Music of an entirely different kind adorns Zorro - The Musical at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. The score consists of Spanish zarzuela music with lyrics by the show's creator and director, Ken Hill, who alas died during rehearsals. The theatre has a distinguished record of staging hits on unlikely subjects from Joan Littlewood's Oh What a Lovely War! via The Invisible Man to Five Guys Named Moe. Why not the first musical swashbuckler?
The Royal Academy opens the first major retrospective dedicated to Odilon Redon on Friday. A friend of Mallarm and Gide, he was a leading symbolist, combining visionary with a relatively conventional formal framework.
All eyes will also be on the Willem de Kooning show at the Tate, which opens on Thursday. Watch out for charges of misogyny levelled at the man who produced the most figurative work of the New York Abstract Expressionists.
Film of the week is The Shawshank Redemption, another instalment in the rise and rise of Tim Robbins. The Oscar rumour is gathering momentum.
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