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CHARLOTTE MULLINS

Thinking Aloud

Camden s, NW3 (0171 435 5224) to 30 May Last chance to see this inspiring show.

Bethan Huws

Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno (01492 879201) to 3 July

Major exhibition of watercolours.

As Dark as Light

Tate Gallery, St Ives (01736 796543) to 31 Oct

Ambitious exhibition inspired by the 11 August eclipse.

vegas: 1999 Olay Vision Award

Lux Gallery, N1 (0171 684 2785) to 20 June

Five women artists vie for the pounds 23,000 prize.

Opening this week

John Coplans

The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh (0131 624 6200) Sat to 25 July

A photographic portrait taken over 15 years: warts and all.

Susan Hiller

Delfina, SE1 (0171 357 6600) Fri to 4 July

Her latest video installation, Psi Girls, looks at adolescence.

The Show 1999

RCA, SW7 (0171 590 4198) Thurs to 6 June

Graduating students display their wares.

Film

ANTONIA QUIRKE

True Crime (15)

Clint Eastwood directs and stars as an old-fashioned hack sent to cover the execution of a convicted murderer.

Best Laid Plans (15)

British director Mike Barker's mini-thriller about a couple who blackmail an old college friend.

Orphans (18)

A family of Glaswegian brothers and sisters fall apart the night before their cherished mother's funeral.

Opening on Friday

The King and I (U)

Children's cartoon of the famous musical, featuring the voice of Miranda Richardson.

My Favourite Martian (PG)

Remake of an American television series about a Martian who comes to live on earth, with Elizabeth Hurley.

Captain Jack (PG)

Bob Hoskins and Sadie Frost star in this British comedy.

Theatre

ROBERT BUTLER

Troilus and Cressida

Olivier, SE1

(0171 452 3000) in rep to July

Trevor Nunn's magnificent staging of Shakespeare's bitter take on the Trojan Wars.

Opening this week

Three Sisters

Whitehall, SW1 (0171 369 1735) Tues to 3 July

Dominic Dromgoole brings Chekhov to the former home of farce.

The Death of Cool

Hampstead, NW3 (0171 722 9301) Tues to 19 June

New play by Alan Pollock, starring Colin Tiernay.

Opera

MICHAEL WHITE

Opening this week

Damnation of Faust Royal Festival Hall, SE1 (0171 960 4242) Tues

Valery Gergiev conducts Berlioz's sound-spectacle.

Ines de Castro Theatre Royal, Glasgow (0141 332 9000) Thurs to 10 June Revival of James MacMillan's response to Spanish high-renaissance passion.

Concerts

MICHAEL WHITE

Covent Garden Festival

(0171 413 1410) to 5 June

Highlights include Strauss's The Donkey's Shadow, Mon; and Wagner's Ring, Wed, Fri and Sat.

Bath Festival

(01225 463362) to 6 June

Includes a royal gala at Bath Abbey, Sat.

Opening this week

Beverley Early Music Festival

(01482 885296) from Thurs

With medieval music's deadly serious answer to the Spice Girls, Anonymous 4.

Dance

JENNY GILBERT

Cruel Garden

Sadler's Wells, EC1 (0171 863 8000) Tues-Sat

Rambert's vivid music-theatre show evoking the life of Lorca.

Opening this week

Martha Graham Dance Co

Barbican, EC2 (0171 638 8891) Tues-Sat

The first visit since the doyenne's death in 1991.

Wim Vandekeybus

Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1 (0171 960 4242) Wed & Thurs

Belgian choreographer presents a work with music by Talking Heads man David Byrne.

Planted Seeds

Phoenix, Exeter (01392 667080) Mon; Theatre Royal, Plymouth (01752 267222) Tues; Lyceum, Sheffield (0114 2496000) Wed

Compelling narrative dance drama about the Balkan conflict.

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