Theatre Mr Puntila and his man Matti

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After taking the Edinburgh Festival by storm and enjoying a sell- out run in London in October, Mr Puntila and His Man Matti (right) now looks like one of the shows of 1998. If not the show. Lee Hall's jaunty new version of Brecht's 1940 satire on the class system is directed by theatre de complicite's Kathryn Hunter. The production has further enhanced the glowing reputation of both the Almeida theatre and the right size, whose extraordinary double-act skills provided the impetus for the revival. This time last year, Hamish McColl and Sean Foley hit the West End with their wondrous two-men-in-a-bathroom lark, Do You Come Here Often?. Now these soon-to-be TV stars have again gamely agreed to give up most of their Christmas resuming the lead roles of the drunken landowner Puntila and his put-upon chauffeur Matti for 20 performances. It's physical, it's funny, it's certainly not festive. Get dialing.

Albery Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2 from Tue 22 Dec (0171-369 1740) to 9 Jan 7.30pm with Thur/ Sat mats at 3pm (no performances on 24 or 25 Dec but an extra performance on 26 Dec at 3pm), pounds 10-pounds 22.50