New York City Theatre and Culture

From the bright lights of Broadway to the revered works at the Guggenheim Museum and The Met Fifth Avenue. New York City continues to be one of the most diverse and enriching urban cultural centres in the world.

Hello Dolly

When: Previews from: 13 March 2017 – Opening night: 20 April 2017

Where: Shubert Theatre

What: Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Bette Midler returns to Broadway in the classic musical, Hello Dolly. Ms Midler stars alongside David Hyde Pierce and is being directed by four time Tony winner Jerry Zaks. In 1880’s Yonkers, a rich and cantankerous widower, Horace, is on the lookout for a new wife. To help him on his quest he engages the services of professional matchmaker Dolly. Little does he know that Dolly has had his perfect match in mind from their very first meeting—herself! All she has to do now, is make Horace realise it as well.

NYC Ballet – The Here/Now Festival

When: Spring Season: April 25 – May 19 2017

Where: David H. Koch Theatre

What: The New York City Ballet (NYCB) is set to celebrate work created at the NYCB over the past three decades. The Here/Now Festival will feature 43 ballets, 10 programs, and 2 world premieres. A momentous occasion, the festival showcases the creations of 22 diverse choreographers. Most notably the festival will include the work of Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. With Ratmansky contributing his fifth work for NYCB at the Company’s 2017 Spring Gala.

The Tribeca Film Festival

When: April 19–30 2017

Where: A range of venues throughout Lower Manhattan

What: The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The festival has long shone a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, and foreign films. It has also traditionally promoted the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival was created to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking centre. However, it has also provided the added benefit of aiding in the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan post 9/11.

Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)

When: April 3 – July 16 2017

Where: The Met Fifth Avenue

What: Combining new archaeological discoveries with in-depth research from the last 50 years, Age of Empires introduces a transformational era of Chinese civilisation. The works in the exhibition include extremely rare ceramics, metalwork, textiles, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and architectural models. The collection is drawn exclusively from 32 museums and archaeological institutions in the People’s Republic of China. Most of the works have never been seen in the West before. Highlights include the renowned terracotta army warriors. As well as a statue of a seminude performer with anatomical accuracy unheard of in Chinese art.

Irving Penn: Centennial

When: April 24 – July 30

Where: The Met Fifth Avenue

What: The most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of the great American photographer Irving Penn (1917–2009). The exhibition also marks the centennial of the artist’s birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Penn mastered a reduced aesthetic of studio photography. His work is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail. The exhibition follows the 2015 announcement of the promised gift, from The Irving Penn Foundation to The Met, of more than 150 photographs by Penn. The collection represents every period of the artist’s dynamic career with the camera.

Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy

When: February 10 – September 6 2017

Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

What: Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947) is on view for the first time in the United States since 1969. A team from the Guggenheim, as well as Italian organisations, have successfully completed scientific analysis and treatment of the painting in Florence. Non-destructive analytical techniques were used to identify the painting’s pigments and binders. The exhibit will use video footage and interactive kiosks displaying three-dimensional imaging, elemental mapping, and x-radiography to highlight the process. This didactic exhibition on one of Pollock’s earliest poured paintings draws visitors into the world of an art conservator. It also allows them to comprehend the physical properties of the materials Pollock used to create Alchemy. As well as how he applied them to the canvas.