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Zadie Smith's playwriting debut is a modern retelling of a famous 14th century tale

When it comes to words, it's no secret that Zadie Smith is an expert. Since exploding onto the literary scene with White Teeth 21 years ago, she's won acclaim for her novels, short stories and non-fiction – most recently capturing the highs and lows of a pandemic year in her collection of essays, Intimations. Now, she brings us a wholeheartedly joyous offering in her first play, The Wife Of Willesden, opening at London's Kiln Theatre next week. If you're thinking the title rings a bell, you're not wrong – it's a reimagining of The Wife Of Bath, Geoffrey Chaucer's famed short story from way back in 1386. However, this time around, expect some welcomed, modern updates.

Firstly, Alyson (aka the wife of Bath) remains largely the same in spirit: a brash, honest, salacious, unapologetic woman, recounting her thoughts on what women desire most with conviction – only now, she's called Alvita, a Jamaican-born British woman in her mid-50s. Factor in the theatre being transformed into a pub in the north west London borough of Brent (aka Smith's native neighbourhood), the modern-day language (including references to the area as 'North Weezy' and use of 'bruv'), and you get the picture – it's Smith through and through. Tickets are still available, but if you miss out or can't get to London, there's also an accompanying book (£5.99, Penguin), written in all its rhyming couplets glory, to add to the Zadie Smith collection on your bookshelf. Let's hope Smith is just as revered as Chaucer seven centuries from now… 11 November-24 December; from £15; Kiln Theatre; 269 Kilburn High Rd, London, NW6 


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Discover the big name British artists of the future at Saatchi Gallery's new exhibition

Ever wondered who the next Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Anish Kapoor will be? Graduating from the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and Chelsea College of Arts respectively, London's leading art schools aren't too shabby when it comes to nurturing talent. Which is why, if you're looking to discover fresh and exciting creatives spanning a number of disciplines, Saatchi Gallery's London Grads Now. 21 exhibition should be your first port of call. Opening today, it showcases the works of over 200 MA graduates with timely themes acting as a microcosm of the diversity of London.

Take Melitta Nemeth, whose paintings reinvent the depiction of woman from a female perspective. "To me, Night Bathers 3 conveys feelings of a quiet contentment and joy at first glance," says Stylist Loves deputy editor Annie Simpson, "but Nemeth's expressive brush strokes and bold colours depict an underlying message of female struggles". Tom White's Lucky Red also puts the female form at the forefront. "Like its subject, mindlessly gazing while decked out in loungewear is something I'm all too familiar with," says Stylist Loves writer Kiran Meeda. "However, behind the uncannily realistic figure, I'm fixated on deciphering what's on her mind." Meanwhile, it's the contrast of two very different painting styles that caught the attention of Stylist Loves editor Gemma Crisp. "There's something about the juxtaposition of the whimsical pastels and bright Keith Haring-style graphics in Korean artist Hee Jyung Kim's Over There that I really enjoy." Just remember to say "I saw them before they were famous" in 20 years' time. Until 16 January; £5; King's Rd, London SW3


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