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The Architect

Fresh from the success of the transfer of David Harrower's mesmerising Knives in Hens, Philip Howard directs the new play by 26-year-old Scots talent, David Greig, which centres on a visionary architect brought to book.

Traverse, Edinburgh, 8pm (0131-228 1404)

The Ends of the Earth

Michael Sheen and Samantha Bond are the illustrious leads in David Lan's new play which marries a family crisis with affairs of state in a production by Andrei Serban (see feature, top).

In preview, opens Thursday, Cottesloe, RNT, London SE1, 7.30pm (0171- 628 2252)

Skylight

Desire, decisions and day-to-day living are inextricably linked in David Hare's hugely deserving winner of the Olivier for Best Play, an intimate tale of a love lost. Michael Gambon is outstanding as a man slipping out of control, with Lia Williams giving as good as she gets.

Wyndham's Theatre, London WC2, 8pm (0171-369 1736)

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