Arts Ahead: What's On In London 20-26 October

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 20-26 October

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice opens tonight at the Vaudeville Theatre
It's a varied week on London's cultural calendar. We've got TV stars, kids' shows, religious art, wildlife photos and funky fashion to tempt you out into the autumn winds.

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Today's big West End opening is The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville Theatre, starring X Factor's Diana Vickers and Marc Warren, who most of us know from Hustle. Over in East London's Arcola Theatre, Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy also opens tonight, updated with a 20th-century knife-crime theme.

Theatreland enjoys a one-off Monty Python night on Friday at the Royal Albert Hall - Not The Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy) is a show based on the Life of Brian film, in case you hadn't guessed from the title. From Thursday, girly girls will enjoy Women of Manhattan at the Old Red Lion Theatre: we're promised talk of love, loss and getting laid.

London's dance scene offers Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company at Sadler's Wells from tomorrow; one-woman show, Keep Dancing, by Wendy Houston at the BAC from Thursday; and The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House from Friday.

It's October half-term-ish, and if you're looking for something theatrical for the kids, there's lots of choice out there. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is at the Polka from tomorrow, The Princess and the Pea's at the Unicorn from Thursday; there's messy play in The Forest at Lyric Hammersmith from Saturday, and Hansel and Gretel come to Greenwich Theatre from Monday.

Artswise, religious art from the Spanish Golden Age (think Velázquez) comes to the National Gallery in Sacred Made Real from tomorrow. Also new tomorrow is Drawing Attention at the Dulwich Picture Gallery - an exhibition of sketches by people like Delacroix, Turner, De Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

In its 46th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year opens at the Natural History Museum on Friday. If fashion-as-art is more your thing, check out the Foale and Tuffin Made in England exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, also from Friday: quintessential 60s mini-dresses and trouser suits to make your mum come over all nostalgic. Sculpture fans should check out Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska and Gill at the Royal Academy of Arts from Saturday.

Last Chance to See: London Shows Closing

Carmen comes to a fiery close at the Royal Opera House on Saturday. Saturday is also your last chance to see the National Youth Theatre's Cymbeline at the Arts Theatre; Edinburgh Festival hit Orphans at the Soho Theatre; and the amazing-sounding Raoul at the Barbican.

The Art of Guinness closes at the Museum of Brands on Sunday. Did we miss anything you think is really special? Let us know what you're seeing this week in the comments below.

Last Updated 20 October 2009