The Independent Recommends: The Three Best Plays

Mnemonic (Riverside Studios, London)

An ice-preserved body forms the central image of Theatre de Complicite's imaginative meditation on memory and morality. Timely and unforgettable. To 8 Jan

Spend, Spend, Spend (Piccadilly Theatre, London)

This utterly irresistible new musical captures the tough, impudent survivor spirit of Viv Nicholson, the woman who won, and blew, a Pools fortune. To 26 Feb

Sinbad (Watermill Theatre, Newbury)

This delightful family musical (right), presented by a charming company of actor-musicians, sends panto conventions up without a trace of cynicism. To 15 Jan