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The Makropulos Secret

Karel Capek's 1922 play about a 337-year- old opera singer, best known as Janacek's opera The Makropulos Case, in a rare revival by Francis Alexander. In repertory with another Capek revival, The White Scourge.

Opens tonight, Chelsea Centre, London SW10 8pm (0171-352 1967)

The Crucible

Teenage sexuality, adult temptation, hysteria and hypocrisy collide in Arthur Miller's famous attack on McCarthyism. Old Repertory Theatre, Birmingham 7.30pm (0121-605 4444)

The Park

Botho Strauss's reworking of A Midsummer Night's Dream is fascinating, funny and alarming.

In repertory, RSC, The Pit 7.15pm (0171-638 8891)

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