London arts: The best art, theatre, dance and concerts to see this week

Jessie Thompson

Head to the British Library this week for a major Harry Potter exhibition. More fun than a late night sneak into Hogwarts' Restricted Section.


Mike Bartlett thrilled the nation with his high octane drama about a marriage in ruins, Doctor Foster. Now he’s writing about a country in ruins, an apt story for our beleaguered Brexit-y times. Albion stars Victoria Hamilton (who you might recognise as Doctor Foster’s beleaguered friend, Anna). It’s also an exciting creative reunion: Bartlett and Almeida boss Rupert Goold are working together again for the first time since their mega smash-hit King Charles III a few years back.

Until November 24, Almeida Theatre;

The Lady from the Sea

The recent news that Kwame Kwei-Armah will take the helm at the Young Vic was met with high approval. It’s quite a commitment though, so grab the chance to see him working in a different building before he takes the reins. He’s directing a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s play about a lighthouse-keeper’s daughter in a trapped marriage, adapted by Elinor Cook and starring Nikki Amuka-Bird.

Until December 2, Donmar Warehouse;

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future

Want to see a man launch himself into space and a train disappear through a wall? Well yes, obviously you do. Pioneers of installation art Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have their first major UK exhibition opening at Tate Modern this week, critiquing the conventions of art history and bringing visitors into magical, uncanny environments.

October 18 - January 28, Tate Modern;

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Just over the road from Platform 9 ¾, a major exhibition is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. Unveiling rare books and historical magic objects to explore the history of magic, it offers a chance to understand the traditions and folklore that helped create JK Rowling’s spellbinding world. There will also be plenty of original drafts and drawings from Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay. Prepare to book ahead though - it’s going to be a popular one.

October 20 - February 28, British Library;

A Woman of No Importance

‘Tis the season to go wild about Wilde: a year-long celebration of his work is about to begin in the West End. Former Globe boss Dominic Dromgoole’s new company Classic Spring are setting up stall in the Vaudeville Theatre to revisit Wilde’s work and it all kicks off this week. Dromgoole’s production of A Woman of No Importance stars Eve Best and Anne Reid.

Until December 30, Vaudeville Theatre

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Venus in Fur

More theatre? Surely not? Yep, it’s true - the bonanza of new West End shows continues with the UK premiere of David Ives’ critically acclaimed Broadway comedy. Natalie Dormer and David Oakes star in a production directed by Patrick Marber at the Haymarket.

Until December 9, Theatre Royal Haymarket

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Lyon Opera Ballet

Top your week off with some gripping world class ballet. Lyon Opera Ballet are at Sadler’s Wells with three dance works from three acclaimed choreographers, all set to Beethoven’s Grande Fugue op. 133.

October 19-20, Sadler’s Wells;

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