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The Friday Arts Diary

Our Cultural Picks for the Week Ahead.

Art

Tate Britain, London SW1, Has the Film Already Started?, until 26 February
A series of galleries illuminating ways in which notions of performance have been expressed in the art of the past 30 years.

Comedy

Lyric Hammersmith, London W6, Lyric Comedy Night, 26 February
Hosted by John Maloney, this regular Sunday Night Comedy slot features Mark Thomas, Andrew O'Neill, Catie Wilkins and Doc Brown.

Theatre

Rose Theatre, London SE1, The Merchant of Venice, until 26 February
This modern-dress version sets Shakespeare's dark comedy in the contemporary London banking scene as it faces meltdown.

Dance

Tate Britain, London SE1, English National Ballet, from 27 February
In the Tate's Duveen Galleries, for a week, the English National Ballet celebrates the Tate's current Picasso xxhibition, Picasso and Modern British Art.

Music

St John's, Smith Square, London SW1, Schwanengesang, 28 February
Performing alongside pianist Joseph Middleton, Matthew Rose sings Schubert's final song-cycle. Recently described by The Times as "the cream of a new generation", Middleton studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music on an EMI Scholarship, followed by a residency at Pembroke College, Cambridge.