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Art

CHARLOTTE MULLINS

Rembrandt by Himself National Gallery, WC2 (0171 747 2885) to 5 Sept

Sixty self-portraits by the Dutch master.

Notorious: Hitchcock and Contemporary

Museum of Modern , Oxford (01865 722733) to 3 Oct

Another celebration of Hitch's birth. Alexander Thomson: The Unknown Genius

The Lighthouse, Glasgow (0141 221 6362) to 22 Aug

Opening show of the flagship project of Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture & Design.

Opening this week

Vanity Cases by Philippe Starck

The Lighthouse, Glasgow (0141 221 6362) Fri to 31 Oct

Is there nothing this man won't design?

Chuck Close

Hayward Gallery, SE1 (0171 921 0600) Thurs to 19 Sept

Portraits by the American former photorealist.

Film

ANTONIA QUIRKE

Last Night (15)

Don McKellar's superb debut about the last few hours in Toronto before an apocalypse.

The Lost Son (18)

Chris Menges directs the story of uncovering a paedophile ring with tenderness and care.

The Mummy (15)

Not quite Indiana Jones meets The Evil Dead, but close.

Opening this week

It All Starts Today (Ca Commence Aujourd'hui) (12)

Betrand Tavernier's cult nursery-school docudrama.

The Hi-Lo Country (15)

Stephen Frears's Western, with Woody Harrelson.

Theatre

ROBERT BUTLER

Troilus and Cressida

Olivier, SE1 (0171 452 3000) in rep to Sat

Last chance to see Trevor Nunn's magnificent staging .

The Real Thing

Donmar Warehouse, WC2 (0171 369 1732) to 7 Aug

Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle in David Leveaux's sexy revival of Stoppard.

Opening this week

Antony and Cleopatra

Globe, SE1 (0171 401 9919) previews from Sat, opens 30 July to 26 Sept

istic director Mark Rylance plucks his eyebrows and grows his fingernails to take on the Queen of the Nile.

Easy Virtue

Chichester Festival (01243 781312) previews from Wed, opens 27 July to 2 Oct

High-comedy expert Maria Aitken directs Greta Scacchi, Wendy Craig and Michael Jayston in a Twenties Coward.

Dance

JENNY GILBERT

Spartacus Coliseum, WC2 (0171 632 8300) Thurs to Sat Testosterone rules in this Soviet ballet of a slaves' revolt under the Romans. See review, page 7.

Opening this week

Ondine Sadler's Wells, EC1 (0171 863 8000) Mon to Thurs then 27, 30 & 31 July Royal Ballet revival of Frederick Ashton's 1958 three-acter. Hans Werner Henze wrote the music.

Raymonda Coliseum, WC2 (0171 632 8300) Mon-Wed The Bolshoi presents the three-act Petipa rarity. Its witless plot (set in medieval Provence) is compensated for by a superb symphonic score by Glazunov.

Opera

MICHAEL WHITE

Opening this week

Orpheus in the Underworld

Holland Park, W11 (0171 602 7856) Tues to Sat Offenbach's classical send-up in a Mecklenburgh Opera production by John Abulafia.

Double Diva Astor Theatre, Deal (01304 366077) Sat A double bill of Haydn and Scarlatti pieces about prima donnas.

Concerts

MICHAEL WHITE

Opening this week Deal Festival (01304 366077) from Sat to 7 Aug Run by the composer David Matthews, with a bit of baroque opera. ists include Alice Neary, up-and-coming cellist-daughter of the former Westminster organist.

SEE ALSO PROMS PREVIEW, PAGE 4

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