Hirst’s Kebab, Van Morrison, Fireworks: London Weekend

Damien Hirst’s kebab, Van Morrison, Ibsen’s lies, and bonfire night are our choices for London this weekend.


The Alving family has more dirty secrets than most.

In Richard Eyre’s well-reviewed staging of Ibsen’s “Ghosts,” the long-suffering Mrs. Alving (Lesley Manville) opens an orphanage in her late husband’s name to make up for his many excesses. As her son Oswald returns from a spell in France, she gets ready to tell him that Dad wasn’t exactly the picture of fidelity. Only Oswald has one or two dark secrets of his own.

The production ends Nov. 23 at the Almeida. Information: http://www.almeida.co.uk or +44-20-7359-4404.


Aqua Shard has started serving afternoon tea in Europe’s tallest building, 31 floors above ground. Views are stunning and prices aren’t too bad either. It’s 29.50 pounds ($34.49) for sandwiches, cakes and scones, or 40 pounds with a glass of Veuve Clicquot. http://www.aquashard.co.uk/ or +44-20-7478 0540.

One Canada Square is a new restaurant in Canary Wharf, open all day Saturday except for a half-hour break at 5 p.m. The menu is modern European, with dishes such as scallop and shrimp burger, kimchee, fries (17 pounds). There’s also a raw bar. It’s the brainchild of the ETM Group, whose venues include the Gun (Docklands), the Jugged Hare (Barbican) and the White Swan (City). http://www.onecanadasquarerestaurant.com/ or call +44-20-7559-5199.


Two fried eggs and a kebab -- from the collection of Damien Hirst -- are open to inspection at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Laid out on an old tabletop, they’re Sarah Lucas’s crude depiction (originally conceived in 1992) of the female anatomy, and part of a retrospective that features plenty more body parts, represented with fruits and vegetables, tights, and neon tubes. Ends Dec. 15: http://www.whitechapelgallery or call +44-20-7522-7888.


Van Morrison brings the blues to the Royal Albert Hall tonight. He’s joined by singer Mick Hucknall for a tribute to Bobby Bland at the end of the BluesFest, the annual Royal Albert Hall event now extended to four days.

The evening also features Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones playing Jimmy Reed’s music. http://www.bluesfest.co.uk/events/.


The skies over London fire up this Saturday on the weekend before the annual Guy Fawkes night on Nov. 5, marking the failed 1605 plot against the crown. Alexandra Palace is reviving its bonfire night, and Primrose Hill offers a panorama of the fireworks in town: http://www.visitlondon.com/tag/bonfire-night.

Alternatively, two of the globe’s top new choreographers are at Sadler’s Wells. This weekend is Israeli-born Hofesh Shechter’s “Sun,” featuring a menagerie of cardboard animals. Next weekend sees Belgian-Moroccan virtuoso Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui compose a dance to Argentinian tango music in “Milonga”: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4300.

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

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