Anthony and Cleopatra 

Simon Godwin’s Anthony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo started this week. A fated relationship? Political upset? Regime change? All quite relevant really … 

Until 19 January, Olivier Theatre, London

Tisha Murtha: Works 1976 – 1991 

Catch the last couple of weeks of this moving exhibition which deals openly and unflinchingly with poverty, deprivation and economic volatility in Britain.

Until 14 October, The Photographer’s Gallery, London

Open House London

This weekend’s Open House is a rare opportunity to have peek inside some of the most interesting buildings and spaces in London. From the old home of PM Asquith in Camden, to a guided ‘Ruskinian walk’ through Acton, don’t miss the chance to see parts of London which are normally closed or unnoticed.

22-23 September, various locations across London

HowTheLightGetsIn London

The self-proclaimed ‘world’s largest philosophy and music festival’ is coming to London’s Hampstead Heath this weekend. Look out for Andrew Motion, Peter Hitchens, and Angela Eagle.

22-23 September, Kenwood House, London

The Jungle 

Recently transferred from the Young Vic, this play tells the story of the creation of the Calais Jungle and the experiences of the residents within it. 

Until 3 October, Playhouse Theatre, London

Heart of the Race

Originally published in 1985 and re-published with new contributors this summer, Heart of the Race examines British culture and history from the perspective of black women. The original authors and new contributors will be talking about their work at Tate Modern this Friday.

21 September, Tate Modern, London

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne 

Whilst the Courtauld is being restored, the National Gallery is exhibiting their collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. With works by Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh, and Pissarro, this is an exhibition not to be missed. 

Until 20 January, National Gallery, London

The Winter’s Tale

Exit, pursued by bear! Whilst there may not be a real bear at this performance of Shakespeare’s late, dream-like, often uncontrollable and inexplicable play, The Globe promises to do its best as possible without it. 

Until 14 October, The Globe, London

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 – 33 

The unsettling, disconcerting aspects of Weimar art can be seen to full effect here with the loans from The George Economou Collection. Explore the moment impressionism gave way to a harsh, extreme reality through the paintings of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Jeanne Mammen. 

Until 14 July, Tate Modern, London

Star Wars and Beyond: A Sci-fi spectacular 

As a part of the Southbank Centre’s classical season, enjoy music from everyone’s favourite sci-fi films performed by the London Concert Orchestra. 

22 September, Southbank Centre, London