Arts Ahead: What's On In London 31 May-6 June

By Zoe Craig Last edited 78 months ago
Arts Ahead: What's On In London 31 May-6 June

Our tips on what to see in London this week

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Into Thy Hands at Wilton's Music Hall opens tonight. It's a play about a man's struggle with faith and faithlessness, and is part of the Jericho House 1611 Utopia Season. Much Ado About Nothing opens at Wyndham's tomorrow, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, in what must be one of the most hyped theatre shows of the year.

From Monday, you can see The Wire star Dominic West in Butley, which opens at the Duchess Theatre; Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell comes to the Richmond Theatre from Monday. Finally, Tactical Questioning: Scenes From The Baha Mousa Inquiry opens at the Tricycle Theatre from Monday. It's another verbatim theatre show, bringing together scenes from the inquiry to examine the British Army's treatment of detainees in Iraq.

The Merchants of Bollywood brings glitter, glamour, high-energy and a heart-warming homage to the world's largest film industry to the Peacock Theatre from tomorrow. Dave St-Pierre Company comes to Sadler's Wells for two nights from Saturday, performing Un Peu De Tendresse Bordel De Merde! (A Little Tenderness For Crying Out Loud!) is about the search for love and the human form, featuring 20 naked dancers... there's an "adult material" warning on the blurb, so you might want to look away if you're of a tender disposition!

Two exhibitions dedicated to young artists open this week. Young London debuts at the V22 gallery in Southwark tomorrow, while the Free Range Art and Design showcase, by London graduates, opens at the Old Truman Brewery on Friday.

We also recommend the Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Art Gallery from Friday. It's the first time in the collection's 113-year history that these pieces have gone on display. This is the first of five shows, and has been guest curated by people including SamCam, Lord Mandelson and Nick Clegg.

Our tip for little Londonists this week is Shirley Hughes Celebrates Thirty Years of Alfie at the Illustration Cupboard from Thursday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Saturday is your last chance to see And I And Silence at the Finborough Theatre, In A Forest, Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville, Manon at the Royal Opera House, Operation Greenfield at the Soho Theatre and These Are A Few Of My Favourite Songs at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

Sunday is your last chance to see Watteau's Drawings at the Royal Academy.

Last Updated 31 May 2011