English National Ballet
The first major retrospective for Irvin, who died in 2015, pairs his colourful abstract canvases with works one-man sketch show.
Soho Theatre, London W1 (020 7478 0100), to next Sat and touring by Pollock, de Kooning and others. ENB’s Nutcracker isn’t the flashiest or most expensive, but it has plenty of lovely theatrical details (from ice skaters to a balloon ride), it feels impeccably Christmassy, and ENB’s magnificent dancers are always a treat to watch.
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (0117 973 5129), today-March 3 London Coliseum, WC2 (020 7836 0111), Thurs-Dec 30