A runner receives support from the crowd as he passes Big Ben during the 2016 London Marathon (Getty)

    The Diary: your essential what’s on guide

    20 April 2017


    Out in cinemas this week is Their Finest, a romantic British drama set during the Blitz and starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton, who discusses the film with Tanya Gold for Culture House here. Also released on Friday is Rules Don’t Apply, Warren Beatty’s passion project (which he writes, directs and stars in)  about Howard Hughes. Documentaries out this week include Letters From Baghdad, which tells the story of Gertrude Bell, the ‘female Lawrence of Arabia’, and LA 92, about the riots that followed the infamous beating of Rodney King by police officers.


    Diarmuid Kelley, Kangaroo, 2016 (detail)

    An exhibition of paintings by Diarmuid Kelley opens at Offer Waterman, Mayfair, on Friday – Kelley’s distinct and dramatic style has won him famous fans, including Prince Charles and Steven Spielberg, and this show features a selection of new works. Elsewhere in London, Somerset House and Channel 4 present a new video installation by John Gerrard on a giant LED screen. Running from April 21 – 27 in Somerset House’s courtyard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) will also be broadcast in short bursts over a 24 hour period from April 22-23 on Channel 4. The film depicts the site of the Lucas Gusher – the world’s first major oil strike. At the Scottish National Gallery, Constable’s masterpiece, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, secured for the British public by the Tate in 2013, is being shown alongside, The Storm, by the great Scottish landscape artist William McTaggart until March next year.


    Moussa Dembele of Spurs battles with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante during January’s Premier League match between the two teams (Getty)

    This weekend the FA Cup semi-finals take place at Wembley Stadium, with Premier League title rivals Chelsea and Spurs playing on Saturday at 5.15pm (live on BBC One) and Arsenal taking on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday at 3pm (live on BT Sport). Sunday is also the day for some of the world’s finest long distance runners and plucky amateurs to take to the streets of the capital for the London Marathon – the race is on BBC One from 8.30am.


    Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins in Carousel (Tristram Kenton)

    Friday and Saturday is your last chance to catch Coriolanus Vanishes, David Leddy’s arresting one-man show, at the Tron in Glasgow, and theatre-lovers in Bath should check out F Murray Abraham, of Homeland and Amadeus fame, in Daniel Kehlmann’s play, The Mentor, at the Ustinov Studio. In London, ENO’s revival of Carousel, starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins, has just opened at The Coliseum, running until May 13. Here are six more theatre productions to book right now.

    Wine & Food

    Claws out for crab

    Bompas & Parr and Mondrian London are launching a series of dining events that require participants to kill their dinner before they tuck into it. The first of these Kill It, Eat It sessions focuses on crab. There are two chances to take part – at 11am this Sunday (April 23) and at the same time on the following Sunday. Tickets cost £45 and can be booked here.