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

Jessie Thompson

Here's this week's best arts and culture offerings.

The Singing Tree

Award-winning designer Es Devlin seems to have brought us a Christmas tree direct from the future. The V&A’s Christmas tree, to be unveiled this week, will be illuminated by an audio-visual carol created using words from the public. It’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen (or heard) before.

Unveiled today until January 6, V&A Museum;

Parliament Square

Next up at the Bush Theatre is a new play that interrogates the question of how to be an activist in the modern age. James Fritz was given the Judges’ Award for it at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize, and Jude Christian (Lela and Co, Bodies) is directing.

November 30 - January 6, Bush Theatre;

Rose Wylie

An artist inspired by everything from art history to celebrity stories, Wylie didn’t get her break until she was in her seventies. But there’s no time like the present, and you can see her major new solo show at the Serpentine Gallery from this week.

November 30 - February 11, Serpentine Galleries;

Rob Delaney

One half of the hit show Catastrophe will be making Islington chuckle this weekend. Rob Delaney performs stand-up as part of an evening of entertainment at the Union Chapel - also on the bill are Lolly Adefope, Ed Gamble and Joe Wilkinson.

December 2, Union Chapel;

The Barbershop Chronicles

Inua Ellams’ sell-out hit returns to the Dorfman for another go in the barber’s chair after last year’s success - Fiona Mountford urged audiences to make an appointment. Read our Play Talk interview with Ellams here.

Until January 9, National Theatre;

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