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The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.


Globe Theatre London, SE1: Doctor Faustus (until 2 October) Christopher Marlowe's epic tragedy makes its first appearance at the London Theatre. Paul Hilton plays the scheming doctor, who makes a pact with the devil. Mephistopheles is Arthur Darvill, best known as Rory in Doctor Who. Expect poetry, comedy and flying dragons.


Gladstone Park, London, NW10: Gladstonebury Festival (19 June)
Not got a ticket for Glastonbury this year? Then Gladstonebury, in North London may go some way to console you. There will be live music, including The Future Shape of Sound, and The Penny Black Remedy, chainsaw sculpture, juggling, barbecues, beer tents, and the notorious "Woofstock" dog show. And free entry too.


Shepherd's Bush Empire, W12: Bo Burnham 18 (June)
Returning for a victory lap after his acclaimed performance at Edinburgh last year, funny-boy Burnham is wowing audiences and winning over the critics with his self-conscious musical/comedy japery.


Various locations, London: Stake Land
Director Jim Mickle has created a torrid, dread-laden atmosphere in this post-apocalyptic vampire horror. Involving nuns, Christian armies and pregnancy, this unusual vision of dystopia is also somehow emotionally engaging, a rare quality in the genre.


Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P: The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World (Until 4 September)
Led by one-man renaissance, Wyndham Lewis, the Vorticists explored the relationship between art and the increasing mechanisation of Britain in the early 20th Century. They produced expressive works that bridged the gap between Cubism and Futurism.

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