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Portia Coghlan

Marina Carr's darkly passionate study of obsessive love and loss in rural Ireland is illuminated by shafts of laughter, tart dialogue and bold acting.

Royal Court, London SW1 (0171-730 1745)

The Herbal Bed

Peter Whelan's fascinating, beautifully acted play about lying, set in the world of Jacobean medicine and centring around a suit for slander brought in 1613 by Shakespeare's daughter.

RSC, The Other Place, (01789 205301)

Nuremberg: The War Crimes Trial

From the team who brought you the excellent Scott Inquiry play comes a gripping, meticulous reconstruction with all the theatricality of the courtroom.

Tricycle Theatre, London NW6 (0171-328 1000)

Funeral Games

Extraordinary casting - Adam Ant, Bette Bourne, Sylvester McCoy and Aimi Macdonald - for a rare revival of Orton's TV play. Opens tomorrow.

The Drill Hall, London WC1

(0171-637 8270)