London Best: Kasabian Rocks, Spotty Vuitton, Hibiscus

'Trelawny of the Wells'
Amy Morgan and Ron Cook as Rose Trelawny and Sir William Gower in "Trelawny of the Wells." Sir William does not want his grandson mixing with theatrical types like Rose. Photographer: Johan Persson/Cornershop PR via Bloomberg

Polka-dot Louis Vuitton bags, a dancing insect and the revamped Hibiscus restaurant are among Muse’s arts and leisure recommendations for London this week.


A man wakes up as a cockroach, petrifying his parents and sister. Sound familiar? Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” is back -- in the haunting dance theater version starring the Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson. The bony Watson (who won an Olivier Award for this) gets his body in impossible twists, then secretes a treacle-like liquid as he morphs from human to insect. Ends Saturday at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre. Information: or +44-20-7304-4000.

Only a few weeks left to rate the stage debut of Joe Wright (director of “Atonement”). In “Trelawny of the Wells,” an actress ditches the theater for an aristocrat, then finds his circle so stuffy, she runs back to her career. Ends April 13 at the Donmar: or +44-844-871-7624.


Hibiscus has had a makeover: Out with the airport-lounge look, in with something warmer and quirkier. The biggest change is in the food. Claude Bosi, one of London’s most creative chefs, serves dishes that surpass even the ones that earned him two Michelin stars in 2009.

Little Social, just opened in the heart of Mayfair, is the latest eatery from Jason Atherton, who created Maze for Gordon Ramsay before going solo at Pollen Street Social. The new venue is an informal, inexpensive French bistro. No website yet.


The spotty Louis Vuitton collection by artist Yayoi Kusama is among some 90 nominees for the Design of the Year award -- all featured in a new Design Museum exhibition. Red-wigged Kusama appears as a life-sized model in a recreated Selfridges window. Her design is up against Renzo Piano’s Shard, Thomas Heatherwick’s Olympic Cauldron, and an inner lining for ketchup bottles so the ketchup won’t stick to the sides. Winners are announced April 17; the exhibition ends July 7. Information: or +44-20-7940-8783.

If you haven’t seen “Manet: Portraying Life” at the Royal Academy, there’s a little more time: Opening hours have just been extended to midnight on the final weekend (April 12-14). A chance to discover Manet’s unusual approach to portraiture. Information: or +4420-7300-8000.


Britpop takes over the Royal Albert Hall this weekend in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Kasabian blasts out rock on Friday, Noel Gallagher stars on Saturday with guests Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, and pop duo Rizzle Kicks leads the younger pretenders on Sunday.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Information: +44-845-401-5045; or


The first full-length feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is screening in London as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival ending this weekend. “Wadjda” is about a 10-year-old girl so desperate for a bicycle that, when her mother pronounces it improper, she decides to raise the money herself. Information:

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

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