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For superb ensemble playing, robust, infectious humour, and an urgent theme powerfully handled, don't miss Our Boys (right) at the Donmar Warehouse. Set in a military hospital in 1984, Jonathan Lewis's play turns by degrees into a devastating attack on the hypocrisy of the Army, which pretends to be a close family but quickly drops servicemen when their traumas and injuries make them an embarrassment.

Donal McCann makes a considerable impact in Sebastian Barry's The Steward of Christendom at the Royal Court. With Lear-like acuity and breadth, he portrays an old man looking back on his career as the last Catholic chief superintendent of the Dublin Metropolitan Police before partition.

In repertory at the Swan, Stratford (call 01789-295 623 for details), Ben Jonson's The Devil Is an Ass shows you Jacobean London so comically corrupt that the devil pines for a transfer home. Directed with verve and clarity by Matthew Warchus.

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