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I'VE GOT NOTHING TO WEAR

Lilian Baylis, London EC1

Monstrous Regiment with a cabaret about women's lot. Directed by Clare Venables. Opens tonight (071-837 4104)

THE CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS

Lyric Studio, London W6

A thriller by Robin Brooks about the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, performed by Empty Space theatre company. Opens tonight (081-741 8701)

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Liverpool Playhouse

Three weeks of new writing from the North West is launched by a play called Boy by Shaun Duggan. Opens tonight (051-709 8363)

MR CINDERS

Kings Head, London N1

Revival of the musical comedy. Now previewing; opens tomorrow (071-226 1916)

THE SEX COMEDIES

Old Red Lion, London EC1

Playwright Iain Heggie directs an evening of six of his own short plays, all exploring the theme of sex. Now previewing; opens tomorrow (071-837 7816)

RETREAT FROM MOSCOW

New End Theatre, London NW3

New play by Don Taylor about a lecturer whose retreat from life is interrupted by the arrival of his Russian friend. Previews; opens 7 Jan (071-794 0022)

FOREIGN LANDS

Finborough Arms, London SW10

A season of writing by women opens with a play by Karen Hope about the lure of evil. Now previewing; opens 7 Jan (071-373 3842)

WAITING AT THE WATER'S EDGE

Bush, London W12

Two women meet on a beach in 1923 in Lucinda Coxon's first full-length stage play. Directed by Polly Teale. Now previewing; opens Friday (081-743 3388)

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE

Cottesloe, National, London SE1

New translation by Neil Bartlett of Marivaux's comedy. Mike Alfreds directs. Previews from tonight; opens 11 Jan (071-928 2252)

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Almeida, London N1

Revival of Terence Rattigan's play about obsession, directed by Karel Reisz and with Penelope Wilton. Previews from tonight; opens 12 Jan (071-359 4404)

HEART

Young Vic Studio, London SE1

Black Mime Theatre Ensemble with a piece about the fraught relationships between men and women. Previews 11 Jan; opens 12 Jan (071-928 6363)

MARCHING FOR FAUSA

Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London SW1

Annie Castledine directs a play by Nigerian novelist Biyi Bandele-Thomas set in a fictional country in the grip of dictatorship. Previews 9 Jan; opens 13 Jan (071-730 1745)

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