Culture previews for politicos

Written by 13 Dec 2012 on 13 December 2012 in Culture
Check out our previews of this month's political culture picks

This article is from the January 2013 issue of Total Politics

Steven Spielberg directs this biopic of the former President Abraham Lincoln, played by Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis (pictured). Centred on the president’s attempt to unite a country ravaged by civil war and pass the amendment that would abolish slavery, Lincoln examines the sixteenth American president’s final and most tumultuous months in office. With an all-star cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones, Spielberg’s intimate portrayal of the revolutionary president has piqued the interest of the film world and has already been tipped as a potential Oscar-winner.
Released nationwide on 25 January
This House
After a successful run on the National Theatre’s Cottesloe stage, James Graham’s sell-out play is back at the Olivier Theatre. This House takes a look at the hung Parliament of 1974, a period often seen as amongst the most challenging and interesting in political history. Graham has avoided the usual trappings of a political play; circumnavigating the political heavyweights of the time in place of the people behind the scenes who often held it all together. This House’s unique take on government during the 1970s has been described as “a funny and moving political epic”, making this second opportunity to experience it unmissable.
From 23 February at the National Theatre, Southbank, London
The Sleeping Beauty
The classic love story of The Sleeping Beauty is to be reimagined by Kenneth MacMillan and presented by the English National Ballet.
When an enchantment is placed upon Princess Aurora, only true love’s kiss can break the spell and so commences many people’s childhood favourite. The Sleeping Beauty is a tale of magic kingdoms, evil spells and enchantment. With the production opening at the beginning of January, Williams’ family-friendly production, which will also include Tchaikovsky’s world-famous music, is the perfect way to reintroduce some magic into the new year.
From 9 January at ENO, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane

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