Arts Ahead: What's On In London 6-12 May

By Zoe Craig Last edited 116 months ago
Arts Ahead: What's On In London 6-12 May

The much-anticipated Waiting for Godot opens today
It's a performance-heavy week this week, with lots of new thing trotting onto London's stages. Most of London's amazing art exhibition spaces are just hanging around, rather than adding anything shiny and new. Here's our pick of the new this week:

London Shows Opening:

It's the theatre show a lot of people have been waiting for... Tonight, you can see Captain Picard and Gandalf (or Professor X and Magneto if you prefer) do their Beckettian best in Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. We await the critics' verdicts with bated breath...

Also opening tonight, at the New End Theatre is Seven Other Children, a response to Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children that caused controversy at the Royal Court earlier this year. Look out for what we're sure will be even more debate. Terence Rattigan's legal drama The Winslow Boy, starring another fab oldie-and-a-goodie Tim West, opens at Kingston's Rose Theatre on Thursday.

Friday sees the return of Ché Walker's The Frontline, the first modern show to be played at Shakespeare's Globe. It received a mixed review from us last year, but it's definitely worth a look... And Monsters, as we've already mentioned opens at the Arcola Theatre on Friday.

And finally, Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman bring their two-hander, Duet for One to the West End this Tuesday, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre, and running until August.

Dance fans should check out the incredible-sounding Under Glass at Village Underground from Saturday. Dance? In glass jars and test tubes? We like.

Art recommendations this week come in the form of Carlo Mollino's Interiors (plus Polaroids, furniture and film installations) at Sebastian+Barquet from tomorrow, and Kent Christensen's critique of American culture through sweets and sugary food at Eleven, also from tomorrow.

Last Chance: London Shows Closing

Dancing at Lughnasa at the Old Vic and Dimetos at the Donmar are both over on Saturday this week. Three Days of Rain also packs up its umbrellas at the Apollo (we thought it was fab), as does Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (another play with a glowing write-up) at Trafalgar Studios.

In the art world, this Saturday is your last chance to see Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East at the Saatchi Gallery. And Peter Coffin's awesome sound-video installation on the tricky subject of space and time in the Barbican's Curve is only around til Sunday. Let us know if we've missed anything, and more importantly what you're up to this week...

Last Updated 06 May 2009