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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.

Susan Hiller

Delfina, SE1 (0171 357 6600) to 4 July

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

Opening this week

Icons of Pop: 1958-1999

National Portrait Gallery, WC2 (0171 306 0055) Fri to 19 Sept

Cliff, Bowie, Duran Duran, Oasis, Catatonia ... pop goes the camera.

Egyptian Cinema Posters

Central London billboard sites (0171 636 1930)

Part of "Celluloid Cities", an INIVA season looking at post-colonialism.



A Simple Plan (15)

Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton star as brothers who find over $4m. Superb.

Apt Pupil (15)

Based on Stephen King's novella, with a stunning performance from Ian McKellen.

True Crime (15)

Old hack Clint Eastwood is sent to cover the execution of a murderer.

Best Laid Plans (15)

A couple blackmail an old college friend.

Opening on Friday

Virus (18)

The bug-men cometh.

Citizen Kane (U)

No introduction required.

Deep End of the Ocean (15)

Michelle Pfeiffer in an abduction thriller.

Without Limits (12)

Donald Sutherland plays a runner.

Jean de Florette (12)

Gerard Depardieu in Claude Berri's captivating family drama.



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

The Real Thing Donmar, WC2 (0171 369 1732) Wed to 7 Aug

David Leveaux directs Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle in Tom Stoppard's Eighties hit.



Opening this week

Un Giorno di Regno

Royal Festival Hall, SE1 (0171 960 4242) Mon & Wed

Royal Opera concert performance of Verdi's comedy.

Rigoletto Coliseum, WC2 (0171 632 8300) Fri to 3 July in rep Jonathan Miller's die-hard classic staging, back again.

Penelope Guildhall School, EC2 (0171 638 8891) from Sat to 11 June

Fascinating rarity by Faure.



Bath Festival

(01225 463362) all week A James MacMillan premiere tonight from Raphael Wallfisch; Barry Douglas on Mon and Tues.

Opening this week

Verdi's Requiem

Royal Festival Hall, SE1 (0171 960 4242) tonight and Tues

A Royal Opera outing, conducted by Bernard Haitink.


Freemason's Hall, WC2 (0171 413 1410) Wed & Thurs

Handel's oratorio, sung by The Sixteen for the Covent Garden Festival.



Opening this week

Scottish Ballet Sadler's Wells, EC1 (0171 863 8000) Thurs to Sat The company's first London visit in 20 years.

Juana Amaya & Co

Theatre Royal, Bath (01225 448844) Thurs to Sat

If you see only one flamenco dancer in your lifetime, Amaya is the one.

Birmingham Royal Ballet Theatre Royal, Plymouth (01752 267222) Tues to Sat Triple bill including a revival of Peter Wright's Coppelia.