Our pick of the tasty-sounding art, theatre, music and opera events for this week
THEATRE: Tonight, The Riots opens at the Tricycle Theatre, a swift response to this summer’s events through the words of those who were close to the action.
The Girl I Left Behind Me is a one-woman show exploring the cross-dressing traditions of musical theatre at the Barbican Pit Theatre from tomorrow. Also from tomorrow: the big, scary Gruffalo returns to the Lyric Theatre, just in time for Christmas; The Kitchen Sink at the Bush Theatre; and La Soiree at the Roundhouse.
New musical Goodbye Barcelona opens at the Arcola Theatre on Thursday, following one man's battle against fascism in 1930s Spain. Aladdin opens at the Greenwich Theatre on Thursday (Oh no, it doesn't, etc), as does the London transfer of Matilda The Musical, Roald Dahl's much-loved tale about a bullied school girl, with music by Tim Minchin.
OPERA fans should look out for Opera North's production of The Queen of Spades at the Barbican Theatre from tonight, and their performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore from tomorrow. At the London Coliseum from Saturday, you can see Tosca, Puccini’s classic tragedy of torture, murder and attempted rape.
WORLD: Mauricio Velasierra does incredible things with the Andean flute and he performs with his quintet at The Forge in Camden on Thursday night.
CLASSICAL: One of the world's top violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter, performs a contemporary violin concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on Sunday. The concert also features Valery Gergiev conducting Shostakovich's 10th symphony.
ART & EXHIBITIONS: From tomorrow, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011 opens at the ICA: highlights of work by 40 recent graduates from UK art schools. Or you can head to A&D for The Art of the Album, a free show we’ve told you about before.
Head to the Bank of England Museum for an exhibition all about the new £50 note from Thursday: Secure By Design – The Boulton and Watt £50 Note runs until March next year.
Bad Santa’s Grotto opens at Graffik Gallery on Saturday: as well as the street art, there’s a Christmas market too. Or head to the Christmas Art Mash-Up at Outline Editions on Berwick Street for limited edition prints, clothing, jewellery and more from Saturday.
If there's anything else that's opening and getting you excited this week, let us know in the comments below!