Micro. Image by Frédéric Stoll
Whatever the wranglings in Westminster this week, rest assured the show(s) must go on in the West End, and at London's art galleries, and in its little cultural corners and cubby holes. Take your pick from the following:
Be There First: London Shows Opening
Tonight, Aussie gay drama Holding the Man opens at the Trafalgar Studios, starring Kath and Kim's Jane Turner. As does Sweet Charity at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring EastEnder Tamzin Outhwaite. Or there's a radically cut, speedily irreverent, musically enhanced version of Twelfth Night at the Tricycle Theatre, also opening tonight. Finally for this week's theatrical choices, Eurydice opens at the Young Vic, tantalisingly described as "Alice In Wonderland meets Greek mythology": fingers crossed, we'll bring you various reviews later in the week.
For the art lovers out there: YBA Marc Quinn's new exhibition of marble, bronze and silver sculptures opens at the White Cube Hoxton Square on Friday. Entitled Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas, these are individuals who've had extreme levels of plastic surgery, implants, transplants, that kind of thing. And it's free, so you've got no excuses for not popping down there. Excitement for London-based philatelists this week too: Empire Mail: George V and the GPO opens at the Guildhall Art Gallery on Friday.
Terracotta Far East Film Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday at a range of West End venues: The Prince Charles Cinema, Waxy's Little Sister and The Slug & Lettuce on Lisle Street.
Finally, we bring your attention to a cool-sounding one-off event: Micro at the Gate Theatre. Pierre Rigal's show is plugged as "smashing the boundaries between rock, pop, punk and contemporary dance to create an electrifying physical concert." Nice.
Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing
Artswise, The Empire Strikes Back at the Saatchi Gallery closes on Friday.
In Theatreland, your last chancers are: The Duchess of Malfi at the New Players Theatre closes on Friday, as do Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Andersen's English closes at Hampstead Theatre on Saturday, as does Fiona Shaw's Elegy for Young Lovers at the Young Vic. If we've missed anything, or if you're headed to see any of the above, let us know in the comments below.