Arts Ahead: What's On In London 26 April–2 May

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 26 April–2 May

Here's our guide to what's on away from Westminster Abbey this week. On London's cultural calendar, there's not a dodgy tea towel in sight.

Be There First: London Shows Opening

First up, theatre. Chekhov in Hell opens at the Soho Theatre tonight, imagining the result if Anton woke up from a 100-year sleep and found himself in 21st-century Britain. Goodnight Mister Tom remains firmly in the last century at the Rose Theatre, also from tonight.

And The Horse You Rode In On, a sinister comedy of ineptitude, comes to the Barbican Pit Theatre from tomorrow night, as does The Time Is Now, a darkly comic new play by Ben Clare at the New Wimbledon Studio. And from Saturday, Pocket Dream brings a condensed version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to the Udderbelly.

Little Londonists with a taste for theatre can choose from Scarecrow at the Polka Theatre from tonight and Mr Benn (yes, adapted from the 70s TV show) at artsdepot from Saturday.

Street dance comes to Sadler's Wells as Breakin' Convention returns for an eighth year on Saturday. The London Children's Ballet performs Rumpelstiltskin at the Peacock from Thursday.

In art: Young British Art is at Limoncello in East London from Friday, an exhibition of pieces in black and white by 36 artists, among them Phyllida Barlow, Ed Cotterill and The Hut Project. Minimum After Minimalism is at the Intervention Gallery from Saturday: work by eight contemporary artists who explore minimalism in everyday objects. Terry Scales: The Thames, our Sleeping Giant is an exhibition of paintings by the artists of London's river dating from 1946, on show at Discover Greenwich from Saturday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Saturday is your last chance to see Bronte at the Tricycle Theatre, Chicken at the Southwark Playhouse, The Knot Of The Heart at the Almeida, Precious Little Talent at the Trafalgar Studios, and Verdict at the Richmond Theatre.

The Hurly Burly Show reveals its last nipple tassel for the season on Sunday. The Tsar's Bride sings her last at the Royal Opera House on Monday, and Frankenstein also closes at the National Theatre on Monday. Queue for tickets for this last one: it's worth it.

Finally, in our one and only nod to *that* wedding for this post, Royal Family at Hayward Gallery closes on Monday: an irreverent look at the house of Windsor through art. Enjoy.

Last Updated 26 April 2011