Arts Ahead: What's On In London 13-19 May

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 13-19 May

A Young Vic/Sadler's Wells co-production, Pictures from an Exhibition: 8-23 May 2009
London's cultural week is dominated by Museums at Night; but that doesn't mean there aren't some tasty treats in our Off-West End theatres, or that you won't want to spend your weekend playing gallery blockbuster catch up...

Get There First: London Shows Opening

Opening today is Pictures from an Exhibition at the Young Vic, a dance / theatre collaboration between theatre and opera director Daniel Kramer and choreographer Frauke Requardt, based on Mussorgsky's classic piano suite, Pictures From An Exhibition.

Tomorrow sees the start of Ordinary Dreams, or How to Survive a Meltdown with Flair at the Trafalgar Studios, starring ex-Teachers James Lance and Adrian Bower. From Friday, check out More Light at the Arcola Theatre, which promises what the British Museum didn't tell you about the Terracotta Army and the Emperor's concubines...

Also opening on Friday is the Battersea Arts Centre's Burst Festival: more than 50 live performances in and around the BAC in just over 2 weeks. We like the sound of Adrian Howells one-to-one foot-massage-included performance, and Amy Sharrock's theatrical piece on a boat in Battersea Park.

The aforementioned Museums at Night takes place this week, part of the massive Europe-wide La Nuits des Musées celebrations. There's loads going on: we're most excited by Picasso Late at the National, candlelit tours of Sir John Soane's Museum, getting late access to the telescopes at the Royal Observatory, and spending the night in the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms. (See for the full list.)

Finally, this Tuesday sees the opening of Ibsen's A Doll's House, starring the amazing and beautiful Gillian Anderson, at the Donmar. We'd tell you to book tickets quick, but knowing the Donmar, it'll be turn-up-on-the-day for standing-room-only...

Last Chance: London Shows Closing

Several of theatre's big hitters are letting the last curtain fall this week. A View from the Bridge closes on Saturday at the Duke of York Theatre; Alan Bennett's Enjoy closes at the Gielgud Theatre; Nicholas de Jong's Plague Over England closes at the Duchess Theatre; and Peer Gynt is all over at the Barbican.

Spring Loaded closes at The Place this Saturday. Under Glass at Village Underground is also coming to an end this week, on Saturday.

This Sunday is your last chance for a whole load of art related goodies. Catch Hussein Chalayan's laser dresses and portable architecture at the Design Museum before Sunday; one of this year's big blockbusters, Van Dyck and Britain closes at Tate Britain also this Sunday; and Rodchenko and Popova finish Defining Constructivism at Tate Modern this Sunday. Enjoy!

Last Updated 13 May 2009