The Arcola Theatre's opera festival Grimeborn is eight years old this year and returns with what looks like as nicely varied an offering as ever. Giving tup and coming opera directors, writers and performers a rare chance to strut their stuff, Grimeborn features ten productions over the month of August. The line up includes a mix of new operas and reworkings of established ones, including 'Madame X' by Tim Benjamin about painter Masetto and his muse Zerlina who are being done over by their agent; 'Shadows of Time' which features shadow puppets and a trio of cello, flute and piano in a story of a planet and Monteverdi's immorality tale 'The Coronation of Poppea' directed by Christopher Glynn. The operas are performed on a small scale and take place in the Arcola's studios. For an alternative to the ROH's grandeur, Grimborn is where it's at. Dates and times vary. See website for more information.