The Independent Recommends: Theatre

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SUPERLATIVES have risen to flood-level for Jonathan Kent's production of Racine's Phedre. A visceral translation by Ted Hughes, a faultless central performance from Diana Rigg (right) as the desire-stricken stepmother, strong support (particularly from Toby Stephens as Hippolytus), five-star lighting and design. It's panic booking time.

Albery Theatre, London WC2 (0171-369 1740) 7.30pm

The sculptor Anthony Caro has made his first foray into theatre, creating the set for Northern Broadsides' fearless staging of Samson Agonistes, Milton's beautiful verse tragedy, which was never intended for performance. Barrie Rutter stars as the blinded, incarcerated hero, who must grit his teeth before bringing the house down.

Viaduct, Dean Clough, Halifax (01422 255266) 7.45pm