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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

Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad

Shakespeare's epic love tragedy relocated to present day Iraq, a society riven by sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia. In Arabic with English surtitles. Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (0844 800 1110), Thursday to 5 May; Riverside Studios, London W6 (020-8237 1111), 28 June until 30 June.

Enquirer

A new site-specific production from the National Theatre of Scotland based on interviews with leading figures in the newspaper industry, from editors to retailers. Andrew O'Hagan co-edits with directors John Tiffany and Vicky Featherstone. Hub at Pacific Quay, Glasgow (0141 429 0022), 26 April until 12 May.

Film

Marley (dir. Kevin Macdonald)

A documentary about the life and times of Bob Marley. He was a musical legend, but a flawed and vulnerable human being.

Dance

Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardée

Stellar casting for Frederick Ashton's perennially charming pastoral comedy, including Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta, Alina Cojocaru and Johann Kobborg. Royal Opera House, London WC2 (020-7304 4000, roh.org.uk), until 16 May.

Ballet Revolución

A hyper powered company of Cuban dancers and musicians, performing a fusion of ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance. Peacock Theatre, London WC2 (0844-412 4322, sadlerswells.com), Wednesday until 19 May.

Classical

The Importance of Being Earnest

The UK premiere – in a concert performance conducted by Thomas Ades – of Gerald Barry's operatic distillation of Oscar Wilde. Barbican, London EC2 (020-7638 8891), Thursday; Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 780 3333), Saturday.

Richard Ayres

Conductor Ilan Volkov presides over the BBC Scottish Symphony's free portrait concert of the Cornish-born, Dutch-resident Ayres, which includes MacGowan, named after The Pogues' lead singer, and the NONcerto for horn. City Halls, Glasgow (0141 353 8000), Saturday.

Jazz

Lighthouse Trio

A European contemporary-jazz supergroup, the trio of former Chick Corea, saxophonist Tim Garland, dazzling pianist Gwilym Simcock and resourceful world-music drummer Asaf Sirkis tours with a new repertoire and a new album. Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (0161 907 5555), Thursday; Darwin Suite, Derby (01332 255800), Friday, then touring.

Pop

Santigold

One-off show from the artist formerly known as Santogold, plying the expansive, genre-hopping pop of her second album Master of My Make Believe. Heaven, London (020-7930 2020), Thursday.

Magnetic Fields

Not always a fountain of bonhomie and bottomless good vibes onstage, the drollery and melodicism of Stephin Merrit's songwriting usually shines through. Tour begins Tuesday, Brighton Komedia (01273 647100).

Visual art

Juan Muñoz: An Inaccessible Moment

Some of Munoz's last sculpted figures, including a self-portrait, are included in this show. Muñoz died just after mounting Double Bind, his 2001 Turbine Hall commission. I would recommend this, as I helped curate it. Frith Street Gallery, London W1, Wednesday until 20 June.

Last chance to see

Theatre

Big and Small

Botho Strauss's story of a woman adrift in a cold, materialistic world comes of age. Cate Blanchett is on tumultuous form in this brave Sydney Theatre Company revival. Barbican, London EC2 (020-7638 8891), until 29 April.

Film

Wild Bill (dir. Dexter Fletcher)

Dexter Fletcher scores with his directing debut. It's a terrifically warm-hearted film, starring Charlie Creed-Miles as the ex-con going straight as a single dad.

Classical

Jakob Lenz

Sam Brown's fussy production may blur the dramatic edges of Wolfgang Rihm's stark expressionist one-acter, but Andrew Shore is utterly compelling in the title role. Hampstead Theatre, London NW3 (020-7722 9301), Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

Jazz

Pat Martino Trio

The soul-steeped, hard-bop music that revered Philly guitarist Pat Martino has been playing for more than 40 years retains its old heat, and though guitar buffs queue up to catch him, his work reaches out to all kinds of listeners. Martino plays these gigs with the Hammond organ/drums accompaniment that brings out the best in him – bluesy muscle, jazz swing and smoky grooving. Ronnie Scott's, London W1 (020-7439 0747), Monday and Tuesday.

Pop

Tricky

If you're going to revive anything from the 90s, it might as well be Tricky's astonishing debut album Maxinquaye, which he's performing in full. Tour ends Saturday, Manchester Academy (0161 275 4278).

Foster the People

Amiable multiple Grammy-winning US indie pop, so popular this date is the last of three nights at the Brixton Academy. Tour ends Sunday, Brixton Academy (0844 477 2000).

Visual art

Dan Graham

Pavilions or prisons, cafes or conceptual chill-out zones, Dan Graham's structures of steel, mirror and glass are at once practical and useless, artworks and architecture. You wouldn't want to get stuck in one. Lisson Gallery, London NW1, until 28 April.

Book now

Theatre

Little Dogs

The latest from Frantic Assembly is a collaboration with National Theatre Wales and inspired by a Dylan Thomas short story. Swansea-based band Hybrid provide the music for a promenade performance about the mating rituals and search for love in the shadows of the city. Patti Pavillion, Swansea (01792 602060), 9 May until 19 May.

Tender Napalm

Phillip Ridley's explosive play about love, one of the best new plays of 2011, goes out on tour. The title says it all, but nothing prepares you for the intensity of this two-hander. Curve, Leicester (0116 2423595), 10 May until 12 May, then touring.

The Changeling

Public booking opens tomorrow for the return of Joe Hill-Gibbons' insanely enjoyable revival of Jacobean gore-fest. An intimate, jelly-throwing exploration of sex, obsession and murder. Young Vic, London SE1 (020-7922 2922), 20 November until 15 December.

Film

Damsels in Distress (dir. Whit Stillman)

Stillman makes a welcome return with his distinctively literary, elegant style of film-making.

Dance

Tanztheater Wuppertal World Cities 2012

One of the glories of the Cultural Olympiad is this month-long season of works by Pina Bausch. Focusing on her later travelogue works (created in and inspired by some of the world's great cities, including Rome, Hong Kong and Istanbul), this programme of 10 works includes familiar pieces like Viktor and others new to Britain like Como el Musquito. Sadler's Wells, London EC1 (0844 412 4300, sadlerswells.com) and Barbican, London EC2 (020-7638 4141, barbican.org.uk), 6 June until 9 July.

Classical

Caritas

OperaUpClose celebrates Arnold Wesker's 80th birthday with a new production by Pamela Howard of Robert Saxton's 1991 opera, based on Wesker's play. King's Head, London N1 (020-7478 0160), 20 May until 10 June.

Jazz

Robert Glasper Experiment

American pianist Glasper is following in the footsteps of Herbie Hancock as a jazz virtuoso who's just as creative and influential in funk and R&B, and his new Black Radio project draws on many contemporary styles, from postbop to hip-hop. The Barbican gig features guest R&B vocalist Bilal, a regular Glasper collaborator. Norwich Playhouse (01603 766400), 13 May; Barbican, London, EC2 (020-7638 8891; barbican.org.uk), 14 May; then touring until 24 May.

Pop

Lady Gaga

It's not often a pop act makes more sense live than on record, but Lady Gaga's agreeably preposterous performance art-inspired shows prove the exception. Tour begins 8 September, Twickenham Stadium (0844 847 2492).

Visual art

Bauhaus: Art as Life

The Bauhaus has informed the texture of modern life, even into the 21st century. Its rational spirit lives on, and we live in its legacy. Artworks, artefacts, models, photographs, ceramics and more, in a specially designed series of dramatic and intimate spaces. Barbican Art Gallery, London EC2, 3 May until 12 August.


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