Theatre Choice: PAUL TAYLOR

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Set in the year 1963 (the year that sexual intercourse began), Philip Osment's delicate yet powerful new play What I Did in the Holidays (now on tour) brings an imminently pubertal child into collision with arrested adolescence. It demands and gets first-rate ensemble playing from Mike Alfreds's cast.

There's a baby in a miniature Ku Klux Klan outfit in Phyllis Nagy's The Strip at the Royal Court, and he's one of the more normal characters. All roads lead to Las Vegas and a fin de millennium celebration of randomness in a play that takes an astringently funny plunge into the shallows of contemporary culture.

A "prismatic" take on the fate of the Greek king's offspring, Agamemnon's Children (above, Charles Daish as Orestes), a Euripidean triple-bill, brings Laurence Bowsell's term as artistic director of the Gate to a satisfying close.