Chemical Brothers, Stoppard Redux, Cartoon Fest: London Weekend

Watch a playwright leave his wife for an actress on Friday night.

Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons, had a sellout run on Broadway in the 1980s. It’s now on in London at the Old Vic, where Kevin Spacey is artistic director.

When Henry abandons Charlotte to take up with Annie, you’re left wondering what’s real and what’s not.

The play ends June 5. Information: or +44-844-871-7628.

The Waterloo Brasserie is popular with visitors to the Old Vic who fancy a buzzy bar and unfussy food such as crab linguini or steak and chips. The before-theater menu is 12.95 pounds ($18.58) for two courses and 16.95 pounds for three. Information: +44-20-7960-0202;


Spanish-born Angela de la Cruz is one of four nominees for this year’s Turner Prize, and happens to have a show you can see for free at the Camden Arts Centre in London.

De la Cruz’s art is a halfway house between painting and sculpture. The canvas and frame are her raw materials: She rips, smashes and stretches them into sculpture-like contraptions.

Check out “Nothing 1” (1998), a crumpled-up black canvas, and many other works before the show closes May 30. You never know, she could end up winning.

Information: or call +4420-7472-5500.

Saturday Night

The Chemical Brothers are back for a series of shows to promote their seventh album “Further,” released on June 7. The tickets are among the hottest in town, with the Roundhouse shows sold out: some are available online at higher prices.

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons aren’t siblings, though the duo has spent nearly 20 years together crafting electronic dance music in a musical chemistry lab, including “Exit Planet Dust” and “Dig Your Own Hole.”

The Chemical Brothers, the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1, May 20-May 23. Information: +844-482-8008;


The Barbican Centre’s annual animation festival starts the day before the Cannes Film Festival ends -- and it’s no less fun.

“Princess Lillifee” and “Yona Yona Penguin” are just two of the new and classic animation films from across the globe that will screen during the five-day “Animate the World” (May 22-27). You can try your hand at the genre in workshops.

Information: or call +44-20-7638-8891.

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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