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Something Must Break

Kieron Tyler

Sometimes, nothing can prevent love blossoming. Sebastian’s second encounter with Andreas is punctuated by the latter vomiting after too much booze. It doesn’t put the brakes on the former’s growing passion for the leather-jacketed object of his affections. Soon, the pair are lovers despite Andreas declaring that he is not gay. He cannot resist Sebastian.The path of love often takes strange turns. In the Swedish film Something Must Break, the roadmap is ripped up. Sebastian (Saga Becker,...

Coalition, Channel 4

Adam Sweeting

Switched from last Thursday to accommodate the live standup gigs by Cast Iron Dave and "Tough Enough" Clint Miliband, this 90-minute drama took us back five years to the birth of the Conservative-Lib Dem pact. It purported to be based on "extensive research" and interviews with "people who were there", though there wasn't much that the average politico-freak wouldn't have known or surmised already. Some of the performances were fun though.Particularly relishable was Mark Gatiss's portrayal of...

White Night

Simon Munk

The old house seems empty at first. But in the darkness, a flickering match your only light source, it quickly becomes apparent that something...

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Alexandra Coghlan

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Reissue CDs Weekly: The Specials

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Mikhail Rudy, Kings Place

Peter Quantrill

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Hanna Weibye

Shechter première odd one out in triple bill with Balanchine and MacMillan

Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden, The Queen's Gallery

Marina Vaizey

From Eden to an embodiment of the power of the state: the garden in myth and reality

Cinderella

Matt Wolf

Cate Blanchett steals her stepdaughter Cinders's show

The Three Lions, St James Theatre

Tom Birchenough

Farcical pratfalls as Cameron, Beckham and William preen for Britain

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Channel 4

Barney Harsent

The fantasy drama returns without much fantasy, or drama

Battlefield: Hardline

Simon Munk

Cops 'n' robbers should be a perfect setting for this frantic first-person shooter

Princess Ida, Finborough Theatre

David Nice

Tweaked plot and lyrics muddy the waters of Gilbert and Sullivan's tricky sexist satire

Bayadère - The Ninth Life, Shobana Jeyasingh Company, Linbury Studio Theatre

Hanna Weibye

Engaging dance treatment of Indian-European cultural and disciplinary encounters

Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art, British Museum

Fisun Güner

More than the sum of its parts: an exploration of how the human form was perfected

Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women, BBC Two

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Awkward documentary draws few conclusions from a 20-year fight for women's rights

Bad Jews, Arts Theatre

Marianka Swain

Jewish identity is scrutinised in this unflinching, startlingly funny American play

Amadis de Gaule, UCL Opera

Matthew Wright

Spirited student revival of JC Bach's lovely final opera

Wild Tales

Nick Hasted

Argentine anthology shows revenge can be crazed, witty fun

Rules for Living, National Theatre

Aleks Sierz

New play about a family reunion at Christmas is imaginative and brilliantly theatrical

Giove in Argo, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

David Nice

Into the woods with quality Handel, fine young singers and the brilliant Laurence Cummings

Dior and I

Ellin Stein

New to couture, designer Raf Simons races to prepare the Christian Dior collection

Harvey, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Marianka Swain

The appeal of this dated comedy is as elusive as its giant invisible rabbit

Storyville: Masterspy of Moscow - George Blake, BBC Four

Tom Birchenough

Intriguing espionage life-story of the British double-agent, and a brief encounter today

The Subways, Institute, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

Punk poppers give the beginning of the week an almighty shot in the arm

Man to Man, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Gary Raymond

Margaret Ann Bain faultless in Manfred Karge's ageless and grim parable

Sweeney Todd, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue

Matt Wolf

Sondheim's epic musical gets a miniaturist make-over

The Pub Landlord, Touring

Veronica Lee

Al Murray on terrific form with his appalling creation

Blind

Kieron Tyler

Strong lead carries Norwegian depiction of the inner worlds surfacing after the onset of blindness

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