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Redford Festival, Pink’s Pop, McAvoy Macbeth: London Best

Pink during her "The Truth About Love Tour" at 02 Arena. The singer continues to showcase her album through April 28. Photographer: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

Joan Collins, the Sundance Film Festival and a new Jason Atherton restaurant are among Muse’s arts and leisure recommendations for London this weekend.


James McAvoy -- who took on a bloodthirsty tyrant in “The Last King of Scotland” (2006) -- plays one himself in “Macbeth.” The critically acclaimed production has witches in gas helmets, a sleepwalking Lady Macbeth, and dollops of fake blood. Show time: about three hours, including the interval. Ends Saturday at the Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY. Information: +44-844-871-7627 or

It’s your last chance to hear Joan Collins run through her life’s highlights in a one-woman show -- like getting kicked by Bette Davis on the set of “The Virgin Queen,” and punched by Linda Evans during the “Dynasty” shoot. Through April 28 at the Leicester Square Theatre:


Angela Hartnett and Pierre Koffmann are among chefs presenting awards at an east London event Sunday night. Chowzter Fast Feasts brings together bloggers to nominate the best pizzas, hamburgers and other treats in their cities. Winners of the world’s “seven tastiest fast feasts” accolades will be named. Tickets are 25 pounds, including free beer and wine. Information:

Social Eating House is the latest restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, who has a Michelin star for his Pollen Street Social. It’s an informal venue serving British dishes by Atherton’s protege, Paul Hood. There’s an upstairs bar. or +44-20-7993-3251.


The London Original Print Fair -- Europe’s longest-running printmaking event -- takes place this weekend at the Royal Academy. You’ll find exquisite pieces by Durer, Picasso, or Hockney at prices that are far from stratospheric. A highlight this year: eight Lucian Freud prints from the 1980s that cost from 10,000 to 50,000 pounds ($15,435 and $77,175). Fair tickets are 12 pounds. Information:

You have a few more weeks to discover the works of Federico Barocci. The late-16th-century Italian artist, who was taken ill after food poisoning at a Rome picnic, spent his life producing rosy-cheeked images of saintly figures. “Barocci: Brilliance and Grace” ends May 19 at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square: or +44-844-847-2409.


Pink is blasting out her hits at the O2. The concerts showcase her album “The Truth About Love,” a snappy class in pop hooks. O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX, to April 28. Information: and +44-20-8463-2000.

Those wanting a racier, rockier version of Pink can try the Indigo O2 next door, where Peaches is performing April 26. Information: +44-844-844-0002.

Ten years on, and garlanded with awards, David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” returns to the Royal Opera House with choreography by Leah Hausman.

Bow St, WC2E 9DD. Information:


Robert Redford is back for the second London edition of his Sundance Film Festival -- held in the giant O2 complex, whose state-of-the-art cinemas make up for the stadium-like atmosphere. Highlights this year: a documentary on the famous Muscle Shoals recording studio in Alabama, and Mariel Hemingway’s survey of her family’s history of mental illness.


The winner of the Place Prize -- the biennial contemporary- dance award -- will be picked after a final performance Saturday night. Victory means 25,000 pounds and a potential career boost: The 2004 finalist Hofesh Shechter is now an international dance phenomenon. The Place Prize is sponsored by Bloomberg, the parent company of Bloomberg News. Information: or +44-20-7121-1100.

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

Muse highlights include New York and London weekend guides, Warwick Thompson on London theater, Jeremy Gerard on New York theater, Lewis Lapham on history and Craig Seligman and Greg Evans on film.

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