Your guide to what’s happening this week on London’s cultural calendar
Be There First: London Shows Opening
First up, it’s London’s annual Flamenco Festival, back for another exciting year. Two weeks of the finest authentic Spanish flamenco at Sadler’s Wells: olé!
Elsewhere in dance, you can see acclaimed ballet company Ballet Black at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House from tomorrow.
Tonight in theatre, the critically acclaimed Clybourne Park opens at Wyndham’s. It’s a transfer of the show which opened at the Royal Court last year, and is in the running for Best New Play at the Oliviers next month. You can also see By Jeeves at the Landor from tonight, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Alan Ayckbourn’s lesser-known shows.
The Children’s Hour starring Keira Knightley and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss opens at the Comedy Theatre tomorrow. As does Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Southwark Playhouse: the first time this venue is staging a musical. Richard Bean’s new play The Heretic opens at the Royal Court on Thursday, daring to question the science behind climate change. Or if you head to the Trafalgar Studios, you can see Daniel Boys and Julie Atherton in Adam Gwon’s musical Ordinary Days.
For little londonists, check out a stage adaptation of Robert Westall’s World War Two novel The Machine Gunners at the Polka Theatre from Friday.
From tomorrow in art, you can see a major retrospective of Eve Arnold’s work at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs. Eric Gill: Public and Private Art opens at the British Museum from Thursday. And Out of Place, a collaboration between Tate Modern and Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan comes to the Tate from Friday.
There are also a handful of new museum exhibitions opening this week: Wives and Sweethearts opens at the National Army Museum from tomorrow. And from Friday, you can choose between Once upon a Wartime at the Imperial War Museum, Sexual Nature at the Natural History Museum, and Valentine’s Cards at the Museum of Brands.
Last Chance To See:
Sunday is your last chance to see The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Also closing on Sunday is an exhibition dedicated to the work of Charles Holden, the architect behind some of London’s finest Tube stations, at the V&A.
Flamenco Festival photo by Javier Suárez