Cézanne in Britain
National Gallery, London, 4 October to 7 January, admission free
www. nationalgallery .org.uk
This October marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the artist Paul Cézanne. The National Gallery is celebrating with Cézanne in Britain. Cézanne never came to Britain, yet his work has had a remarkable impact here. This exhibition includes 40 works, with paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints, and covers his wide range of subject matter - portraits, still life and landscapes.
Pinter: A Celebration
30 September - 11 November Phone 0114 249 5999
This is a marvellous opportunity to appreciate the works of playwright, poet and anti-war activist Harold Pinter.
The season has more than 20 performances, film showings, readings and discussions at venues across Sheffield.
Centred around a new production of The Caretaker at the Crucible, Sheffield Theatres has organised a fitting tribute to a man rightly described as a “permanent public nuisance”.
Among the treats are a rehearsed reading of No Man’s Land, and showings of Pinter-scripted films Reunion and The Servant.
To Kill A Mockingbird
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Until 7 October
Harper Lee’s novel about racial prejudice, influenced by the Scottsboro trials where black men were wrongfully imprisoned on charges of raping white women - became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement on its publication in 1960.
The theatre production uses the adaptation by Christopher Sergel. The portrayal of the lawyer Atticus as an ordinary, vulnerable man resisting oppression and showing his children the value and necessity of doing so is noteworthy.
The performance builds momentum. During the climactic central trial scene, Atticus often addresses the audience directly, challenging them to think on the issues before them.
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The second album by Scissor Sisters is another slice of 1970s influenced disco and glam rock.
The best songs though are the slower “The Other Side” and “Might Tell You Tonight”, as well as the bizarrely titled “Paul McCartney”, which is probably the only song influenced by the former Beatle’s 1980s output.
While not as funky, life-affirming and moving as Scissor Sisters’ eponymous first album, it is still a cut above much of the of the rest of the stuff out there.
It’s ideal for preparing for a night out or even a night in dancing round your room.