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Our critics' picks of this week's openings, plus your last chance to see and what to book now

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Opening this week

Theatre

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
With the ever-inventive Rupert Goold both writing and directing, there should be no whiff of mothballs about this staged version of the CS Lewis classic. Threesixtytheatre, Kensington Gardens, London W8 (0844 871 7693), Tuesday until 9 September.

Chariots of Fire
Sprinting in before the rerelease of the 1981 movie and the Olympics, Mike Bartlett's version promises to be no mere screen-to-stage adaptation. A nifty young cast of rising stars alongside some established talent should make sure this is a show that runs and runs. Hampstead theatre, London NW3 (020-7722 9301), Wednesday until 16 June.

Film

Goodbye First Love (dir. Mia Hansen-Løve)
Two young people pick up the romance that first flowered between them as teenagers eight years before. On general release from Friday.

Dance

Ballet Preljocaj: Snow White
Angelin Preljocaj's dark, clever twist on the classic fairytale, with Gustav Mahler's music and costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. Sadler's Wells, London EC1 (0844-412 4300), Thursday until 12 May.

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures
Revival of three pastiche gems from the early years of Bourne's career, including Spitfire and The Infernal Galop. Theatre Royal, Bath, (01225 448844), Wednesday until 12 May, then touring.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Four works from the long career of the American choreographic legend, including her most recent piece, Les Yeux et l'Ame. Brighton Dome, www.brightonfestival.org (01273 709709), Tuesday until 9 May.

Classical

Stéphane Denève
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra's departing music director says his goodbyes with Richard Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé. Usher Hall, Edinburgh (0131-228 1155), Friday; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (0141-353 8000), Saturday.

Jubilation: The Music of George Benjamin
Concerts by the London Sinfonietta, Philharmona and students from the Royal Academy of Music, in which Benjamin conducts his own music alongside works by György Ligeti. Southbank Centre, London SE1 (0845 875 0073), Saturday and Sunday.

Jazz

Kyle Eastwood
Clint's bass-playing and bandleading son Kyle inherited Dad's love of jazz – but has brought his own generation's eclecticism to it in a sparky group that splices soul, blues, Latin music and bebop. Concorde Club, Hampshire (023- 8061 3989), Tuesday; Ronnie Scott's, London W1 (020-7439 0747), Wednesday to Friday.

Pop

Michael Kiwanuka
Warm, lilting acoustic soul: nothing new, of course, but done to perfection. Tour begins Sunday, Bournemouth Old Fire Station (01202 963889).

The Cribs
Now without Johnny Marr on guitar, the Wakefield punks return, with a fifth, Steve Albini-produced album. Tour begins Monday, Nottingham Rock City (0845 413 44444).

Visual art

Fiona Rae
Rae makes paintings that mix and sample different kinds of abstraction, art historical licks, signage and images of the modern world. Leeds Art Gallery, Friday until 26 August.

Last chance to see

Theatre

Miss Julie
Maxine Peake's Julie is mercurial, skittish and a danger to herself and everyone else in David Eldridge's finely wrought new version of the Strindberg classic. Royal Exchange, Manchester (0161-833 9833), until Saturday.

Film

Le Havre (dir. Aki Kaurismäki)

Gorgeous, heart-warming comedy about a shoe-shine guy who befriends an illegal immigrant.

Classical

Einstein on the Beach
Final British performances of Robert Wilson's own revival of his ground-breaking 1976 music-theatre collaboration with Philip Glass. Barbican, London EC2 (020-7638 8891), until Sunday.

Jazz

Ernie Watts
A sax heavyweight of the old school, Grammy winner Ernie Watts has usually come to the UK as a cornerstone of Charlie Haden's cool Quartet West. These gigs showcase Watts's own choices. Ronnie Scott's, London, W1 (020-7439 0747), Monday and Tuesday.

Pop

Ian McCullough

Bunnymen singer tries out material from his forthcoming Pledge Music-funded solo album Pro Patria Mori. Tour ends Saturday at Union Chapel, London (020-7403 3331).

Visual art

Lucian Freud
More than 100 portraits by the painter who died in 2011. Freud continues to surprise and bewilder, however familiar many of his paintings may be. The longer you look, the weirder, stranger and more impressive they get. National Portrait Gallery, London WC2 (0844 248 5033), until 27 May.

Book now

Theatre

In a Pickle
Shakespeare for two- to four-year-olds? You might think it a joke if it wasn't for the fact that the company behind this show are the brilliant Oily Cart, who are joining forces with the RSC to create a multisensory production inspired by The Winter's Tale. Swan Room RST, Stratford-upon-Avon (0844 800 1110), 23 May until 17 June, then touring.

A Doll's House
Simon Stephens creates a new version of this play that remains startlingly modern. Hattie Morahan is the woman who slams the door on old ways of living in Carrie Cracknell's production. Young Vic, London SE1 (020-7922 2923), 29 June until 26 July.

Film

Dark Shadows (dir. Tim Burton)
Johnny Depp plays Barnabas, a vampire who returns to his ancestral home to help his messed-up Munsterish relations. On general release from Friday.

Dance

Royal Ballet's The Prince of the Pagodas
This late MacMillan ballet may not be the strongest in the repertory, but with new edits permitted into this unwieldy Britten score and a new generation of dancers (including Marianela Nuñez and Lauren Cuthbertson) in the principal roles, it will be fascinating to see how it looks after 16 years away from the stage. Royal Opera House, London WC2 (020-7304 4000), 2 until 29 June.

Classical

Walden
The UK premiere of Heiner Goebbels's music-theatre tribute to Henry David Thoreau, with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Dutch-based Ensemble Klang and narrator Keir Neuringer. Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham (0121-446 3232), 23 June.

Jazz

Bath Festival Jazz Weekend
Bath's famous music festival always features a wide-ranging jazz weekend – this year's includes saxophonist Jason Yarde's subtle duo with pianist Andrew McCormack, Courtney Pine's genre-bending Europa, pianists Stan Tracey, Tord Gustavsen, Gwilym Simcock and Zoe Rahman, and Manchester's acclaimed young Beats & Pieces big band. Various venues, Bath (01225 463362), 2-4 June.

Pop

Azealia Banks
Extensive UK tour from hotly tipped NSFW rapper. Tour begins 26 September, Manchester Club Academy (0161-832 1111).

Visual art

Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow
Now 85, US artist Alex Katz is a deceptive, sophisticated painter whose work has developed as both celebration and critique of moneyed America. With paintings from the 1950s to the present day, many focusing on friends, family and summers in Maine; plus Katz's personal selection of works from the Tate's collection. Tate St Ives, Cornwall, 19 May until 23 September.


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