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The Misanthrope

Rachel Weisz has gone to Hollywood, so Elizabeth McGovern has stepped in to Lindsay Death and the Maiden Posner's strongly cast production of Moliere's comedy adapted by Royal Court favourite Martin Crimp.

Tuesday, Young Vic, London SE1, 7pm (0171-928 6363)


Frederic, Lord Leighton

On the centenary of his death, a show of 60 paintings plus drawings and sketches by the "Victorian Olympian" artist who sold one of his paintings to Queen Victoria at the age of 25 and went on to become president of the Royal Academy.

From Thurs, Royal Academy, London W1 (0171-494 5614)


The Rake's Progress

In which Stravinsky invites you up to see Hogarth's etchings. Bryn Terfel stars in this great neo-classical work conducted by Mark Wigglesworth and directed by Matthew Warchus, fresh from his triumphant production of Peter Pan.

Sat, New Theatre Cardiff (01222 878889)