There seems to be a mini-Strindberg festival this year. Some love his powerful women's roles, others consider him a hideous misogynist; audiences can make up their minds watching Katie Mitchell's production of Easter at the Barbican later this month, andfrom Thursday John Neville and Gemma Jones open in The Dance of Death at the Almeida.
Radio 3's "composer of the week" is Paul Hindemith, and the entire weekend at the Barbican is devoted to "Hindemith the Rebel". Ignore the doleful image on the posters and hurry down for a series of concerts from this eclectic composer. Where else will you find an opera-burlesque set in fairy-tale Burma, music for a mountaineering film and an opera about nuns' repressed sexuality?
Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet was the most profitable film of 1993. Two of its stars return in Lee's latest comedy East Drink Man Woman, which opens in London on Friday, as does La Reine Margot, with Isabel Adjani (above).
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