Arts Ahead: What's On In London 5-11 July

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Arts Ahead: What's On In London 5-11 July

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

Be There First: London Shows Opening

On stage: The retelling of the Cinderella story through Opera – Massenet's Cendrillon (pictured) – opens at Royal Opera House tonight (be ready for a long wait if you want to buy tickets online today – a new booking period just opened at ROH). Sondheim musical Road Show is at the Menier Chocolate Factory as of tomorrow and Yes, Prime Minister returns to the Apollo from Thursday night.

There are three kid-friendly shows that start this week. The Tiger Who Came To Tea leaps from storybook to stage at the Strand's Vaudeville Theatre tomorrow, Pericles – reimagined for everyone aged six and over opens at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre on Friday as does Toad at Southwark Playhouse.

Exhibitions just opened: The Patriot Mason began yesterday at Freemasons' Hall and London Transport Museum's new exhibition, Sense and the City opened last week in Covent Garden. Another attraction with added exhibity allure is Tower Bridge with an exhibition of old black and white photos of London from the Metropolitan Archives on show.

London Street Photography Festival is in full swing, including an exhibition at the British Library. While you're there, check out the Worlds of Mervyn Peake display.

Last Chance To See: London Shows Closing

After nearly five years of pinking up a corner of Aldwych, Dirty Dancing closes on Saturday night. Last chance to nab a pair of those hot pink hot pants... or is it? The show goes on a nationwide tour till summer 2012.

ENO's Two Boys has its last show on Friday and Simon Boccanegra on Saturday.

Richard III at Hampstead Theatre closes on Friday, whilst Takeaway the Musical at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Realism at Soho Theatre and Government Inspector at Young Vic all end on Saturday.

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

Last Updated 05 July 2011