May 25

UNSEEN Opening at Ben Uri Gallery

Congratulations to Lebrecht photographers Wolf Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert on a fantastic exhibition at Ben Uri Gallery! UNSEEN opened on 20 May as part of Photo London 2016, and will run until 27 August.

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UNSEEN opening night at Ben Uri Gallery. Left: Neil Libbert. Right: Wolf Suschitzky and Dorothy Bohm signing the exhibition illustrated catalogue


May 16

English National Opera’s Madam Butterfly Opens Tonight

Madam ButterflyAnthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production of Madam Butterfly opens tonight at the London Coliseum. Richard Armstrong conducts the English National Opera cast, led by American soprano Rena Harms as Butterfly and British tenor David Butt Philip in his role debut as Pinkerton.

All photographs © Tom Bowles. Click here for more images or contact

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May 09

150th Anniversary of Leon Bakst


Clockwise from left: Costume design for Le Donne di Buon Umore, ballet choreographed by Léonide Massine for the Ballets Russes © culture-images. Costume design for La Péri, ballet by Paul Dukas © culture-images. Self-portrait, 1893 © culture-images.


Tomorrow is the 150th birth anniversary of Russian painter Léon Bakst. He is best known for his fabulously imaginative costume and set designs, the product of his prolific collaboration with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

Lebrecht holds many of his costume illustrations and set designs, as well as photographs and paintings by Bakst and others of the artists and performers in his circle.

Igor Stravinsky (left) with

Igor Stravinsky, Ruzena Zatkova Kchvoshinsky, Sergei Diaghilev and Leon Bakst in Lausanne, Switzerland, 1915.



May 04

UNSEEN at Ben Uri Gallery – A date for your diary

We are delighted to announce that three of Lebrecht’s most famous classic black and white photographers, Dorothy Bohm, Neil Libbert and Wolf Suschitzky, are taking part in the UNSEEN Exhibition at Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, starting on 20th May 2016. Enjoy the visual thrill of carefully considered composition – photos like these are almost impossible to find today.


Wall Street, 1968 © Niel Libbert


London  Paris  New York  
1930s – 1960s

Photographs by Wolf Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert
Bringing together three major twentieth-century photographers, Wolf Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert, to present their artistic responses to three great world cities across three crucial decades.

Exhibition : 20 May to 27 August 2016   
Open daily; Free entry

Curated by Katy Barron

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum
108a Boundary Road, off Abbey Road
London NW8 0RH

For more information visit

Apr 18

Lebrecht Music & Arts at Fotofringe 2016


Looking forward to seeing you at our table BB13 in the Bainbridge Room

90 York Way, London N1 9AG, on 20th April.

Come by to talk to us and pick up your free tote shopping bag!

Easy to tuck away when not being used and strong and large enough to haul folders and shopping.



Apr 15

John Haynes: 40 Years at the National Theatre


Clockwise from left: Sally Dexter and Anthony Hopkins in rehearsal for ‘Antony and Cleaopatra’, 1987 production directed by Peter Hall. Michael Blakemore, Hayden Griffin and Rory Dempster in rehearsal ‘After The Fall’ by Arthur Miller, 1990 production. Judi Dench as Christine Foskett and Peter Woodthorpe as Maurice Hussey in ‘Absolute Hell’ by Rodney Ackland, 1995.


John Haynes, the renowned theatre photographer, shot countless National Theatre productions and rehearsals from 1971 to 2011. We are delighted to announce that Lebrecht Music & Arts is now knee deep in over 11,000 of these photographs, both black and white and colour. The photographs are now being steadily uploaded onto our website. Until they are all online, do contact us for any National Theatre production images.

Undoubtedly you will have come across his work on our website over the years. His famous Royal Court Theatre photos include the iconic Samuel Beckett portraits and his ongoing co-operation with actress Billie Whitelaw.


Apr 13

Arnold Wesker, playwright, poet and essayist, dies at 83 after a long illness

Arnold Wesker late 1960s.

Arnold Wesker late 1960s. Photo taken by Dusty Wesker. © Arnold Wesker


Arnold Wesker, the British playwright, who passed away yesterday on 12th April provided Lebrecht Music & Arts with many previously unseen images of his life – growing up as a young boy, photographs with his family, cousins, mother and father and during the early years of his rise to fame. Lebrecht photographer Horst Tappe captured him at the peak of his success.

Arnold Wesker was famous for his trilogy Chicken Soup with Barley (1958), Roots (1958) and I’m Talking about Jerusalem (1960). The trilogy was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

During his life he wrote more than 40 plays, as well as short stories, essays and poetry. He was translated into many languages and his work was widely performed outside the UK.

He was linked to the 1950s post-war rise of playwirghts from working class backgrounds writing ‘ kitchen-sink drama’ and was also described as one of the ‘Angry Young Men’ of the 1950s. These were descriptions he rejected and is quoted as saying:

“You’re not a good writer because you come from a working class background and you’re not a good writer because you’ve been through university. You’re a good writer because you’re a good writer and it’s the work that matters, not the labels that surround you.”

He will be greatly missed.

Arnold Wesker © Horst Tappe

Arnold Wesker as baby aged 9 months  Arnold Wesker as a baby © Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker   with two cousins on balcony at home Arnold Wesker with two cousins on the balcony of the Upper clapton council estate where he lived © Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker and his first child Arnold Wesker and his first child. © Arnold Wesker

John Arden and Margaretta Darcy and Arnold Wesker John Arden, Margaretta Darcy and Arnold Wesker at a festival Arden and Darcy held in their home, late 1970s © Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker, Arthur Miller, Malcolm Bradbury  East Anglia (which houses the Arthur Miller Centre Arnold Wesker, Arthur Miller and Malcolm Bradbury on the campus of the University of East Anglia © Arnold Wesker

Sir Arnold Wesker - portrait of the British playwright / dramatist at the Guardian Hay Festival, Hay on Wye, Powys, Wales, 2004. Sir Arnold Wesker at the Hay Festival, 2004 © Kathy de Witt

I'm Talking about Jerusalem Handwritten draft of I’m Talking about Jerusalem dated 9 December 1958 © Arnold Wesker


Apr 11

Step Inside the Sculptor’s Studio

Sculptor portraits

Clockwise from left: Barbara Hepworth next to one of her sculptures, 1964 © Horst Tappe. Alexander Calder arranging a mobile, 1958 © RA. Lynn Chadwick in his studio, welding pieces of his sculpture ‘The Inner Eye’, 1940s © David Farrell


Looking into a studio and seeing an artist at work is a glimpse into an act of creation, something almost magical. The artist’s studio has always been a source of irresistable fascination. Lebrecht’s collection of sculptor portraits provides an opportunity to view and absorb the processes in play in the creative worlds of 20th century and contemporary sculptors, photographed alongside their art and at work in their studios.

This collection of sculptors joins Lebrecht’s existing images of the artworks themselves, and of sculptural works from around the world from antiquity to the present day.


Clockwise from left: Relief depicting Marcus Aurelius giving grace to his vanquished enemies, Roman civilization, 2nd century AD © De Agostini. Sculpture at the Festival of Britain exhibition, Battersea Park, 1951 © G.MacDomnic. Ron Mueck’s hyperrealist sculpture ‘In Bed’, exhibited at the Edinburgh Art Festival, 2005 © Drew Farrell