The Independent Recommends: The Three Best Plays

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Angela Carter Cinderella Lyric, Hammersmith

A feast of inspired silliness and visual magic (right), this has lashings of drag and double entendres, plus the best mice on a West End stage. To 9 Jan

Martin Guerre West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Gifted young Irish director Conall Morrison stages a second reworking of the troubled Boubil/Schonberg musical. Will it be third time lucky? To 13 Feb

The Boy Who Fell Into a Book Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Typically witty and ingenious concept from Alan Ayckbourn - here wearing his children's dramatist hat. To 9 Jan