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Issue No. 1989

William Blake

William Blake's The House of Death (Pic: Tate Britain/Presented by W Graham Robertson)

Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination
Tate Britain, London
until 1 May

The exhibition explores the taste for gothic art at the end of the 18th century and 19th century. The above painting is by poet and artist William Blake’s The House of Death. The pictures at the exhibition represent the belief that humanity was taking its destiny into its own hands, but also the fear of the terrible possibilities that existed with new technology.

Nuru Kane
On Tour

Nuru Kane's distinctive take on Senegalese music explores the connections between the music of north and west Africa – a musical journey across the Sahara.

With a range of influences from blues through to the driving gnawa trance, he is definitely worth seeing live.

His new album, Sigil, is out on 13 March, and he is touring Britain throughout March and April.

Paul Greive

Measure for Measure
National Theatre
Until 18 March

Simon McBurney hasn’t moved far from his Complicite theatre company roots in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s play – an incredibly slick production with some brilliant and very clever visuals.

The play has been brought up to date – with references to Guantanamo Bay, George Bush and attacks on our rights. But the portrayal of women as passive playthings keeps it as an oddly period piece.

This is a brilliant production – I just wish that the time and effort had been put into a play that was worth revisiting.

Kelly Hilditch

Wild Geese
Banner Theatre
On Tour until 18 March

This play looks at migration from the point of view of the migrants themselves, exploring their hopes, dreams and often harsh realities. 

It exposes the divide between those who build fortunes from forced migration and the refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants who must leave homes and loved ones in search of work and safety.

Wild Geese is currently touring Mansfield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bedford, Norfolk and Derby.

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Sat 25 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1989
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