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SONDHEIM AT THE DONMAR
Stephen Sondheim, the man who wrote Send in the Clowns and the creative force behind musicals including A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and – as lyricist – West Side Story, is 80 this year. Passion, one of his more recent works, is a tale of love, obsession and power set in 19th century Italy, where a soldier’s life is shattered by the competing passions of his faraway lover and a local temptress. Until 27 Nov, Donmar Warehouse. Tickets from £15, www.donmarwarehouse.com

SPECTRUM BALL
Jools Holland (right) is leading celebrations at the Park Lane Hotel on 30 September to raise money for autism. Beverly Knight and Ruby Turner will also be appearing, along with a silent auction and three course dinner. Funds raised go to the National Autistic Society and Autism Research Trust. Tickets from £200. Call 0207923789

SPEED DRAWING IN BROADGATE
Later this month, the Real Broadgate art show will be a chance for City folk to pick up some high-quality pieces of figurative art. To promote this, organisers will be hosting a speed drawing event at Broadgate Circle, where anyone can turn up and participate in a spot of speedy life drawing. 12-2pm, 28 Sept, Broadgate Circle. www.gofigurative.com