Going Out: Pick of the Week

Friday 13 September 1996 23:02


Emma (above) Director Douglas McGrath shows that Americans can do Austen with this sensitively cast, enjoyable adaptation. The elegant Gwyneth Paltrow summons a convincing English accent, with Ewan McGregor and Juliet Stevenson offering home-grown support.

Fallen Angels An assassin and his agent track each other through a wild Hong Kong, but never quite connect. Wong Kar-Wai's follow-up to Chungking Express is another elliptical love story saturated with fabulous images and surreal comedy.

Dead Presidents Violent gangsta action and a classic soul soundtrack as the Hughes brothers take a sideswipe at black machismo.


Pentecost Lynne Parker's beautifully acted production of Stewart Parker's engrossing, magnificently moving drama about coming to terms with the past, present and future. Donmar Warehouse, London, to 28 Sept

Ashes to Ashes The Royal Court in exile at The Ambassadors stages its first production. The world premiere of the latest play written and directed by Harold Pinter; a two-hander starring Stephen Rea and Lindsay Duncan. Royal Court Upstairs, London, to 26 Oct

The Crucible (above) David Doiashvili directs an intriguingly cast production of Arthur Miller's classic McCarthyism fable. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, to 5 Oct


Anthony Gormley The Turner Prize-winning artist shows his terracotta army alongside notorious floral pornographer and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Hayward Gallery, London, from Fri to 17 Nov

Richard Wilson Last chance to see Wilson's triumph in the face of contingency and visit the Serpentine before it closes for renovation. A meditation on architecture and the making and unmaking of the built environment. Serpentine Gallery, London, ends Sun

Claiming the Kingdom (above) Eleven artists from Fife demonstrate diverse styles with a common geographical preoccupation. Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, Fife, to 20 Oct


Marianne Faithfull If you can grab a ticket, this is your last chance to spend An Evening in the Weimar Republic with the 1960s icon. Ronnie Scott's, Birmingham, tonight

The Baader Meinhof Revue More Teutonic fun from the dry wit of ex-Auteur Luke Haines. The kinky terrorist pseudonym can't disguise the familiar strains of indie guitar poetry. Dingwalls, London, Wed

Colores De Columbia A weekend of Latin music reaches its climax with a star showing from irrepressible Latin diva Toto La Momposina (above). Her powerfully eclectic Latin-African-Indian style mixes Cuban song, gaita and salsa. Barbican Centre, London, Sun


Madama Butterfly (above) Lithuanian director Dalia Ibelhauptaite's last, rather impressive production was a cheap and cheerful Rigoletto at the Hackney Empire. Here, she fields an international cast in Puccini's crushing tale of love and betrayal. Leeds Grand, from Thur

Don Giovanni The RSC's Katie Mitchell is the latest in a long line of theatre directors trying their hand at opera. She makes her debut tonight with Mozart's tale of the master seducer. Welsh National Opera, Cardiff, to 30 Sept

Royal Philharmonic 50th Anniversary A clutch of luminaries (including Lord Menuhin) gather for the RPO's 50th anniversary concert. The Royal Albert Hall, London, Sun


Dracula (above) The literary fad continues with this adaptation of Bram Stoker's Gothic romance. Sets are by Lez Brotherson, who recently designed Adventures in Motion Pictures' Swan Lake. Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Mon

Carmina Burana Bintley's modern interpretation of an epic medieval fable features Carl Orff's famous score and accompaniment from Birmingham's Ex Cathedra choir. Back by popular demand. Birmingham Royal Ballet, Tue

The Singing Nun Gary Carter's curiosity is based on the incredible life of the pop-star Sister. A performance piece that draws on religious narratives, the paintings of Giotto, and Las Vegas showmanship. ICA, London, Mon

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