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