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

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

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

Be There First: London Shows Opening

Dance: Royal New Zealand Ballet open From Here To There at Barbican on Thursday; a triple bill of contemporary works running for just three nights. Up the road at Sadler's Wells see Hofesh Shecter's 'Choreographer's Cut' of Political Mother from tonight until Saturday – we warn you, though – it is LOUD.

Tonight, is a special gala performance of Frederick Ashton's Romeo and Juliet at Coliseum, starring guests from the ballet hall of fame taking on the character parts: Wayne Sleep, Lynn Seymour, Wayne Eagling, Marguerite Porter and David Wall. Balletomanes, rejoice! Normal service resumed Wednesday until Sunday.

Theatre: Kilburn's Tricycle presents Lay Me Down Softly, set in the world of the old travelling carnival, which opens tonight. Kafka's terrifying In The Penal Colony opens at Young Vic on Thursday and there's a second opportunity to see Anne Boleyn at the Globe from Friday, still starring Miranda Raison. Read our review of its debut run last year.

In other theatre news, saucy success The Village Bike has been extended until 6 August, upstairs at the Royal Court. And Eurovision fans, book your tickets for Eurobeat at the Broadway, Barking 28-30 July.

Exhibitions: The new Sammy Ofer wing of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich opens on Wednesday with High Arctic, imagining 2100 AD. In Lincoln's Inn Fields, Wonders of the Ancient World reveals Sir John Soane's collection of models by Francois Fouquet from Thursday. Jake or Dinos Chapman opens at Hoxton White Cube and Where the People will go opens at South London Gallery on Friday.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

Cendrillon – the Cinderella opera – closes with a Saturday matinee but you can see it for free on a BP big screen on Wednesday night. Curtain comes down on Madame Butterfly in the evening.

Derren Brown, Svengali ceases on Saturday, as does Ghost Stories at the Duke of York's, Theatre Brothel at Almeida, Islington, Hundreds and Thousands at Soho Theatre and Seagull at Arcola, Dalston.

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

Last Updated 12 July 2011