Arts Ahead: What's On In London 28 June-4 July

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 28 June-4 July

Our pick of the exciting theatre, dance, opera and art shows opening in London this week

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Theatre biggies: Tonight The Beggar's Opera opens at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre and The Railway Children returns to the abandoned Eurostar terminal at Waterloo for a summer run, starring Marcus Brigstocke. On Wednesday, Kevin Spacey's Richard III opens at the Old Vic.

Playwright debut: Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike opens Upstairs at the Royal Court on Friday with £10 tickets available on the day of performance.

Contemporary dance: les ballets C de la B perform Gardenia at Sadler's Wells from 29 June-2 July.

Photography: The first London Street Photography Festival opens on 1 July with exhibitions throughout Kings Cross, including the first Vivian Maier show at the German Gymnasium and photos of 1940s street markets at the British Library.

Exhibitions: Sitting and Looking examines connections between fine art, furniture, design and craft at Somerset House which opens on Wednesday and it's free. London in Black and White is a display of images from the London Metropolitan Archives in the West Walkway of Tower Bridge, opening Thursday. Local schoolkids have been involved in creating The Stuff of Nightmares at the V&A Museum of Childhood, which looks at the darker side of fairy tales and opens Saturday, free admission.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Curtain comes down on ENO's A Midsummer Night's Dream on Thursday. The last Where's My Seat at the new Bush Theatre is on Saturday, as is the final performance of A Delicate Balance at Almeida, Islington. The Royal Opera's Peter Grimes and The Merchants of Bollywood at Peacock Theatre both end on Sunday.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 28 June 2011