Arts Ahead: What's On In London 16-22 March

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 16-22 March

Blaze opens at the Peacock Theatre tonight
Quilts, stamps, film festivals, dance-offs: London's cultural calendar is packed this week! Take your pick from the following...

Be There First: London Shows Opening

London's got two exciting dance shows happening this week: street dance comes to the Peacock Theatre as Blaze opens tonight. In contrast, a special gala concert, Homage to Nureyev comes to the London Coliseum from Sunday.

Artswise, Friday sees the opening of Victoria & Albert: Art and Love at The Queen's Gallery; or you can see sculpture by the suitably named Tony Cragg at the Lisson Gallery from tomorrow. Two zeitgeisty London shows will fill newspaper columns and airtime this week. You can either go girly, crafty, and make-do-and-mendy at Quilts 1700-2010 at the V&A from Saturday; or check out Steve McQueen: Queen and Country at the National Portrait Gallery: art, political statement, or continued media fetishisation of our soldiers? You decide.

Film Fest fans have got two to choose from this week. The 24th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens tomorrow; The London Australian Film Festival at the Barbican opens on Thursday.

In Theatreland, an Edinbrugh Festival success telling the story of Northern Ireland's infamous prison, The Chronicles Of Long Kesh opens at the Tricycle Theatre tonight. The Gods Weep, starring Jeremy Irons with top people from the RSC, opens at Hampstead Theatre tomorrow. And creepy-looking opera for children My Mother Told Me Not To Stare comes to the Unicorn Theatre from tomorrow. From Friday, you can catch purr-fect post, post, post-modern showgirl Meow Meow at the Soho Theatre: the blurb promises Weimar-era wit, 1930s Shanghai show tunes, 60s French pop and post-punk hilarity, creating a parody of glitz and high art that defies categorization.

Last Chance to See: London Shows Closing

It's all about theatre for the shows closing this week. Get your skates on if you wanted to catch one of the following: Disconnect closes at the Royal Court on Saturday, as does Hedda Gabler at the Richmond Theatre, Henry V at the Southwark Playhouse, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rose in Kingston, and Martina Cole's Two Women at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Finally, Fool for Love (starring Sadie Frost and Carl Barat as warring lovers) closes at the Riverside Studios on Sunday. Enjoy.

Last Updated 16 March 2010