As part of a global celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, The Royal Ballet presents three works choreographed to music by the American composer, whose work uniquely encompassed classical, Broadway and jazz. The Age of Anxiety by artist-in-residence Liam Scarlett is set to Bernstein’s second symphony and features a quartet of late-night drinkers in a 1940s New York bar, with moments that echo West Side Story. There is also new work from the ground-breaking resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and Tony award-winning artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon, in a worthy tribute to the musical legend. From 15th March at the Royal Opera House
The year of 1932 – when Picasso was aged 50 – was a pivotal landmark in the Spanish artist’s career. Having made his home in a newly acquired country estate, he produced some 300 works in just 12 months. These included several paintings inspired by his mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, among them The Dream and Girl Before A Mirror. With more than 100 paintings, sketches and sculptures on display – many loaned from around the world – this is a rare opportunity to explore a rich chapter in the life of a genius. From 8th March at Tate Modern
This incendiary new production from Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre, sees Rory Kinnear – acclaimed for his title role in Hamlet and as Iago in Othello – as the nobleman wracked with guilt after he commits murder to claim the throne of Scotland. Reprising the part for which she won fine notices in her Broadway debut, Anne-Marie Duff plays the scheming Lady Macbeth. Sparks are guaranteed to fly between this sensational pairing. From 26th February at the National Theatre
In the early 1990’s Tonya Harding was an ice-skating superstar and America’s great Winter Olympics hope; then she was banned from the sport for life after her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was assaulted by a henchman hired by Hardy’s associates. Margot Robbie plays the title role in this riotous biopic, with The West Wing’s Allison Janney starring as her mother, LaVona Golden. Opens on 23rd February in the UK
Taking ballet classes as an adult of any age – even if you have little or no experience – is fast becoming one of the hottest hobby tickets, proving an uplifting alternative to hours spent at the gym or pounding the pavements. So, imagine being coached by dancers from the Royal Ballet, in studios that include those at the Royal Ballet School opposite the Opera House. Enter (stage right) Everybody Ballet, an initiative being headed up by one of the company’s most experienced and enthusiastic performers, Bennet Gartside, currently a Principal Character Artist. The vibe is unintimidating; the teaching is encouraging; and the results are totally exhilarating.
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon were two of the leading portrait painters of their time, and their work is at the heart of this exhibition that celebrates figurative art from the past 100 years. Also on show are earlier paintings by Walter Sickert and Stanley Spencer – whose influence can be seen in Freud and Bacon work – while living artists, including Paula Rego and Frank Auerbach, and a younger generation of innovators take the story up to the present day. From 28th February at Tate Britain
Whether you are a horse-racing devotee or simply enjoy a society event, the Cheltenham Festival is a high point of the calendar. The National Hunt meeting includes Ladies Day, where elegant finery epitomises the glamour of the occasion, and comes to an epic climax with the Cheltenham Gold Cup – one of the most coveted prizes in horse racing. 13th-16th march at Cheltenham Racecourse
It was 1947 when the first car created by Enzo Ferrari roared into existence: the 12-cylinder beast known as the 125 S. To mark the 70th anniversary of that landmark, London’s Design Museum has put together a mouthwatering selection of models from the renowned sports-car marque. Highlights are the 1962 250 GTO (Grand Turismo Omologato), whose modern aerodynamic design dominated from 1962 to 1964; and the F1-2000 which, with Michael Schumacher at the wheel, gave Ferrari its first F1 title in 21 years. There’s also plenty memorabilia, hand-drawn sketches and other material from the archives. Until 15th April at the Design Museum