Theatre: Loot

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DAVID GRINDLEY'S quick-witted production of the 1966 breakthrough black farce Loot, by Joe Orton (below), makes no attempt to update what is essentially a game of mind-twisting word-play between a police inspector and three greedy so-and-sos, who are trying to extricate a coffin stashed with stolen gelt from the deceased's house. The setting may be olde-worlde, but the amoral attitude-striking, so powerfully satirised and celebrated, has become a thing of the present.

Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2 (0171-836 9987) 8pm

In Katherine Howard, William Nicholson engages in historical what-ifs and shows Emilia Fox's Katherine as a clear-headed victim of the duplicitous Cranmer, who plays on the gargantuan jealousies of Richard Griffiths' superb, self-loathing king.

Chichester Festival Theatre (01243 781313) 7.30pm

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