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THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES

Ian McDiarmid plays the marriage-shy Arnolphe in Moliere's comedy. Almeida, London N1 (071-359 4404). Opens tonight.

RED RIDING HOOD

Patrick Prior adapts traditional panto. Theatre Royal, Stratford East (081-534 0310). Previewing; opens tomorrow.

CABARET

Jane Horrocks plays Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes's new production of the musical. Donmar Warehouse, London WC2 (071-867 1150). Previewing; opens tomorrow.

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Revival of the Kaufman and Hart comedy, set in an eccentric New York household in 1936. King's Head, London N1 (071-226 1916). Previewing; opens Fri.

PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES

Mustapha Matura's Trinidadian version of Synge's classic. Tricycle, NW8 (071-328 1000). Previews from tomorrow; opens Sun.

LATE NIGHTS AT THE LOCARNO

The People Show Number 99. The last numbered People Show, as the company will stop one short of a century. Here ballroom dancers take their revenge on the disco inferno. Old Town Hall, Stratford, London E15 (071- 739 0203). Previews tomorrow; opens Fri.

PIAF

Elaine Paige plays the celebrated singing sparrow in Pam Gems's biographical drama; and Peter Hall directs. Piccadilly, London W1 (071-867 1118). Previews from tonight; opens Mon.

WILDEST DREAMS

London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's 42nd play, directed for the RSC by the playwright himself. Pit, Barbican, EC2 (071-638 8891). Previews from tonight; opens Tues 14 Dec.

ME AND MAMIE O'ROURKE

The actresses Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders star in this American comedy by Mary Agnes Donoghue. Strand, WC2 (071- 930 8800). Previewing; opens 15 Dec.

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES

New play by April de Angelis about five famous actresses. Lyric Studio, London W6 (081- 741 8701). Previews Mon; opens Wed 15 Dec.

MACBETH

Derek Jacobi plays the power-hungry Thane in the new RSC production, directed by Adrian Noble. Barbican, EC2 (071-638 8891). Previews from tomorrow; opens 16 Dec.

THE MERRY WIVES

Barrie Rutter directs his Northern Broadsides company. Lyric, London W6 (081-741 2311). Opens 14 Dec.

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