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Dance: La Fille Mal Gardee (Royal Opera House, London)

Frederick Ashton's piece has been a hit for the Royal Ballet since 1960. Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta dance the leads this evening. (020-7304 4000) tonight

Classical: The Bach Choir (Royal Festival Hall, London)

David Hill conducts Bach's glorious Mass in Bm, with the soprano Susan Gritton, the tenor Andrew Tortise and the bass Stephan Loges. (0870 380 0400) tonight

Comedy: The Umbilical Bros (Peacock Theatre, London )

This always inventive physical double act make their first appearance in the West End since 1996 with the off-Broadway show Thwak! (0870 737 0337) to 19 Feb

ZTalks: Ian McEwan (Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London)

The author reads from his menacing new novel, Saturday, and talks to the critic Timothy Garton Ash about his work. (0870 380 0400) tonight

Pop: The Research (Old Firestation, Bournemouth)

On stage, this trio are an unusual, almost shambolic sight, but the infectiousness of their noisy, lo-fi pop is impossible to dispute. (01202 503913) tonight

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