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Tugan Sokhiev at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center in 2013
Photo by Helen Zakhtser / ArenaPAL
The troubled Bolshoi Theater has announced Ossetian conductor Tugan Sokhiev as its new Music Director. He replaces Vassily Sinaisky who resigned the post last December.

Sokhiev was previously music director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
Tugan Sokhiev in rehearsal, 2005
Photo by Keith Saunders / ArenaPAL
The new music director has been appointed at a time when rebuilding the Bolshoi's reputation is high on the agenda. The famous company was been hit by scandal in 2013, after the arrest of former soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, accused of masterminding an acid attack on Bolshoi ballet artistic director Sergei Filin, an incident that rocked the ballet world and revealed frictions inside the theatre.

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The Lady de Grey Collection, part of the Royal Opera House Collection at ArenaPAL
As part of ArenaPAL's exclusive representation of the Royal Opera House Archive we present the fascinating photographic collection of Lady de Grey.

Lady de Grey, a key patron of the Royal Opera House from the 1880s to 1914, amassed a vast and rare collection of over 200 postcards and portraits of singers, composers and other popular contemporary artists.

She enjoyed personal friendships with many famous singers of the day and was particularly close to Australian soprano Nellie Melba whom she introduced to Covent Garden after seeing her perform at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels. Lady de Grey is also credited with bringing Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company in 1911 to perform for the first time in London and it is said that she was present every time Vaslav Nijinsky danced.

It was through her commitment to the performing arts that Lady de Grey became so highly regarded and enabled her to create this important and beautifully preserved collection of images.

The Lady de Grey Photographic Collection

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Sheila Hancock and Keeley Hawes clash during West End production of 'Barking in Essex'
Photo by Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
Keeley Hawes has exited the West show Barking in Essex after an on-going quarrel co-star Sheila Hancock, that has been described as “a battle between two divas” 

Hawes announced her departure from the production via Twitter on 17 December, but gave no explanation as to the cause.

She said: “It is with much regret that I must announce to all ticket holders that I will no longer be performing as Chrissie Packer in Barking In Essex for the remainder of the show. I have been utterly committed to the show to date and I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to those who have purchased a ticket to see me and I hope this does not cause significant inconvenience for anyone affected.”

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Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist and composer, at Gateway Studios
Image by Jak Kilby / ArenaPAL
Stan Tracey, was a British jazz pianist and composer who had a career spanning 70 years, and was widely acknowledged as one of the greats in his field.

Mostly influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, Tracey's best known recording is a suite inspired by Dylan Thomas's radio drama Under Milk Wood.

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The Better 'ole at the Oxford Music Hall, London, 1917
Image by Thompson Theatre Collection / ArenaPAL
WWI saw the Edwardian entertainment genre of Music Hall reach its peak appeal by playing an integral role in government propaganda, military recruitment and boosting the morale of millions of soldiers and members of the public at home and on the front line.

Stars of the day Ella Shields, Hetty King, George Mozart, Harry Lauder and Seymour Hicks gave sing-a-long performances celebrating the heroic life of a soldier, his popularity with the ladies, as well as the importance of supporting him from the home-front. Famous songs of the time include 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' 'Good-bye-ee' 'Pack up Your Troubles' and the notorious 'Oh! It's a lovely war'.
Harry Lauder Scottish Music hall entertainer; Music sheet Good-bye-ee! published 1917;
Vesta Tilley as 'Jack Tar Home from the Sea' 1914
Images by Ronald Grant Archive / ArenaPAL
and Mander + Mitchenson Collection / University of Bristol / ArenaPAL
'England's greatest recruiting sergeant' was male impersonator Vesta Tilley whose much loved repertoire included the characters 'Tommy in the Trench' and 'Jack Tar Home from Sea'.

WWI Era Music Hall images at ArenaPAL

ArenaPAL have collected a large and intriguing archive of rare WWI Entertainment related material which we will be showcasing throughout the centenary season. For more information please get in touch.

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