The Independent Recommends: The Five Best Plays
Friday 04 December 1998
Theatre Royal, Haymarket
A witty, heartbreaking fantasia by Tom Stoppard on the twin passions of AE Housman: scholarship and an unavailable heterosexual friend.
Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs Hampstead Theatre
Denis Lawson's superbly amusing cast are in no way eclipsed by screen-heartthrob Ewan McGregor, who brings complexity to the central role.
Kafka's Dick Piccadilly Theatre
Spiriting Kafka to suburban England, this hilarious romp by Alan Bennett survives some peculiar casting in Peter Hall's revival.
The Seagull West Yorkshire Playhouse
The new company of Jude Kelly, headed by Ian McKellen and Clare Higgins (right), kicks off with this Chekhov classic in a tempting season that will include The Tempest.
Twelfth Night Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Perfectly thought-through production by Michael Grandage evokes an Illyria where storms rage as much within as without.
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