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BLACK WATCH RETURNS TO THE BARBICAN
Quite simply one of the greatest theatrical achievements of the past decade, Gregory Burke’s astonishing play about Scottish soldiers fighting in the Middle East is returning to the Barbican this month. Taking in military traditions, the desolation of working class Scottish life, the boredom and terrors of desert warfare, it’s a moving, electrifying show and absolutely essential viewing. 27 Nov-22 Jan, Barbican Theatre, EC2Y 8DS. Tickets £35/40 from www.barbican.org.uk

SEVEN DIALS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Anyone looking to get their Christmas shopping wrapped up early should head to Seven Dials in Covent Garden tomorrow evening, where over 100 shops and venues will be offering 20 per cent off. Fred Perry, Diesel and American Apparel are among those involved, as well as various bars and restaurants in the area.

For more information go to www.sevendials.co.uk.

THE BOOK OF THE DEAD
The British Museum’s new exhibition, Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, is one of its most enthralling shows. Papyrus and linen versions of the Book of the Dead – a collection of spells for guiding the dead through the underworld – are displayed along with figurines, jewellery, statues, coffins and other artefacts. Until 6 March, The British Museum. www.britishmuseum.org