Arts Ahead: What's On In London 26 October - 1 November

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 26 October - 1 November

When We Were Married, starring Lipman and Roy Hudd opens at the Garrick Theatre tomorrow

There's lots of fantastic things to choose from on London's art scene this week. And not a cheap zombie mask in sight.

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Glasgow-set drama Men Should Weep opens at the National Theatre tonight; When We Are Married, starring Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd opens at the Garrick Theatre tomorrow; and Blasted opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on Thursday, as does Palace Of The End at the Arcola Theatre.

Dance fans can choose from Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Nearly Ninety at the Barbican, or London's first performance of Iphigenie Auf Tauris by Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal: a rarely performed combo of dance and opera at Sadler's Wells.

Two blockbuster art shows open this week: Newspeak: British Art Now Part II opens at the Saatchi Gallery tomorrow and Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys comes to the Royal Academy of Arts from Saturday. If you're into botanical paintings, there's a treat for you at Hampton Court Palace from tomorrow: Paintings at the Palace brings together paintings from the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium from the 17th century onwards, but you'll have to be quick: this show's only on for five days. On the smaller scale, head to The Women's Library for an interesting-sounding exhibition from Thursday: Hand Made Tales. And from Monday you can see Rob Ryan: The Stars Shine All Day Too: new papercuts and screenprints from the whimsical artist at the Air Gallery in Dover Street.

If you're entertaining kids this half-term, check out the London Children's Film Festival at the Barbican from Saturday, Peppa Pig's Party at Richmond Theatre also on Saturday, and the fabulously named Suitcase Circus at the Half Moon Young People's Theatre, again, on Saturday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

So, this Saturday is the final curtain for a whole host of London shows. The 7 Fingers - Traces at the Peacock Theatre, Avenue Q at Wyndham's, Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine at the Trafalgar Studios, Faust at the Young Vic, and Sister Act at the London Palladium all say farewell on Saturday night.

Sunday is your last chance to see Departure Lounge at Waterloo East Theatre and Terror 210: Death and Resurrection at the Southwark Playhouse. Give us a shout if we've missed anything!

Last Updated 26 October 2010