Arts Ahead: What’s On In London 27 April – 3 May

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Splice, directed by Vincenzo Natali and produced by Guillermo del Toro opens the Sci-Fi London Film Festival: a “perfectly formed hybrid of horror and sci-fi”

There’s an eclectic mix of film, theatre, dance and art openings on London’s cultural calendar for this week. Take your pick from the following:

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Films first: the Sci-Fi London Film Festival opens at the Apollo from tomorrow. There’ll be old favourites, new releases, awards, shorts, discussions and more. Some events are already sold out, but if you’re a sci-fi fan, take a look at their listings, and get booking now!

Tonight sees Huck, a stage adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn open at the ever-brilliant Southwark Playhouse. Over in the West End, David Essex brings All The Fun of the Fair to the Garrick Theatre from tomorrow: mum-pleasing stuff for a Bank Holiday weekend. And also from tomorrow: Women Beware Women at the National Theatre, which we’ll review later in the week. Finally, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is back in business: Macbeth opens their summer season on Thursday.

Dance lovers can pick from classic flamenco from Ballet Nacional De España at the London Coliseum from tonight; hip-hop body popping from Breakin’ Convention 2010 at Sadler’s Wells over the long weekend; or acrobatics from The Seven Fingers: Psy opens at the Peacock Theatre on Thursday.

Two exhibitions that have caught our eye and are opening this week are: The Concise Dictionary of Dress at Blythe House from tomorrow, and the brilliant-sounding Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art, which opens at the British Museum from Friday.

Finally, something for the family on the Bank Holiday: Toy Boats opens at the National Maritime Museum on Saturday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

For dance fans, tomorrow sees the end of La Fille Mal Gardee closes at the Royal Opera House. Theatrewise, Saturday sees Moby Dick close at the Lyric Hammersmith, Porn The Musical close at Theatre 503, The Empire close at the Royal Court and Private Lives finish at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Last chance for arty types include Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, which closes at the Photographers’ Gallery on Sunday and Arshile Gorky which finishes at Tate Modern on Monday.

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