Arts Ahead: What’s On In London 13-19 Apr

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Grace Kelly. Photograph by Erwin Blumenfeld New York, 1955. © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld 2009

Politics occasionally seeps into culture on London’s calendar this week: but there’s a still lot on to entertain you if you’re already bored of the election…

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Annabel Elgar’s haunting photography comes to the Wapping Project from Thursday. As does the brilliantly named Political Mugs at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising: political caricatures on mugs, jugs, toys and tins from the past 200 years.

The latest crowd-pleaser from the V&A, Grace Kelly: Style Icon opens on Saturday. See the dresses and gowns Kelly wore to accept awards and get married alongside film clips, posters, photos and that Oscar.

Dark Side Of Buffoon opens at the Lyric Hammersmith Studio tonight, as does the Duchess of Malfi at the New Players Theatre. The original rock musical, Hair, opens at the Gielgud Theatre tomorrow, with a complete cast from Broadway, in a West End first. They’ve won a Tony and a Drama Desk award for Best Revival across the pond; let’s see what London audiences make of the show…

And Laura Wade’s new play, Posh opens at the Royal Court on Thursday. It’s Bullingdon Club-nodding, potentially politically charged piece about a group of Oxford Uni boys planning a take-over…

Dance fans can choose between Mark Morris Dance Group at the London Coliseum tomorrow, and the English Youth Ballet’s version of Giselle at the New Wimbledon Theatre from Friday. If circus is your thing, head to the Roundhouse where Compagnie XY bring some quintessentially French circus to London from Saturday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Saturday is your last chance to see Kursk, about the Russian submarine disaster at Young Vic; the critically acclaimed and bloody terrifying Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith; the Chronicles of Long Kesh at the Tricycle Theatre; Dumb Show, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and everyone’s favourite press-gang-er Dexter Fletcher at the Rose Theatre in Kingston; and Jonathan Price in The Caretaker at the Trafalgar Studios.

The Power of Yes closes at the National Theatre on Sunday. David Hare’s response to the financial meltdown has been playing since October last year: if you haven’t seen it yet, this week is your last chance.

Artswise, The Real Van Gogh closes at the Royal Academy on Sunday. Be prepared to queue. If you know about something cool we’ve missed, stick it in the comments below.

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