THE FIVE BEST PLAYS IN LONDON
Good Donmar Warehouse
Starring Charles Dance, CP Taylor's play about accommodations with conscience is revived in an immaculate and sensitive production by Michael Grandage. To 22 May
Troilus and Cressida Olivier Theatre
This theatre and this Shakespeare play are made for each other, a fact proved, somewhat belatedly, by the masterly sweep of Trevor Nunn's gifted production. To 9 May
Mamma Mia Prince Edward Theatre
Designed to bring out the "Dancing Queen" in the straightest soul, this silly, ridiculously enjoyable compilation musical finds flagrant kitsch-in-time plot excuses for 27 Abba golden oldies. To Sept
The Colonel Bird The Gate Theatre
Amazingly timely comedy by Hristo Boytchev. A mad Bulgarian splinter group declares independence and tries to join Nato. The result: an exuberant satire on misplaced faith in Western institutions. Ends today
Gross Indecency Gielgud Theatre
The artfully fractured form of Moises Kaufman's compelling play about Oscar Wilde presents the writer - man and symbol - in all his complex contradictoriness. Booking to 5 Jun
... AND BEYOND
Volpone Swan Theatre, Stratford
Comedies don't come funnier or more astringent than Ben Jonson's brilliant dissection of avaricious, over-reaching egotism. To 9 Oct
Tales from Ovid Swan Theatre, Stratford
Ted Hughes's brilliant adaptation of the Metamorphoses get the Tim Supple treatment, vividly demonstrating the inherent theatricality of these myths. To 7 Oct
A Midsummer Night's Dream Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
In Michael Boyd's beguiling staging, Josette Simon's Amazonian Titania is sex-on-very-long-legs and could devour Tina Turner for breakfast. To 9 Oct
The White Devil Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
A dab hand at playing women with a past, Gabrielle Drake is the imperious "White Devil" in Webster's lurid Jacobean tragedy. Ends today
Perpetua The Door, Birmingham Rep Theatre
Winner of the 996 Verity Bargate prize, Fraser Grace's play pits the laws of God against the laws of the land in a Florida all set to combust. Jonathan Lloyd directs. To 8 May
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