Five things to do or see this month

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(422) A new musical
Bristol Old Vic until 18 March, then touring
Jack Thorne’s dad was employed by local government to help kids build adventure playgrounds in the 1970s. His story has inspired Jack to create a musical about play, creativity and publicly funded adventure. As he says, “These junkyard playgrounds are now under threat. The wilful destruction of local government services by George Osborne and Co has left a skeleton of youth/outreach schemes. This is the reason I wanted to write the musical.”

The American Dream: pop to the present
British Museum, London, 9 March to 18 June
Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by celebrated American artists from Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu. The prints included here take inspiration from popular culture, advertising, politics and world events.

Material Men redux
The Patrick Centre, Birmingham, 27-28 March, then touring
This full length dance piece sees two performers of Indian heritage combining styles of classical Indian dance and hip hop, in order to explore themes of violence, loss and belonging, through sharing “a history rooted in the dark realities of colonial migration and plantation labour”.

Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution
Design Museum, London, 14 March to 4 June
This exhibition, marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, explores Moscow as it was imagined — though never realised — by a bold new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s. Large-scale architectural drawings are supported by artwork, propaganda and publications from the period. Taken together, these unbuilt projects suggest an alternative reality for the city, offering a unique insight into the culture of the time.

Bruegel: Defining
A Dynasty, Holburne Museum, Bath, until 4 June
Unravelling the complex Bruegel family tree, this exhibition reveals the originality and diversity of Antwerp’s famous artistic dynasty across four generations through 29 works, including works from the National Gallery, the National Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Ashmolean Museum.