THEATRE / Choice

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Mention that a play is suitable for children, and adults have a nasty habit of staying away.

Two Weeks with the Queen at the National shatters that kind of prejudice - and several others besides. Alan Ayckbourn's production of this Australian smash-hit his fine acting, big laughs and sensitivity to a sharp script.

Jude Law, last seen bouncing about the National in Les Parents Terribles, now crops up in Euripides' Ion at the RSC. David Lan's translation and the production as a whole make this a welcome return unstaged for over a centuary.

This is the last week of The Picture Of Dorian Gray at the Lyric Hammersmith. The tour opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Tuesday. Leeds theatregoesrs should rush to their telephones to ensure they don't miss Neil Bartlett and Nicholas Bloomfield's extraordinary acheivement.

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