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South Pacific Your opportunity to hear a Nellie (Forbush) at the Drill Hall singing "A Hundred and one/Pounds of fun". It will cost you considerably less than that to see this production of the classic musical starring Patti Boulaye, Peter Polycarpou and Christopher Howard (right). In preview, The Drill Hall, London WC1

The Tower This 19th-century melo- drama stars Sinead Cusack as Marguerite de Bourgogne, a scheming seductress with an insatiable appetite for young noblemen. A Christmas treat with a full-length score by Jonathan Dove and not a reindeer in sight. Almeida, London N1

Knives in Hens David Harrower's tender and tough tale of love and language is the debut of the year. Philip Howard's production sets up a tremendous rhythm releasing powerful performances. It's selling like hot cakes. Book now. Bush Theatre, London W12