Autumn is officially here as we roll into October ahead of the weekend, with treats including the revival of a wonderful musical at the Garrick Theatre, a journey into the Gothic imagination at the British Library and last but not least, the Turner Prize nominees go on display.
Celebrating Contemporary Art
Never short of talking points, the Turner Prize nominees go on display at the newly-refurbished Tate Britain ahead of the weekend, before the winner is chosen in December. The four nominees are the Dubliner filmmaker Duncan Campbell, Canadian artist Ciara Phillips, Cardiff-born filmmaker James Richards and the innovative sound art of Tris Vonna-Michell from Southend. This is the 30th year of the Turner Prize, with former winners including Martin Creed, Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen. Until 4 Jan 2015
The British Library is delving into the Gothic imagination with its latest exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. The British Library will plumb one of the richest literary periods in history, responsible for the enduring cultural touchstones Count Dracula and Frankenstein. The exhibition will trace the origins of the gothic imagination forward to its lasting influence over everything from the fashion designs of Alexander McQueen to the Twilight franchise. 3 Oct-27 Jan 2015
Following a hugely successful run at the Young Vic, The Scottsboro Boys transfers to the Garrick Theatre this weekend. The story sees nine young black men travel across the volatile southern states in search of a fresh start in the Alabama town of Scottsboro, until a turn of events thrusts the group into the centre of the Civil Rights movement. The dramatic story is complemented with great songs from the makers of Chicago and Cabaret to create a top-notch musical. 4 Oct-9 Feb 2015
Returning to the stunning surroundings of Somerset House for a third year, the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition displays the best in contemporary illustration from across the globe. Illustrations from all disciplines are represented in the exhibitions from established artists to recent graduates working in all mediums, including children’s books, editorial drawings and moving images. 2 Oct-2 Nov
Welcome to the House of Fun
The ambitious nationwide Fun Palaces project kicks off this weekend, with lots of great free cultural events taking place across the artistic communities in the capital. Fun Palaces brings together over 100 UK partners, each creating a fun and free activity over the weekend. There are lots of Fun Palaces popping up across London to explore, including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Brockwell Lido, Borough Hall Greenwich and The Roundhouse. 4-5 Oct