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WE HAVE long been attracted to comic monsters. Steve Coogan (below) brings some of the best creations to life on stage in The Man Who Thinks He's It. Pauline and Paul Calf, his white-trash Mancunians, appear, alongside the oily Latino crooner, Tony Ferrino. But the character many people will be going to see is Alan Partridge, the cringe-making failed chat-show host. Almost in spite of ourselves, we are drawn to this appalling bigot.

Lyceum Theatre, London WC2

(0171-420 1000) 7.45pm

Magic has long been viewed as the last word in end-of-the-pier naffness. But it is amusing American comedy-magician John Lenahan's mission to make it hip, when he hosts Monday Night Magic.

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London N6 (0181-340 3488) 8pm

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