The Landmark Arts Centre launches its Spring 2024 season with a rich line up of multi-arts events including music from the worlds of Blues, Roots, and Folk. Dance, literature and visual arts will feature on the programme.
Plus, the Landmark’s popular fundraising quiz night returns. With a reputation as one of the most popular events on the quiz night circuit, the Landmark Quiz on 26 January is a chance to break the winter blues for a night out to test the grey cells. Teams of up to six can battle it out for the star prize while raising much needed funds for the Landmark. Ticket price includes supper.
Icon Strings play on 27 January with Classics by Candlelight, one of their best-selling shows, performing a mix of classical and West End show music. The acoustics and architecture of the Landmark bathed in the glow of a sea of candles, create a musical and visual spectacle not to be missed.
Following in February, romance will be in the air with Shakespeare’s Lovers (16 February), staged by the Guildford School of Acting, bringing to life the world’s most enduring emotion through performance of sonnets and scenes.
Luca Silvestrini’s award-winning Protein Dance Company are touring their May Contain Food May Contain You Four star rated show on 24 February serving up a cabaret style, immersive mix of dance, theatre and song. The Landmark will be transformed into a restaurant for the night, with audiences taking their seats at decorated tables for a playful performance, (which includes baking a cake during the show), based around the relationship we have with food. Audiences are invited to bring their own food for the full immersive experience.
Tim Penn and The Second Line opens the music season on 2 March. As one of the top New Orleans R&B bands in London, they are regular players at top London venues with multiple sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott’s. The band will take a magical journey through the musical heritage of the Deep South, referencing greats from Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Dr John, Ray Charles and Tom Waits, as well as some of Tim’s own compositions.
Singer and guitarist, Keith James, brings an immaculately crafted concert of music from the legendary singer-songwriter, Nick Drake, on 7 March. As one of the most revered artists in the UK, Nick Drake’s fragile, yet perfect, music has had a massive resurgence and Keith James beautifully conveys the essence of his genius.
Cara Dillon is back by popular demand on 5 April. The Irish singer recently unveiled, to rapt audiences, her first new material in six years and after a long-awaited return, Cara will be touring her Coming Home album at the Landmark in a show with Sam Lakeman, unlocking profound memories and emotions.
Mothering Sunday (10 March) will see a FREE special concert to celebrate mums. Audiences of mothers and children of all ages will be treated to stunning performances played on the Landmark’s famous grand piano while enjoying classic cream teas (sold and served at tables).
The biennial Contemporary Textiles Fair (15-17 March) makes a welcome return after several years of disruption because of the pandemic, when the 2021 event took place online. This is a must-visit event on the textile lovers’ calendar when enthusiasts, collectors and makers come together for a showcase of high-quality contemporary textile art.
Harper Ray, Landmark Director, commented: “We have another packed season ahead with some exceptional performances. We’re delighted to be partnering with the Guildford School of Acting again for an evening of Shakespeare and I’m excited to be collaborating with the Protein Dance Company. Both events will be a showcase of upcoming new talented young artists. Top performers from the worlds of folk, blues and roots are playing, and the Landmark will become a visual feast of creativity during the textiles fair weekend. Kicking off the season, though, is the Landmark’s famous quiz night. It’s a great way to shake off the January blues, come out for a night of fun and help raise funds for the Landmark so we can continue to put on such great events.”
EVENTS AT A GLANCE:
Landmark Quiz Night, Friday 26 January, 7 pm
Shakespeare’s Lovers, Friday 16 February, 7 pm
Protein Dance: May Contain Food May Contain You, Saturday 24 February, 7.30 pm
Tim Penn and The Second Line, Saturday 2 March, 8 pm
Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake, Thursday 7 March, 7.30 pm
Contemporary Textiles Fair, 15-17 March
Cara Dillon & Band, Friday 5 April, 8 pm