Lead image: Lead Image: Richard Mosse: Incoming at The Barbican
1 Vanessa Bell Exhibit at Dulwich Picture Gallery
8 February-4 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first monographic exhibition of work by Vanessa Bell from 8 February. Widely acclaimed as a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group, Bell also stands on her own as a pivotal player in 20th century British art, inventing a new language of visual expression. Arranged thematically, the exhibition will reveal Bell’s pioneering work.
2 Bucket List at Battersea Arts Centre
13 February-4 March
Following a hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, the internationally acclaimed Theatre Ad Infinitum brings the epic tale of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice to Battersea Arts Centre. Created following conversations with close collaborator Vicky Araico Casas, Bucket List tells the story of Milagros, a Mexican orphan girl. When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and government corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice. Tickets £15-£17.50 (concs £12.50).
3 Antiques Young Guns at Grays Antiques
February is the month of love, and if you’re looking for a special gift to give to your Valentine, visit Grays Antiques in Mayfair. Antiques Young Guns will have a carefully curated selection of antiques specifically chosen by skilled artisans. These unique and original antiques are a great way to express your love with a vintage present your loved one will treasure.
4 The Wild Party at The Other Palace
13 February-1 April
Formerly the St James Theatre, The Other Palace will officially open its doors in February. The first production in the main theatre will be Grammy and seven-time Tony Award nominated musical The Wild Party, starring Frances Ruffelle and directed by Olivier Award winning choreographer Drew McOnie.
5 Richard Mosse: Incoming at The Barbican
15 February-23 April
In collaboration with composer Ben Frost and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse has created this new exhibition of work, opening on 15 February at the Barbican Centre, using a new, powerful telephoto military camera. With this he has created narratives of the journeys made by refugees, shown in a whole new light.
6 David Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain
9 February-29 May
This once-in-a-generation show at Tate Britain, opening on 9 February, will bring together six decades of David Hockney’s work for the first time. Major loans from private collections – including works never displayed in public before – will be united with iconic paintings from museums around the world. The retrospective will include vibrant new paintings of the artist’s home in Los Angeles, which will be united for the first time with earlier works depicting the same subject across 35 years.
7 I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper at Griffin Gallery
Until 24 February
West London’s Griffin Gallery is currently hosting I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper. Open until 24 February this is a chance to see works that include both traditional materials and the use of new technologies in a wide variety of media.
8 VAULT Festival
Now until 4 March
Every weekend at VAULT Festival a line-up of ‘Lates’ features parties for all beneath Waterloo Station. Whether it’s slipping on the finery to join Jay Gatsby’s soiree, revealing a little more at the House of Burlesque or dancing to Berghain resident DJ, Boris, at TROUGH – VAULT has something for every occasion. VAULT is striving to celebrate the city’s celebratory spirit and add some fun and flair to the nightlife.
9 Beau Brummell at Jermyn Street Theatre
12 February-11 March
Written by the Emmy award winning director Ron Hutchinson, Beau Brummell – An Elegant Madness is a must-see comedy. It all centers around the patron saint of dandies, and the original celebrity Beau Brummell. He revolutionised fashion, style and attitude in the early 19th Century. Brummell was the first man to be famous just for being famous but, like Oscar Wilde seventy years later, he had a tragic fall from grace.
10 Flew The Coop at New Diorama Theatre
14 February-4 March
Pioneering theatre company Lost Watch returns to New Diorama Theatre to bring one of WWII’s most extraordinary stories to the stage. Flew The Coop takes a darkly funny look at two of WWII’s most singular characters, Rosa Rauchbach – a young Silesian woman who disguised her Jewish roots and took a job as a translator at a Prisoner of War camp – and Horace Greasley, a debonair British Prisoner of War. The two embarked on an affair and together smuggled in food and supplies to over 1000 British captured troops. Tickets £14 (concs, £12.50).
15-16 Triton Street, Regent’s Place NW1 3BF; newdiorama.com
11 Winter Show at Plus One Gallery, Battersea
24 January-25 February
Brooklyn-born artist Ben Schonzeit is a pioneer in photorealism. He’s a dab hand with the airbrush, and his paintings are often also enhanced by traditional brushstrokes, as with this example of acrylic on linen, Lake Placid Bouquet. Often on polyester canvas, his brightly coloured arrays of fruit, vegetables and flowers are intentionally slightly out of focus. Don’t miss the chance to invest in his work or that of the 41 other artists exhibiting at the Winter Show at the Plus One Gallery in Battersea, including sculpture and seascapes.
12 Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna
Now until 26 February
Amaluna, one of the most successful shows in Cirque du Soleil’s 20-year UK history, is currently running at the Royal Albert Hall featuring two brand new acts: a mesmerising performance from Unicycles and the astonishing Banquine, who will present the highest ever stunt performed without safety harnesses. Prepare for a tale of castaway romance, plus mind-blowing acrobatics – it’s showtime!
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com/tickets
13 Hedda Gabler at National Theatre
Until 21 March
Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors, is making his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece, Hedda Gabler. In a new verison by Patrick Marber, the production stars Ruth Wilson in the title role, alongside a cast that also includes Rafe Spall and Sinéad Matthews. Just married, bored already: Hedda longs to be free.
14 The Girls at Phoenix Theatre
Now until 22 April
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, The Girls, will open at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre on 28 January. The Girls is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital.
15 Making Nature: How We See Animals at Welcome Collection
Until 21 May
Rolling into its third month at the Wellcome Collection, the fascinating Making Nature: How We See Animals exhibition closing on 21 May is not one to be missed. Sparking a year long exploration into nature and all its quirks, this installation is one of the first in a series of many. Featuring more than 100 objects and artefacts from literature, film, photography and taxidermy, this multi sensory experience will walk you through the intricate ins and outs of animal life, forcing you to consider how we impact their way of living.