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ON IN LONDON | SIX OF THE BEST

ART: Angela de la Cruz Head along to the Camden Arts Centre to decide for yourself whether de la Cruz, a painter who inflicts deliberate damage on her canvases, is worth her nomination for the Turner Prize as announced this week.

THEATRE: Posh The Royal Court’s cracking show offers a satirical look inside the privileged world of the upper classes, focusing on an Oxford University drinking society rather similar to that once populated by Cameron, Osborne and Johnson.

FILM: The Ghost Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Robert Harris’s book about a ghostwriter working on the memoirs of a Blair-esque former prime minister is intriguing and suspenseful.

THEATRE: The White Guard Andrew Upton’s version of Mikhail Bulgakov’s play, set in Kiev during the Russian civil war, is a sprawling, riveting look into the darkness that swallowed eastern Europe in the 20th century. It’s at the National Theatre, Lyttelton.

ART: Irving Penn Portraits A stunning look at the work of the master portrait photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, with famous subjects including Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Al Pacino and Duke Ellington.

EXHIBITION: Quilts 1700-2010 The Victoria and Albert Museum’s mesmerising exhibition of quilts covering three centuries of craftsmanship is as full of social history as it is of beautifully-made textiles.