Here’s your guide to what’s new and exciting this week
Be There First: London Shows Opening
Starting with two art blockbusters: this week belongs to Anish Kapoor’s large-scale mirrors, Turning the World Upside Down in Kensington Gardens from today, and Gauguin’s major retrospective at Tate Modern from Thursday. You can also see Story of London at City Hall from today (six exhibitions about the history, present and future of our fair city). And London Futures opens at the Museum of London on Friday, looking forwards into London’s crystal ball.
Opening tonight on London’s dance scene is The 7 Fingers – Traces: 21st-century circus at the Peacock Theatre, and Russell Maliphant Company’s AfterLight at Sadler’s Wells. This week’s other dance pick is Onegin, a Russian ballet to the music of Tchaikovsky by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House from Thursday.
Also opening tonight in theatre is Birdsong, the stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ popular First World War novel of the same name. At the Garrick, you can see Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within sing her heart out from Wednesday. The Young Vic’s 40th birthday year continues apace with the interesting-sounding On Ageing, a play for adults, performed by children, from Wednesday, and Faust, as delivered by the boundary-pushing Icelandic theatre company Vesturport from Friday.
Finally for this week, don’t miss the 18th Raindance Film Festival which opens tomorrow with an alternative view of history via a stop-motion animation film called Jackboots on Whitehall at the Apollo on Regent Street.
Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing
Saturday is your last chance to see All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre; boxing-based play Beautiful Burnout at the Barbican; class and racial drama Clybourne Park at the Royal Court; the Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe; Les Mis also at the Barbican; Love on the Dole at the Finborough; and Five Guys Named Moe at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
And Sunday is the last day for Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance And The Camera at Tate Modern. Let us know if we’ve missed anything.