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Timothy Barber
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THE HABIT OF ART
Alan Bennett’s new play for the National Theatre may not have the universal appeal of The History Boys, but it’s a hilarious, searingly clever piece nevertheless. Richard Griffiths is on terrifically droll form as actor Fitz, playing the poet WH Auden meeting in old age with the composer Benjamin Britten in the play within a play. Until 6 Apr, Lyttleton, National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX. Tickets from £10 from 020 7452 3000 or www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.

BOOK NOW: HAVANA RAKATAN
Now something of a winter institution at Sadler’s Wells, the Cuban dance spectacular is returning next year with its exciting mix of mamba, salsa, cha-cha-cha and more. Expect to be thoroughly dazzled. 4 Feb-6 Mar, Saddler’s Wells, Roseberry Avenue, EC1R 4TN. Tickets £15-£40 from www.sadlerswells.com.

DEPECHE MODE AT THE 02
Back with a new album named Sounds of the Universe, electro-rock giants Dave Gahan, Martin Bell and Andy Fletcher play their second night at the O2 tonight, mixing new tunes and familiar classics. Support is from electronica producers Soulsavers. 6.30pm, The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. Tickets from £40 from www.theo2.co.uk.