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SUMMERFOLK

Olivier, SE1 (0171 452 3000) to 11 Nov

The remarkable NT ensemble comes to a glowing conclusion.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Cottesloe, SE1 (0171 452 3000) booking to Nov

Trevor Nunn's powerful production boasts Henry Goodman as a magnificent Shylock.

OPENING THIS WEEK

THE PAJAMA GAME

Victoria Palace, W1 (0171 834 1317) now previewing, opens 4 Oct, booking to Jan

Simon Callow directs a revival of the Adler and Ross musical with Leslie Ash, John Hegley and Anita Dobson. The Birmingham Royal Ballet's David Bintley choreographs.

THE JEW OF MALTA

Almeida, N1 (0171 359 4404) previews from Tues, opens 5

Oct to 6 Nov

The Almeida's artistic director Ian McDiarmid takes the title role as the unacceptable face of Renaissance capitalism in Marlowe's dark satire. He poisons a convent of nuns and attempts to dispose of his enemies in a cauldron of boiling oil. RB

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