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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes at Wembley Arena

 Experience the magic of Disney on Ice at Wembley Arena.

See some of your favourite Disney moments recreated live on ice in Princesses and Heroes.

Enjoy magical scenes, each introduced by Tinker Bell the fairy, featuring eight Disney princesses including:

ArielBelleCinderellaRapunzelTianaJasmineAuroraSnow White

The show includes breath-taking acrobatics, beautiful skating and stunning moments from much-loved Disney classics.

Watch Sleeping Beauty's Prince Philip battle Maleficent as she turns into a fire-breathing dragon; cheer on Aladdin as he evades the palace guards; and go under the sea with Ariel and Prince Eric as they take on the evil Ursula.

Don't miss this fantastic family show.

English National Ballet presents My First Sleeping Beauty

Introduce your children to the magical world of ballet at English National Ballet's My First Sleeping Beauty.

This spring English National Ballet launches the My First… series of ballets for children, beginning with My First Sleeping Beauty.

Created by award-winning choreographer Matthew Hart and performed by third year students from the English National Ballet School, the show is designed with young attention spans in mind.

The dancers will wear the sumptuous costumes from the full adult production, but the story and choreography will be more approachable and fun.

Children are welcome to dress up as a ballerina, an evil fairy or a prince, and they're encouraged to boo, cheer, laugh and even try some ballet moves for themselves.

Tchaikovsky's musical score includes the tune made famous as Once upon a Dream in Disney's version of Sleeping Beauty.

The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic

 Eve Best stars in The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic this spring.

Eve Best returns to The Old Vic this March, in John Webster's great Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Best most recently played Beatrice to critical acclaim in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's 2011 production of Much Ado About Nothing. The British actress won an Olivier Award in 2006 for her performance as Hedda Gabler at the Almeida Theatre.

Her screen credits include the Duchess of Windsor in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech and Dr Eleanor O'Hara in hit US TV drama Nurse Jackie.

Best last appeared at the Old Vic in London opposite Kevin Spacey in A Moon for the Misbegotten in the 2006/2007 season.

Webster's poetic masterpiece tells the dark and bloody story of a widowed Duchess who struggles to retain strength and dignity in the face of corruption and death.

Set in the Italian Renaissance court of Amalfi, The Duchess of Malfi is the story of a recently widowed Duchess who acts against the wishes of her brothers and secretly marries her lover. 

Her marriage inspires a wave of cruel vengeance. Jealousy, madness and bloodshed surround her, but she retains a calm strength and dignity to the end.

Yayoi Kusama

 Wander through Yayoi Kusama's immersive installations at Tate Modern in London.

One of Japan's best-known living artists, Yayoi Kusama's work spans more than six decades. This Tate Modern exhibition follows her career from early paintings of provincial Japan to the daring advances that followed.

Kusama is known for her immersive artworks, and the exhibition features a series of rooms covered in hallucinatory polka dots, mirrors and more.

Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929. She trained in traditional Japanese painting while also exploring the European and American avant-garde.

After moving to the United States in the late 1950s, Kusama forged her own direction in sculpture and installation, adopting techniques of montage and soft sculpture, which influenced artists including Andy Warhol.

In the 1960s Kusama moved from painting, sculpture and collage to installations, films and performances. In 1973 she returned to Japan, where she began a parallel career as a poet and novelist.

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