What to watch and where to stay this theatre season 2019-2020
- Paris, France
Watch: Le Parc at Palais Garnier
Set to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is Le Parc, the 1994 ballet choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj. Unlike most other ballets that focus on grace, Le Parc tackles adult themes like lust, seduction and love in this romantic and even erotic display of contemporary dance.
When: 6 to 31 December 2019
Stay: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
This stunning, luxury hotel in the heart of the City of Lights has 155 rooms, including 44 suites and features a striking blend of contemporary architecture and classic design by designed Ed Tuttle.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is best known for Pur’ – Jean-François Rouquette, the multiple award-winning restaurant including one Michelin star and four toques at Gault & Millau. On the table are signature dishes inspired by Chef’s personal travel diaries and seasonal produce. There is also Sens, a causal bistro open for breakfast, brunch and lunch with a fantastic selection of locally made cheeses and artisanal charcuterie.
- London, United Kingdom
Watch: Henry VI at the Shakespeare’s Globe
The series of three history plays by famed playwright William Shakespeare unravels the life of King Henry VI of England and deals with the loss of England’s French territories, the English political system, the King’s inability to control his noblemen and the horrors that stem from this intense conflict.
When: 5 November 2019 to 26 January 2020
Stay: Shangri-La at The Shard
Stay at the capital’s highest hotel in one of the world’s most iconic buildings when you book a night at Shangri-La at The Shard. There are 202 uniquely designed rooms and suites situated on levels 36 to 51 of The Shard, each one featuring sublime panoramic views of the London skyline, with London Bridge right at your feet.
The breath-taking views can also be enjoyed at the many facilities available here. There is the Sky Pool, an infinity-edged pool that provides uninterrupted views to swimmers. For a dramatic setting of the sun over London, TING Restaurant and TING Lounge both provide clear views while serving all-day dining.
- New York City, USA
Watch: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the David H. Koch Theater
Take part in a longstanding Christmas tradition by catching the New York City Ballet and School of American Ballet perform the classic tale of The Nutcracker. Be captivated by the lure of Tschikovsky’s music, Balanchine’s choreography and Karinska’s spectacular costumes.
When: 29 November 2019 to 5 January 2020
Stay: The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
The opulence that embodies the famed Upper East Side can be found at The Carlyle. An institution since the 1930s, this luxury hotel has been the ‘home away from home’ for world leaders, celebrities and all-around sophisticated travellers. There are 190 lavish rooms and suites decorated by legendary designers, such as Dorothy Draper and Mark Hampton, all overlooking Manhattan’s twinkling skyline.
The Carlyle’s dining establishments have been meeting places for industry leaders. Experience fine dining, New York style, at The Carlyle Restaurant for a menu of classic American cuisine with European flair. For dinner and a show, Café Carlyle will entertain and satisfy with its classic cabaret, otherwise Bemelmans Bar, named after Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the Madeline books, is the perfect watering hole with its extensive drinks menu.
- Milan, Italy
Watch: Tosca at the Teatro alla Scala
Puccini’s Tosca opens La Scala’s opera season of 2019-2020. The political thriller that centres around diva Floria Tosca, her lover Mario Cavaradossi and the corrupt Chief of Police Baron Scarpia will captivate opera lovers in this nearly 120-year-old theatrical masterpiece.
When: 7 December 2019 to 8 January 2020
Stay: Bulgari Hotel Milano
A quick walk from Teatro alla Scala is the grand Bulgari Hotel Milano that has been designed by architects Antonio Citterio and Partners in line with Bulgari’s bold and contemporary style. The private oasis has only 58 rooms, which includes 11 suites that are overlook out onto the beautiful garden or exclusive Milanese courtyard.
Expanding on the grand experience of Bulgari are its food and beverage offerings and exquisite spa. Il Bar is possibly best known for its Bulgari apertitivo, a classic Milanese cocktail, while Il Ristorante-Niko Romito serves contemporary Italian cuisine by three Michelin-starred Chef Niko Romito. Take a well-deserved break at The Bulgari Spa, a refuge for the body and soul with its wellness treatments at its private rooms, otherwise spend time recharging in the sauna, external jacuzzi and glittering gold-tiled pool.