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London Best: Clapton Blues, Burning Heretic, Gatsby Dance

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Eric Clapton plays his annual run of dates at London's Royal Albert Hall. The U.K. guitarist plays a range of rock and blues.

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Eric Clapton plays his annual run of dates at London's Royal Albert Hall. The U.K. guitarist plays a range of rock and blues. Close

Eric Clapton plays his annual run of dates at London's Royal Albert Hall. The U.K. guitarist plays a range of rock and blues.

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John Simm and Indira Varma in "The Hothouse" by Harold Pinter. Varma's Miss Cutts, the mistress of Simon Russell Beale's Roote, also has an affair with his nemesis Gibbs, played by Simm. Close

John Simm and Indira Varma in "The Hothouse" by Harold Pinter. Varma's Miss Cutts, the mistress of Simon Russell... Read More

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Simon Russell Beale and John Simm in "The Hothouse" by Harold Pinter at Trafalgar Studios. Beale plays Roote, the incompetent head of a sinister medical institution. Close

Simon Russell Beale and John Simm in "The Hothouse" by Harold Pinter at Trafalgar Studios. Beale plays Roote, the... Read More

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Harry Melling as Lamb in "The Hothouse." Lamb, a staff member, is asked to participate in an experiment by Gibbs and his assistant Miss Cutts. Close

Harry Melling as Lamb in "The Hothouse." Lamb, a staff member, is asked to participate in an experiment by Gibbs and... Read More

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Richard Rees, Christopher Goh, Benedict Wong and Andrew Koji as Minder, Second Soldier, Ai Weiwei and First Soldier in "#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei" by Howard Brenton. The play is based on Ai Weiwei's account in Barnaby Martin's book "Hanging Man." Close

Richard Rees, Christopher Goh, Benedict Wong and Andrew Koji as Minder, Second Soldier, Ai Weiwei and First Soldier... Read More

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Benedict Wong as Ai Weiwei in "#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei." The Chinese artist was held for 81 days and says he was urged to confess to murder, tax evasion, state subversion and fraud. Close

Benedict Wong as Ai Weiwei in "#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei." The Chinese artist was held for 81 days and says he... Read More

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"Man Ray Self-Portrait with Camera" (1932) by Man Ray. Although his greatest achievement was as a photographer, Man Ray sometimes protested that photography was not an art. Close

"Man Ray Self-Portrait with Camera" (1932) by Man Ray. Although his greatest achievement was as a photographer, Man... Read More

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"Solarized Portrait of Lee Miller" (c.1929) by Man Ray. Solarization, a process discovered by Man Ray and Miller, involved the partial exposure of an image while it was being processed. Close

"Solarized Portrait of Lee Miller" (c.1929) by Man Ray. Solarization, a process discovered by Man Ray and Miller,... Read More

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"Catherine Deneuve" (1968) by Man Ray. In this portrait, a cover for a magazine, the actress is surrounded by objects made by Man Ray. Close

"Catherine Deneuve" (1968) by Man Ray. In this portrait, a cover for a magazine, the actress is surrounded by objects made by Man Ray.

Eric Clapton’s blues, a dance version of “The Great Gatsby” and a new wine festival are among Muse’s arts and leisure recommendations for London this weekend.

STAGE

Harold Pinter has rarely been as funny as in “The Hothouse.”

The 1958 play has just been revived by Jamie Lloyd and stars Simon Russell Beale. He plays the head of a medical institution whose staff are endlessly flirting and drinking.

At the Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY. Information: +44-844-871-7627 or http://www.atgtickets.com.

Howard Brenton’s play “#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei” ends its debut run tomorrow. Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3. Information: +44-20-7722-9301, http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com.

DINING

Fans of natural wine may head to east London for RAW, a two-day celebration featuring more than 150 growers. The fair opens on Sunday at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Tickets are 20 pounds in advance or 25 pounds on the door. That includes a tasting glass and all the wines you sample. Information: http://www.rawfair.com/.

Brick Lane is best known for curries. It is now also home to a small French establishment: Chez Elles Bistroquet. This cozy restaurant is open from midday to 6 p.m. on Sundays, so would be convenient for a visit to the wine fare. It’s wise to book ahead. Information: http://www.chezellesbistroquet.co.uk/ or +44-20-7247-9699.

VISUAL ARTS

Ava Gardner, Catherine Deneuve and Lee Miller were a few of the beauties that photographer Man Ray captured during his lengthy career. Yet judging by “Man Ray Portraits” (at the National Portrait Gallery), his greatest subjects were artists.

In a 1923 portrait, Picasso gazes assertively at the photographer, hands stuffed in the pockets of his wool cardigan. Braque, pictured in the next frame, appears somewhat less secure. Further along, the young Dali sports a thin, cartoonish moustache that makes him look positively diabolical.

Don’t miss the loan from Elton John: Man Ray’s famous headshot of Picasso’s lover Dora Maar, which now has a slightly garish black-and-gold frame around it. Ends May 27. Information: http://www.npg.org.uk or +44-20-7306-0055.

MUSIC

Eric Clapton is back at the Royal Albert Hall for his annual one-week residence starting tonight.

The guitar veteran continues with his themed shows which range from laid-back blues to acoustic folk -- and just occasionally blazing rock. Expect plenty of material similar to his new CD, “Old Sock,” and appearances from his star pals.

To May 26, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Information: +44-845-401-5045; http://www.royalalberthall.com.

The Nicholas Hytner-directed “Don Carlo” is revived at the Royal Opera. The Verdi grand opera gets a spectacular showing with Spanish inquisitors and burning heretics. The fine cast is led by Jonas Kaufmann as Don Carlos. Antonio Pappano conducts.

Royal Opera House, Bow St, WC2E 9DD, to May 25. Information: http://www.roh.org.uk.

OTHER LONDON OUTINGS

London is making its own contribution to the “Great Gatsby” craze: a dance version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Jay Gatsby does what you’d expect him to -- he throws big bashes and wows the guests. Only he’s wearing ballet shoes.

At the Sadler’s Wells Theatre through May 18. Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4300.

(Farah Nayeri and Mark Beech write for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

Muse highlights include Farah Nayeri on film, Richard Vines on food, Lewis Lapham on history, Amanda Gordon’s Scene Last Night and Jeremy Gerard on U.S. theater.

To contact the writers on this story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net; Mark Beech in London at mbeech@bloomberg.net or http://twitter.com/home/Mark_Beech.

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

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