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Einstein’s Brain, Pulp, Circus Fiesta: London Weekend

Members of Pulp, a British rock band led by Jarvis Cocker (foreground). The group is taking part in the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Source: Big Mouth Publicity via Bloomberg
Members of Pulp, a British rock band led by Jarvis Cocker (foreground). The group is taking part in the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Source: Big Mouth Publicity via Bloomberg

March 29 (Bloomberg) -- Meet the Bliss family.

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” plots the zany goings-on in a Bohemian household. The mother Judith (played by Lindsay Duncan) is a onetime actress, father David is a novelist, and the son and daughter are spoiled stay-at-homers.

When four guests drop in, there are unexpected interactions, and it all gets pretty messy. Set in a rickety 1920s artists’ studio, the play is frothy and very funny.

“Hay Fever” is, fittingly, at the Noel Coward Theatre, 85-87 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU. Information: http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk or +44-844-482-5140.

Saturday

Get up close and personal with Einstein’s brain.

Not the whole chunky mass, but tiny patches of brain tissue that were removed by the pathologist who autopsied him at his death in 1955. They are now on show at the Wellcome Collection. The pathologist actually kept the whole brain, ignoring Einstein’s wish for his remains to be cremated and scattered. The genius’s cerebrum was, it’s said, neither big nor heavy.

Elsewhere in the “Brains: The Mind as Matter” show is a sinister section about three boys aged 1, 2 and 7 who were victims of the Nazi euthanasia program targeting those deemed mentally defective. Their brains, found much later in the basement of a Vienna research institute, were buried in Germany in 2003.

At the Wellcome Collection through June 17. Information: http://www.wellcomecollection.org.

The Gilbert Scott, along the road from the Wellcome Collection, is a restaurant and bar housed in the Victorian Gothic splendor of St. Pancras train station. You can go for cocktails or enjoy traditional British dishes with a twist in the high-ceilinged dining room. Information: http://www.thegilbertscott.co.uk/ or +44-20-7278-3888/

Saturday Night

The Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall get back to the 1990s thanks to Jarvis Cocker’s band Pulp.

“Disco 2000” and “Common People” will be among the hits wheeled out for the faithful as the band reunites. The Who’s Roger Daltrey organizes the charity shows, which also include Jessie J on Sunday night.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Information: +44-845-401-5045; http://www.royalalberthall.com or http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/.

Sunday

The world’s top circus acts take over the Roundhouse in Camden for five weeks.

Sunday features a performance by the London-based company “Collectif and then…,” about human estrangement and inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

At 6 p.m. at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH. Information: http://www.roundhouse.org or +44-844-482-8008.

Primrose Hill, a pleasant stroll from the Roundhouse, is home to Odette’s, a charming restaurant that opened in 1978. It’s now owned by chef Bryn Williams, whose resume includes three years with Michel Roux Jr. at Le Gavroche. There’s a walled garden at the back. The weekend lunch menu is 22 pounds ($35) for two courses. Information: http://www.odettesprimrosehill.com/ or 020-7586-8569.

To contact the writer on the story: 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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