Jul 27

Battle of Passchendaele Centenary

YpresClockwise from left: Francis Ledwidge, Irish war poet, killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele. Ivor Gurney, poet and composer, in the uniform of the Gloucester Regiment © Ivor Gurney Estate. Battle of Passchendaele, British soldiers of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, going up to the line near Frezenberg, photograph by Ernest Brooks, 1917 © Granger Collection


31 July marks 100 years since the beginning of the Battle of Passchendaele, among the most controversial battles of the First World War. With over 580,000 casualties, the battle incurred heavy losses on both sides and was infamous for its extreme conditions, the mud becoming so deep that tanks were immobilised and men and horses drowned in it. What remained of the town of Passchendaele was eventually taken by the British over three months later on 6 November, moving the front barely 5 miles beyond its starting point.

Lebrecht’s collections of First World War images include photographs of the front at Passchendaele and images of the battle’s military commanders. Lebrecht’s portraits of First World War poets include Ivor Gurney, who served at Passchendaele with the Gloucester Regiment, and the Irish poet Francis Letwidge, killed in action on the first day of the battle, 31 July 1917.

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Jul 21

John Haynes at the National Theatre 1971 – 2011

HaynesNTClockwise from Left: Stephen Dillane as Prior and Nancy Crane as Angel in Angels in America by Tony Kushner, 1992 British premiere directed by Declan Donnelan. Imogen Stubbs, Anthony Calf and Douglas Hodge in rehearsal for Betrayal by Harold Pinter, 1998 production directed by Richard Eyre. Ian McKellen in the title role of Richard III by William Shakespeare, 1990 production directed by Richard Eyre.


Over a 40 year career at the National Theatre, renowned theatre photographer John Haynes has built up an unparallelled archive of photographs documenting rehearsals and productions from 1971 – 2011, as well as portraits of directors and playwrights. These exclusive images provide a unique addition to Lebrecht’s collections of Haynes’ photographs, which include his famous work with Samuel Beckett at the Royal Court.

Search the National Theatre collection here, and contact us at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk for any images not yet up on our site. Scroll down for a full list of available productions.


The Rules of the Game by Luigi Pirandello

Tyger by Adrian Mitchell

The Good Natured Man by Oliver Goldsmith


The Party by Trevor Griffiths


The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington


Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

Il Campiello

Watch It Come Down by John Osborne

Weapons of Happiness by Howard Brenton


Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

Bow Down by Tony Harrison

For the West by Michael Hastings

Half-Life by John Mighton

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Reverend James Yeames

Tales from the Vienna Woods by Odon von Horvath

The Madras House by Harley Granville-Barker

The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey

To Those Born Later


The Double Dealer by William Congreve


A Fair Quarrel by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

Close of Play by Simon Gray

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

For Services Rendered by Somerset Maugham

The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen

When We Are Married by JB Priestley


Thee and Me by Philip Martin

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance

The Caretaker by Harold Pinter

The Browning Version and Harlequinade by Terence Rattigan

Early Days by David Storey


A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev

Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare

The Second Mrs Tanqueray by Arthur Wing Pinero

Translations by Brian Friel


Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser

Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

Schweyk In the Second World War by Bertolt Brecht

The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay


Kick For Touch by Peter Gill

Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard

Small Change by Peter Gill

The Trojan War Will Not Take Place by Jean Giraudoux


A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Désvallières

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Fool For Love by Sam Shepard

Mandragola (The Mandrake) by Niccolo Machiavelli

Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw

Wild Honey by Michael Frayn (adapted from Anton Chekhov)


Martine by Jean-Jacques Bernard

Mrs Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol

The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard and The Critic by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (double bill)

Yonadab by Peter Shaffer


Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

Futurists by Dusty Hughes

The Magistrate by Arthur Wing Pinero

Tons of Money by Alan Ayckbourn


Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Countrymania by Carlo Goldoni

Entertaining Strangers by David Edgar

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Mean Tears by Peter Gill

Medea by Euripides

Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen

The Wandering Jew by Mike Alfreds and Micheline Wandor


Bartholomew Fair by Ben Jonson

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Single Spies by Alan Bennett

The Changeling by Thomas Middleton

The Magic Olympical Games by Graeme Garden


Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Man, Beast and Virtue by Luigi Pirandello

The March on Russia by David Storey

The Misanthrope by Moliere

Whale by David Holman


After the Fall by Arthur Miller

My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard

Piano by Trevor Griffiths

Racing Demon by David Hare

Richard III by William Shakespeare


Black Snow by Keith Dewhurst

Invisible Friends by Alan Ayckbourn

Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill

Murmuring Judges by David Hare

Napoli Milionaria by Eduardo de Filippo

The Sea by Edward Bond

White Chameleon by Christopher Hampton


Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega

Stages by David Storey

The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams


Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Mr A’s Amazing Maze Plays by Alan Ayckbourn

Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim

The Absence of War by David Hare

The Mountain Giants by Luigi Pirandello


Johnny on a Spot by Charles MacArthur

Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams

The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw

Two Weeks with the Queen by Mary Morris


Skylight by David Hare

La Grande Magia by Eduardo De Filippo

Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland


Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff

Frogs by Aristophanes

Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser

John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen

The Designated Mourner by Wallace Shawn

The Prince’s Play by Tony Harrison


Amy’s View by David Hare

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

King Lear by William Shakespeare

The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard


Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Our Lady of Sligo by Sebastian Barry


Rose by Tomson Highway

Sleep with Me by Hanif Kureishi

The Colour of Justice: The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry by Richard Norton-Taylor

The Forest by Alexander Ostrovsky

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare


Albert Speer by David Edgar

House and Garden by Alan Ayckbourn

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

The Villain’s Opera by Nick Dear


Marriage Play and Finding the Sun by Edward Albee

South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein


A Laughing Matter by April de Angelis

Hinterland by Sebastian Barry

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

The Mentalists by Richard Bean

Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright


Love’s Labours Lost by William Shakespeare


The Mandate by Nikolai Erdman

The Permanent Way by David Hare


Translations by Brian Friel

Two Thousand Years by Mike Leigh


The Overwhelming by JT Rogers


The Reporter by Nicholas Wright


Grief by Mike Leigh

Jul 18

200 Years of Jane Austen

JaneAustenClockwise from left: Louisa Musgrove and Captain Benwick in Persuasion, illustration by Hugh Thomson, 1897. Catherine is introduced to Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey, illustration by Alfred Wallis Mills, 1917. Fanny and Miss Crawford in Mansfield Park, frontispiece engraving after a painting by Ferdinand Pickering, 1833.


Today marks 200 years since the death of Regency novelist Jane Austen. Published anonymously in her own lifetime, her tales of the romantic trials and domestic adventures of high society heroines have gained widespread appeal. Austen’s Regency romances have inspired countless adaptions, spin-offs, parodies and prequels, from Bollywood to Bridget Jones, PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley to last year’s blockbuster Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Lebrecht’s collections include portraits of the author, including a watercolour by her sister Cassandra, as well as extensive illustrations from her novels. Click here to view more, or contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk


Jul 17

Don’t miss Anthya Cohen at the West End Book Shop tomorrow evening!


Anthya Cohen, pianist and artist whose work is represented by Lebrecht Music & Arts, will be talking about her autobiography Overture and Beginners Please: An Autobiography in Five Movements. She will be at the trendy West End Lane Bookshop in West Hampstead, London this Tuesday evening 18 July. It promises to be a very special evening.

When young South African Anthya Rael left her family behind to come and study in post-war London, she not only found a new life full of music, colour and career success as a concert pianist, she also found lifelong love with violinist Raymond Cohen.

Overture and Beginners Please: An Autobiography in Five Movements, spans Anthya’s long life, from her background growing up in a family of East European emigrées in colonial Durban, to her London years with a cast of colourful friends and teachers and her match made in heaven with Cohen, who became leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with whom she travelled the world performing.

Now sadly widowed after a 50 year union, Anthya, who is still performing and teaching the piano well into her Eighties, will be at the West End Lane Bookshop at 7:30 to talk about her affectionate look back on a life well lived. If you would like to attend, please contact 0207 431 3770 or email info@welbooks.co.uk

Images © Anthya Cohen, click here to see more.

 'Piano concerto' by Anthya CohenPiano Concerto, lino cut

'Playtime'  - Anthya CohenPlaytime, oil painting

The green-room  -  painting in oils by Anthya COHEN -

The Green Room, oil painting

Jul 12

Calling all analogue enthusiasts!

Lebrecht photographer Philip Grey is launching a communal darkroom in Camden Town in August 2017 with darkroom facilities and courses.

This is the place to go if you want to keep tight control of how your developed photograph will look. And if you want to learn more about working in the darkroom with experts, this is the resource you have been looking for.



Jul 07

July Anniversaries in Art and Literature

This July is a month for the big 200! Look out for second centenaries in art and literature, including the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Austen, as well as significant anniversaries for artists Marc Chagall and Kaethe Kollwitz.

JulyArtLitClockwise from left: Marc Chagall, portrait by Yuri Moiseyevich Pen © culture-images. Henry David Thoreau’s hut at Walden Pond © Granger. Die Uberlebenden, Krieg dem Kriege! 1924 anti-war poster by Kaethe Kollwitz © De Agostini.


7 July – 130th birth anniversary of Russian-French painter Marc Chagall

8 July – 150th birth anniversary of Kaethe Kollwitz, German painter and printmaker

12 July – 200th birth anniversary of writer Henry David Thoreau

14 July – 200th death anniversary of Madame de Stael, French author

18 July – 200th death anniversary of Regency novelist Jane Austen

21 July – 200th birth anniversary of John Gilbert, illustrator and engraver

29 July – 200th birth anniversary of Russian seascape painter Ivan Aivazovsky


Jul 06

French composer Pierre Henry has died yesterday aged 90

Pierre Henry - French composer.© Marion Kalter


Henry was a pioneer of the experimental genre musique concrète (concrete music), and worked with Pierre Schaeffer at the Club d’Essai studio at RTF. He scored numerous films and ballets, including the first concrete music commercial film score and a ballet in collaboration with Maurice Béjart, Messe pour le temps présent, in 1967. He also collaborated with British rock band Spooky Tooth on the 1969 album Ceremony.

9 December 1927 – 5 July 2017

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HENRY, Pierre - by  one of his inventions

As A young man with one of his inventions


Pierre Henry at Cite de la MusiquePerforming at Cité de la Musique, Paris, March 2008 © Leemage


Jul 06

July Anniversaries in the Performing Arts

This month’s performing arts anniversaries include composers George Gershwin, Enrique Granados and Astor Piazzola, as well as significant birthdays for rock guitarist Carlos Santana and American actors Harrison Ford and Will Ferrell.

July performing artsClockwise from left: George Gershwin, self portrait, 1936. Harrison Ford, Venice Film Festival 1993 © Marcello Mencarini. Carlos Santana in concert, 1985 © Marcello Mencarini.


3 July – 90th birth anniversary of Ken Russell, film director

4 July – 25th death anniversary of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla

8 July – 50th death anniversary of actress Vivien Leigh

11 July – 80th death anniversary of American composer George Gershwin

13 July – 75th birthday of American actor Harrison Ford

16 July – 50th birthday of American actor Will Ferrell

20 July – 70th birthday of rock musician Carlos Santana

27 July – 150th birth anniversary of Spanish pianist and compsoer Enrique Granados


Jul 05

Golden Days world premiere at Italica International Dance Festival

Aterballetto dance company

Aterballetto Dance Company performs the world premiere of Golden Days by Johan Inger at the Italica International Dance Festival.

With music by Tom Waits, Patti Smith and Keith Jarrett, Golden Days presents two existing works of Johan Inger, Rain Dogs and Bliss, connected by a new short solo creation, Birdland. Roman Theatre of Italica, Santiponce, Seville, Spain, 30 june 2017.

Photographs © Daniel González Acuña

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