Arts Ahead What's On In London 29 Sept - 5 October

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Arts Ahead What's On In London 29 Sept - 5 October


As September slips into October, London's cultural scene is bursting at the seams with celebrities and high-profile openings... There's a big bunch of "last chance to sees" too this week; make sure you don't miss out! Take your pick from the following:

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Artist and activist Gustav Metzger has an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery from today. Look out for the auto-destructive and auto-creative works from the 1960s. Further back in time, Robert Kusmirowski's WWII Bunker opens at the Barbican tomorrow: not one for the claustrophobics out there. And Pop Life: Art in a Material World opens at Tate Modern on Thursday. Nothing to do with Madonna: actually Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol...

Thursday also sees the opening of two cool-sounding exhibitions: Carnaval del Pueblo: the Story about London's Latin American community since the 1960s at the Cuming Museum, and Sindy in the Sixties at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

In theatreland, celebs and straight plays fight for supremacy in a busy week of apostrophe-heavy openings.

Anna Friel's Breakfast at Tiffany's opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket tonight. Love's Labour's Lost returns to The Globe for a week and a half from tomorrow; Matt Lucas stars in Prick Up Your Ears at the Comedy Theatre also from tomorrow; Kevin Spacey's in Trevor Nunn's Inherit The Wind at the Old Vic from Thursday. Lastly, Penelope Keith's in Entertaining Angels at the Richmond Theatre from Monday.

Last Chance to See: London Shows Closing

Queen and Commonwealth closes at Buckingham Palace tomorrow. Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed production of Don Carlo comes to a close at the Royal Opera House on Thursday.

Sassy street dance show Insane in the Brain ends its maddening run at the Peacock Theatre on Saturday. Danny Dyer's in Kurt and Sid at the Trafalgar Studios until Saturday; The Mysteries closes at the Garrick on Saturday, as does the extended Vanya at the Gate Theatre, and Ed Byrne's extended Different Class at the Vaudeville.

Saturday is also your last chance to queue for tickets to see Rachel Weisz in a Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar.

Super Contemporary closes at the Design Museum on Sunday. Sunday is also your last chance to catch Blake 1809 at Tate Britain and Simon Foxton's celebration, When You're A Boy at the Photographer's Gallery. The London Spanish Film Festival also comes to an end on Sunday. Enjoy.

Picture shows Gustav Metzger Siegesallee: Victory over the Sun 2006

Installation view from Gustav Metzger, Eva Weinmayr 2006, Kunstraum Munich, Germany 2006

Photograph © Eva Weinmayr © 2009 Gustav Metzger

Last Updated 29 September 2009