Azadeh Akhlaghi’s ‘Mohammad Mosaddegh 5 March 1967’ (2012) recreates the funeral preparations for the Iranian prime minister overthrown by a coup in 1953 and held under house arrest until his death

Burnt Generation, Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, London

An insight into the bold, dynamic world of Iranian photography

Culture columns

‘Research may disprove what we think we know but artists are used to living with risk’
‘The political mainstream has become expert in the co-option of its critics’
Allen Toussaint
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Allen Toussaint, Ronnie Scott’s, London

An entertaining tour through a half-century of songcraft

Patricia Hodge and Caroline Quentin in 'Relative Values'
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Relative Values, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

The attraction lies in the production and cast, rather than the play

Bavarian State Ballet in 'Choreartium'
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Ballettwoche (Ballet Week), Nationaltheater, Munich

A showcase for the work of Bavarian State Ballet director Ivan Liška

David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, London

Another satisfying chapter in a transatlantic musical exchange

From left, Keith Bartlett, Lindsey Campbell, Diana Quick, Kirsty Bushell and Jo Stone-Fewings in 'The Big Meal'
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The Big Meal, HighTide Festival, Suffolk, UK

A dark, challenging but brilliant family drama

Renée Fleming in 'Arabella'
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Arabella, Salzburg Easter Festival

Richard Strauss’s opera is a disappointing offering

'A View From the Bridge' at the Young Vic
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A View From the Bridge, Young Vic, London

A puzzling but striking production of Arthur Miller’s play

Novosibirsk Ballet's 'Pulcinella'
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Golden Mask Festival, Moscow

The most original offerings came from beyond the Urals

The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Górecki's Fourth Symphony
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

The long-awaited successor to Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 is unveiled