American photographer Dave Heath.
Until 2 June

W1F 7LW. 020 7087 9300. www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Royal Academy of Art

The Renaissance Nude

Trace the development of the nude through some of the great masters of the Renaissance. Bringing together works by artists such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer and Cranach, the RA sheds light on a visual tradition from its roots in religion to its exploration beyond.
Until 2 June

W1J 0BD. www.royalacademy.org.uk

Tate Modern

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33

Explore German art made between the wars in this free exhibition, which draws upon the George Economou Collection. These rich holdings provide a rare opportunity to see artworks not usually on public display. Artists featured include Otto Dix, Jeanne Mammen, George Grosz and Albert Birkle.
Until 14 July

SE1 9TG. www.tate.org.uk

Trafalgar Square

The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

A 14-foot-long winged bull sitting atop Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. This recreation of Lamassu, the stone deity that once protected the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh until Isis destroyed it in 2015, comes from the mind of Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. Inspired by the homeland of his mother’s family – who emigrated to the US from Iraq in 1946, fleeing as Arab Jews – and the recipes of his Iraqi-Jewish grandmother, Rakowitz used 10,500 empty Iraqi date syrup cans to cover the statue.
Until 2020

WC2N 5DN. 020 7983 4750. www.london.gov.uk 

Wiener Library

Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers

Trace the stories and the legacies of the individuals and institutions who worked during and immediately after the Holocaust to record and collect information of atrocities and bring perpetrators to justice.
Until 17 May

Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon

Before the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany, Gertrud ‘Gerty’ Simon was a prominent portrait photographer. From her studio in Weimar Berlin she captured major artists and political figures, including Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Käthe Kollwitz and Albert Einstein. She eventually sought refuge in Britain and rebuilt her career, adding the likes of Sir Kenneth Clark, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Nye Bevan to her portfolio. Now, for the first time in 80 years, members of the public can again see her work at this exhibition of around 600 prints. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, and you can read more about the show in the Apr 2019 issue of JR.
30 May - 15 October

WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

BOOKS & POETRY

Wednesday 22 May

West London Synagogue Book Club

The WLS book group meets monthly in a pub to talk about literature that has a connection to Jewish culture or religion. This month they’ll be discussing the works of World War I Jewish poet Isaac Rosenberg.

6.15-8.15pm. FREE. The Prince Regent, W1U 5JN. www.meetup.com/West-London-Synagogue-Young-Adults-Jewish-Book-Club

Sunday 26 May & Saturday 22 June

Yiddish Open Mic Café

A monthly get-together for Yiddish speakers of all levels, plus anyone with an interest in Yiddish, to socialise, entertain and be entertained in a friendly, mainly Yiddish-language environment (with translations into English). If you’d like to perform a song, poem, sketch or comedy set (up to eight minutes), email yiddishcafe@gmail.com or sign up on the night.

3-6pm. £7. Poetry Café, WC2H 9BX (Apr & Jun) and Jaz and Jul’s Chocolate House, N1 9EZ (May). yiddishcafe@gmail.com

 

Tuesday 28 May

Life and Love in Nazi Prague

Dr Kate Ottevanger and Jan Lánícek launch and discuss the book they both edited, Life and Love in Nazi Prague: Letters from an Occupied City. This includes a collection of letters from Ottevanger’s grandmother, Marie Bader. There will also be a discussion with Suzanne Bardgett, head of research and academic partnerships at Imperial War Museums.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

 

Wednesday 29 May & Thursday 6 June

Living in the Shadow of the Wall: Life in East Germany

Hester Vaizey, author of Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall, talks to Ella Hickson (writer of ANNA; see theatre listings for info) about the stories of eight citizens featured in her book. All eight were born in the GDR after the Berlin Wall was erected in August 1961 and had only experienced life in a Communist system by the time the GDR fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight into everyday life in East Germany and how it is remembered today.

6pm (May) & 7pm (Jun). £15-£55. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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Thursday 23 May

Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf: Prophet Sharing

Two great religions, two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways, but now stand-up comedy pals Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf are joining forces in an unlikely double act. Originally brought together by a passion for the same football team, the pair is now travelling the UK, uniting people of every faith or none in an evening of laughter. Read our interview with both comedians in the Apr 2019 issue of JR.

8pm. £18. Harrow Arts Centre, HA5 4EA. www.ashleyblaker.com/uktour

COMEDY

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Friday 17 May & Friday 14 June

Zaatutim Mums ‘n’ Tots Group

Parents and carers can enjoy a coffee and a chat whilst the kids play, sing songs and dance to music – all in Hebrew. Suitable for ages 0-3.

9.45am. £3. Richmond Synagogue, TW9 1AP. 077 4180 1292. www.rjch.org.uk

Wednesday 29 May

Food for Thought: Digital Poster Design

A chance for youngsters to get inspired by the work of Abram Games in the museum’s current exhibition, then use iPads to make their own digital posters. Read more about NAM’s Abram Games exhibition in the Jul 2019 issue of JR.

11-12pm, 1-2pm, 2.30-3.30pm. FREE. National Army Museum, SW3 4HT. 020 7730 0717. www.nam.ac.uk

 

Thursday 30 May – Sunday 2 June

Poster Printing

Drop-in arts workshops for youngsters. First get them inspired by the current Abram Games exhibition, then they can make their own foam stamps to create bold, printed posters of their own. Read more about NAM’s Abram Games exhibition in the Jul 2019 issue of JR.

11am-1pm, 2-4pm. FREE. National Army Museum, SW3 4HT. 020 7730 0717. www.nam.ac.uk

FAMILY

FILM

Until Tuesday 18 June

Beyond Your Wildest Dreams: Weimar Cinema 1919-1933

This BFI season looks at the groundbreaking, imaginative, innovative and astonishingly modern cinema of 1920s and 30s Germany. Screenings include The Ancient Law (3 & 16 Jun), which follows Baruch, who escapes the ghetto to seek his fortune in the Viennese theatre; Kuhle Wampe (1 & 6 Jun), which shows the shattering impact of mass unemployment in 1930s Berlin; and No Man’s Land (AKA Hell on Earth, AKA War is Hell), a powerful film about five World War I soldiers from different countries who become trapped together in no-man’s land (10 & 14 Jun).

Times and prices vary. Book three films for £30 with the promo code ‘Weimar’. BFI Southbank, SE1 8XT. www.bfi.org.uk

Friday 17 May & Friday 14 June

Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

Find out more about the life and legacy of iconic designer Abram Games at this documentary film screening. Read more about NAM’s Abram Games exhibition in the Jul 2019 issue of JR.

2pm. FREE. National Army Museum, SW3 4HT. 020 7730 0717. www.nam.ac.uk

Sunday 19 May

Fiddler on the Roof

A screening of Joseph Stein’s classic musical to coincide with the Jewish Museum London’s current exhibition, Jews, Money, Myth. Professor Helen Beer and Dr Devorah Baum lead a discussion after the film. Listen to our audio tour with curator Joanne Rosenthal on JR OutLoud.

1.45-6pm. FREE. Birkbeck, University of London, WC1E 7HX. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk

Sunday 26 – Thursday 30 May

Outdoors

Asaf Saban’s impressive debut feature. Outdoors stars Noa Koler (Through the Wall) as one half of a young couple from Tel Aviv, who decides to build a house in the idyllic Galilee village where she was brought up. But fulfilling their dream comes at a price, as resentments begin to surface and threaten the foundation of their relationship.

Times vary. £4.50-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

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MUSIC

Wednesday 15 May

Musical Memories

The Jewish Music Institute’s co-president Michael Grade invites the audience to share musical memories. The evening gala celebrates JMI’s work and passion for Jewish music.

6.30pm. Phone for prices. North-west London location (revealed upon purchase). www.jmi.org.uk

 

Thursday 23 May

Ehud Banai & Michael Chapman

A special collaboration between the leading Israeli musician Ehud Banai and English folk artist Michael Chapman.

7.30pm. £25. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Thursday 30 May

Mari Kalkun + Fran & Flora

An exciting double bill as part of the Songlines Encounters Festival, featuring the London premiere of Estonian kannel zither player Mari Kalkun. Plus music by the innovative string duo Fran & Flora, who merge traditional Transylvanian, klezmer, Romanian, Greek and Armenian sounds.

8pm. £12.50. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk

 

Friday 31 May

London Klezmer Quartet

Another gem in the Songlines Encounters Festival line-up: London’s hardest-gigging klezmer act. With four albums behind them LKQ are expert entertainers in the Jewish klezmer tradition and completely compelling on stage.

8pm. £12.50. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk

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TALKS

Until Tuesday 28 May

Encounters in Art: Refugees from Nazi Europe and Their Contribution to British Visual Culture 

This weekly Tuesday lecture series investigates a significant episode in the long history of British art’s relations with the continent. Take a close, critical look at the experiences of the émigré artists who came to this country after Hitler’s accession to power in 1933, examining not only their achievements and influence, but also the challenges they faced on arrival. Key individuals to be studied include John Heartfield, Kurt Schwitters, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Meidner and Marie-Louise von Motesiczky. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.

7-8pm. £195 (whole series). Courtauld Institute of Art, WC2R 0RN. www.fb.com/insidersoutsidersfestival

 

Wednesday 15 May

Who Owns Jewish Heritage in the Middle East?

An illustrated talk by Lyn Julius, founder of Harif, the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, and the author of Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight.

7.30pm. £10. Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, N2 0RE. www.spiroark.org

 

Thursday 16 May

Jews Schmooze Podcast: Jews and Money

Watch a live recording of the Jews Schmooze podcast. This evening they’ll discuss Jews and money, and speakers include comedian David Schneider, journalist Rachel Shabi, barrister Adam Wagner and Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld.

7-8.30pm. £10, £8.50 concs. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

Tereza Busková and Mila Fürstová in Conversation with Tereza Porybná

Contemporary artists Tereza Busková and Mila Fürstová discuss their fascinating and varied practices with former Director of the Czech Centre in London, Dr Tereza Porybná, using examples on display at Ben Uri’s Czech Routes exhibition.

6.30-8pm. £10. Ben Uri Gallery, NW8 0RH. www.benuri.org.uk

Lest We Forget

Remembering, whether by entire nations or individuals, is essential, but the process is often disputed. This discord can be deeply revealing. Rachel Seiffert, a German-British author, will explore these issues in the context of her own family history, the German post-Holocaust experience and more recent political developments in the UK and beyond.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

 

Saturday 18 May

Oneg Shabbat 

A guest speaker explores a chosen topic over a potluck lunch. Contact for further details.

12.45pm-2.30pm. FREE. Kent House, SW7 1BX. events@westminstersynagogue.org. www.westminstersynagogue.org

 

Monday 20 May

Dr Peter Cannon-Brookes on Czechoslovak Figurative Sculpture

Art historian Dr Peter Cannon-Brookes leads an informal discussion on the subject of Czechoslovak figurative sculpture. He’ll be focusing on Franta Bělský, Irena Sedlecká and Anita Mandl, all of whom have work on display at Ben Uri’s current exhibition, Czech Routes.

6.30-8pm. £10. Ben Uri Gallery, NW8 0RH. www.benuri.org.uk

Tuesday 21 May

Belonging and Not Belonging: Émigré Artists in Britain after 1933

Monica Bohm-Duchen, the creative director of Insiders/Outsiders festival, delivers this intimate talk on the experiences of émigré artists who found refuge in the UK following Hitler’s accession to power in 1933. She examines not only their achievements and legacy, but also the challenges they faced on arrival.

3-4pm. FREE. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

Holocaust Survivors and Holocaust Historians: How their Narratives of the Past Differ

How does the experience of a former inmate of a ghetto square with a historian’s assessment? How do we accommodate different perceptions and assessments? Holocaust historian Tim Cole joins Agnes Kaposi, a Hungarian-Jewish survivor of the Debrecen ghetto, to debate the matter.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

 

Wednesday 22 May

From Amsterdam to Istanbul: Fundraising and Jewish Refugee Relief in the 17th Century

Professor Adam Teller examines the ways in which Jews across Europe and Asia helped thousands of their co-religionists displaced by the mid-17th-century wars in Eastern Europe.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Birkbeck, University of London, WC1E 7HX. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk

 

Thursday 23 May

Hebrew Charters from Medieval England

Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies delivers this talk for the Institute of Jewish Studies. 

7pm. FREE. UCL, WC1E 6BT. https://jhse.org

 

Wednesday 29 May

Cecil Roth Annual Lecture: Jews, Money and Religion in Roman Times

Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, gives this year’s Cecil Roth Lecture. He’ll be discussing the story of Jesus’s overturning of the tables of money changers in the Jerusalem Temple, which is found in all four Gospels in the New Testament. 

7-8pm. Free with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

The Jews Who Helped Cure Nazis

Robert Bieber MBE shares the real story of Jewish army officers who used kindness to rehabilitate their former SS enemies at a prisoner of war camp in Northumberland.

7.30pm. £10. Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, N2 0RE. www.spiroark.org

Wednesday 29 May & Wednesday 26 June

Lunch and Learn

Enjoy a lovely lunch with a side of thought-provoking discussion. Phone to find out what the topic of discussion will be nearer the time.

12-1.30pm. £6.50. Woodford Forest Synagogue, E18 2QZ. www.wfus.org.uk

 

Thursday 30 May

Not Your Usual Sitters: Painted Jews, from Rembrandt to Freud

Just how loaded has the brush been when it comes to images of Jews? Noted historian Sir Simon Schama discusses the topic.

7-8pm. £20, £17 concs. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

THEATRE

Until Saturday 18 May

McGregor/Motin/Shechter

One of Hofesh Shechter's signature works, In Your Rooms, is making a comeback to the London stage. It’ll be performed by Rambert as part of their new triple bill, alongside Wayne McGregor’s PreSentient and Rouge, a new creation by Marion Motin.

7.30pm, 2/30pm (Sat only). £15-£55. Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN. www.sadlerswells.com

CANCELLED: Seven Deadly Sins

Please note that this show has been cancelled and replaced with a new production; see below for info. 

7.45pm, 4pm (Sat only). £12.50-£32.50, £10-£30 concs. Wilton's Music Hall, E1 8JB. www.wiltons.org.uk

Three/8:38/Seven

This brand new production replaces the cancelled run of Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Three/8:38/Seven includes a concert of Weill’s music and a new dance work created by Javier de Frutos performed by Viviana Durante. 

7.45pm, 4pm (Sat only). £12.50-£32.50, £10-£30 concs. Wilton's Music Hall, E1 8JB. www.wiltons.org.uk

Until Saturday 25 May

Admissions

Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) stars in this award-winning and bitingly funny new comedy from the writer of Bad Jews. Sherri is the Head of Admissions at a private school, fighting to diversify the student intake and she wants you to know about it. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). From £30. Trafalgar Studios, SW1A 2DY. www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios

The Glass Piano

The new play by award-winning Canadian Jewish playwright Alex Sobler. Laced with dry humour and featuring evocative period design, The Glass Piano is based on the bizarre but true story of Princess Alexandra of Bavaria. In the 19th-century House of Wittelsbach, four characters are trapped by their situations and prevented from fulfilling their dreams of love. Alexandra, who tiptoes carefully through the palace corridors, is terrified that the slightest disturbance could shatter a small glass piano inside her that she believed she’d swallowed as a child. Her father, King Ludwig I, can do nothing to help – until a young man comes to the palace. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm. £25-£30, £20-£25 concs. Print Room at the Coronet, W11 3LB. 020 3642 6606. www.the-print-room.org

Until Saturday 8 June

All My Sons

Arthur Miller’s first big Broadway success: a compelling story of love, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. All My Sons gets a new run, directed by Jeremy Herrin. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). £12-£65. The Old Vic, SE1 8NB. 084 4871 7628. www.oldvictheatre.com

Betrayal

To honour the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter's death, the theatre that bears his name has been putting on a season of the great man's one-act plays. All 20 of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's short plays were set for the stage and Betrayal is the final to run in the series. This semi-autobiographical memory play is an anatomy of adultery, mapping the relationship between a husband and wife and her lover that proves also to be a bromance. Jamie Lloyd’s final production in his Pinter at the Pinter season features Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox as the lovers and Tom Hiddleston as the husband. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR and read our review of the shows on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat & Thu only). £15-£65. Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1Y 4DN. 084 5871 7615. www.pinteratthepinter.com

Man of La Mancha

This Tony Award-winning musical by the Jewish creative team of Mitch Leigh (music), Joe Darion (lyrics) and Dale Wasserman (book) is brought to the London stage by renowned American Jewish director Lonny Price. It’s as much the story of writer Cervantes himself, as of his most famous creation Don Quixote. Cervantes was tried by the Spanish Inquisition under the Purity of Blood Laws for the Jewish blood in his family, and the action here has him in a 16th-century dungeon with his manservant awaiting trial. In his possession is a trunk carrying an unfinished novel: Don Quixote. As prisoners attempt to steal his possessions, Cervantes embarks on acting out his novel in his defence, transforming himself into Alonso Quijano. So Quijano, deluded into thinking he’s a knight errant, renames himself Don Quixote de la Mancha and sets off on a fantastical quest with his manservant Sancho Panza. The musical features hit song The Impossible Dream and stars Kelsey Grammer (aka Frasier Crane). Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). £15-£125. London Coliseum, WC2N 4ES. 020 7845 9300. www.eno.org

Until Saturday 15 June

ANNA

In East Berlin, 1968, we find Anna and Hans. The pair is married, in love and moving up in the world, but it is a world ruled by suspicion. Who can be trusted when everyone is listening? This tense new thriller by playwright Ella Hickson (The Writer) – with sound designers Ben and Max Ringham and directed by Natalie Abrahami (Machinal) – uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening. Note that if performances appear sold out, additional seats may become available closer to the time; and on the day of the performance, a limited number of cheap tickets will be available in person from 9.30am.

Times vary. £15-£55. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

Until Saturday 13 July

Death of a Salesman

Award-winning director Marianne Elliott brings her unique vision to one of Arthur Miller’s greatest plays, seen through the eyes of an African American family. Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D Clarke and Arinzé Kene as Linda and Biff Loman. Note that ‘rush tickets’ priced at £10 each (limited to two per customer) will be released online every Thursday at 12pm.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). £10-£40. Young Vic, SE1 8LZ. 0207 922 2922. www.youngvic.org

Until Saturday 31 August

The Lehman Trilogy

Sam Mendes (The Ferryman and Skyfall) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles in a play about the Jewish family and company that changed the world. Told in three parts, the acting trio plays the Lehman brothers, sons and grandsons as they document the rise and fall of the fourth largest investment bank in the United States, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Listen to our interview with actor Adam Godley on JR OutLoud.

7pm. From £18. Piccadilly Theatre, W1D 7DY. www.atgtickets.com

Until Saturday 14 September

Come From Away

The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit makes its UK premiere in London’s West End. From the Canadian Jewish writing team, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away tells the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the passengers of planes from around the world grounded by the 9/11 attacks, including a stranded rabbi from London. Read more about the show in the Jan 2019 issue of JR, read our five-star review on the JR blog and listen to our interview with the real-life rabbi, Leivi Sudak of Edgware Lubavitch, on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). From £19.50. Phoenix Theatre, WC2H 0JP. https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk

 

Until Saturday 28 September

Fiddler on the Roof

After a sold-out run at The Menier Chocolate Factory, this staging by Trevor Nunn of the classic story of the travails of Tevye the milkman, his wife and five daughters, transfers to the Playhouse. The renowned soundtrack includes ‘Sunrise, Sunset’, ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ and ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker’. Listen to our interview with Stewart Clarke, who plays Perchik, on JR OutLoud and read our five-star review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 2.30pm (Tue, Thu & Sat). From £20. Playhouse Theatre, WC2N 5DE. https://playhouse.londontheatres.co.uk

Until Sunday 3 November

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated, smash-and-grab hit comedy. It’s the summer of 1958 and Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead-set on pocketing this gem, with help from his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend and the maintenance man. Before long, mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas unravel and even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel? Listen to our interview with Jenna Augen, who plays Ruth, on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat only), 3pm (Sun only). £10-£72.50. Criterion Theatre, W1V 9LB. 084 4815 6131. www.bankrobberycomedy.com

 

Saturday 18 May

Man and God

A new musical about the creators of Kodachrome. Discover the incredible story of classical and jazz giants, movie stars and science, which features Gershwin, Einstein and Hitler.

7.30pm. £10. Bloomsbury Theatre, WC1H 0AH. www.thebloomsbury.com

Sunday 19 May

Kvell Your Darlings II

The second installment in a series showcasing up-and-coming theatre talent. See extracts of plays by burgeoning writers and share your comments with them afterwards. This Sunday features Tracy Kashi, Tamara Micner and Emily Rose, who explore a range of stories about memory, survival and repatriation.

7.30pm. £5. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

Monday 20 May & Monday 24 June

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

After touring the world and a few successful London runs, The Simon & Garfunkel Story returns to the Lyric Theatre. Directed by David Beck and Dean Elliott, this concert-style show tells the story of one of the world’s most famous folk duos – from their days as two young musicians in Queens, NY, when they went by the moniker Tom & Jerry, to finding international fame before an incendiary break-up. Video projection, lighting and a live band are all used to bring the hits to life, including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘The Sound of Silence’. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm. From £15. Lyric Theatre, W1D 7ES. www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com

Tuesday 21 May – Saturday 8 June

Blueprint Medea

Jewish playwright and director Julia Pascal returns with her new play in a world premiere in London. Blueprint Medea is a retelling of the Greek tragedy, loosely based on Euripides’ play, which recasts Medea as a Kurdish freedom fighter. As an illegal immigrant to the UK, she finds work as a cleaner in a gym, meets Jason-Mohammed, with whom she has twins, and life is good. But when Jason-Mohammed’s father insists he must marry his Iraqi cousin Glauke, Medea realises she will lose both her sons and her safe haven in the UK.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 3pm (Sat & Sun only). £20-£25, £18-£20 concs. Finborough Theatre, SW10 9ED. 012 2335 7851. www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Does My Bomb Look Big in This?

Writer/performer Nyla Levy presents her fiercely funny and provocative play. Levy’s father is a Jewish Canadian and her mother a Pakistani Muslim, so she’ll be recounting her experience of the racism she encountered growing up mixed race, and as an actor cast in roles like ‘jihadi bride’ or ‘terrorist’s girlfriend’, to the story of Yasmin and loyal best friend Aisha, the latter of whom embarks on a mission to uncover the truth when Yasmin suddenly disappears to Syria.

7.15pm, 2.15pm (Sat only). £13-£18. Soho Theatre, W1D 3NE. www.sohotheatre.com

Sunday 2 June

Song of Dina

A new opera with spoken word about Dina, the only sister of Joseph. Song of Dina gives voice to the feelings, questions and unique vision of this young woman, whose story in the Bible is told only through the eyes of the men around her. Created by writer Diane Samuels (author of Kindertransport) and composer Maurice Chernick (of music group Shir). Hosted in association with the Jewish Music Institute. Read our interview with Diane Samuels in the Apr 2019 issue of JR and our review of the show on the JR blog.

8pm. £15-£30, £10 concs. New North London Synagogue, N3 2SY. www.songofdina.com

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WALKS

Wednesday 22 May & Thursday 13 June

Curator Tour: The Art of Persuasion

Join one of the National Army Museum’s curators on an hour-long tour of their current exhibition about iconic designer Abram Games. Note that there will be a British Sign Language tour Saturday 29 June (2pm, £6).

11am. £10.50. National Army Museum, SW3 4HT. 020 7730 0717. www.nam.ac.uk

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WORKSHOPS

Until Wednesday 26 June

Israeli Singing Group

Weekly community Israeli singing group led by Yuval Havkin every Wednesday. Anyone who enjoys singing Israeli songs is welcome, but an ability to read and sing in Hebrew is necessary.

7.45pm. Phone for prices. JW3, NW3 6ET. 079 1275 0474. www.jw3.org.uk

Mixed Voices Choir

A weekly Wednesday rehearsal for a choir learning a repertoire of Jewish and Israeli music. The evening is open to all who can sing in pitch, Jewish or otherwise. Classical singer, pianist and choral conductor Sarit Aloni will lead the group. Contact to confirm the class is on before attending.

7-9pm. First two classes free, after that £tbc depending on numbers. Wimbledon (address revealed upon contact). alonisarit@gmail.com 

Sunday 26 May

Discover Your Roots

Get tailored advice on how to research your Jewish ancestry in this drop-in session held by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB).

11am-2pm. FREE. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk