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Your credit card may be recovering from its festive exertions, but it needs one last heave for these must-see local performances.

The Virgin Mary makes an appearance at the Barbican from 1-25 May. Fiona Shaw stars in the stage adaptation of The Testament of Mary by Colin Tóibín. This bold, one-woman show – her co-star is a live vulture! – was nominated for three Tony Awards for its Broadway run. www.barbican.org.uk

Marc Almond's unique voice is perfect for a dark, epic song cycle about the horrible history of London at the Barbican on 2 March. Almond's teamed up with composer John Harle on tunes about Jack the Ripper and other murderous legends – just don't have nightmares. www.barbican.org.uk

Even more provocative than Almond in his Eighties pomp, Tragédie will see 18 naked men and women dancing at Sadler's Wells from 8-10 May. French choreographer Oliver Dubois's hypnotic production is not for the prudish. www.sadlerswells.com

 

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