Michael Billington: 1971, Christopher Hampton, who'd an earlier success, but he wrote a play called The Philanthropist which was was hugely popular. It was done for the Royal Court, filled the Royal Court; the Royal Court was going through one of it's puritanical phases and was rather horrified by this popularity and didn't approve of the play. It then moved to a commercial theatre, The Mayfair and ran for two years or so and then went to Broadway. And it is about what it's title implies; it is about a man who actually sees every point of view and is philanthropic and generous and kindly in his instincts. And it's about the awful life he finds; how he copes with it, how you cope with being not sort of partisan or polemical in life, but being a nice, liberal, middle-of-the-roader. Wonderfully funny play.
FREE TALK: The second in a series of screenings programmed by our Exhibition Road artist in residence Jamie Jenkinson, this screening looks at the relationship between movement and colour in artist film and video.
This sumptuous book invites the reader to examine in exquisite detail, spectacular jewelled and enamel objects, drawn from a single private collection, and to explore the broader themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.