The Sunday Preview: Cinema

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Star Wars (U; Minema, 071-235 4225, Wed, Thurs). A landmark in the life of every twentysomething, George Lucas's innocent space fantasy returns to the big screen as part of the Minema's Seventies Season. Laurence Earle


The Importance of Being Earnest (Aldwych, 071-836 6404, now previewing, opens 9 Mar). A starry cast headed by Maggie Smith in Nicholas Hytner and Bob Crowley's co-production.

The Plough and the Stars (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 0532 442111, previews Thurs, opens 16 Mar). Sean O'Casey's account of the 1916 Easter Rising as seen by two newlyweds.

Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (Hampstead, 071- 722 9301, previews Thurs, opens 15 Mar). Transferring from the Traverse, Brad Fraser's play compares a serial killer with a clique of promiscuous young trendies.

Frank Pig Says Hello (Theatre Upstairs, 071-730 1745, previews Tues, opens Wed). Pat McCabe's adaptation of his own novel, The Butcher Boy, about a disturbed lad in Ireland.

Say a Prayer for Me and Hell (Watermans, 081-568 1176, opens Tues). The masterly George Dillon performs two solo works by Steven Berkoff.

Chatsky (Almeida, 071-359 4404, previews Thurs, opens 16 Mar). Anthony Burgess turns translator and Colin Firth turns Muscovite in this 19th- century romantic comedy by Aleksander Griboyedov.