Arts Ahead 28 Jan - 3 Feb

By Zoe Craig Last edited 120 months ago
Arts Ahead 28 Jan - 3 Feb

Bette Bourne as Quentin Crisp in Resident Alien
London's art scene trips out of January and into February with a pretty exciting, if eclectic bunch of offerings. Take your pick from the following; if we've missed anything, let us know in the comments below.


Bette Bourne brings his award-winning one-man show about Quentin Crisp, Resident Alien to the New End Theatre from tonight.

Duet for One, starring the brilliant Juliet Stevenson as a concert violinist diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, opens at the Almeida from tomorrow; the award-winning Pitmen Painters opens at the National on Saturday.

In the artworld, the exciting-looking Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy will be thrilling art and architecture fans in the capital at the Royal Academy from Saturday.

Festival-wise, we've got a trio for you this week. Thursday marks the start of Shanghai Week in London. Celebrate by taking in the Treasures from Shanghai at the British Museum from Friday. There are other Shanghai Week events at the V&A and in City Hall.

Then film fans have two film festivals to choose from: London Chinese Film Festival starts on Saturday and continues until 19 February at various venues across the capital (BFI Southbank, Odeon Covent Garden, Winston Churchill Hall, Museum of London Docklands). And the BFI's Stanley Kubrick season kicks off on Sunday, and runs its eclectic way through The Killing, Lolita, Spartacus and more until 25 March.

Last Chance to See:

In Blood: The Bacchae closes at the Arcola on Friday (we thought it was pretty good). And Loot with Smack the Pony's Doon Mackichan and fit new Hustler Matt Di Angelo closes at the Tricycle on Saturday.

Blockbuster Rothko closes at the Tate Modern on Monday: we did warn you...

Elsewhere, Sunday is your last chance to see black comedy from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Waiting for Romeo at the Pleasance Theatre; a stage version of Roald Dahl's The Giraffe And The Pellly And Me at the Little Angel Theatre; and a stage version of Dorian Gray at the Leicester Square Theatre. Get there while you can.

Last Updated 28 January 2009