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Sondheim's 1970 show broke the mould of the musical and made his reputation. The first London revival of this sharp, smart, sophisticated study of marriage which offers golden opportunities for the intriguing cast assembled by Sam Mendes.

Wednesday, Donmar Warehouse, London (0171-369 1732)


Big Twix Mix

Definite cross-generational appeal with five nights of musical confection ranging from teenage pin-ups East 17 to Diana Ross, once described by Joan Rivers as "liquorice in shoes", via D:Ream and Rod "Do you think I'm sexy?" Stewart. 10 Twix wrappers guarantees a tenner off the tickets.

Thursday, NEC Birmingham (0121-780 4133)


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Simon Russell Beale, currently a sleazy, bewitching Mosca in the award- winning Volpone, fills his spare evenings playing opposite Adrian Scarborough in this revival of Stoppard's trademark comedy. Director Matthew Francis makes his South Bank debut.

Thursday, National Theatre (0171-928 2252)


La Belle et la Bete

A brand new print of Cocteau's ravishing retelling of the classic fairytale. Jean Marais exudes power and eroticism amid the overwhelming romance but the real star is the heartstopping art direction and design.

Friday, Edinburgh Filmhouse (0131 228 2688) & NFT (0171-928 3232)