The Independent Recommends: The Five Best Plays
Wednesday 27 January 1999
A triumphant revival of Theatre de Complicite's surreal, funny and seering plunge into the imagination of Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz, shot dead by the Nazis in 1942. To 20 Feb
The Colour of Justice (Tricycle)
Enormously potent staged re-enactment of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. It coincides with the uproar surrounding the fate of the policemen involved in the case. To 6 Feb
The Memory of Water (Vaudeville)
Alison Steadman pulls off one of the funniest and truest drunk scenes ever in Shelagh Stephenson's fine play about sisters brought back together for their mother's funeral. To 10 Apr
A Month in the Country (RSC, Stratford)
Michael Attenborough directs this Brian Friel adaptation of Turgenev's portrait of all-consuming desire (right). In rep to 20 Feb
Martin Yesterday (Royal Exchange, Manchester)
Marianne Elliot directs this sharp new play from the cult Canadian dramatist Brad Fraser. To 6 Feb
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stuart Baggs dies: Apprentice star 'The Brand' found dead aged 27
- 2 As the world mourned the death of Cecil the lion, five endangered elephants were killed in Kenya
- 3 Amazon Prime - how to cancel: after Top Gear hiring, instructions on how to leave premium service
- 4 What is halal meat and why is it controversial?
- 5 Living in Spain and commuting to London 'cheaper than actually working in London'
Black Mass full trailer: Watch an unrecognisable Johnny Depp play notorious US gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger
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Jon Snow: Kit Harington spotted in Belfast where Game of Thrones season 6 is filming
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'