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The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Art

Gagosian Britannia St, London WC1, Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 13 January - 18 February
In anticipation of Hirst's major show at Tate Modern in April, 11 galleries around the world are displaying Hirst's famous spot paintings. This London exhibition boasts more than 100 pieces, ranging from a tiny semi circle to a 40ft-wide epic with 1,600 coloured discs.

Comedy

Soho Theatre, London W1, Jimmy Carr - Gagging Order: Work in Progress 13 January - 14 January
The witty 8 Out Of 10 Cats host is practising material for his upcoming tour. In his own words, it might be good, might be shit.

Dance

Peacock Theatre, London WC2, Nierka 14 January - 16 January
This multidisciplinary performance brings together music, video, puppetry, lighting and dance to highlight the journey from lost youth to enlightenment. The show's creator is British/Mexican artist Tupac Martir, who is best known for working on fashion and music campaigns for the likes of Vivienne Westwood and MTV.

Theatre

The Pit Barbican Centre, London EC2 17, Translunar Paradise January - 21 January
Presented in association with London International Mime Festival, Translunar Paradise is a story about life, death and enduring love as an elderly man struggles to come to terms with the death of his wife. This superb piece of mask and movement theatre was a hit at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Music

Royal Opera House, London WC2, La Traviata 17 January
Richard Eyre's production of Verdi's tragic love story returns to the Royal Opera House with Renée Fleming as Violetta and Joseph Calleja as Alfredo. The opera recounts the tensions the doomed lovers encounter as they break social conventions. Antonio Pappano, Music Director at the ROH, conducts.