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THE ROMANIAN DIRECTOR Silviu Purcarete has been bringing his work over to Britain regularly since 1991, to accumulating acclaim. This week, as the climax of the Barbican's Bite:98 season, the National Theatre of Craiova is hurling itself into his visually stunning adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia - in Romanian, of course, but surtitled.

Barbican Theatre, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) 7pm

Our own National Theatre is offering star-studded readings of the recently discovered early plays of Joe Orton (right), The Visitors (today) and Fred and Madge (tomorrow), topped off on Wednesday by an interview with Orton's sister, Leonie. The cast in tonight's satirical look at death includes Trevor Peacock and Nichola McAuliffe.

Lyttelton Theatre, London SE1 (0171-452 3000) 6pm