Arts Ahead: What's On In London 13-19 July

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 13-19 July

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Studies on Light: Twilight, 1859 by Camille Silvy. Private Collection, Paris
Stars big and small appear on London's cultural calendar this week, plus photography old and new; and a slew of shows are closing for the summer. Make sure you don't miss out!

London Shows Opening: Be There First

Tonight is the opening night of Jeff Goldblum's new star vehicle: The Prisoner of Second Avenue. It's a black comedy about a New York couple coping with the stresses of the 1970s recession. And, from the other end of the celeb spectrum, if you're a fan of Steph Fearon (from the BBC's Over The Rainbow), she's on stage in Smokey Joe's Café at the Landor from tonight.

Tomorrow sees both Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 open at the Globe. And we're enduring both, so we'll let you know if they're any good later in the week. Andrew Lloyd Webber's gooey Aspects of Love opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory on Thursday, as does Lingua Franca at the Finborough Theatre: a new play about sexual freedom in 1950s Florence.

In the London art world, you can see Camille Silvy's incredible street photos from turn-of-the-century London and Paris at the National Portrait Gallery from Thursday, including documents about his London studio.

And we also like the sound of This is not the Chelsea Flower Show at Diemar/Noble from Thursday - floral photography by the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Dora Maar and Neeta Madahar. Over at the Royal College of Art from Friday, you can see Roman Cieslewicz's magazine covers, book illustrations and cinema posters from the 1950s and 1960s: Polish graphic design at its best.

Ballet Central is in town for just two days at Unicorn Theatre from Friday, celebrating its 25th anniversary with a tour of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance from some of the world's leading choreographers. Or you can see A Nite With Da Brazt: Boy Blue's youth groups hip hopping and body popping their way around the Barbican Theatre also on Friday and Saturday.

London Shows Closing: Last Chance to See

There's a whole heap of theatre, opera and dance coming to a close on Saturday. You'll have to take your pick from the following: La Traviata at the Royal Opera House; Aftermath at the Old Vic Theatre Tunnels; musical I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw The Sky at the Theatre Royal Stratford East; The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar; Lifegame at the Lyric Hammersmith; Lilies on the Land at the Arts Theatre; and Salome at Hamsptead Theatre.

And the Tricycle Theatre's Women Power and Politics season comes to a close on Saturday too.

Finally, Show RCA closes on Sunday with work by graduating MPhil and PhD students from the fine art courses: painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Let us know if we've missed anything...

Last Updated 13 July 2010