It’s the mother-daughter pairing from hell.
Tamsin Greig plays middle-aged Hilary in “Jumpy.” Once a bold anti-nuclear campaigner, she now plays powerless parent to teenage Tilly (Bel Powley), who describes her, thoughtfully, as “mental-pausal.” Hilary’s evenings are spent reading out pages of “Great Expectations” to her sweet but dull husband.
Tilly’s sex life sets off a funny chain of events. The biggest hoot: Hilary’s single friend Frances (Doon Mackichan), whose plumes-and-tassels burlesque number is, alone, worth the ticket.
Acting is great, especially from bumbling Greig, and sets look good. At the Duke of York’s Theatre through Nov. 3. Information: http://www.royalcourtatdukes.com/ or +44-844-871- 7627.
Ever wonder what a skinned corpse looks like? Stop by Buckingham Palace and find out.
The Queen’s Gallery displays 87 sheets of Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical sketches, the biggest number ever to go on show.
There are bones, innards, muscles, and lungs. The sketches are delicate and precise, except in one case -- “The Hemisection of a Man and Woman in the Act of Coition” -- where Leonardo lets his imagination loose and ends up being anatomically incorrect.
“Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist” is at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, through Oct. 7. Information: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions, +44-20-7766-7300.
The free iTunes festival reverts to dance mode tomorrow night. French star David Guetta performs his electropop hits in a double bill with London’s Calvin Harris, who revels in the unlikely claim that he invented disco. Harris was born in 1984, some time after the genre emerged, though he did enhance it with tunes like “Dance Wiv Me” and “Ready for the Weekend.”
Marine Ices, close to the Roundhouse, traces its history to 1931. It’s still serving pizza and other simple Italian fare, as well as the ice creams and sorbets it’s famous for. Information: http://www.marineices.co.uk/index.html or +44-20-7482-9003.
America’s oldest professional dance company is in town.
The San Francisco Ballet performs 10 short works during its nine-date run at Sadler’s Wells. Sunday’s show features a Christopher Wheeldon choreography (“Ghosts”) and a piece by the company’s artistic director Helgi Tomasson (“Trio”), set to Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence.” Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4300.
Sadler’s Wells is close to Exmouth Market, a tiny street filled with places to eat. For great coffee and unusual, fusion dishes, Caravan is hard to beat. The casual, crowded bar- restaurant is owned by New Zealanders, who have their own roaster in the basement. Information: http://www.caravanonexmouth.co.uk/ or +44-20-7833-8115.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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