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Hannah John-Kamen and ensemble in "Viva Forever" by Jennifer Saunders at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. Viva is persuaded to abandon her girlfriends and try for a solo career.

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Hannah John-Kamen and ensemble in "Viva Forever" by Jennifer Saunders at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. Viva is persuaded to abandon her girlfriends and try for a solo career. Close

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"Self Portrait" (1943) by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. The oil painting is on display in an exhibition of Choucair works at Tate Modern through Oct. 20, 2013. Close

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Sally Ann Triplett in "Viva Forever" by Jennifer Saunders at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. Triplett plays an icy, ambitious and selfish judge on a TV talent show. Close

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Lucy Phelps, Dominique Provost-Chalkey, Hannah John-Kamen and Siobhan Athwal in "Viva Forever" by Jennifer Saunders at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. The new jukebox musical is based on music released by The Spice Girls. Viva is visited on her houseboat by friends. Close

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The view from Oblix at the Shard. The Thames river runs across the cityscape, with St. Pauls's Cathedral above it in the center. Close

The view from Oblix at the Shard. The Thames river runs across the cityscape, with St. Pauls's Cathedral above it in the center.

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"Two-One" (1947-51) by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. The canvas has a hole at its center from bomb damage during the 1980s Lebanese civil war. Close

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Singer Adam Ant will perform songs from his new album and some of his greatest hits at the Roundhouse. The CD’s title is “Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.” Close

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U.S. pianist and songwriter Jon Regen. He performs with bassist P.J. Phillips and drummer Mirko Augello at Pizza Express Jazz Club as part of his European tour. Regen's album "Revolution" was listed by Bloomberg rock critic Mark Beech as one of the best of 2011. Close

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The Shard’s first restaurant, Adam Ant’s comeback and a designer craft fair are among Muse’s arts and leisure recommendations for London this weekend.

STAGE

Infidelity is the theme of “Passion Play,” the Peter Nichols comedy opening at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Zoe Wanamaker’s character Eleanor is thrown off course when her husband cheats with a flirtatious young woman. The play ends Aug. 3. Information: http://www.passionplaylondon.com.

The Spice Girls musical “Viva Forever” isn’t quite living up to its name: It’s closing June 29. You have a few more weeks to hear hits like “Wannabe” punctuate a plot by Jennifer (“Absolutely Fabulous”) Saunders.

The plot goes something like this: Young Viva, who lives on a houseboat, performs in a TV talent show with the girl band she’s just joined. Then a divisive TV judge singles her out for a solo career.

Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street, W1D 7DY. Information: http://www.vivaforeverthemusical.com or +44-844-871-7627.

DINING

Mark Wogan, son of entertainer Terry Wogan, opens a wood-fired pizza joint in Covent Garden this week. Homeslice serves regular varieties such as Margherita at 4 pounds ($6.21) a slice or 20 pounds for the whole 20-inch pizza. More exotic options feature bone marrow, spring onion and watercress. Information: http://www.homeslicepizza.co.uk/ or +44-20-7836-4604.

The Shard is finally accepting diners: at Oblix, which also opens this week. The modern, 32nd-floor restaurant is inspired by New York grills and serves dishes such as Caesar salad (9 pounds) or whole lobster, lemon verbena & garlic butter (34 pounds). There’s a 100-seat lounge with live music, too. You may need to book early as Oblix is attracting a lot of interest. Information: http://oblixrestaurant.com/ or +44-20-7268-6700.

VISUAL ARTS

What’s that gaping hole doing in the middle of an abstract painting? It’s a leftover from the Lebanese civil war: A bomb sent glass flying through artist Saloua Raouda Choucair’s apartment, leaving tears in her oil-on-canvas “Two=One” (1947-51), which she never restored.

Choucair, now 97, has a standalone show at Tate Modern. Though the works reveal her Modernist training in Paris, Choucair’s personality comes through. Don’t miss “Chores” (1948-9), where three bored women, drawn in the manner of Matisse, iron, scrub and sweep.

Ends Oct. 20 at Tate Modern. http://www.tate.org.uk or call +44-20-7887-8888.

MUSIC

Adam Ant’s career comes full circle at the Roundhouse: He returns to the Camden venue he played in May 1978 supporting X Ray Spex. Ant will sing tracks off his new album and some greatest hits. Also on the bill: Alexa De Strange and New Killer Shoes. http://www.adam-ant.com/

U.S. singer-songwriter Jon Regen swings through London on a European tour. The jazzy pianist has just done a sellout show with Dionne Warwick and signed with Sly Dog Records for his single “Revolution.” He is at Pizza Express Jazz Club Saturday with bassist P.J. Phillips on bass and drummer Mirko Augello.

Information: http://www.jonregen.com/

OTHER LONDON OUTINGS

If you like designer bric a brac -- glassware, ceramics, textiles, jewelry -- head for Collect at the Saatchi Gallery this weekend. The international fair for contemporary objects turns 10 this year. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect.

Or you can help the Royal Ballet’s Romanian-born star Alina Cojocaru fundraise for a Bucharest hospice destined for the terminally ill. She and other ballet greats (Steven McRae, Johan Kobborg) dance at Sadler’s Wells on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4300. The charity is http://www.hospicesofhope.co.uk.

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

Muse highlights include New York and London weekend guides, Lewis Lapham on history and Jeremy Gerard on theater.

To contact the writer on this story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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