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MARCH 19-JUNE 14. HOLY RUSSIA: ICONS AND THE RISE OF MOSCOW 1400-1600

Fifty rarely-exhibited icons form the centrepiece of this exhibition at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London W1. The display demonstrates how the art and architecture of Moscow came to fuse Renaissance ideas with traditional Byzantine and Russian forms, how an independent form of religious art was developed in Moscow and how its styles and subjects reflect the ambitions of the Tsars, including Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible. Details: 0171 300 8000.

MARCH 22, APRIL 5,19, MAY3. SHAKESPEARE AND THE JEWS

Staged readings of four rare ElizabethanJacobean plays at the Globe Education Centre, New Globe Walk, London SE1, 3pm. They are: A Christian Turn'd Turke by Robert Daborn, The Whore of Babylon by Thomas Dekker, The Travailes of the Three English Brothers by John Day, William Rowley and George Wilkins and The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe. Tickets: pound;7.50 adults, pound;6 concessions, pound;4 students from: 0171 401 9919.

MARCH 23. LECTURES

Baroness Shirley Williams and Professor Bernard Crick are giving Friends of the Council for Education in World Citizenship lectures at the House of Commons, London SW1, 5pm. Lord Archer is in the chair. Admission free but by ticket only. A reception follows at 6.30pm price pound;8, pound;5 Friends and students. Details: Seth Lartey, 0171 929 5090; e-mail: seth.lartey@campus.bt.com MARCH 25. OPEN EVENING

Nursery nurses, classroom assistants and others working in school support roles, interested in starting a part-time BA Educational Studies course at Luton University in May, can find out more at the Putteridge Bury site, 4-6pm. Details: Christine Ross, 01582 743947.

MARCH 29. A 17TH-CENTURY EASTER

Come and see Clarke Hall in Wakefield's Easter preparations, 10am-3pm. Watch meat being roasted over the great kitchen fire, butter being churned in the dairy, spinning in the loomshop, corn dollies being made and medicines being prepared as the children of the house paint eggs and musicians stroll around. Admission: pound;3 adults, pound;1.50 senior citizens, children free. Details: 01924 302700.

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