Bright ideas for darken­ing days

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EX­HI­BI­TIONS Rachel Whiteread

The first fe­male Turner Prize-win­ner made her name cast­ing the spa­ces inside things, rather than the things them­selves. Whiteread has long out­grown her orig­i­nal pro­file as a YBA to be­come prob­a­bly the most con­sid­er­able Bri­tish sculp­tor of her gen­er­a­tion. Tate Bri­tain, Lon­don SW1 (020 7887 8888), un­til Jan 21

TELE­VI­SION The Child in Time

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch stars in Stephen Butchard’s adap­ta­tion of Ian McEwan’s novel, as a suc­cess­ful writer strug­gling with his wife (Kelly Mac­don­ald) to re­cover from the loss of their young daugh­ter. BBC One, ex­act date TBC

COMEDY Girls’ Night Out: Kathy Lette

The Aus­tralian writer and so­cial com­men­ta­tor ap­plies her tal­ents for groan­ing puns and over­shar­ing into her de­but stand-up show, in which she re­flects on love, liv­ing with teenagers – and a close en­counter with Ge­orge Clooney. As­tor The­atre, Deal (seet­ick­ets.com), then tour­ing un­til Nov 30

EX­HI­BI­TIONS Scythi­ans

In the days of an­cient Greece and Rome, these for­mi­da­ble Scythi­ans – pre­cur­sors of the Mon­gols and the Huns – roamed the steppes. Ev­i­dence of their cul­ture was long be­lieved lost, un­til the ex­tra­or­di­nary ob­jects seen in this ex­hi­bi­tion were foun found be­neath the Siberian per­mafrost. Bri­tish Mu­seum, Lon­donLondo WC1 (020 7323 8181), un­til Jan 14

CLAS­SI­CAL

Birtwistle, plus Ber­lioz’s heav­en­storm­ing Damna­tion of Faust. Bar­bican, Lon­don EC2 (020 7638 4141), un­til Sept 24

FILM Mother!

Vi­sion­ary direc­tor Dar­ren Aronof­sky re­turns to Black Swan ter­ri­tory with a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller about a cou­ple (Jen­nifer Lawrence and Javier Bar­dem) re­ceiv­ing un­ex­pected house­guests.

COMEDY Tom Allen: Ab­so­lutely

The waspish comic sold out his Ed­in­burgh Fringe run with this show in which he talks with de­light­ful ironic snob­bery about hav­ing to move back in with his par­ents in subur­ban south Lon­don. The Atkin­son, South­port (offthekerb. co.uk), then tour­ing un­til Dec 9

FILM Vic­to­ria and Ab­dul

Judi Dench is so suited to the role of Queen Vic­to­ria, film­mak­ers ought to con­struct a re­gal fran­chise around her. Stephen Frears di­rects Shra­bani Basu’s non-fic­tion ac­count of Vic­to­ria’s deal­ings with an In­dian clerk (Ali Fazal).

From Bana­narama to La Bo­hème, Modigliani to Mother! – we pick this sea­son’s hottest tick­ets

OPERA Mans­field Park

In the bi­cen­te­nary year of her death and in her home county of Hamp­shire, Jane Austen’s dark­est novel is pre­sented in op­er­atic guise with a score by Jonathan Dove for 10 singers and 13 mu­si­cians. The Grange, near Winch­ester (01962 791020), un­til Sept 17

TELE­VI­SION

Bold ten­den­cies: Jasper Johns’s Paint­ing with Two Balls (1960) is one of the high­lights of a ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion about the Amer­i­can artist

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