Arts Ahead: What's On In London 12 - 18 October

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 12 - 18 October

Alina Cojocaru in Theme and Variations. Photo by Dee Conway
It's one of those overwhelming weeks on London's cultural calendar. There's so much going on, it quite takes your breath away. Here are some tips:

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Sadler's Wells from tonight, with two contrasting shows: Romeo And Juliet and triple bill Pointes Of View. Our other dance pick for the week is the varied programme at the Royal Opera House sporting the catchy title La Valse / Invitus Invitam / Winter Dreams / Theme and Variations. It opens on Friday, and runs until the end of the month.

Onassis opens at the Novello Theatre tonight, starring My Family man Robert Lindsay as the Greek shipping magnate with a lust for famous women. Also opening tonight is Ivan And The Dogs, a tale of survival in 1990s Russia at the Soho Theatre, and Snow White and the Seven Designers, a scarily early panto at the Garrick Theatre. Flashdance The Musical brings dancing welders to the Shaftesbury Theatre from Thursday. And the same night sees the opening the interesting-sounding of Prince of Denmark at the National: looking at the life of theatre's most famous tragic hero a decade before the action in Shakespeare's play.

Finally for theatre, if you fancy a pre-Halloween scare, try Terror 2010: Death and Resurrection at the Southwark Playhouse from Thursday. The Terror 2010 season includes three world premieres from renowned playwrights April De Angelis, Mark Ravenhill and Neil LaBute, taking the London Bridge venue back to its wartime roots as a morgue during the Blitz. Not for the faint-hearted.

Over on London's art scene, it's busy, busy, busy! Canaletto and His Rivals opens at the National tomorrow, as does Exhibition #3 at the Museum of Everything; Move: Choreographing You at The Hayward; and Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography at the Porter Gallery. Frieze kicks off on Thursday (as if you didn't know already), and both Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion and Damian Ortega: The Independent open at the Barbican on Friday.

If film's more your thing, you're in luck. Choose from the BFI London Film Festival opening tomorrow; the Bicycle Film Festival London (also opening tomorrow); or Sci-Fi London: Oktoberfest, opening Thursday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Danton's Death closes at the National on Thursday. And Gounod's Goethe-based opera, Faust closes at the London Coliseum on Saturday.

Sunday is your last chance to see this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. And Newspeak: British Art Now closes at the Saatchi Gallery on Sunday too. If there's something we've missed, drop us a line in the comments below.

Last Updated 12 October 2010