SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND | HELENA LEE

COLLABORATORS
Collaborators, a new play about Stalin, is on at the Cottesloe theatre and stars Simon Russell Beale and Alex Jennings. The evening may already be sold out, but day tickets are available, from £12. The play will also be broadcast to cinemas across the world on 1 December as part of National Theatre Live.

Cottesloe, National Theatre

CINEMA: STRAW DOGS
Also out: Straw Dogs – an unsatisfactory update of the 1971 original (that starred Dustin Hoffman) with eye-candy Kate Bosworth and James Marsden. City A.M.’s Stevie Martin’s verdict is that “it’s a fair enough thriller, but there’s no getting away from the fact the director has taken a classic and made it slightly less interesting. You’d still be better off renting the original.”

HEART OF DARKNESS OPERA
Joseph Conrad’s classic novella of obsession and brutality in the Congo is brought to life in this chamber opera premiere. With an unusual score by young British composer, Tarik O’Regan, this contemporary interpretation is proving a highlight of the Linbury Season.

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, until 5 November