Carousel, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, 31 July to 25 September, from £25
A revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic opens next weekend at the alfresco auditorium in Regent’s Park. Rodgers’s favourite of all his musicals, it follows carousel barker Billy Bigelow’s romance with mill worker Julie Jordan and includes show-stopping songs such as If I Loved You and You’ll Never Walk Alone.
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Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London, until 17 October, free
A year late, and possibly better for it, this showcase of contemporary architecture near the Serpentine Galleries is “splendid”, says Nancy Durrant in the Evening Standard. Created by the youngest pavilion architect yet, 31-year-old Sumayya Vally, the steel, cork and timber design evokes London locations where communities have joined together, from Notting Hill to Dagenham. The pink and brown hues are inspired by the capital’s architecture and reflect the changing quality of light.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London 21-26 September, from £83.75 for non-members
Because of the pandemic, Britain’s most famous flower show is being staged in September rather than May for the first time in its 108-year history. The silver lining? A different range of plants will be available at this time of year. Expect autumnal russets and golds, as well as dazzling displays of exotics such as the Japanese katsura tree, which has a delicious caramel scent. All at a time when people are gardening more than ever.
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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms, Tate Modern, London, until June 2022, £10
The Japanese artist’s immersive installations have proved a huge hit – this show is sold out until 24 October, so sign up for an email if you want to book tickets when more are released in September. The two mirror rooms bring “all the fun of the fairground’s hall of mirrors to the gallery”, says Rachel Campbell-Johnston in The Times, along with “a dash of philosophy”.