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

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

Tango Fire – Flames Of Desire comes to the Peacock Theatre from tonight; it's a brand new show from the Argentine dance company.

It's a big week for dance: the festival Rosas, celebrating the work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues at Sadler's Wells; over at the London Coliseum, the ENO's Diaghilev Festival starts today, and continues until Sunday.

Tonight in theatre, Baron's Court Theatre stages Anthony Burgess's cult allegory of free will, A Clockwork Orange.  At the Arcola from tonight, you can see an intriguing double-bill of rarely performed plays from acclaimed American writer David Mamet: Lakeboat and Prairie Du Chien.

Tomorrow, Betty Blue Eyes brings austerity Britain and a royal wedding to the Novello Theatre. At the Duchess Theatre, Mike Leigh's hugely successful revival of Ecstasy explores the lives of four North London friends from tomorrow. And Rory Kinnear fans have another chance to see his Hamlet at the National for a super-short run from tomorrow. Also at the National is London Road about an Ipswich serial killer; it opens on Thursday.

You can go back to the 70s from Friday as Godspell comes to the Union Theatre; and finally, from Monday, Belt Up Theatre’s all-male Macbeth is being staged at The House of Detention, Sans Walk, Clerkenwell.

Opera goes Russian in London for this week: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian masterpiece The Tsar's Bride receives its first ever performances by the Royal Opera from Thursday.

And for the art fans out there: Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape opens at Tate Modern on Thursday. Also opening on Thursday is Royal Wedding Souvenirs at the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising in Notting Hill: memorabilia from the past 170 years all about the royals. Look out for the commemorative Rubik's Cube from Charles and Di's big day.

Wim Wenders's new exhibition Places, Strange and Quiet opens at the Haunch of Venison on Friday; 40-odd Dutch Landscapes from the Royal Collection go on display at The Queen's Gallery from Friday.

Alice Anderson's Childhood Rituals opens at the Freud Museum on Friday; sculptures include ropes of dolls' hair tied around the outside of the museum (find out more in our recent podcast). At the Horniman Museum, you can see Bali – Dancing for the Gods, an exhibition looking at Balinese culture and dance from Saturday. At the National Portrait Gallery from Saturday, free exhibition Only Connect reveals a network of connections between sitters like Benjamin Britten, Yehudi Menuhin, Barbara Hepworth and George Bernard Shaw.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Aida closes at the Royal Opera House on Friday, and Fidelio and OperaShots come to an end at the same venue on Saturday.

Saturday is also your last chance to see Anna Karenina at the Arcola Theatre, Remembrance Day at the Royal Court, Sex Idiot and Shazia Mirza: Multiple Choice at the Soho Theatre, Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World at the Southwark Playhouse; The Tempest at the Barbican; and Terminus at the Young Vic.

The British Art Show 7 closes at the Hayward Gallery on Sunday.

Last Updated 12 April 2011