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Wildlife Photographer of the Year | Francis Bacon | Cabaret

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, October 15, 2021 – June 5, 2022. Natural History Museum, London SW7

It wouldn’t feel like autumn without the Natural History Museum’s annual photography exhibition, opening next month for the 57th time. Although the theme this year is the planet’s increasing threat from climate change, it’s not all doom and gloom – commentary from the museum’s scientists explains how we can help, and the photographs, as always, astound and inspire. Tickets from £15.50.

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, January 29 – April 17, 2022. Royal Academy, London W1

Tickets are already selling fast for next year’s long-awaited blockbuster show. Bacon was a horse breeder’s son, and this exhibition explores his fascination with animals and how this both shaped and distorted the way he portrayed the human body: at times, his figures are difficult to distinguish as either human or beast. Highlights include his last work and a trio of bullfight paintings shown together for the first time. Tickets from £22.

Cabaret, from November 15. Playhouse Theatre, London WC2

Eddie Redmayne is back in the West End for the first time in a decade as the Emcee, alongside Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles, in Rebecca Frecknall’s dark production of Kander and Ebb’s musical. There’s also an immersive element, with guests receiving an entry time to the Kit Kat Club to enjoy some pre-show entertainment. Tickets from £30. Willkommen!

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Chila Burman x Covent Garden, until October, London WC2, free

If you’re in Covent Garden, make sure you head to the market building to see the neon wonderland art installation by Chila Kumari Burman. Her work also adorned Tate Britain’s facade last winter.