47 Things to Do in London: November 2017

1 Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Aladdin, Sadler’s Wells
31 October-2 November
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s tour of Aladdin, David Bintley’s magical tale of love, trickery and triumph , visits London’s Sadler’s Wells from 31 October-2 November. With music by BAFTA award-winning composer Carl Davis (played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia), sumptuous sets by Dick Bird and glittering costumes by Sue Blane, this classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with a magic lamp is stunningly brought to life through ballet.
Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000; sadlerswells.com

2 The Collars & Coats Gala Ball, Battersea,
2 November
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual world-famous Collars & Coats Gala Ball,  now in its ninth year, is world-renowned for gathering some of the biggest names in entertainment to celebrate the incredible work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. This year, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtueare the special headliner at the event. For one very special night each year, guests join stars of stage, screen, music and sport to experience the best red carpet event in the world, welcomed by dozens of the charity’s rescue dogs in Battersea’s world-famous Doggy Guard of Honour.
Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Entrance, Battersea Park SW8 NWT; collarsandcoats.org.uk

3 Luxury Travel Fair in Olympia
3-6 November
The Luxury Travel Fair is returning to Olympia, the only luxury travel event that offers tailor-made, awe-inspiring escapes. There’s something on offer for every holidaymaker, whether you want to trek the Himalayas, enjoy the opera in Vienna, or go on an unforgettable safari in Botswana.
Olympia West, ; luxurytravelfair.com

4 Fireworks at Alexandra Palace
3-4 November
Alexandra Palace has been lighting up London’s skyline with its epic fireworks displays for many years, and this year’s installment will be even bigger and better, complete with an epic laser show and a soundtrack curated by DJ Yoda. There’ll also be a German Bier Festival with live music and street food (add-on ticket required), a March of the Phoenix Parade prior to the fireworks, an ice-rink (add-on ticket required AND a family area. Adults £11, kids £8.50. Family tickets available. Friday: Laser show, 8.30pm; fireworks, 9pm. Saturday: laser show, 7.30pm; fireworks, 8pm.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; fireworks.london

5 ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair
3-4 November
Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. Prices begin at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this an accessible and exciting venue for beginning collectors or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5EE; chelseabookfair.com

6 One That Holds Everything at Crypt Gallery
3-5 November
This November, 30 emerging artists from the Masters in Fine Art Programme at Wimbledon College of Arts are presenting a group show at the Crypt Gallery in Euston. The works are mixed media and very diverse but all centered around the common theme regarding the venue. St Pancras Church located in the heart of London is the inspiration for the event and One That Holds Everything is named after St Pancras himself.
St Pancras Church, Euston Road NW1 2BA; cryptgallery.org

7 Reverberation at The Book Club, Shoreditch
Until 5 November 2017

Reverberation at The Book Club in Shoreditch is a series of large images inspired by The Beatles seminal album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, by studio Discordo’s legendary Photographer-Director Dean Chalkley and Creative Director Ciaran O’Shea. The works employ a range of approaches from pure photography to amalgamations of print, text, painting and collage to explore the 13 celebrated album tracks, including Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and She’s Leaving Home, from a renewed and personal perspective. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is 50 years old this year, is considered by critics and music lovers to be one of the greatest records ever made.
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH; wearetbc.com

8 Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia
30 October-5 November
Olympia will be overrun with Christmas workshops and shop stalls this month for the Spirit of Christmas Fair. For those who want to start the gift shopping early, this event puts seasonal products, festive decorations and home accessories to children’s toys all in one convenient spot. There will also be a chance to hear decorating tips from the House & Garden experts, plus a selection of elegant dining experiences with friends or family in the Mosimann’s Winter Restaurant and Louis Roederer Champagne Bars. Tickets from £19.75.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk

9 Human Stories: The Body Issue at NOW Gallery, Greenwich
13 October-12 November
The politics of beauty and identity has long been debated as part of explorations of gender, race and the image of the self. The Body Issue, the second in the Human Stories series, welcomes an exciting selection of contemporary photographers, filmmakers and animators to map out this exploration via a series of images that dissect fictional cosmetic rituals and capture the subtle blemishes, nuances and imperfections that make us all individual. Featuring contemporary photography collections, video doodles and a selection of newly commissioned work, The Body Issue will knit together the themes of intersecting identities, race, and objectification of self. Free entry.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk

10 The Trap, Clapham Omnibus
31 October-19 November
Omnibus Theatre is delighted to announce the European premiere of acclaimed playwright Kieran Lynn’s new play The Trap, opening on 31 October and running until 19 November. Set in a payday loans company, this sharp-witted comedy features a motley crew of flawed characters and takes a closer look at debt and the ethics of capitalism. The play questions society’s complicity in creating endless cycles of debt that ensnare so many people.
1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org

11 Big Fish: The Musical at The Other Place
1 November-31 December
Meet Edward Bloom, an ordinary man, and an extraordinary father. He has always told his son tall tales filled with beauty, love and imagination, but when his son confronts him about what is make believe, they both discover that the truth is more wonderful than fiction. Kelsey Grammer stars in this new production, Big Fish: The Musical.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; theotherpalace.co.uk

12 Rachel Arif at Wrattans, Chislehurst
1-15 November
Rachel Arif is a landscape artist based in Chislehurst, but who spends most of her spare time in Suffolk, where she gets much of her inspiration. Arif is drawn to the enchanting coastal region with its quaint rural villages and bleak, yet beautiful marshes and heaths. She is particularly drawn to the coastal towns and villages of Aldeburgh, Southwold, Thorpness and Walberswick. Arif paints mainly on panel, board and canvas using oil, acrylic and mixed media, and her work will be during November at Wrattans in Chislehurst.
51 High Street, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5AF; rachelarifart.com 

13 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the Apollo
From 6 November
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a new feel-good musical featuring catchy songs written by The Feeling singer-songwriter, Dan Gillespie Sells, and writer Tom MacRae. The show, directed by Jonathan Butterell, tells the inspiring tale of Jamie, a 16 year-old boy who lives on a council estate in Sheffield who overcomes prejudice and bullying to step into the spotlight and become a sensation. Inspired by the BBC Three documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the show recently won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2017. Booking until 21 April 2018.
31 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES; EverybodysTalkingAboutJamie.co.uk

14 Susan Leyland and Patsy McArthur at Osborne Studio Gallery
7-25 November
Osborne Studio Gallery will be showcasing the work of Susan Leyland and Patsy McArthur in a much-anticipated exhibition of two internationally acclaimed female artists, both renowned for their unique approach to depicting the equine form. Susan Leyland’s distinctive minimal fired clay sculptures, created in her Tuscan studio, are a perfect fusion of the classical and the contemporary. Scottish figurative painter Patsy McArthur presents her collection of large scale charcoal drawings of horses in movement, exuding power and energy.
2 Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 8JU; osg.uk.com

15 Chutney Mary and Diageo Whisky’s Dinner Collaboration
8 November
Chutney Mary is calling all foodies for a night of delicious food and tasty drinks. Enjoy a four course meal with malt pairings for £135pp. The menu includes Indian cusine favorites like roast scallops with Mangalorean sauce paired with 18 year old Talisker and Tandoori foire gras with 21 year old Benrinnes. Enjoy after dinner whisky tastings to complete the ideal dinner for Indian food and whisky lovers alike. David Sinclair, Diageo’s whisky ambassador, will explain the tasting options in detail.
St James’s Street SW1; chutneymary.com

16 Dulwich Literary Festival
1-12 & 30 November
The Dulwich Literary Festival returns again this year, presented by Dulwich Books and taking place at various venues including Dulwich College, All Saint’s Church and West Norwood Old Library. The title’s inspiration this year comes from the new novel by Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair. Partnerships include a spooky All Saints’ Day conversation between Andrew Michael Hurley and Laura Purcell as well as a discussion between David Stephenson, Vicar of All Saints Church of West Dulwich, and Catherine Nixey about the role of Christianity in its earliest days. On 30 November, there’s one last hurrah as Robert Peston introduces his book, WTF Happened and What Happens Next?
Various venues. See dulwichliteraryfestival.co.uk

17 Handmade in Britain Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair, Cheslea
10-12 November
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair is the 10th anniversary of this fantastic event at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall. Over three days, the event will celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship from over 100+ highly skilled, UK-based designer-makers, and to celebrate the landmark, all tickets booked in advance are 2-for-1. It’s a great way to start the Christmas shopping early! Tickets £8.80.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE; handmadeinbritain.co.uk

18 Stephen Henderson Exhibit at 54 The Gallery
13-20 November
Stephen Henderson sculpts elegant carvings of wildlife, with some of his recent subjects including the birds such as Oystercatchers and Whimbrel, as well as fish species such as Grouper, or Sea Bass. Henderson also salvages driftwood that features as the bases or the backgrounds to his characterful work, giving the artworks an element of the actual landscape as well as a representation of its inhabitants. His work will be on show at 54 The Gallery.
54 Shepherd Market, Mayfair W1J 7QX; 54thegallery.co.uk

19 Lee Green Open Studios
11-12 and 18-19 November
Lee Green Open Studios takes place on two consecutive weekends this month from 12-6pm with nearly 50 artists ranging from textile designer Donna Reed to Keith Arnold, who uses Neon Flex and Fairground lighting on hand painted acrylic artwork. You’ll also find photographers, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, textile artists, jewellers and more opening up their homes and studios across the area.

20 Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Oxo Tower Wharf
12 November-7 January

Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition returns to London for the 36th year and its 5th year at gallery@oxo. Get your Christmas shopping done early at Dazzle’s Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, which champions innovation and experimentation, showing a mix of exciting new talent hand picked from graduate shows alongside established international designers. This year is no different for innovation, experimentation and pushing the sector’s boundaries working with new mediums such as 3D printing.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk

21 Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism at the Saatchi Gallery
16 November-31 December
The Tsukanov Family Foundation and Saatchi Gallery will open Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism, an exhibition dedicated to Post-Soviet Union protest art over the past 25 years, which will feature a world premiere for protest artists Pussy Riot and Pyotr Pavlensky. Alongside this exhibition, award-winning theatre group Les Enfant Terribles will present Inside Pussy Riot, a groundbreaking immersive theatre experience including performances by founding Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Taking place 100 years after the Russian Revolution, the exhibition explores issues such as challenges to individual freedom of expression in the face of both political ideology and religion.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com

22 Social Pantry x Rococo Chocolate Supper, Battersea
16 November
Looking for something sweet this November? Head over to Social Pantry to satisfy your cravings and partake in a night filled with decadent chocolate. Social Pantry has partnered with Rococo Chocolates in developing a luxurious four course chocolate supper.  The menu consists of divine autumn themed favorites like the pumpkin and ricotta filled chocolate ravioli and the lamb rump with cauliflower couscous & chocolate jelly.
Social Pantry, 170a Lavender Hill SW11 5TG; designmynight.com

23 Taste of London: The Festive Edition, Tabacco Dock
16-19 November
The festive edition of the capital’s finest culinary celebration, Taste of London, returns to the Grade I-listed Victorian Tobacco Dock to showcase the capital’s best chefs, best restaurants and best gourmet producers. Visitors will enjoy festive tipples and take part in hands-on masterclasses where they can learn how to create an impressive dish or shake up a cocktail ahead of the party season. Plus, there are more than 100 of the UK’s finest gourmet producers to sample and shop, making Taste of London the perfect way to kick off the festive season in style. Tickets from £15.

24 Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
17 November-1 January
You know Christmas is around the corner when Hyde Park’s festive extravaganza returns. Winter Wonderland will offer entertainment ranging from ice skating and their Magical Ice Kingdom, through to the Cinderella on Ice show and Zippo’s Christmas Circus, with Bar Hütte new for 2017: perfect for karaoke and cocktails. Maybe it’s the big kid in us, but we can’t wait to see The Sooty Christmas Show.
Hyde Park W2 2UH; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

25 Apologia at Trafalgar Studios
Until 18 November
Hollywood and Broadway icon Stockard Channing will return to the London stage this summer, to star in a new production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s acclaimed drama Apologia, directed by the multi-award winning Jamie Lloyd. Channing plays Kristin Miller, a firebrand liberal matriarch of a dynamic family, who is presiding over her birthday celebrations. An eminent art historian, Kristin’s almost evangelical dedication to her career and her political activism has resulted in her sons – Peter, a merchant banker, and Simon, a writer – harbouring deeply rooted and barely suppressed resentments towards her. The fissures in her relationship with them are brought to the fore by the recent publication of her memoir.

26 Post-War British Sculpture at Marlborough Fine Art
Until 25 November
Marlborough Fine Art is pleased to present a survey exhibition tracing the developments of post-war British sculpture from 1951-1991. From Henry Moore (1898-1986) and Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) to Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) and Anthony Caro (1924-2013), this exhibition traces the visual arts in Britain as they spawned an increasingly rapid succession of theories and styles.
6 Albemarle Street W1S 4BY; marlboroughlondon.com

27 Geoff Uglow at Connaught Brown
Until 25 November
Geoff Uglow presents a new series of paintings at Connaught Brown from 26 October-25 November inspired by the Rose Garden that surrounds his studio in rural Cornwall. This vibrant new group of works celebrates the rose in its many guises: as a symbol of love, mysticism and spirituality.
2 Albemarle Street W1S 4HD; connaughtbrown.co.uk

28 Ping Pong Fight Club at Oval Space
23 November
Get in the competitive spirit this November at the Ping Pong Fight Club at the Oval Space Bethnal Green. Mimicking the movie ‘Fight Club’, this Ping Pong extravaganza has an eight table fighting arena where ping pong gladiators fight for the title of Ping Pong Fight Club Champion. For six consecutive years, the Ping Pong Fight Club has held this event featuring DJs, pop-up bars, street food ensuring guests have the time of their lives playing the sport that they love.
Oval Space, E2 9DT; pingpongfightclub.co.uk

29 Rum ‘N’ Riddim at Boxpark Croydon
25 November

Rum ‘N’ Riddim at Boxpark Croydon is a must attend event this november. The event at Boxpark Croydon will be chalf full of performers like Shy FX, D Double E, Donaeo’s, Crazy Cousins and more. The caribean dance party partnered with Bacardi to make this all day party your go to saturday plans. Tickets start at just £8 and the event will go from 2pm to 11pm.
99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD; boxpark.co.uk

30 Your Nights at Sunborn, Royal Victoria Dock
25 November
Spend your evening on a luxury yacht this November with themed entertainment and a four course decadent meal. Enjoy boogie night on Saturday 25 November with incredible views of the thames and live bands. Partake in the dinner for £95pp or choose to spend the night in and enjoy the four course provided meal for £239pp.
Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway E16 1AA; sunbornhotels.com

31 Magical Lantern Festival, Chiswick
24 November-1 January 2018
Experience Christmas spirit as you never have before, the Magical Lantern Festival at the Chiswick House & Gardens is combining art and entertainment to make it a night you’ll never forget. The Christmas themed lantern festival is back and better than ever with sculptures, gardens and the beauty of the vibrant coloured lanterns, the Magical Lantern Festival is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. From ‘Santa and his Reindeers’ to a magnificent giant recreation of an ‘Ancient city from the Song Dynasty’, the artistic lanterns are a Christmas event and a show all in one. In addition to the spectacular views of the lanterns, there will be food and entertainment at Santa’s Grotto, making this the perfect event for families. Tickets from £5.
Chiswick House & Gardens; magicallantern.uk

32 Nature’s Alchemy at bo.lee, Peckham
24 November-6 January
Following a four year search for a permanent space, bo.lee gallery has finally put down roots on in Peckham. The gallery is celebrating its new space with Nature’s Alchemy, a group exhibition featuring artists who use materials such as mud, blood and ash to explore patterns and symbolism found within nature. Alongside Land Art pioneer and Turner Prize winner Richard Long, and Royal Academicians Cornelia Parker MBE, David Mach and Peter Randall-Page, the exhibition will showcase works by mid-career artists whose use of natural materials evoke cycles of life and death. Open Weds-Sat 11am-6pm. Other times by appointment only.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk

33 Gallery No. 15 at The Square Gallery, Battersea
29 November-13 December
For two weeks from 29 November, Gallery No. 15 is taking over an amazing gallery space, The Square Gallery, in Battersea Square.  Gallery No. 15, founded by Indian Amos, showcases talented artists primarily with emphasis on painting. This will be the perfect opportunity to purchase a unique gift for a loved one this Christmas or just an opportunity to enjoy fine art and culture.
9b Battersea Square, Battersea SW11 3RA; galleryno15.com

34 NATURALIUM Series at The Little Black Gallery
Until 7 December
Following the sell-out launch of Rob Munday’s NATURALIUM series of photographic light sculptures at Photo London 2017, The Little Black Gallery is proud to present the new edition and to host the works of the world’s leading artist in holographics. Specialising in portrait and natural subjects, Munday has had the Queen of Englad, Angelina Jolie, Karl Lagerfield and many more sit for him to perfect these works of art.
13A Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 0AJ; thelittleblackgallery.com

35 Laurent Grasso at Oliver Malingue
Until 9 December
Olivier Malingue has invited French artist Laurent Grasso to present a unique project. Immersing the viewer in an environment full of scrutinizing gazes, the exhibition. The Panoptes Project, feels like a surrealistic collage. The exhibit is inspired by Laurent grasso’s fascination with the Foucauldian surveillance gaze and systems for astrological observation.
First Floor, 143 New Bond Street W1S 2TP; oliviermalingue.com

36 Jasper Johns at the Royal Academy of Arts
Until 10 December
Something Resembling Truth is the first comprehensive survey of Jasper John’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years, comprising over 150 pieces. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience peices of artworks that rarely travel from international private and public collections as well as new works by the artist.
Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BD; royalacademy.org.uk

37 Street Fans, The Fan Museum, Greenwich
Until 31 December
Earlier this year the little-known craft of fan making was included in the Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Craft, categorised as ‘critically endangered’. Earlier this year, The Fan Museum launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £14,000 to help realise a pioneering project that aims to reinvigorate within the UK this once thriving craft form. Jointly conceived by The Fan Museum and Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanus, Street Fans sees an international cast of 30 street artists team up with leading contemporary fan maker, Sylvain Le Guen, to design and create one-of-a-kind folding fans that the Museum will exhibit from 19 September–31 December 2017.
12 Crooms Hill SE10 8ER; 020 8305 1441; thefanmuseum.org.uk 

38 Ink, Duke of York’s Theatre
Until 6 January
Fleet Street. 1969. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want – no matter the cost. Following a sell-out season at the Almeida, Ink – written by James Graham (This House) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III) – transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season from 9 September. With a cast featuring Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover), this ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper.
St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4BG; 0844 871 7623; inktheplay.com 

39 The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre
Until 6 January 2018
Direct from a record-breaking sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Jez Butterworth’s epic play The Ferryman transfers to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, running until 6 January 2018. Starring Paddy Considine and directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman is set in rural Derry, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A hard day of work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead – but this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho W1D 6AR theferrymanplay.com

40 Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum
Until 7 January
Set against the stunning backdrop of one of London’s best-loved landmarks, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink will be open to skaters on Thursday 26 October, remaining open throughout the winter period. Perfect for families, friends and couples alike to spend some time on the ice getting into the holiday spirit.
Cromwell Road, Kensington SW7 5BD; nhmskating.com

41 La Caravane at Somerset House
Until 7 January
Somerset House and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair present Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, a homecoming exhibition of the British-Moroccan artist, showcasing his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures through new and celebrated works. The exhibition will be the first UK solo show of his work in seven years, fusing North African culture with familiar Western imagery and iconography.
Somerset House WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk

42 Iconoclasts: Art out of the Mainstream, Saatchi Gallery
Until 7 January
Saatchi Gallery presents Iconoclasts: Art out of the Mainstream, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 13 contemporary artists. Iconoclasts explores the experimental and often transformational practices of a small group of groundbreaking artists, inviting us to engage anew with what modern day iconoclasm might be. By using a myriad of unusual image-making practices – from branding imagery onto human skin to sculpting curving structures out of crow feathers – these artists are breaking the mould, ushering in a new age of artistic defiance.

43 Space Descent VR, Science Museum
Until 26 January 2018
Let astronaut Tim Peake guide you through a thrilling, high-speed journey back to Earth in Space Descent VR, an immersive virtual reality experience at the Science Museum. Created by the award-winning Alchemy VR for the Science Museum Group, Space Descent VR puts you inside the descent module of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the unique opportunity to experience the 360° 3D view as it makes the dangerous 400km journey back to Earth from the International Space Station. ‘It really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission,’ said Tim Peake. ‘Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing!’ Tickets £7.

44 The Exorcist at Phoenix Theatre
Until 10 March 2018

Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premiere of The Exorcist as the voice of the Demon. The stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel will be unleashed onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier. When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul… The film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973, seeing audiences petrified to the point of passing out. Ages 18+. Tickets £15-£65.
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JP; atgtickets.com

45 National Theatre Posters at the Wolfson Gallery
Until 31 March 2018
National Theatre Posters, curated by design critic and writer Rick Poynor, is open now in the National Theatre’s Wolfson Gallery, exploring poster design at the National Theatre from 1963 to the present. The exhibition will trace the changes in process, design and function over the past 50 years.
Upper Ground, SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk

46 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017, Greenwich
Until 22 July 2018
Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of photographers from around the world to be declared Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017. His photograph, The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, will take pride of place at the corresponding exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now in its ninth year, the competition received over 3,800 entries from over 90 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

47 Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington Palace
Until 2018
From the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances to the glamour and elegance of her later life, Diana captivated the world’s attention as a trendsetter. Now, 20 years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story presents an extraordinary collection of garments – from the glittering ball gowns of the 80s to the chic Catherine Walker Suits and tailored shift dresses of Diana’s 90s ‘working wardrobe’. Tickets are £16.50 (concs £13.70) for visits until 28 February 2017. From 1 March 2017, tickets are £19 (concs £15). Kids go free (must be accompanied by an adult).
Kensington Gardens W8 4PXhrp.org.uk/kensington-palace



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