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

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

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Andrea del Verrocchio, Head of a woman, 1470s, charcoal and white heightening. Copyright the Trustees of the British Museum
If the ash cloud is preventing you jetting off to somewhere exotic, why not make plans to taste all the goodness London's cultural scene has to offer instead? Here are a few recommendations for this week.

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings opens at the British Museum on Thursday. And two exciting new art shows open in London on Friday. Take your pick from Jannis Kounellis's Italian Arte Povera at Ambika P3, or German artist Christian Jankowski's attempts to create The Perfect Gallery at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park.

London theatres offer the following: Sweet Nothings transfers to the Rose Theatre in Kingston tonight. It got great reviews at the South London venue, so if Kingston's more convenient for you, you're in for a treat. The Real Thing opens at the Old Vic on Wednesday. We'll let you know what it's like later in the week. And a brilliant-sounding Moby Dick opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on Friday: the comedic company, Spymonkey, present a "glorious mis-telling of Herman Melville's epic with brilliant characters, outrageous naughtiness and a delightful lack of respect for theatrical convention." And it's been recommended by earlier audiences from this londonista's birthplace, Northampton, but don't let that put you off.

For you dance lovers out there, London Children's Ballet presents Noel Streatfield's Ballet Shoes at the Peacock Theatre from Thursday. Look out for tap, classical, and lots of nine-to-16-year-old talent.

Pictures From An Exhibition returns to Sadler's Wells for two nights only on Friday and Saturday this week: it's rude, raucous and not for the faint-hearted, according to the Indy. And Monday sees the start of Akram Khan's Gnosis: a piece by the exciting choreographer / dancer inspired by the Mahabharata story of Queen Ghandari.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

The Arcola Studio 1's latest play, 1936, closes on Saturday. Saturday is also your last chance to see the awesome Jerusalem (don't say we didn't warn you), Compagnie XY: Le Grand C at the Roundhouse, and Jesus Hopped The A Train at the Trafalgar Studios.

The fun, clean and slippery Soap closes at the Riverside Studios on Sunday.

Artswise, Richard Hamilton's free solo exhibition closes at the Serpentine Gallery on Sunday. And the really interesting Family Seen Through the Eyes of Children closes at the London International Gallery of Children's Art on Sunday too. But we reckon most people will be thinking about the Marathon instead on Sunday. Anything we've missed? Drop us a line below...

Last Updated 20 April 2010