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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Charing Cross Theatre, London

Theatre  There is a scene in Act II of this new production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well in Living in Paris where all the elements come together to demonstrate how powerful the songs of the late Belgian-born songwriter can be.

A Farewell To Arms The Dukes, Lancaster

Theatre  Some 84 years since Ernest Hemingway’s powerful story of love against all odds and the brutality of warfare made its Broadway debut, his iconic novel has finally been adapted for the UK stage.

The Bartered Bride Grand Theatre, Leeds

Theatre  Not so much a Bohemian rhapsody, more a Czech tale of love in a cold war climate, Daniel Slater’s 1998 Opera North production won much praise for reimagining Smetana’s folk song-inspired opera by relocating its theme of true romance triumphing over an arranged marriage to the aftermath of the abortive Prague Spring of 1968.

Our Town Almeida Theatre, London

Theatre  The award-winning American actor-director David Cromer brings his 2009 Off-Broadway hit revival of this classic play about small-town life to north London.

The House That Will Not Stand Tricycle Theatre, London

Theatre  There are echoes of Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba in this appealing comedy set in New Orleans in 1836.

Life on the Moon Hackney Empire, London

Opera  Joining Handel and Bach on ETO’s national tour is a real rarity, an Austrian’s take on a Venetian tale of an old miser persuaded by a would-be astrologer that he has flown to the moon.

Ottone Hackney Empire, London

Opera  Ottone is a 1722 opera seria charting the story of the German king Otto (Ottone) who, while en route to Rome to claim both the throne and his Byzantine bride, Teofane, is almost beaten to both by Adelberto, goaded by his mother Gismonda.

Shadows of War Sadler’s Wells, London

Dance  The triumph of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill is in the way it sketches in the reaction of different societies as war approaches.

Scenes de Ballet/Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan/Symphonic Variations/A Month in the Country Royal Opera House, London

Dance  Ashtonian is the term now used to describe the singularly British form of ballet and there are no better practitioners of the style than the Royal Ballet whose association with its founding choreographer, Frederick Ashton, goes back to 1935.

The Cherry Orchard Young Vic Theatre, London

Theatre  After its recent sell-out production of A Streetcar Named Desire, the Young Vic offers a new production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, continuing its amazing track record of reanimating classic plays with fresh, thrilling contemporary vigour and rigour.

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