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Van Gogh Alive

Kensington Gardens, London, until 26 September, £24

Calling all Instagrammers – the “most visited immersive multisensory experience in the world” opens in London this weekend, with high-definition projections of Van Gogh’s most famous works, a mirrored room full of sunflowers, a classical score played on a surround-sound system and the chance to take a selfie in the artist’s bedroom. Visitors will feel as though they’re stepping into Van Gogh’s life and work. After all, simply looking at a painting is so 2019.

Forest for Change, Somerset House, until 27 June, £22.50

The London Design Biennale opened this week at Somerset House, where 400 trees have sprung up in the courtyard. Created by the British designer Es Devlin, Forest for Change showcases 23 species from the UK and northern Europe, with a birdsong soundtrack curated by Brian Eno. It’s one of 50 installations and exhibits drawn from six continents, all exploring the biennale’s theme of “resonance”.

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© The Herb Ritts Foundation/© Don McCullin

This revolving exhibition celebrates the reopening of UK galleries by showcasing the best of what photography has to offer. Expect iconic images by influential artists such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Mario Testino and Don McCullin.

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Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre, London, 19 August to 13 February, from £75

The hottest ticket in town is back this summer, more than a year after the pandemic forced it to close. So, if you weren’t able to nab a ticket pre-Covid, now’s your chance. Lin-Miranda’s all-conquering, Tony-winning musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man, with a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway numbers.