Arts Ahead: What's On in London 15-21 April

By Zoe Craig Last edited 117 months ago
Arts Ahead: What's On in London 15-21 April

London's Alternative Fashion Week starts on Monday. Photo by Oleg Katchinski
London's a cultural mixed bed this week: Afghanistan, indie films, alternative fashion, and two Didos. Neither of which bare any resemblance to turn-of-the-century chart-botherer Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong. If you were wondering.

The Young Vic/English National Opera collaboration, After Dido opens at the Young Vic today. This Katie Mitchell-directed piece of live music and film is inspired by Purcell's Dido And Aeneas, in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Plays, exhibitions, films, concerts, talks and discussions make up The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre from Friday. A series of 12 plays in three parts forms the centrepiece of the festival. You can see Part One on Wednesday, Part Two on Thursday and Part Three on Friday; or catch the whole trilogy on Saturday and Sunday at 10.45am, 2.30pm or 8pm. Tantalising stuff.

Of course, for some it's still Easter holidays, so the young (and young at heart) can take their pick from The Little Matchstick Girl on Friday or Little Red Riding Hood at the Greenwich Theatre on Saturday, The Sorcerer's Apprentice at artsdepot on Sunday, Peter Pan via shadow puppets at the Unicorn until Sunday, or the Tweenies Live! at the New Wimbledon Theatre from Tuesday.

This Sunday is Sonnet Sunday at Shakespeare's Globe. Between 12-5pm, the venue's holding a free open day with various fun and games to celebrate the Bard's birthday and the 400th anniversary of the publication of his sonnets. We can't imagine anything more lovely and more temperate. Shakey might've prefered jelly and ice cream, though.

Art-wise, Cindy Sherman's photographs explore the notions of beauty and gender at Sprüth Magers London from tomorrow. And William Blake 1809, a reconstruction of Blake's panned solo exhibition from 200 years ago opens at Tate Britain on Monday.

Film fans should check out the London Independent Film Festival, which includes the premiere of Julien Temple's new documentary about 80s band Madness. It starts on Friday at various venues around London.

Monday sees the start of London's Alternative Fashion Week at Spitalfields. Alternative approaches to fashion, alternative looks from sustainable sources, alternative ages, shapes and sizes of models, and it's all free.

London Shows Closing

It's your last chance to check out the gorgeous nostalgic pictures that make up Beside the Seaside at London's National Maritime Museum until Sunday. And the RAF Photographer of the Year exhibition also closes on Sunday at the Royal Air Force Museum. Darwin, the Natural History Museum's take on the big man's big idea also closes on Sunday. And this weekend is also your last chance to see Japan Car: Designs for the Crowded Globe at the Science Museum.

Children's dance show, The Red Balloon floats out of the Royal Opera House on Saturday. And NoFit State Circus somersaults out of the Roundhouse on Sunday. Our source didn't like it, but you might disagree...

Finally, the second of those promised Didos: The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet double bill, Dido & Aeneas and Acis & Galatea finishes at the Royal Opera House on Monday. Enjoy!

Last Updated 15 April 2009