Arts Ahead: What's On in London 15-21 June

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Arts Ahead: What's On in London 15-21 June

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Ruth Wilson stars in Through A Glass Darkly at the Almeida Theatre
If you're failing to get enthused about the footie, check out these alternative entertainments from London's cultural calendar instead.

London Shows Opening: Be There First

This week in theatre you can see Ingmar Bergman film Through a Glass Darkly turned into a play at the Almeida. It opens tomorrow, and stars the lovely Ruth Wilson.

Also in theatre: Frank Wedekind's previously banned tale of a young femme-fatale, Lulu, comes to the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, and Everything Must Go opens at the Barbican tomorrow. It's a father/daughter collaboration created for the Edinburgh Festival, using cinefilm, clowning, dance, puppetry and hurdling. Yes, hurdling. The Royal Court's newest production, Sucker Punch opens on Saturday: this examination of what it was like to be young and Black in the 80s is staged in a boxing ring.

If you're entertaining little londonists, our recommendation for this week is the swashbuckling Pirates! at the Polka Theatre from Saturday.

New dance shows on offer include the award-winning Tap Dogs at the Novello Theatre (think Stomp with tap shoes), and Belgian ballet in Les Ballets C de la B - Alain Platel's Out Of Context at Sadler's Wells.

Artswise, Ernesto Neto's amazing installations come to the Hayward Gallery on Friday, as well as The New D├ęcor: work from more than 30 international contemporary artists. These two are part of the Hayward's reopening following some refurbishment work. If you're a photography fan, check out Sally Mann: The Family and the Land at the Photographer's Gallery.

And while some of its many events (Architects Build Small Spaces at the V&A for example) have already started, the totally brilliant London Festival of Architecture 2010 opens properly on Saturday, and runs until 4 July. Check out all the details here: www.lfa2010.org.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Lots of West End and theatrey shows come to a close this Saturday: Bedroom Farce at the Duke of York's Theatre, The Crucible at the Open Air Theatre, Electric Hotel at Sadler's Wells, Ingredient X at the Royal Court, Mrs Warren's Profession at the Comedy Theatre, and Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall.

And last but not least, art exhibition Indian Portraits closes at National Portrait Gallery on Sunday. Let us know if we've missed anything in the comments below!

Last Updated 15 June 2010