THE FIVE BEST PLAYS IN LONDON
Saturday 07 November 1998
The Gate is spectacularly transformed into a boggy archaeological dig for this brilliant unearthing by Mick Gordon of Brian Friel's 1975 treasure of a play.
The Invention of Love Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Tom Stoppard's witty, heartbreaking fantasia on the twin passions of A E Housman: scholarship and an unavailable heterosexual friend.
The Weir Royal Court Duke of York's
Ghost stories recounted in a rural Irish bar give way to genuine horror in Conor McPherson's humane masterpiece, beautifully directed by Ian Rickson.
School for Scandal Barbican Theatre
Declan Donnellan places Sheridan's bitchfest in a raffish, royal and theatrically telling frame. See review, right.
Real Classy Affair Royal Court, The Ambassadors
Achingly hip cast deliver the goods in Nick Grosso's latest sharp- suited comic take on north-London lad culture.
... AND BEYOND
Trackers of Oxyrhynchus West Yorkshire Playhouse
Tony Harrison's theatrically ebullient and learned attack on divisions between high and low art, told through the fate of a chorus of well-hung satyrs.
Richard III Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
Charismatic Robert Lindsay limps rings round the other characters in Elijah Moshinsky's gripping production. See review, right
The Black Dahlia Derby Playhouse
A James Ellroy novel became LA Confidential. Now, it's back to tarnished Tinseltown for his Black Dahlia, rethought as theatre by Mike Alfreds.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Ilfracombe Landmark Theatre
Under John Retallack, the Oxford Stage Company has produced some of the freshest touring Shakespeare around. This is his swansong.
Three Sisters Birmingham Rep
Chekhov's classic is given the Bill Bryden treatment in Bill Alexander's exceptionally strong repertory season.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
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Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
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