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OLONDON

OREADING

RICHARD III

OUTSIDE:INSIDE FESTIVAL

There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious — unless, like Richard III, you take it too far and become a murderous psychopath in your quest for power. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey as one of Shakespeare’s most notorious villains, this production reunites the pair for the first time since American Beauty.

OLONDON

Rockin’ — The Rockabilly Scene Until 15 May at National Theatre, South Bank, SE1; free; nationaltheatre.org Expect quiffs, tattoos and enough leather to keep a Peta employee furious for decades at Andrew Shaylor’s new exhibition, ‘Rockin’’. These captivating photos chart the birth of the rockabilly music scene in the Fifties, as greasy-headed guitar-slingers set teenage knees jittering across the US. Shaylor’s images also chronicle the lifestyle’s continuing popularity. A perfect opportunity to cast your eye over a genre that inspired everyone from Elvis Presley to Quentin Tarantino.

OMANCHESTER

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MANCHESTER SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS DESIGN AWARDS 2011

HANNA At cinemas from 6 May; hannamovie.net

6–21 May at Cube Gallery, 113-115 Portland St, M1; free; ree; cube.org.uk The Cube Gallery provides o ovides a tantalising glimpse at the work of o the UK’s best emerging architects. t tects. Featuring contributions from blueprinters b across Manchester, this exhibition showcases buildingss that have made a positive contribution t tribution to their local environment. e ent. The awards are dished h hed out on 12 May.

Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright swaps p cravats and corsets for knives and pistols in this engrossing thril thriller, starring Saoirse Ronan aas a teenage warrior on a q quest to discover the sec secrets cre of her upbringing. Slic Slick ck fight scenes, music by T Th The Chemical Brothers an and a top turn by Eric Ban Bana na (left) push this action-pa action-packed ac drama dee deep ep into ‘unmissable’ ‘unmissaab territory. territoryy.

9–30 Jul at various venues (book now); prices vary; outsideinsidefestival.com Apparently, the Reading Festival is not the only Reading festival. Pop-up music fair Outside:Inside boasts a less b sstar-studded — but aarguably more interesting — line-up than its cousin, with headline turns from reggae supremo Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (left) and The Fall.

OEDINBURGH

O  H E RT F O R D S H I R E

DEAD BY DAWN

SCULPTURE AT THE GROVE

Until 8 May at Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Rd, EH3; prices vary; deadbydawn.co.uk If you’re looking to be scared in Scotland, you could do worse than this Caledonian horror-fest. Boasting debut UK screenings of some of the goriest cinema currently being made — including The Neighbour Zombie from South Korea and Canada’s The Death Of Alice Blue — ‘Dead By Dawn’ is a must for every strong-stomached film fan north of the border. There’s also an amnesty event where cinemagoers donate their most embarrassing DVDs and the audience vote for the worst.

7 May–31 Aug at The Grove, Chandler’s Cross, WD3; free; thegrove.co.uk Sometimes Mother Nature’s beauty just isn’t enough. That’s certainly the thinking at this five-star Hertfordshire resort, where the already-picturesque gardens are set to host some stunning sculpture. All 50 pieces on display will go on sale, and include works from emerging and established international artists. In particular, Jo Burchell’s barbed-wire ‘Racing Lurchers’ are worth an admiring look. Just don’t try petting them.

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BATMAN LIVE 19 Jul-8 Oct at various venues (book now); £35; lastminute.com Allow us to silence that voice in your head screaming, “This is the Spider-Man On Broadway disaster: part two.” Batman Live features an original story and an extravagant set that brings Gotham City to life for the first time. The tour kicks off in Manchester before visiting various other UK cities, and we’re most excited about the top-secret Batmobile designed by Formula 1 legend Gordon Murray.

“Ignore the ‘creatine’ heckles, Sid. They’re just jealous”

Suit fittings: violent W W W. S H O R T L IS T .C O M / 2 3

PHOTOGR APHS: ANDREW SHAYLOR, SANTOS, NIG HT ING ALE STUDIOS, BURBANK , CA; RE X FEATURES

18 Jun-11 Sep at The Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 (book now); prices vary; oldvictheatre.com

WORDS: K AT Y BALLS , TO M ELLEN, ESHE NELSON

“Who left their chewing gum on the floor?”

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