Think of Paul Cézanne and what springs to mind are his transformative still-life and landscape paintings, works that proved a crucial bridge from Impressionism to the abstractions of the 20th century. But his unprecedented new exhibition – curated in conjunction with Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art – demands that we reevaluate Cézanne as a portrait painter. The 50-plus paintings include a large number not seen before in the UK. In many of them, he depicted himself and his wife, Hortense, charting their changes over the decades. The other portraits, meanwhile, feature subjects including the retainer – Vallier – who loyally maintained Cézanne’s Provence garden, affectionately immortalised in oils. Until 11th February 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery

Winnie-the Pooh; Exploring a Classic

There are few better loved characters in children’s literature than Winnie-the-Pooh, and this celebration of the lovable bear charts how AA Mine’s enduring stories have captivated the world for almost a century. Around 230 exhibits will include drawings by the book’s original illustrator EH Shepard, a 1929 recording of Milne reading Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and full-scale immersion versions of Poohsticks Bridge and Eeyore’s House. Meanwhile, fashion items and ceramics featuring the characters show how far Milne’s vision has spread. Until 8th April 2018 at the Victoria & Albert Museum


Mary Stuart

The toss of a coin decides who will be imprisoned and executed, and who will survive the rule. That’s the uniquely dramatic moment that opens each performance of Friedrich Schiller’s classic play. Only when Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams arrive on stage do they find out whether they will play Elizabeth I or the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Cue a tussle for power played out with the chilly elegance of a chess match until finally, inexorably, tragedy strikes. Until 31st March 2018 at The Duke of York’s Theatre

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