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It’s time to get out of the cold and enjoy London’s indoor attractions this weekend, when you can be beguiled by ghost stories, captivated by a Shakespearian tragedy or awe-struck by Marilyn Monroe’s necklace of pearls.
Uncover Chilling Tales at Wyndham’s Theatre
Surely there’s no better time to be told ghostly tales than a dark and blustery winter’s evening. Sitting within an isolated pub on Ireland’s west coast and fuelled by drink, four friends tell eerie stories in order to impress a pretty female newcomer who has a chilling account of her own. Following a sell-out run at the Donmar Warehouse last year, The Weir returns to the London stage for 12 weeks, reuniting its star cast featuring Ardle O’Hanlon, Dervla Kirwan and Brian Cox. 16 Jan-19 Apr.
Marvel at Modern Art
Modern and contemporary art lovers will not want to miss the London Art Fair this weekend. A deluge of displays and discussion, the fair returns for its 26th edition and this time features works by Barbara Hepworth and her contemporaries in conjunction with the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. Photography fanatics are not forgotten, with a whole day dedicated to the art form. 15-19 Jan.
Relish a Romantic Ballet
The Royal Ballet starts its latest production this Saturday, and it couldn’t have chosen a better Romantic ballet to perform. Marius Petipa’s Giselle is sure to pull on the heartstrings with its tale of betrayal, misplaced love and tragedy. Just remember to bring a box of tissues! 18 Jan-10 Feb.
Get to Grips With a Shakespearian Tragedy
If you’ve always wanted to tick Shakespeare’s dark tragedy King Lear off your to-do list, now’s the perfect time. The elderly and egotistical title character, who divides his kingdom between his daughters based on their praise of him, is expertly executed by acclaimed actor Simon Russell Beale. The show is overseen by award-winning director Sam Mendes who gained worldwide recognition for his stellar direction of James Bond’s Skyfall. 14 Jan-25 Mar.
Visit a Pearl of an Exhibition
Didn’t get those pearl earrings you wanted for Christmas? Settle for the next best thing by visiting Pearls at the Victoria and Albert Museum before the exhibition closes on Sunday. Brimming with shining examples of the sought-after mineral, you’ll be able to see Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari pearl-drop earrings, a necklace given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio and a 17th-century earring worn by Charles I at his execution. Ends 19 Jan.