This month's cultural picks
The works of one of Britain’s greatest artists of the 19th century, JMW Turner, have earned him global recognition. In this five-month exhibition, many of his famous pieces will be returning to home shores. Alongside more famous works, such as The Fighting Temeraire, gallery-goers will also be treated to Turner’s later experiments with watercolours, which show him to be a precursor of Impressionism. His iconic and unknown pieces are displayed alongside other naval paintings by Constable, Pocock and van de Velde, which provide wider context to the sea theme and make the whole exhibition a visual storm.
From 22 November, National Maritime Museum, London
Peter Morgan’s on-stage success, The Audience, played out the relationship of prime ministers past and present with the Queen, via imagining their weekly conversations in Buckingham Palace. Well, writer Moira Buffini began Handbagged back in 2010, a look at Margaret Thatcher’s often strained interaction with Elizabeth II, as a short play for a series called Women, Power & Politics at the Tricycle Theatre. Her play has now been revived as a full-length production. Look out for impressive impersonations of both the former PM and monarch, and the script’s self-referential satirical japes.
Until 16 November, Tricycle Theatre, London
Back with a Bang!
For the past four years, grand firework displays have been absent from the North London venue of Alexandra Palace, but this year, they’re back with what is anticipated to be one of the greatest pyrotechnic shows in the capital this year, courtesy of award winners Star Fireworks. As well as plenty of bang for your buck, other treats ticket-holders can look forward to include a traditional family fair, an ice rink and an authentic German beer festival. With fantastic panoramic views of London at night, there’s no better place than the Pally to pre-emptively celebrate the 5 November.
2 November, Alexandra Palace, London