DANCE Immortal Tango

Choreographed by Argentine virtuoso German Cornejo, Immortal Tango is a seductive throwback to a golden age, complete with Hollywood-style costumes and sultry, dramatic choreography. Performing with his equally gifted partner; Gisela Galeassi, and accompanied by a live band, Cornejo leads a troupe of couples – all champion dancers – in this intoxicating spectacular. Those who feel inspired to try tango themselves can take part in a free lesson after the show on 8th or 15th March. From 1st to 19th March at the Peacock

THEATRE The Painkiller

Chance brings together two very different men in Sean Foley’s The Painkiller, adapted from Francis Veber’s Le Contrat. In a hotel room, Dudley (Rob Brydon), a failed photographer whose wife has just left him for her psychiatrist, plans to kill himself. In the room next door is icy hit man Ralph (Kenneth Branagh), who needs nothing in life but the rifle with which he carries out his executions. When the two meet, nothing goes according to plan, setting in motion a classic farce of the highest calibre and a delightful showcase for the brilliant comic timing of both stars. From 5th March to 30th April at the Garrick Theatre

EXHIBITION Botticelli Reimagined

His painting of Venus and portraits of the aristocrats of the Italian Renaissance are, of course, among the canon of Western art. But Sandro Botticelli has had an enduring impact, and Botticelli Reimagined celebrates both his work and the work of those who were influenced by him, including Rossetti, Magritte and Warhol; his most famous subject, Venus, shows up on dresses by Dolce & Gabbana and in hyper-real photographs by David LaChapelle, exemplifying the image’s ubiquity. From 5th March to 3rd July at the Victoria and Albert Museum

THEATRE Barbados – Golgota

French choreographer and director Bartabas’ equestrianship enables him to work in perfect harmony with his horse in dance works that seem to meld man and beast. In Golgota, Bartabas performs alongside contemporary flamenco dancer Andrés MarÍn, backed by Gregorian chants and the music of Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. Together Bartabas and MarÍn create their own imaginatively choreographed rituals – partly inspired by the age-old traditions of Holy Week in Seville – to conjure up a haunting, dreamlike experience. From 14th to 21st March at Sadler’s Wells

MUSIC Juan Diego Flórez

Blessed with a charismatic stage presence and film-star looks, Peruvian singer Juan Diego Flórez is, many would argue, the greatest tenor of his generation and a worthy successor to Pavarotti. The warmth and openness of his voice make his live shows a joy, and his repertoire encompasses everything from opera to South American folk music. At the Royal Albert Hall, Flórez will be performing songs and arias by Donizetti, Rossini and others, accompanied by the Rome-based Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini Orchestra. 29th March at Royal Albert Hall

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