Arts Ahead: What's On In London 16 - 22 November

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 16 - 22 November

Fela! opens at the National Theatre tonight. Photos of the original Broadway Cast, by Monique Carboni
Here's our pick of what's opening this week in London

London Shows Opening: Be There First

What's new in theatre? Well, there's Fela! It's got exclamation marks! And is produced by Jay-Z! And is currently the subject of a court case! And it opens at the National tonight!

Slightly calmer is Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie opening at the Young Vic tomorrow. Or Joseph K, a reworking of Kafka's classic novel at the Gate Theatre from tomorrow. Or even Ibsen's The Master Builder, starring Bond girl Gemma Arterton and Stephen Dillane at the Almeida from Thursday.

And on Monday, biopic-musical (biomus?) of Judy Garland, called End of the Rainbow opens at the Trafalgar Studios. We'll bring you a review later in the week, all being well.

Two interesting sounding dance shows opening this week are: To The Ones I Love at the Barbican (nine male dancers, classical ballet, contemporary and African dance, martial arts and capoeira, and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, anyone?) and Far by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance at Sadler's Wells.

Friday is the start of the first London Iranian Film Festival taking place at the Cine Lumiere and the Apollo Cinema on Regent Street.

For art, we recommend Sir Peter Blake - Homage 10x5: Blake's Artists at the Waddington Gallery on Cork Street: fifty works made in homage to 10 artists who have influenced the pop artist throughout his career, including Saul Steinberg, Sonia Delaunay, Joseph Cornell and Damien Hirst. Two war-themed exhibitions opening this week are Fiona Banner at the Frith Street Gallery from tomorrow, and Night Visions, which opens at the Imperial War Museum on Saturday. For something lighter, we like the sound of Sue Timney and the art of Timney-Fowler at the Fashion and Textile Museum from Friday, and The Illustrators 2010 which opens at the Chris Beetles Gallery on Saturday. And everyone should check out Take A View: Landscape Photographer of the Year at the National Theatre from Monday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Friday is your last chance to see Being Sellers at the Waterloo East Theatre.

Bale de Rua closes at the Peacock Theatre on Saturday, as does Blasted at the Lyric Hammersmith, Krapp's Last Tape at the Duchess, Macbeth at the Barbican, and Twelfth Night at the Rose in Kingston. Enjoy!

Last Updated 16 November 2010