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The Past (Le Passé), France 2013

This wonderful absorbing big messy chunk of life, sprawling in front of its audience, is actually a vigilant dissection of bad choices and failed relationships by director Asghar Farhadi.

Barbican

Snap Shot Song at the Barbican was a Guildhall student performance. Held in the very fine Milton Court Concert Hall, it it was great fun to be reminded that our top musicians  started somewhere.  Loads of energy, some good performances and where else will you get 150 performers for £10?  

Ruin Lust, Tate Britain

This promising notion of an examination of our obsession with decay and ruin fails to delivers. The works individually may be interesting but the aggregation feels arbitrary and incoherent.  Unenlightening. To 18 May.

Hockney, Printmaker, Dulwich Picture Gallery

After RA’s mega-canvases this small exhibition of prints and lithographs demonstrates Hockney’s  breadth and versatility.  Pictures that are lovely, interesting, funny, and irreverent.  To 11 May.

Versailles, Donmar Theatre

Three hours of critical analyses of the WWI peace process which miraculously manages to be totally engaging, mainly by means of some first rate acting. Excellent theatre. To 5 April.