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Helena Kaut Howson's moving and elemental production Full Moon (right) premiered at Theatr Clwyd last year and was immediately flooded with invitations to international festivals. This evocative tale of a Welsh childhood, at the Young Vic until 4 March, is tender, savage and funny by turns.

Arthur Miller's royalties must be fairly healthy these days -thanks to David Thacker, whose vivid production of A View from the Bridge is currently at the Bristol Old Vic. In a strong year for the Royal Court Young Writers Festival, Michael Wynne's Merseyside comedy The Knocky proved such a hit that it has returned to the Theatre Upstairs.

Wallace Shawn is doing it in the film; Tom Courtenay's doing it in New York; now Stephen Rea is doing it with Field Day around Ireland. Playing Uncle Vanya that is. The translation is by Frank McGuinness and the director is Peter Gill. A must.

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