Bridge Theatre, London, until 29 September
The new play by Alan Bennett is set in the geriatric ward of a Yorkshire hospital, the Bethlehem (known as “The Beth”). The hospital is threatened with closure and there is a fight to keep it open. In typical Bennett style there are many jokes, even a choir of patients. There is also a bristling anger underneath, as the hospital and the way its fight for survival pans out, stand in for wider questions about British society today. It will be recorded and broadcast in cinemas nationwide on 1 November.
BBC One, from 4 September
Part of the BBC’s impressive new drama schedule for the autumn, this six-part series stars the brilliant Toni Collette as one half of a tired, middle aged couple who want to reinvigorate their relationship. As we meet their children, friends, family and colleagues, different kinds of relationships and attitudes emerge. Wanderlust has an impressive cast including Zawe Ashton, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Kaye and many more.
Turner Prize 2018
Tate Britain, 26 September to 6 January 2019
The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the preceding year as determined by a jury.
This year’s shortlisted artists are
a team that includes architects, filmmakers, lawyers and scientists; Naeem Mohaiemen; Charlotte Prodger; and Luke Willis Thompson. All tackle social issues, from human rights violations to colonialism and forced migration.
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919–1933
Tate Modern, London, until 14 July 2019
This free exhibition brings together works from the George Economou private collection and from the Tate’s own works to shed light on a remarkably productive and creative period in Germany’s art history. With pieces by Otto Dix, George Grosz, Albert Birkle and Jeanne Mammen, among others.
The World Transformed
Liverpool, various venues, 22–25 September
A four day festival of politics, music and arts running alongside the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, The World Transformed is organised by Momentum. Speakers include Jeremy Corbyn, Naomi Klein, Diane Abbott MP, Marxist economist David Harvey, Ash Sarkar of “I’m literally a communist” fame, Owen Jones and Paul Mason. Thousands will attend, and it comes at a crucial time for the Labour Party leadership, as it faces pressure from the right.