Arts Ahead: What’s On In London 4-10 October

It’s a really busy week for openings in London. Take your pick from the following:

Theatre:
Tomorrow, Driving Miss Daisy comes to the West End following a super-successful revival on Broadway. It stars James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. Or you can see How To Be Happy at the Orange Tree Theatre, David Lewis’ new play about the elusive nature of happiness.

Thursday is the first night of a double bill of Pinter plays at the Young Vic: One for the Road and Victoria Station only run until next Saturday, so get your skates on if you want to catch them.

On Friday, The Taming of the Shrew opens at Southwark Playhouse, Fit And Proper People opens at the Soho Theatre, as does The Killing of Sister George at the Arts Theatre. Crazy for You transfers from the Open Air Theatre to the Novello from Saturday. Drama At Inish, starring Celia Imrie, opens at the Finborough Theatre on Sunday. Backbeat, a new beginning-of-the-Beatles musical based on the film opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Monday.

Dance:
Akram Khan performs solo show DESH at Sadler’s Wells from tonight. Tomorrow is the opening night of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Final London Season at the Barbican Theatre. Saturday night is the opening of mixed bill Limen / Marguerite and Armand / Requiem by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.

Opera:
Opera fans can see The Marriage of Figaro at the London Coliseum from tomorrow.

Art and Exhibitions:
A Cyril Mann Tribute Exhibition opens at the Piano Nobile Gallery tomorrow: look out for images of London ravaged by World War Two. Barbara Loftus: Sigismund’s Watch – A Tiny Catastrophe is at the Freud Museum from tomorrow, looking back into the history of her Jewish family in 1930s Germany.

This week’s blockbuster openings all kick off on Thursday. Choose from Gerhard Richter: Panorama at Tate Modern; Miracles and Charms at the Wellcome Collection; or Grayson Perry’s The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum.

From Friday, you can see Nathalie Djurberg with Hans Berg’s A World of Glass at the Camden Arts Centre.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Saturday night is your last chance to see The Absence of Women at the Tricycle, Anna Christie at the Donmar, The Elixir of Love at the London Coliseum, Ragtime the Musical at the Landor, Tell Them That I Am Young and Beautiful at the Arcola, and When Did You Last See My Mother? at the Trafalgar Studios.

Havana Rakatan closes at the Peacock Theatre on Sunday.

Treasures of Heaven closes at the British Museum on Sunday.

Monday night is the last performance of Faust at the Royal Opera House.

We have listings for ongoing shows at London’s top museums on our Museums and Galleries page

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