Combining Damon Runyon’s comic tales of New York gangland life with irresistibly toe-tapping tunes from songwriter Frank Loesser – including “Luck Be a Lady” – Guys and Dolls follows small-time crook Nathan Detroit as he makes a bet with gambler Sky Masterson. This production won acclaim at the Chichester festival Theatre and now transfers to the West End. From 10th December 2015 to 12th March 2016 at the Savoy Theatre
Over four centuries, the British Empire stretched across North America, the Caribbean, Australia, Africa and, of course, India. It’s a difficult subject, but a new exhibition at Tate Britain explores how artists from the 16th century to the present responded to the empire. Paintings by artists including Joshua Reynolds and George Stubbs sit alongside Maori artefacts and Indian miniatures, and works by contemporary artists Hew Locke and Sonia Boyce. Until 10th April 2016 at Tate Britain
Reopened after a comprehensive refurbishment, the Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum displays more than 500 artefacts ranging from the armour of imperial warriors to Hello Kitty kitchen appliances. Published to mark the gallery’s relaunch, an illustrated history traces the nation’s cultural evolution over the centuries in 10 chapters that cover, among other subjects, the tea ceremony, the samurai military and aristocracy, the fashions of the Edo period, and ukiyo-e – a distinctive style of woodblock printing. It’s a useful primer and an ideal guidebook on a visit to the V&A’s unparalleled collection.
The tale of love transformed into a merciless game of seduction and power with deadly consequenses was originally a novel that scandalised pre-revolutionary France. Christopher Hampton’s adaptation first lit up the London stage 30 years ago, and was then filmed, with Glenn Close and John Malkovich as the erstwhile lovers now battling each other by toying with their young paramours. For this hotly awaited revival, Janet Mc Teer and Dominic West take the lead roles, with Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery making her Donmar debut as the innocent Madame de Tourvel. Until 13th February 2016 at the Donmar Warehouse
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the history of Egypt ends with the pyramids and Cleopatra. This exhibition is a brilliant corrective that charts the civilisation over 12 centuries from 30AD. It considers the role of religion in people’s lives and examines the interplay of three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – in Egypt. Many of the 200 artefacts on show have only been preserved thanks to the country’s arid climate. There’s the spectacle of immense statues of ancient gods in Roman garb and the delicate detail of papyrus manuscripts that document the origins of the great faiths. Until 7th February 2016 at the British Museum