THEATRE CHOICE

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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Cottesloe, SE1 (0171 452 3000) booking to Nov Henry Goodman is magnificent in Trevor Nunn's richly detailed production.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

Globe, SE1 (0171 401 9919) to 26 Sept

Mark Rylance conjures up memories of Elizabeth Taylor in his daring and precise portrayal of the Queen of the Nile. JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL

Old Vic, SE1 (0171 494 5491) to 25 Sept

The return of the incisive drunk. See review, above.

OPENING THIS WEEK

LENNY

Queens, W1 (0171 494 5040) opens Mon, to 16 Oct Peter Hall directs Eddie Izzard in Julian Barry's play about the father of alternative comedy, Lenny Bruce.

A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY

Other Place, Stratford (01789 403 403) opens Thurs, to Oct

A new play by April de Angelis which uses oral testimony to tell the story of three generations.

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