The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

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Dance

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1, Murmurs 20 December - 2 January 2012

Internationally acclaimed performing artist Aurélia Thierrée stars in this blend of dance, illusion and circus. Murmurs explores the power of walls, following a woman who encounters whirlwind romance and aquatic adventures while on the run through an abandoned city.

Theatre

Purcell Room, London SE1, The Colour of Nonsense 19 December - 30 December

Forkbeard Fantasy are returning to London for one final time to perform The Colour of Nonsense, a family show that journeys through the shifting borderlands between sense and nonsense. Expect Forkbeard's usual visual trickery, hilarious storylines and insane inventions.

Music

St James's Church, London W1J, The Piccadilly Christmas Concert 21 December

This classical music concert is the perfect antitode to seasonal music. Award-winning concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith will be playing aprogramme of Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin, culminating in a performance of Chopin's scintillating Piano Concerto No 2 with an outstanding young string quartet.

Exhibition

WORK, London WC1, Krzysztof Wodiczko: The Abolition of War 16 December - 14 January 2012

Wodiczko is internationally renowned for his politically charged art. The Abolition of War highlights the post-traumatic condition experienced by returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan and features accounts by war veterans that reveal their heartbreaking difficulties in rehabilitating themselves into civilian society.

Comedy

The O2, London SE10, Russell Howard 19 December

Russell Howard is one of the finest young comedians in the UK, with his hilarious improvisation and satirical observations. Howard is best known for his TV show Russell Howard's Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock The Week. He was also named "Best Theatre Show" at the 2009 Chortle Comedy Awards.

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