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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.

W Eugene Smith

Dundee Contemporary s (01382 432290) to 29 Aug

Only UK venue for the touring retrospective of one of the US's greatest photojournalists.

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.

As Dark as Light

St Ives International (01736 333024) to 31 Oct

Ambitious eclipse exhibition. Opening this week

Notorious: Hitchcock and Contemporary

MoMA, Oxford (01865 722722) today to 3 Oct

Another celebration of Hitch's birth.

Joel Shapiro 1974-1999

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton (01924 830579) Sat to 27 Feb

First major British survey of the influential US sculptor's work.

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.

Croupier (15)

Mike Hodges's finest film so far.

Cruel Intentions (15)

Dangerous Liaisons set in well-to-do New York.

Opening this week

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (U) Oh, go on then.

The Third Man (PG)

Orson Welles's 1949 classic.

Theatre

ROBERT BUTLER

Troilus and Cressida

Olivier, SE1 (0171 452 3000) in rep to 24 July

Trevor Nunn's magnificent staging of Shakespeare's bitter take on the Trojan Wars.

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

Last Dance at Dum Dum

New Ambassadors, WC2 (0171 836 6111), Wed to 28 Aug

After his hit East is East, Ayub Khan-Din's new play centres on racial bigotry in 1980s Calcutta. Stuart Burge directs.

Opera

MICHAEL WHITE

Opening this week

The Rape of Lucretia

Everyman, Cheltenham (01242 227979) Mon

Perpetrated by Music Theatre Wales in a new touring show.

The Fairy Queen

Guildhall, EC2 (0171 638 8891) Thurs

Robert King conducts.

Buxton Festival

(01298 72190) Thurs to 25 July

Just one home-grown double bill - Donizetti's Il Campanello and Suppe's Galatea.

Concerts

MICHAEL WHITE

Cheltenham Festival

(01242 227979) all week

Tonight: the English premiere of Maxwell Davies's Trumpet Quintet.

Opening this week

The Kennedy Experience

Royal Festival Hall, SE1 (0171 960 4242) Wed

RFH says he's "intrigued by the challenge of charting fresh territory". Hmmm. Dedicated to the memory of Hendrix.

Chester Festival (01244 320700) Sat to 31 July

Lots of British music.

Dance

JENNY GILBERT

Opening this week

13 Different Keys

Atlantis Building, E1 (0171 387 0031) Thurs to 19 July

Ground-breaking new work from Siobhan Davies which brings together Royal Ballet artists with modern-dance veterans.

The Bolshoi: Spartacus

Coliseum, WC1 (0171 632 8300) Mon-Thurs; 22-24 July

Virility rules in this legendary Soviet ballet with its corps of soldiers, slaves and gladiators, and music by Khatchaturian.

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