Spring 2022’s best tickets to theatre, films, art exhibitions and more

Ballet Scenes/A Month in the Country/Rhapsody

Two abstract works and 1976’s tale of heartbreak A Month in the Country, all by Frederick Ashton, one of the geniuses of the 20th century. Royal Opera House, London WC2 (roh.org.uk), April 23-May 2

age of rage

Avant-garde Belgian director Ivo van Hove converts seven Greek tragedies into one bloody mash-up. In Dutch with English surtitles. Barbican, London EC2 (barbican.org.uk), until May 8

Like Water for Chocolate

Laura Esquivel’s magical-realist novel gets a balletic makeover from the fantastic Christopher Wheeldon, with the team who helped make his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale such triumphs. The dance event of 2022. Royal Opera House, London WC2 (roh.org.uk), until June 17

The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]

A collaboration between Germany’s Pina Bausch Foundation and Senegal’s École des Sables, featuring two chalk-and-cheese works: the new common ground[s]inspired by African dance and Bausch’s 1975 The Rite of Spring. Sadler’s Wells, London EC1 (sadlerswells.com), until June 11


Strictly pro-turned-judge Anton Du Beke and winner Giovanni Pernice serve up an evening of “dance, song and light-hearted fun”. Peacock Theatre, London WC2 (sadlerswells.com), June 19

What to watch on TV

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

The true, tragicomic tale of John and Anne Darwin, who faked his death in 2002, in a wildly improbable insurance scam, then legged it to Panama. Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan star. ITV, date TBC

Art That Made Us

A landmark eight-part series that aims to tell the history of Britain through art, from Anglo-Saxon artifacts to Harry Potter. BBC Two

Gentleman Jack

Suranne Jones returns as Regency force of nature Anne Lister, now living at Shibden Hall with her wife Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) as Halifax’s most unconventional power couple. BBC One

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

Hugh Laurie adapts Agatha Christie’s 1934 murder mystery. A man lies dying, and with his final breath he utters the question in the title. What can it mean? BritBox

Anatomy of a Scandal

Sienna Miller plays a wife whose comfortable life comes crashing down when her Tory minister husband (Rupert Friend) is accused of raping his parliamentary aid. Based on the bestselling novel by Sarah Vaughan. Netflix

Dinosaurs: The Final Day

Making the bold claim that it will provide new evidence of how the dinosaurs were wiped out, this film combines CGI recreations with palaeontology, watched over by David Attenborough. BBC One, date TBC


Playwright James Graham takes the Nottinghamshire mining village where he grew up as the setting for a murder case that inflamed divisions sparked by the miners’ strike. BBC One, date TBC

Conversations with Friends

Viewers fell in love with Sally Rooney’s Normal People, and the BBC hopes this adaptation of her first novel will have the same effect. It’s a more complex tale of two Dublin students and their dalliance with a married couple. BBC Three, date TBC

DI Ray

Bodyguard’s Jed Mercurio executive-produces this crime thriller, starring Parminder Nagra as a detective out to catch a killer. ITV, date TBC

The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry’s wonderful 2016 novel was a monster hit. Claire Danes plays recently widowed Cora, who moves to a tiny Essex village where superstition has it that a mythical creature roams the marshes. AppleTV+


Promising a fresh approach to gender politics, this black comedy casts Steve Coogan as a film producer known for dating a string of young women, and Sarah Solemani as a woke film-maker. Sparks fly when they’re paired up on a project. Channel 4, date TBC

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor reprises his role as Star Wars’ Jedi master, with Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader, in a series set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith. Disney+

Life After Life

Kate Atkinson’s much-loved 2013 Costa Prize-winning novel transfers to the small screen and tells the many stories of Ursula Todd, a character who lives and dies multiple times. Thomasin McKenzie stars, with Fleabag’s Sian Clifford as her mother. BBC One, date TBC

Everything I Know About Love

An adaptation of Dolly Alderton’s memoir of work, life and terrible dates in her 20s. Consider it the new Bridget Jones’s Diary. BBC One, date TBC

Upcoming concerts and festivals


A debut UK tour for the mysterious musician who won the BBC Sound of 2022 polled with her drum ‘n’ bass-inflected bedroom pop. StereoGlasgow (ticketmaster.co.uk), April 11

Wet Leg

The eponymous debut album from the electric guitar-touting Isle of Wight duo sees them channeling the Velvet Underground via Nirvana, but with more jokes than either. Domino


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