The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London for 10 to 16 January 2018. THEATRE /...

The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London for 10 to 16 January 2018.

THEATRE / The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Emma Rice’s production is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall’s paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by Russian Jewish tradition.
17 January until 10 February, 7.30pm (2.30pm Thursday and Saturday matinees, no matinee on 18 January Saturday), tickets £22.50-£32.50
Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley E1 8JB

EXHIBITION / The Centre for Russian Music: Inside the Collections

The Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, opens up its collections for display at Barbican Music Library. This exhibition features rare Soviet scores, texts and vinyl, and tells stories of Soviet composers’ complex negotiations with political power, and of unusual lines of contact with the West. Contributions also come from the Allan Bush Collection and from the Ivashkin-Schnittke Collection, which holds original compositional sketches by Alfred Schnittke. The Schnittke display marks 20 years since the composer’s death.
12 January until 27 March, free
Barbican Library, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

PERFORMANCE / Bêtes de foire – Petit théâtre de gestes

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Bêtes de foire – Petit théâtre de gestes

The London International Mime Festival 2018 has reached the Barbican. Surrounded by old clothes, mannequins and bric-a-brac, a seamstress tinkers with assorted fabrics in her workshop, reassembling materials of all kinds while her antiquated sewing machine provides musical cues for her fellow performer’s routines. He, a little down-at-heel but super-talented, launches into an eccentric dance, juggling precariously with hats, and props that disappear before your eyes. A supporting cast of mechanical characters, including a tightrope walker, acrobats and one-man band, adds to the mystique of an itinerant fairground show. Elsa De Witte and Laurent Cabrol performed with French street theatre and travelling companies before founding their own miniature circus universe, Bêtes de foire. With echoes of Tadeusz Kantor and Alexander Calder, and the sensibility of silent film, this is a feel good performance of surprise, wonder, offbeat humour and exceptional skill. Roll up! Roll up!
16-19 January, 7.45pm, £18
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

TOUR / Backstage Tours Royal Shakespeare Company

Wondering what’s going on behind the scenes during the RSC’s productions? Before you see the plays, enjoy a different experience of the theatre with our backstage tour. Hear behind-the-scenes secrets such as how costumes are made and effects are achieved. Get a closer look at the sets and hear backstage stories of pre-production and rehearsals. Search out the nooks and crannies of a working theatre, exploring the wings and the fly tower, as you are treated to the history of the theatre in the company of expert Barbican Explorers.
Until 20 January, times vary, £12.50
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

EXHIBITION / Carole Nunes

After studying and practising stained glass, Carole is now a textile artist working in London and the South of France. Her passion is plant forms represented in figurative and imaginary ways using 3D images mounted in frames. These soft sculptures are created by various techniques such as silk painting, and machine and hand embroidery. Columbia Road Plant Market is a great inspiration to Carole, by virtue of its amazing variety of plants from the English garden to the exotic tropical, some of which are represented in this exhibition.
Until 27 January, free
Barbican Library, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

READING / TS Eliot Prize Readings

Acclaimed poet Ian McMillan will host the 2017 Shortlist Readings on the 25th anniversary of the TS Eliot Prize. The major highlight in the literary calendar is stopping in at the Southbank, where the works of 10 poets – Tara Bergin, Caroline Bird, Douglas Dunn, Leontia Flynn, Roddy Lumsden, Michael Symmons Roberts, Robert Minhinnick, James Sheard, Jacqueline Saphra and Ocean Vuong – will be read aloud on the eve of the winner’s announcement.
14 January, 7pm, £12-£15
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX

WALKING TOUR / Docklands regeneration

Learn about past and future redevelopments.
Explore Canary Wharf and hear how the derelict West India Docks were transformed into a thriving business hub. Starting at the museum’s 1802 warehouse building, learn about the fascinating history of London’s docks, their recent regeneration, and the development of Crossrail, London’s newest railway, on a walk around the areas surrounding East London’s famous Canary Wharf.
From 14 January, 2pm, £12.50
Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay E14 4AL

EXHIBITION / Thomas Ruff Photographs 1979-2017

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German photographer Thomas Ruff

Cosmology, suburbia, nudity, utopianism, catastrophe – these are some of the subjects that Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, Germany) addresses in his photographic series, which for almost four decades have investigated the status of the image in contemporary culture. This exhibition will draw from the full range of Ruff’s output, from his acclaimed Portraits – passport-style portraits reproduced on a huge scale and revealing every surface detail of their subjects – to his most recent press++ photographs, drawing on newspaper archives from the era of the space race and Hollywood starlets.
Until 21 January, £12.95
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX

EXHIBITION / (Un)Common Currency

This small display explores alternative currencies past and present – from 17th-century trade tokens to today’s Brixton Pound – and asks what they might offer to future Londoners.
Until 21 January, free drop-in
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
EC2Y 5HN

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