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Arts Ahead: October 10, 2018

Fernand Leger: New Times, New Pleasures
Tate Liverpool
November 23-March 17

This is the first exhibition dedicated to the work of the highly influential communist artist Fernand Leger (1881–1955) in Britain for 30 years.

It brings together more than 50 of his works — paintings, murals, film and textiles — infused with the bustle and rhythm of the metropolis and reflects Leger’s desire to make art part of everyday life.

He drew on photography and new forms of communication that boomed during the “mechanical age” of the 20th century such as typography, advertising and graphic design and also included in the exhibition are his collaborations with architects Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand and his 1924 film, Ballet Mecanique. Not to be missed.

China: Through the lens of John Thomson
Russell-Cotes Museum
November 2-June 2

From 1868 to 1872, photographer John Thomson (1835 -1921) travelled extensively through China and produced an extraordinary record of the country, its landscapes and its people which established him as a pioneer of photojournalism.

Whether photographing the rich and famous or people in the streets going about their everyday business, Thomson’s desire was to present a faithful account of those he encountered and some of his iconic photographs are reproduced on a large, sometimes life-size, scale accompanied by objects collected by Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes on their visit to China a decade later.

Death of a Salesman
Royal Exchange Theatre
October 11-November 17

Don Warrington (pictured) returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s seminal play on the death of the American Dream.

It tells the tale of the disintegration of travelling salesman Loman, whose illusions of “making it” are punctured by the reality of both the flaws in himself and the culture of the system he unthinkingly supports. "A potential tragedy deflected from its true course by Marxist sympathies,” said one critic at the time – an unwitting endorsement if ever there was one.

The Lions of Lisbon
Eastwood Park Theatre
Fair Pley
October 13

Back by popular demand, this rehearsed reading with live music of Ian Auld and Willy Maley’s presented by Fair Pley celebrates the 10,000 Celtic supporters who travelled to Lisbon in May 1967 to see their team — the first in Britain to do so — lift the European Cup.

It recreates the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played. Tours Airdrie, Motherwell and Rutherglen after this Glasgow date.


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