Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 8 March 2017

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THE WOMEN'S SPACE: It's the grand opening of a week-long pop-up on Mount Street in Mayfair. The space will host talks and workshops aimed at women looking to get involved in fashion, culture and the arts. The Mayfair Collective, free, book ahead, 8am-9pm

THE F WORD: No, not that F word. The Oxo Gallery is talking about forgiveness, with The Forgiveness Project, an exhibition with talks and storytelling events. Oxo Gallery, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 8-12 March

SCULPTURE WALK: Wander through Broadgate, a veritable hub of contemporary sculpture in the heart of the City on this guided lunchtime walk. Meet at Barclays bank on Moorgate, £5, book in advance, 1pm-1.50pm

THE VALUE OF HERITAGE: Old places used to be valued for their beauty and interest, but this isn't always the case anymore. Simon Thurley explores whether we need to develop a new argument as to why we should care for our historic environment. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

SHECAN: Watch female London-based artists on International Women's Day, performing beatbox, dance, spoken word and more to inspire and celebrate a culture of peace. Bhavan Centre, £5, book ahead, 6.15pm-9.15pm

Ooh La La Baroque Opera! at Brasserie Zédel

SENSE SAFARI: Sound out Greenwich late at night, as you learn to ignore your eyes and follow your ears on this guided tour. Learn how to listen to the buildings and surroundings. Greenwich railway station, £21.43/£13.09, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

OOH LA LA: Step into a Versailles party at Brasserie Zédel. Ooh La La Baroque Opera! brings you rare and underperformed pieces from the classical and Renaissance repertoire. There's also a short, sexy, fun opera (oui, there is such a thing). Brasserie Zédel, £37.75/£20, book ahead, 7pm

1000 LONDONERS: For International Women's Day, Hackney Attic presents 10 Women x 10 Decades, a series of short films celebrating unsung female Londoners. Hackney Attic, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

A DISAPPEARING ACT: Everyone disappears. That's the conceit key to this comedic play, inspired by TED talks and magic. The Dugdale Centre, £12.50/£9.50, book ahead, 7.45pm

SEBRIGHT ARMS: Legendary Hackney music venue, the Sebright Arms, is back with a bang. They've got a series of gigs lined up for their relaunch. Tonight it's the turn of alt-rockers Ulrika Spacek to wow the crowds. Sebright Arms, £6, book ahead, 8pm


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Experience the dark side of Shakespeare at the Young Vic

A Midsummer Night's Dream © Keith Pattison

If you think you know Shakespeare, think again. It's time to see one of the Bard's works like you've never seen it before. The Young Vic's take on A Midsummer Night's Dream is a modern, dark and gritty retelling of the usually 'flowery' play; the ultimate show of desire and betrayal.

Mix this with a few sinister and nightmarish visions and an exploration of our deepest darkest subconscious, and you have A Midsummer Night's Dream made for 2017. Head to the Young Vic for a version of Shakespeare's legendary drama that will leave you with a feeling that maybe this is all a dream... or a nightmare.

Book tickets from £10 for A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is playing until 1 April — see the trailer here.


Art review: the mundane given new life

Josiah McElheny has created visually stunning mirror sculptures and a stained glass theatre for showcasing a rather dry film, but the exhibition can stand on visuals alone. In the other galleries Ibrahim Mahama has made starker works but equally overwhelming — we're dwarfed by stacks of shoemaker boxes and sacks from markets. Mundane items given new life and power. Josiah McElheny: The Crystal Land & Ibrahim Mahama: Fragments, White Cube, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ. Until 13 April, free. ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Sunday)

Theatre review: virtually beautiful

Ugly Lies The Bone. Photo: Mark Douet

Kate Fleetwood plays an American war veteran, physically and mentally scarred, undergoing a new virtual reality therapy for crippling chronic pain. It doesn't sound like a barrel of laughs but it's actually wryly amusing with some stinging one liners, mostly at the expense of the ineptitude of those around her in coping with her situation. Es Devlin's beautiful motion filled set swamps a patchy play that never entirely achieves the level of emotional connection that it has the potential for. Ugly Lies the Bone, National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX, £15-50, Until 6 June ★★★★☆ (Monday to Saturday) Chris Bridges

Good cause for the day

WORLD OF RHINOS: Here's an evening of illuminating discussions on the Wild World of Rhinos. Hear first hand from the people trying to save them in Africa. All funds go towards making sure more of these wonderful animals survive. The Royal Institution, £95/£30/£25, book ahead, March 23, 6pm-10pm

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Take a Fascinating Tour Beneath the Pubs and Pavements of London


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Go Off the Beaten Track With This Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets