Arts Ahead 19-26 November

By Zoe Craig Last edited 114 months ago
Arts Ahead 19-26 November
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Londonist brings news of lots of lovely openings in London this week, filling us with a nice juicy sense of anticipation. Rather than that anxious stomach-achy guilt feeling when you know something fab is closing and you're never going to get to see it.

Today, confusingly, brings Yesterday to London. Award-winning choreographer (and Sadler's Wells Associate Artist) Jasmin Vardimon celebrates her company's 10th anniversary with a retrospective at the Peacock Theatre. There's multimedia, new pieces, old pieces, trademark physicality, social commentary and a lot of other stuff for dance fans to get excited about.

Imagine This finishes its preview run and opens its new Warsaw Ghetto-based, big-name-free doors up to the critics today at the New London Theatre. Good luck, everybody.

The Donmar's TS Eliot Festival kicks off on Thursday. It's on til 17 January, so check out the link for all the info. Our recommended highlight is The Family Reunion, starring the brilliant Samuel West and the lovely Penelope Wilton.

Saturday brings a whole host of new blood to London's theatres. A Little Night Music opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Trevor Nunn. It stars Maureen Lipman, Jessie Buckley (who didn't win the part of Nancy) and Hannah Waddingham from Spamalot.

For the little Londonists out there, don't miss the magical puppet show with a story by Roald Dahl; The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me opens at the Little Angel Theatre also on Saturday.

Finally, everyone's favourite Doncaster soprano Lesley Garrett is back in the West End at the Savoy Theatre in Carousel which also opens on Saturday night. All together, now, "When you walk through the storm..."

Last Chance to See

Saturday is also your last chance to see Erwin Olaf's Grief at Hamilton's Gallery. An instalment in the trilogy, Rain, Hope and Grief, these remarkable photos focus on what Olaf describes as the "half-second after you receive bad news but before you react."

Saturday also sees the Shaolin Monks' residency at the Hackney Empire come to an end. We think they'll be back sometime soon.

Image from the Jasmin Vardimon Company by Ben Harries

Last Updated 19 November 2008