Good ol' Christopher Lee in Hammer Horror's breakthrough film, Dracula
Be There First: London Shows Opening
If you're desperate for that Halloween horror fix, you'll find it at the Hammer Horror Festival which kicks off today: ghost buses, free exhibitions, readings, and the all-important screenings at the Curzon Soho, Shaftesbury Avenue and Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise.
In other exhibition news, the "official" Michael Jackson exhibition opens tomorrow at The O2 (will this be scarier than the Hammer stuff?); Points of View opens at the British Library on Friday (cool 19th century photos) and you can celebrate the Day of the Dead at the British Museum on Sunday: it's free.
Theatre openings include new jazz musical, Little Fish at the Finborough Theatre tonight: it's about a woman learning to survive in NYC. Tomorrow sees an erotically charged new version of Bruckner's Pains of Youth (director, Katie Mitchell; writer Martin Crimp) opening at the National.
From Thursday, you can catch the Michael Clark Company paying homage to rock's holy trinity, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, at the Barbican. It's a dance piece combining classical with a "twisted contemporary sensibility that embraces embarrassment, doubt and fear, as well as grace, virtue and control", we're told. Or you could see Mrs Klein, Nicholas Wright's play about a relationship between a psychoanalyst's and her daughter, being revived at the Almeida.
And on Friday, the Suspense Puppetry Festival for adults we warned you about opens at the Little Angel Theatre. Finally, Origin of the Species opens at the ever-brilliant Arcola Theatre on Friday too: prehistoric skeletons causing comedy capers when they come back to life...
Last Chance to See: London Shows Closing
And Lucy Prebble's sell-out success Enron closes at the Royal Court on Saturday - but it'll be back in the West End soon enough, so you can book now if you'd like to see it at the Noel Coward Theatre next year... Enjoy.