The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - be privileged & inspired from the performances by making it to the event with BM Coaches
Britain entered the war on 4th August 1914 and that event is commemorated by a series of events and exhibitions in every discipline from art and ballet to music and theatre every year. At the heart of the occasion will be the reopening of the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, where the centrepiece of the museum will be the ground-breaking new First World War Galleries (open July 2014), which will draw on the richest and most comprehensive collection of First World War material in the world. The galleries will feature weapons, uniforms, diaries and letters alongside photographs, art, film and interactive digital displays. The IWM will also reopen with Truth and Memory, the first major retrospective of British First World War art for almost 100 years, featuring 110 paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists such as Paul Nash, Eric Kennington and CRW Nevinson.
The National Maritime Museum will commemorate the war with a new gallery, Forgotten Fighters: the First World War At Sea (opens August 2014), which will draw attention from the horrors of trench warfare to the brutal struggle at sea. Art and war will also be the subject of The Great War in Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.
It will feature striking pastels of wounded servicemen by surgeon-artist Henry Tonks as well as contemporary work by artist Julia Midgley, who used unprecedented access to military facilities to create over 150 pieces of reportage artwork. War Artists At Sea at the Queen's House in Greenwich will showcase the best of the National Maritime Museum's collection of First World War paintings, showing naval life during the conflict.
Your Country Needs You: World War I In Cartoons And Comics (June - September 2014) will be held at the Cartoon Museum that will show how the war was covered by comic artists, while the British Library's Enduring War: Grief, Grit And Humour showcases letters and diaries from serving soldiers and their relations. A further intriguing take comes at War Music: Notes from the First World War at the Royal Academy of Music. The Garden Museum will also take an unusual slant on war with Gardens and War (September-December), which will examine how the garden is utilised in wartime.
On the other hand the war will also be remembered on stage, most notably with a production of Joan Littlewood's musical satire Oh What A Lovely War at Theatre Royal Stratford East starring Caroline Quentin, and Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse. In dance, the English National Ballet will present Lest We Forget at the Barbican, a contemporary commemoration of the war, while in music The Tallis Scholars: War And Peace will be held at the Cadogan Hall.
Finally, a charity gala performance of poetry, prose and music, Never Such Innocence will be held at Australia House. This piece will include the letters and diaries of Lady French's great grandfather, Field Marshal Sir John French, who led the British Army on that tragic expedition in 1914.
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