Portman Boyfriend, Hirst’s Flies, Rebecca Hall: London Weekend

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A choreographed work by Benjamin Millepied. The American Ballet Theatre dancers Stella Abrera and Cory Stearns in a segment of ''Everything Doesn't Happen At Once." The piece, part of a mixed bill, was performed at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London in 2011.

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A choreographed work by Benjamin Millepied. The American Ballet Theatre dancers Stella Abrera and Cory Stearns in a segment of ''Everything Doesn't Happen At Once." The piece, part of a mixed bill, was performed at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London in 2011. Close

A choreographed work by Benjamin Millepied. The American Ballet Theatre dancers Stella Abrera and Cory Stearns in a... Read More

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American Ballet Theatre's Melanie Hamrick and other company dancers in ''Everything Doesn't Happen at Once" by Benjamin Millepied. The piece is part of an ABT mixed bill at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre. Close

American Ballet Theatre's Melanie Hamrick and other company dancers in ''Everything Doesn't Happen at Once" by... Read More

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Rebecca Hall in "Twelfth Night" at the National Theatre in London. The production is directed by Hall's father, Sir Peter Hall. Close

Rebecca Hall in "Twelfth Night" at the National Theatre in London. The production is directed by Hall's father, Sir Peter Hall.

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Marton Csokas and Rebecca Hall in "Twelfth Night," by Shakespeare, at the National Theatre in London. The costumes reflect the early seventeenth century. Close

Marton Csokas and Rebecca Hall in "Twelfth Night," by Shakespeare, at the National Theatre in London. The costumes... Read More

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"Early One Morning" (1962) by Anthony Caro. The work will be on view in "Modern British Sculpture" at the Royal Academy, London from Jan. 22 through April 7. Close

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"Let's Eat Outdoors Today" (1990?91) by Damien Hirst. The work will be on view in "Modern British Sculpture'' at the Royal Academy. Close

"Let's Eat Outdoors Today" (1990?91) by Damien Hirst. The work will be on view in "Modern British Sculpture'' at the Royal Academy.

Actress Natalie Portman’s fiance -- who had a minor role in Black Swan” and masterminded her moves -- shows off his best work at Sadler’s Wells.

Benjamin Millepied’s choreography is a highlight of the American Ballet Theater’s mixed bill on Friday night. A parade of guys in loose waistcoats and girls in Grecian tunics twitch and toss in a seamless blend of ballet and athletics. Shame about the screechy live music.

Information: http://www.sadlerswells.org.uk or +844-412-4300.

Saturday

The flies are feasting on an artwork by Damien Hirst.

Trapped in a giant vitrine, they suck at the leftovers of a barbecue: roast fowl, red meat slabs, chunky fries, dollops of ketchup and a cow’s head bleeding under the picnic table.

“Let’s Eat Outdoors Today” (1990-91) is the showstopper in the Royal Academy of Art’s Modern British Sculpture exhibition, a sleekly laid out though sparse selection with glaring omissions (Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor).

Don’t miss Anthony Caro’s bright-red contraption and Barbara Hepworth’s memorial with a hole at the top: A version of it stands outside New York’s United Nations building.

The show ends on April 7. Information: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk or +44-20-7300-8000.

The new Restaurant at the Royal Academy offers all-day dining with waiter service. By restaurateur Oliver Peyton, who brought fine food to London’s National Gallery and the Wallace Collection, it serves wild-sea-bass ceviche, with pink pepper, as well as pheasant with sherry sauce. Information: +44-20-7300-5608 or http://bit.ly/f7uLS7.

Saturday Night

Hotly tipped rock acts are taking part in HMV’s Next Big Thing concerts across eight London venues through Feb. 13. Saturday night’s shows include Gaggle, a 22-member female choir that will crowd the stage at the Borderline.

The festival also includes Caitlin Rose, Funeral for a Friend, Yoav, Sunday Girl and James Blake.

Information: http://hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=4771.

Over at the National Theatre, Rebecca Hall -- the uptight Vicky in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” -- headlines a staging of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by her dad, director Peter Hall.

She plays a girl who passes herself off as a boy and sparks a flurry of erotic misunderstandings. Her gender-bending outfit: a snugly fitted dark-red doublet and breeches.

The elder Hall, meanwhile, has a barebones directing style that sometimes slows down the production.

“Twelfth Night” ends March 2. Information: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or +44-20-7452-3000.

Nearby Skylon is a good place to eat light, fresh dishes created by Finnish chef Helena Puolakka -- a protegee of culinary masters Pierre Gagnaire and Pierre Koffmann. Pre- and post-theater menus start at 26.75 pounds ($43.29). Information: +44-20-7654-7800 or http://bit.ly/hXck8z.

Sunday

Charles Dickens was also an actor.

Find out more by joining a London walk that starts every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Covent Garden Tube station and winds up at the Charles Dickens Museum. Call before you go.

Information: +44-7913-253-242.

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

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