Harry’s Garden, Rock Fest, Zoe’s Revenge: London Weekend

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Azaleas on display in The Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The London show celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

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Azaleas on display in The Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The London show celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Close

Azaleas on display in The Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The London show celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

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Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes.

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Owen Teale, Annabel Scholey and Zoe Wanamaker in "Passion Play." The play becomes a complicated comedy of emotions and commentaries. Close

Owen Teale, Annabel Scholey and Zoe Wanamaker in "Passion Play." The play becomes a complicated comedy of emotions and commentaries.

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Oliver Cotton, Owen Teale and Annabel Scholey as Jim, James and Kate in "Passion Play" by Peter Nichols. James's affair with Kate motors the plot of the play. Close

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Peter Sullivan as Sir Robert Morton in "The Winslow Boy." The Winslow family come close to financial ruin in order to hire the services of a famous barrister to fight the case of a stolen five-shilling postal order. Close

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Naomi Frederick and Henry Goodman as Catherine and Arthur Winslow in "The Winslow Boy." Catherine, a fighter for female emancipation, comes to blows with the reactionary Sir Robert. Close

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"Detached 3" (2012), a work in concrete and steel by Rachel Whiteread. The artist's series is titled "Abject Objects." Close

"Detached 3" (2012), a work in concrete and steel by Rachel Whiteread. The artist's series is titled "Abject Objects."

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"Circa 1760 (II)" (2012), a work in resin by Rachel Whiteread. This is a Georgian door, made delicately transparent. Close

"Circa 1760 (II)" (2012), a work in resin by Rachel Whiteread. This is a Georgian door, made delicately transparent.

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Leigh Melrose in the title role of "Wozzeck" by Alban Berg. Director Carrie Cracknell sets the action in a contemporary pub. She suggests that Wozzeck, who suffers from visions, may be a victim of posttraumatic stress disorder. Close

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Django Django. The band performs at the Field Day Festival in Victoria Park this year.

Prince Harry’s flowers, a play about infidelity, a new City restaurant and some garden sheds turned into artworks are among Muse’s arts and leisure recommendations for London this weekend.

STAGE

Zoe Wanamaker is drawing rave reviews for her role as a wife who has to bring her cheating husband back into line.

She stars in Peter Nichols’s “Passion Play” with Owen Teale as her adulterous husband. The Duke of York’s Theatre comedy gets unexpected twists as she plans revenge. Then both characters get alter-ego roles who express their real thoughts. http://www.atgtickets.com or +44-844-871-7615.

It’s your last chance to catch Terence Rattigan’s 1946 hit “The Winslow Boy,” based on a real Edwardian legal battle. The curtain comes down Saturday on the current staging, which has fine performances from Charlie Rowe and Peter Sullivan. Information: http://www.oldvictheatre.com or +44-844-871-7628

DINING

Authentic American cuisine is hard to find in London and there are many reasons to welcome the return of Christopher’s, which has just re-opened after refurbishment. This Covent Garden restaurant dates back to 1991. It’s housed in a 19th-century casino and is known for its burgers, martinis and brunch. Information: http://www.christophersgrill.com, +44-20-7240-4222.

Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis in Knightsbridge has long been a favorite among lovers of traditional and unfussy French food. The restaurant now has a new outpost near the City financial district. Chabrot Bistrot des Halles, at Smithfield, is open for dinner on Saturdays, serving dishes such as warm duck-liver pate, Comte cheese choux pastry, and confit duck leg with green bean salad. Information: http://chabrot.com, +44-20-7796-4550.

VISUAL ARTS

Rachel Whiteread sprang to fame producing a concrete cast of the inside of a condemned house. She’s now done the same to three disused wooden sheds bought on e-Bay; they’re on display at the Gagosian in a show ending tomorrow. You can still see the keyholes and the slots from which garden tools once hung.

In the adjacent room are candy-colored resin casts of age-old doors and windows; they too bear traces of past lives.

To see Whiteread’s more classically attractive recent work, head for the Whitechapel Gallery and admire her gold-leaf frieze on the facade.

Ends May 25 at the Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, WC1X 9JD: http://www.gagosian.com or +44-207-841-9960.

MUSIC

The Field Day festival in Victoria Park, now in its seventh year, has one of its most eclectic line-ups, ranging from poet John Cooper Clarke to pop from Bat for Lashes. The May 25 bill also includes indie rockers Django Django and Everything Everything, two bands who have in common both the repetitive names and explosive guitar sound.

Victoria Park, E3 5SN. http://www.fielddayfestivals.com, http://towerhamlets.gov.uk/victoriapark, +44-20-7364-7905.

The English National Opera has a hit on its hands with Carrie Cracknell’s production of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck.” Leigh Melrose is superb in the title role as a downtrodden ex-soldier, matched by James Morris as a corrupt doctor.

Information: http://www.eno.org or +44-20-7845-9300

OTHER LONDON OUTINGS

Prince Harry is responsible for one of the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show, which is celebrating its centenary.

The prince commissioned a display garden for the Sentebale charity (based in southern Africa) which he co-founded in memory of his late mother Diana. The display features plants from Lesotho, and evokes the country’s mountains and circular homes.

Visitors may buy plants from some of the displays as the event ends on May 25. For more on the charity, go to http://www.sentebale.org. For more on the flower show, see http://www.rhs.org.uk.

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

Muse highlights include New York and London weekend guides, Catherine Hickley on film, Lewis Lapham on history and Stephanie Green on parties.

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