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Carlos Acosta Rockets Skyward, Paris Hilton Gets Snapped

Miranda Raison grasping a severed head in
Miranda Raison grasping a severed head in "Anne Boleyn." The new play by Howard Brenton at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London focuses on the politics and the theology of Henry VIII's court. Photographer: Manuel Harlan/Shakespeare's Globe via Bloomberg

Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The 11th child of a Cuban truck driver has London’s Coliseum all to himself this weekend.

Carlos Acosta, 37-year-old superstar of the Royal Ballet, puts on the last two performances of his show “Premieres” -- five pieces, including one where he partners with Royal Ballet principal Zenaida Yanowsky.

Acosta talks a lot these days about getting too old for his jumps and too big for his tights. Today is a chance to see the man while he still performs the classical repertoire.

Information: or +44-844-412-4300.


At Shakespeare’s Globe, playwright Howard Brenton offers a fresh take on “Anne Boleyn.” His heroine challenges Henry VIII with her independent religious beliefs. True, she’s flirty and might even seem wayward, but her passions are ultimately theological.

Miranda Raison, star of the BBC spy drama “Spooks,” switches easily between the comic and the tragic in a play that tackles serious themes with lightness and no shortage of humor. The fluidity of John Dove’s direction helps make for a surprisingly entertaining afternoon of theater.

Information: or +44-20-7401-9919.

Swan at the Globe serves a lunch menu for 24.50 pounds ($39.06) between midday and 2 p.m. The focus is on seasonal British ingredients, and the man behind the menu is none other than Mark Sargeant, who formerly was head chef at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. Information: or +44-20-7928-9444.

Saturday Night

The man who once played keyboard for Sting and Jeff Beck brings his quartet to Ronnie Scott’s jazz club for an evening of funky fusion.

Classically trained Jason Rebello was spotted at age 21 by Wayne Shorter, who produced his first album. Since then, Rebello also has played with Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

Information: or +44-20-7439-0747.


The world’s very first paparazzi are currently a focus of Tate Modern’s summer exhibition.

“Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera” (through Oct. 3) displays celebrity shots dating from as early as 1889, when Edgar Degas was pictured in a top hat walking out of a Paris pissoir. Closer to us, actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton canoodle on the water, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis jogs in Central Park, and Paris Hilton weeps as she is snapped through the window of a police car.

Celebs are just one part of this riveting survey. Photography’s many uses -- as a snooping device, an eyewitness to murder, and an erotic enabler -- are illustrated in detail.

Information: or call +44-20-7887-8888.

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

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at

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