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Henry Goodman is on a roll. He was a sharp Nathan Detroit, toying with the affections of Imelda Staunton as Adelaide "the well-known fiancee" in Guys and Dolls. Then he was a sublimely relaxed Billy Flynn, the self- adoring lawyer in Chicago. He knocked out a second series of the sitcom Unfinished Business and now he's preparing to play Shylock in the Cottesloe at the National. Designed by Hildegard Bechtler, the director is Trevor Nunn, whose small-space Shakespeare - think Macbeth and Othello - tends towards the compelling.

From 11 Jun (0171-452 3000)

David Benedict