Richard III This powerful adaptation drags Shakespeare's history play into the 1930s. A dazzling cast includes Annette Bening, Maggie Smith and Ian McKellen, the cinema's most sinister smiling villain for some time.

Safe Todd Haynes' disturbing enviro-horror stars Julianne Moore as a LA Valley housewife suffering from a mysterious millenial malaise.

Rebecca (above) The latest in a spate of Hitchcock re-releases, this is a genuine classic. Adapted from the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Hitchcock's shadowy, gothic love story has Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine looking as gorgeously vexed as ever. Judith Anderson as manipulative housekeeper Mrs Danvers steals the show.


Deep Blue Sea (above) Charting the lacerating love affair between Hester Collyer and feckless ex-fighter pilot Freddie Page, Terrence Rattigan's play dips into the clipped, reserved love of the middle classes. Theatre Mold, Clwyd (01352 755114) to 25 May

Macbeth Director Tim Albery returns to the theatre after lots of fabulous opera. Catch previews of his invigorating new production. RSC, Stratford Upon Avon (01789 295 623) to 16 May

Tartuffe Jonathan Kent's boisterous but trenchant production is a vitriolically entertaining account of one of the great French comedies. Almeida Theatre, London N1 (0171-359 4404) to 15 Jun


Eve Arnold: A Retrospective (above) A stylish portfolio of political and artistic celebrity from the grand old lady of photo-journalism. Barbican, Silk St, London EC2, to 18 Aug

William Morris Designing fabric and pottery, Morris was the father of the arts and crafts movement and outfitter to the middle classes. A new exhibition examines the work of the multi-media artist. V&A, London SW7, to 1 Sept

The National Gallery of Scotland A selection of work on loan from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts reveals a tradition of watercolour painting from Mornan's 1870s Wyoming landscapes to Hopper's anthropomorphised houses of the 1920s. The Mound, Edinburgh, to 14 July


Ron Sexsmith Moody, inward, Canadian yet strangely elegant songwriter without obvious precedent. Elvis Costello rates him, as does guitar hero Richard Thompson who he supports at the Albert Hall on Wednesday. The Borderline, London WC2 (0171-734 2095) Mon

The Tony Rich Project (above) The rising star of American R&B visits these shores to promote his latest album, Words. The Clapham Grand, London SW4 (0171-344 0044) Thur

The Bluetones This Hounslow foursome are the latest big noise in Britpop. A loud, rocking, R&B-inflected guitar force to be reckoned with. Manchester Academy Oxford Rd (0161-275 2930) Wed


Ariodante David Alden has a controversial reputation but this production has been unusually well received. With a fine set designed by Ian MacNeil, it stars Ann Murray in the title role. ENO, London WC2 (0171-632 8300) Wed

Theodora Five years ago, the normally polite Glyndebourne audiences greeted Peter Sellar's (above) Magic Flute with uncharacteristic booing.Now the spiky-haired American returns to direct the festival's first staging of Theodora. Glyndebourne, Lewes (01273 813813) Sun

Prague Symphony Orchestra Belohlavek conducts a mixed bill which includes Dvorak and Elgar's Cello concerto, with soloist Ralph Kirshbaum. Symphony Hall, B'ham (0121- 212 3333) Thur


Siobhan Davies (above) A sumptuous double-bill by the award-winning choreographer. Trespass, a new work with a specially commissioned score by Irish composer Gerald Barry, is presented alongside last year's ecstatically received Art of Touch. Grand, Blackpool (01253 28372) tonight

Anastasia Daring revival of MacMillan's three act docu-ballet with the excellent Viviana Durante as the Tsarist imposter. Royal Opera House (0171- 304 4000) 7.30pm to 17 May Carmen This passionate staging of the film melodrama is a Flamenco triumph. Sadler's Wells, London EC1 (0171-713 6000) to 18 May