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First Call

SAMUEL BECKETT'S Krapp's Last Tape, stars Edward Petherbridge (right) as a melancholy old man, pouring over tape-recorded reflections of his life, made over a 30 year period. Time is Krapp's absurd trap; the past talks, he talks back but there is no one to hear him. This RSC Production also includes the West End premiere of Beckett's Breath, the ultra-short play (with stage directions longer than the piece itself). Directed by Edward Petherbridge and David Hunt.

Arts Theatre, 6/7 Newport Street, London WC2 (0171-836 3334) opens 5 Jan

Last Call

CELEBRATING HER 40th birthday, Lancashire-born pianist Kathryn Stott gives her final recital this month. It features the premiere of Relent, commissioned from the British composer Graham Fitkin (who will conduct a pre-concert talk), as well as pieces by Ravel, Gershwin and Rachmaninov. Stott, who regularly collaborates with distinguished artists such as The Lindsays, Yo-Yo Ma and the Chilingirian and Skampa Quartets, has also been awarded the prestigious Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

Wigmore Hall, London W1 (0171-935 2141) 19 Dec