November’s Culture Fix: 7 Things To Do, See & Watch This Month

Culture
By Lottie Woodrow | 30th October 2023
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In this month’s Culture Fix, we take a look at the best ways to spend your November. From 180 Studios’ Gucci Cosmos exhibition to Julia Garner’s new thriller film to catch in cinemas, here’s what The Handbook team is loving this month.

The Film We’re Excited For: The Royal Hotel 

If you’re a lover of thrillers, look no further than the new Julia Garner -starring film, The Royal Hotel.

Landing on cinema screens this month, the mysterious film sees Garner (Ozark, Inventing Anna) take the role of foul-mouthed Hanna, who sets off on a journey through the outback of Australia with her best friend Liv (Game of Thrones’ Jessica Henwick ). 

Longing for a sense of freedom while still having to find a job to aid their travels, the pair take up jobs in a bar named The Royal Hotel. They quickly fall into the small town’s customs and drinking culture. They soon find out why the bar has a high staff turnover and find themselves in more and more danger.

Out in cinemas 03.11.2023

www.picturehouses.com

The Experience You Need To Book: The Great Christmas Feast

Following five brilliant sold-out years, The Lost Estate’s legendary festive experience returns this month. Titled The Great Christmas Feast, Londoners are invited to enter the winding, starlit streets of Victorian London and lose themselves in the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale, A Christmas Carol. 

Hidden inside their West Kensington location, you’ll find cinematic live music, mesmerising set designs and a three-course Yuletide feast awaits you. 

Guided by Charles himself, the experience will see you come face-to-face with his lively characters, dine on a Victorian-inspired banquet and even enjoy cocktails from Dickens’ very own personal cellar.

Runs 7.11.2023 – 14.01.2024

www.christmasfeast.thelostestate.com

The New Theatre Show To See: My Neighbour Totoro 

 

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Following the success of last autumn-winter’s run, the stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s 1998 anime, My Neighbour Totoro, returns to the Barbican Theatre this November. 

Taking over the theatre for a four-month stint, expect to fall in love with the coming-of-age story that brings to life the power of imagination. As you’d expect, there’ll be plenty of masterful puppetry crafted by none other than Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

Running 21.11.2023 – 24.03.2024

www.theatreticketsdirect.co.uk

The Book Everyone’s Talking About: Good Material – Dolly Alderton 

The book every Dolly Alderton fan has been waiting for, the acclaimed author and all-around agony aunt for women in their 20-30s returns with another golden tome you’re bound to love. 

Following the success of Ghosts, Dear Dolly and Everything I Know About Love, Alderton’s next release, you guessed it, is centred around love and heartbreak. Titled Good Material, it follows a young couple Andy and Jen, who live together and are madly in love, until one day, they aren’t. Jen has fallen out of love with Andy and he has to piece together what went wrong. 

Juggling heartbreak, flat-sharing and changing friendships, Andy tries to unravel what happened and how to get Jen back – if he can.

Out 09.11.2023

www.waterstones.com

The New Podcast To Listen To: What Now? With Trevor Noah 

Fans of comedian, best-selling author and former The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, this one’s for you. The star is back, this time in podcast form. 

Launching this November 9th, What Now? with Trevor Noah is a new Spotify Original and will delve into deep discussions with leading entertainers, CEOs, actors, athletes and thought leaders. Known for his playful interview style, expect to experience the stories as if you’re there in the room, with authentic back-and-forths, honest reactions and candour.

Out 09.11.2023

www.spotify.com

The Must-See Exhibition: Gucci Cosmos

 

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Now that autumn’s crisp air has landed in London, where better to spend your lazy Sunday afternoons than at a new exhibition? At the top of our list, this month is a visit to 180 The Strand for Gucci Cosmos. 

Running until the end of the year, this immersive archive explores the infamous Italian fashion house and its influence over the past 102 years. 

Shown through nine immersive installations, Gucci’s story unfolds before your eyes. From the elevator in the hotel where Guccio Gucci dreamed up the vision to the famous designer collections, handbags and accessories.

Running until 31.12.2023

www.180studios.com

The Series To Binge: The Buccaneers 

If you’re looking for your next period drama fix, The Buccaneers should be added to your watchlist. 

AppleTV+’s answer to Bridgerton, the series is an adaptation of the unfinished tome by Edith Wharton and follows a group of American girls who come to London in the 1870s. 

Directed by BAFTA winner Susanna White , it sees a culture clash between Brits and Americans, as these fun-seeking American girls arrive in London searching for husbands.

Out on AppleTV on 08.11.2023 

www.tv.apple.com


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