Arts Ahead: What's On In London 29 July - 4 August

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 29 July - 4 August

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Adam Cooper's tribute to Richard Rogers, Shall We Dance opens at Sadlers Wells tonight
Despite all London's sporting excitement, let's not forget its arty offerings. There's a rich mix on offer as usual this week. Take your pick from one (or more!) of these tasty treats:

Be there First: London Shows Opening

Adam Cooper's tribute to Richard Rogers, Shall We Dance opens at Sadlers Wells tonight. The show also stars Emma Samms of Dynasty fame, and Adam Cooper's regular co-star (and wife) Sarah Wildor.

More dance-based fun comes in the form of Chun Yi: the Legend of Kung Fu, which opens at the London Coliseum tomorrow.

Another Medea comes to London from Friday - this time in the open air of the Scoop, near Tower Bridge. In a week that's quite light on traditional plays, we'd also like to recommend The Mountaintop: a two-hander about the night before Martin Luther King's assassination, at the Trafalgar Studios. It's on til September. Or you could catch Caryl Churchill's new play, Three More Sleepless Nights at the National Theatre, from Friday. Part of the 18:00 series, the show costs just £10, and it's about:

One double bed; two couples; three short acts of love-tangled conversation that expertly twist and turn, from existential angst to sci-fi films, from explosive arguments to long silences.

Arts-wise, we've picked out two exciting-sounding East London shows: Rankin Live! at the Old Truman Brewery (a retrospective of the photographer's work, a live shoot, an interactive gallery and magazine all in one!) from Friday, and the Whitechapel Gallery Children's Commission: a new work of art specifically for visitors aged four to 12. Brilliant.

It's been a while since we had some classical ballet in London - thankfully the Mariinsky Ballet brings Romeo and Juliet to the Royal Opera House from Monday.

Finally, in quite a week for husband-and-wife pairings (two makes it an Arts Ahead record), Le Cirque Invisible opens at the Queen Elizabeth Hall next Tuesday, starring Jean-Baptiste Thierree and his wife, Victoria Chaplin. Who happens to be Charlie's daughter into the bargain.

Last chance to See: London Shows Closing

Friday sees the end of the Getty photo exhibit London Through a Lens's stint in One Canada Square.

Troubling site-specific show The Container closes its claustrophobic doors tomorrow night. Death of Long Pig closes at the Finborough Theatre on Saturday. Saturday is also your last chance to see the stunning Duet for One at the Vaudeville Theatre: not a barrel of laughs, but a great show all the same. And Dorian Gray the musical closes at the Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday.

Finally, if you fancy popping out to Hampton Court Palace this weekend, you'll catch the last weekend of Henry's Women, an exhibition about those six wives and his pesky daughters, all in Henry VIII's council chamber, which hasn't been open to the public before. Enjoy!

Last Updated 29 July 2009