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TERRY JOHNSON'S latest, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, delves, in a slight but artful way, into the lives of members of the Carry On team - Kenneth Williams, Sid James and Barbara Windsor (below) - over a period which saw a slump in demand for ooh-er-missus comedy. The pastiche dialogue and farcical set-ups are delivered via uncannily accurate impersonations, particularly from Samantha Spiro as Babs.

National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-452 3000) 7.30pm

Opening tonight as part of the RSC season in Newcastle is Bartholomew Fair, given a riotous carnival feel by Laurence Boswell. The most brilliantly entertaining breach of the peace the RSC has served up in a long time, we think.

Theatre Royal, Newcastle (0191-232 2061) 7.15pm

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