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Knives in Hens (right) David Harrower is a name to watch. Philip Howard directs the London transfer of Harrower's powerful tale of hard-driven lives seized by passion in a 16th-century rural setting. Wholly untrendy and all the better for it. Bush, London W12

All's Well That Ends Well Patrick Sandford updates this under-valued Shakespeare comedy to the 1950s and puts together a strong cast including Alexandra Mathie and an excellent Zena Walker in this engrossingly intelligent production. Nuffield, Southampton

Hysteria This really is a Royal Court classic and the revival is even better than its award-winning predecessor. Terry Johnson's tremendously theatrical script is daringly funny, Aisling O'Sullivan and Henry Goodman are terrific and Phyllida Lloyd's production is a marvel. Duke of York's Theatre, London

DAVID BENEDICT

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