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The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Literature

The Paradise by Way of Kensal Green Pub, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE: Zadie Smith Reading (29 March)

Zadie Smith presents extracts from her collection of essays Changing My Mind, and discusses the importance of local libraries at a time when even the most popular are under threat of closure.

Music

Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (24 March)

Covers of classics from all genres, from punk to swing to pop played on ukuleles.

Dance

London Coliseum: Birmingham Royal Ballet perform Cinderella (29 March - 2 April)

After selling out in Birmingham and appearing on the BBC at Christmas, the world premiere tour of this fairytale classic comes to London.

Film

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (released 25 March)

Werner Herzog sets out to capture prehistoric cave paintings in 3-D, along the way exploring the rarely-seen, limestone encrusted caves of Chauvet, France. Few living people have been permitted access to the caves, and the entrance of a camera crew is very much a novelty. Herzog's effort includes footage of interviews conducted with the scientists and researchers who are charged with keeping these remarkable landmarks safe.

Theatre

National Theatre: Rocket to the Moon (25 March - 5 April)

Stunning, stockingless, ruthless in her youth, Cleo Singer arrives in Ben Stark's dental practice and turns his married, humdrum world upside down. Written in 1938 by Clifford Odets, the American master of dazzling, acerbic New York repartee, and starring Keeley Hawes and Joseph Millson.

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