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John Singer Sargent (Tate, SW1, 0171 887 8730, Thurs to 17 Jan). The stylish brush of a great American-European portraitist.

British Sporting Heroes (NPG, W1, 0171 312 2452, Fri to 24 Jan). Super pics, mainly photos, from WG Grace to Gazza. TH


Deja Vu (15; in London from Fri). Whirlwind romance in Henry Jaglom's latest.

Hamam: The Turkish Bath (15; ICA from Fri). Ferzan Ozpetek's steamy romance.

Kuhle Wampe (no cert; NFT from Fri). Bertolt Brecht-scripted family story from 1932.

Mulan (U; nationwide from Fri). Disney's latest cartoon epic, set in Ancient China.

A Perfect Murder (15; nationwide from Fri). Re-make of Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder.

Dream Life of Angels (18; nationwide from Fri). Streetwise contemporary drama.

Rien ne va Plus (15; nationwide from Fri). Claude Chabrol directs. MS


Anne-Sophie Mutter (Barbican, EC2, 0171 638 8891, Thurs & Sun). London leg of world tour.

English Songs (Norwich St Andrews Hall, 01603 764764, Sat). Oratorio by Ray Davies.

Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music (Holywell Music Room, 01865 798600, Fri & Sat). Including music by John Cage. MW


Richard Alston Dance Co (Northampton Derngate, 01604 233095, Tues & Wed). Alston celebrates three decades in a triple bill.

The Featherstonehaughs Draw on the Sketch Books of Egon Schiele (Swindon Wyvern, 01793 524481, Wed; Hereford Courtyard, 01432 359252, Fri). Cult all-male company.

Michael Clark Company (Birmingham Rep, 0121 236 4455, Wed). New line- up. JG


Ravi Coltrane Group (QEH, SE1, 0171 960 4242, Sat; Manchester Band on the Wall, Sun 18 Oct). The quintet of John Coltrane's son.

Square Window (The Spitz, E1, 0171 392 9032, Tues-Wed). Song-based fusion.

Thimar (QEH, SE1, 0171 960 4242, Thurs). Spellbinding trio of Anouar Brahem, John Surman and Dave Holland. PJ


The Indian Queen (Norwich Playhouse, 01603 764764, Tues). Purcell's semi-opera.

Wexford Festival (00353 5322144, Thurs to 1 Nov). Carlos Gomez's Fosca; Pavel Haas's Sarlatan; Zandonai's I Cavalieri de Ekebu.

Tristan und Isolde (Glasgow Theatre Royal, 0141 332 9000, Sat to 7 Nov; and touring). Revival of Yannis Kokkos production. MW


Ash (Guildford Civic Hall, 01483 444555, Mon; Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall, 01303 253193, Tues; Portsmouth Guildhall, 01705 824355, Wed; Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851, Thurs; Norwich UEA, 01603 505401, Fri; and touring). Punk-metal-pop quartet detonate their new album, Nu-Clear Sounds.

Bernard Butler (Cardiff Univ, 01222 387421, Tues; Bristol Univ, 0117 929 9008, Wed; Portsmouth Pyramids, 01705 294444, Thurs; Norwich UEA, 01603 505401, Sat; and touring). First UK tour with his new band. NB


Antony and Cleopatra (Olivier, SE1, 0171 452 3000, Mon to 2 Dec). With Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren. See feature, page 4.

Mr Puntila and his Man Matti (Albery, WC2, 0171 359 4404, Tues to 31 Oct). The Right Size and Brecht.