GOING OUT : THE FIVE BEST PLAYS

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. Just one London performance for Barrie Rutter and Northern Broadsides' refreshingly direct and invigorating production. Riverside Studios, W6 (0181 741 2255), Sun 26 Nov 7.00-9.30.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Adrian Noble's stunning version of Chekhov's masterpiece. With Penelope Wilton and Josie Lawrence. Stratford Swan (01789 295623) in rep to Jan. Mon 7.30-10.10.

THE PHOENICIAN WOMEN. Euripides emerges as a thoroughly modern tragedian in Katie Mitchell's powerfully spare production. Stratford Other Place (01789 295623) in rep to Jan. M: Thurs 1.30-3.30.

RUPERT STREET LONELY HEARTS CLUB. Jonathan Harvey's latest has a sitcom setting but turns out to be very funny and moving. Donmar, WC2 (0171 369 1732). LAST CHANCE (ends Sat). Mon-Sat 8.00-10.20. M: Thurs & Sat 4.00.

THREE TALL WOMEN. Maggie Smith is triumphant again in Edward Albee's comeback. Wyndham's, WC2 (0171 369 1736) to 16 Dec. Tues-Sat 8.00-10.00. M: Wed & Sat 3.00. Irving Wardle and Robert Butler

Comments