Friday Arts Diary

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Doctor Who Series 7 finale: The Name of the Doctor, 18 May

The Doctor Who series finale promises a thrilling climax. When an enemy strikes the Time Lord is left with no choice but to travel into a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future. Fans will have to wait six months for their next Doctor Who fix with the 50th anniversary special episode due to be shown in November.



Not the Last Night of the Proms, Ensemble 360, Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield, 18 May

Ensemble 360 rounds off Music in the Round’s May Festival with a celebration of that well-loved music making tradition: The Last Night of the Proms… with a twist. Composers Elgar, Arne and Parry all naturally feature, but the audience will be treated with their more alternative offerings, whilst Beethoven’s variations are chosen for the theme of ‘Rule Britannia’.



Le Père Noël est une ordure, Ciné Lumière, Institut Français, London, 22 May

This 1982 irreverent French classic, translated as ‘Santa Clause is a Louse’, has gained cult status over the years. The story starts on Christmas Eve when three suicide hotline workers find themselves faced with increasingly bizarre circumstances and characters. The film is followed by a Q&A with celebrated French actors Christian Clavier and Thierry Lhermitte, who will also talk about their forthcoming play at the Soho Theatre.



Norfolk and Norwich Festival, 10 – 26 May

A rich selection of music, theatre, circus, literature, dance, kids’ shows and free outdoor performance, Norfolk and Norwich Festival is becoming a well-known event on the international arts scene. Highlights include the UK premiere’s of New York based Nature Theatre of Oklahoma with their epic marathon show Life and Times, and Les 7 doigts de la main’s playful and profound circus piece Séquence 8.



Mess, Battersea Arts Centre, London, 14 May – 1 June

This is a play about anorexia. But don’t let that put you off. It was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is written by and co-stars Olivier-nominated Caroline Horton. The cast of three unflinchingly confronts big issues - obsession, addiction and not wanting to get out of bed - all with infectious good humour.



Antipodes, Spacex Exeter, 18 May – 13 July

Layla Curtis’s Antipodes is an ongoing interactive online and photographic project and set to be a fascinating exploration of the world’s space. The four per cent of the earth’s surface in which land is antipodal to lands provides rich terrain for interesting parallels. Webcam images from places at opposite ends of the globe are paired together to explore their contrasts and affinities.

Matt Smith stars as Doctor Who in the series finale this week (Photo: Getty Images)
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