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Portman Boyfriend, Hirst’s Flies, Rebecca Hall: London Weekend

A choreographed work by Benjamin Millepied. The American Ballet Theatre dancers Stella Abrera and Cory Stearns in a segment of ''Everything Doesn't Happen At Once.
A choreographed work by Benjamin Millepied. The American Ballet Theatre dancers Stella Abrera and Cory Stearns in a segment of ''Everything Doesn't Happen At Once." The piece, part of a mixed bill, was performed at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London in 2011. Source: Rosalie O'Connor/Sadler's Wells via Bloomberg

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Actress Natalie Portman’s fiance -- who had a minor role in “Black Swan” and masterminded her moves -- shows off his best work at Sadler’s Wells.

Benjamin Millepied’s choreography is a highlight of the American Ballet Theater’s mixed bill on Friday night. A parade of guys in loose waistcoats and girls in Grecian tunics twitch and toss in a seamless blend of ballet and athletics. Shame about the screechy live music.

Information: or +844-412-4300.


The flies are feasting on an artwork by Damien Hirst.

Trapped in a giant vitrine, they suck at the leftovers of a barbecue: roast fowl, red meat slabs, chunky fries, dollops of ketchup and a cow’s head bleeding under the picnic table.

“Let’s Eat Outdoors Today” (1990-91) is the showstopper in the Royal Academy of Art’s Modern British Sculpture exhibition, a sleekly laid out though sparse selection with glaring omissions (Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor).

Don’t miss Anthony Caro’s bright-red contraption and Barbara Hepworth’s memorial with a hole at the top: A version of it stands outside New York’s United Nations building.

The show ends on April 7. Information: or +44-20-7300-8000.

The new Restaurant at the Royal Academy offers all-day dining with waiter service. By restaurateur Oliver Peyton, who brought fine food to London’s National Gallery and the Wallace Collection, it serves wild-sea-bass ceviche, with pink pepper, as well as pheasant with sherry sauce. Information: +44-20-7300-5608 or

Saturday Night

Hotly tipped rock acts are taking part in HMV’s Next Big Thing concerts across eight London venues through Feb. 13. Saturday night’s shows include Gaggle, a 22-member female choir that will crowd the stage at the Borderline.

The festival also includes Caitlin Rose, Funeral for a Friend, Yoav, Sunday Girl and James Blake.


Over at the National Theatre, Rebecca Hall -- the uptight Vicky in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” -- headlines a staging of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by her dad, director Peter Hall.

She plays a girl who passes herself off as a boy and sparks a flurry of erotic misunderstandings. Her gender-bending outfit: a snugly fitted dark-red doublet and breeches.

The elder Hall, meanwhile, has a barebones directing style that sometimes slows down the production.

“Twelfth Night” ends March 2. Information: or +44-20-7452-3000.

Nearby Skylon is a good place to eat light, fresh dishes created by Finnish chef Helena Puolakka -- a protegee of culinary masters Pierre Gagnaire and Pierre Koffmann. Pre- and post-theater menus start at 26.75 pounds ($43.29). Information: +44-20-7654-7800 or


Charles Dickens was also an actor.

Find out more by joining a London walk that starts every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Covent Garden Tube station and winds up at the Charles Dickens Museum. Call before you go.

Information: +44-7913-253-242.

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

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at

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

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