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Privates on Parade Inspired by the exploits of ENSA, Peter Nichols's comedy is set in an Army concert party in Malaya in 1948 where frights, fights and frocks are the, er, norm. It Ain't Half Hot Mum with a brain (and more laughs). Starring the ebullient Tony Slattery (right). In preview, Greenwich Theatre

Road to Nirvana A corrosive, comical slice of Hollywood life bursting with satirical intent and inspired silliness. Michael Taylor's designs are suitably tasteless and Justin Greene's production keeps a tight rein on the proceedings and wins strong performances from a talented cast. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

The Shakespeare Revue Deliciously old-fashioned revue which bounces along in utterly agreeable fashion until you find yourself falling about with laughter at Lady Bracknell interviewing Othello. Susie Blake (Victoria Wood's newsreader) and Janie Dee shine. Vaudeville Theatre

DAVID BENEDICT

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