A moneyed, married cabinet minister is blackmailed over past infidelities.
Sound like yesterday’s front page? It’s the plot of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” which just opened at London’s Vaudeville Theatre.
Alexander Hanson plays Sir Robert Chiltern, the cabinet minister, and Rachael Stirling, his devoted wife.
The Vaudeville Theatre is at 404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH. Information: http://www.vaudeville-theatre.co.uk or call +44-845-505-8500.
Looking for a canine companion?
More than 200 different breeds will be on parade at “Discover Dogs” -- shown off by their owners in snazzy meet-and-greet booths. There’s a prize for the Best Dog or Bitch.
This is a good opportunity to discover your favorite breed. The U.K.’s (and actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s) is the Labrador retriever, according to a survey done for the show.
Oddly, you can’t bring a dog if you already have one.
Adult tickets cost 13 pounds ($21) at the door and 10 pounds in advance. “Discover Dogs” is at the Earls Court exhibition center.
Information: http://www.discoverdogs.org.uk or call +44-844-581-1381.
Herbie Hancock, 70, plays the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday and Sunday for the London Jazz Festival, presenting live versions of his latest album, “The Imagine Project.”
Other seniors to watch for: 80-year-old tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, on Saturday Nov. 20 at the Barbican; and throaty existentialist chanteuse Juliette Greco, 83, at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday Nov. 21.
The London Jazz Festival runs from Nov. 12 to 21.
Pleats, loose-fitting kimonos, and lop-sided overalls in austere shades of black and white recall the heyday of Issey Miyake and friends at the Barbican Gallery’s Japanese fashion show.
For newer couture, look at the wacky Mintdesigns, which ornaments its dresses with shredded and recycled paper envelopes.
“Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion” is at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. Information: http://44-845-120-7550 or call +44-845-120-7550.
To eat nearby, walk up to Whitecross Street for Pham Sushi’s Japanese fare: http://www.phamsushi.co.uk/index.html.
Vegetarian Carnevale has been around for some 15 years, serving dishes such as ravioli stuffed with goat’s cheese and butternut squash with balsamic glazed cherry tomatoes and puy lentils: http://www.carnevalerestaurant.co.uk/index.html
Sawasdee offers great spicy Thai cuisine, for a local eatery. Set lunch is 9.95 pounds with a soft drink; you can bring your own wine. http://www.sawasdee-london.co.uk/menu.html.
Crawl through the dark tunnels below Waterloo Station.
Kevin Spacey, who runs London’s Old Vic, has set a piece of community theater called “Platform” inside the Old Vic tunnels, which stretch right below the nearby train station.
The show evokes everyday London with an East End bar, a broken-down Tube train, a housing project, a City restaurant. While “Platform” is already sold out, the Old Vic runs a returns queue from one hour before the show’s matinee at 2:30 p.m. and the last show which is also tonight at 7:45 p.m.
The Old Vic Tunnels are on Leake Street, SE1 7NN. “Platform” is supported by Bloomberg LP.
Information: http://www.oldvictheatre.com or +44-844-871-7628.
For a good meal, try the Royal Festival Hall’s Skylon grill and restaurant, with great river views: http://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/.
The Anchor & Hope is for food lovers who enjoy its seasonal British cuisine: While no bookings are taken, if you arrive at opening times (midday and 6 p.m.) you’ll get in. (No Web site).
If you’re rushed, Waterloo Brasserie is across from the Old Vic and serves modern European dishes. The bar may be as much of a draw as the restaurant: http://www.thewaterloobrasserie.com/.
Damon Albarn’s band Gorillaz is in town.
The “virtual group” began as faceless recording musicians represented by animator Jamie Hewlett’s cartoon characters. Gorillaz has now grown into a live reality, with some of its studio collaborators joining the fun, including rappers Snoop Dogg and singer Bobby Womack.
The band is promoting its CD “Plastic Beach,” an ambitious musical mish-mash and environmental protest.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)