The West Yorkshire Playhouse starts its season with a coup. Previews begin on Thursday for Alan Rickman's production of The Winter Guest, the first play in five years from Sharman "When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout" MacDonald.
Anyone who hates Poussin should probably go into hiding for the next few months with the Royal Academy opening its major retrospective on Thursday. And there's more to come in the shape of complementary exhibitions at the Wallace Collection, the NationalGallery and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Interview with the Vampire, starring Brad Pitt (above), finally opens on Friday, after much hype but disappointing US box-office. A better bet on sex, love and power is currently on tour and opening at the Warwick Arts Centre this week. Hell-bent, the latest solo show from Nigel Charnock, co-founder of DV8 Physical Theatre, takes you much further into darkness and danger than Hollywood is prepared to go.
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