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Brothers of the Brush

Jimmy Murphy's tough comic debut about three Dublin decorators who paint themselves into a corner has a slow beginning but takes off with a vividly realised dramatic debate about working lives.

Arts Theatre, London (0171-836 2132)

Hedda Gabler

Alexandra Gilbreath fulfils her considerable promise with a bold and uncompromising portrayal of Ibsen's heroine, who is stranded by her intelligence, in a stark production by English Touring Theatre.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne (01323 4123000)

An Ideal Husband

Sparkling playing from Martin Shaw and Anna Carteret in this extraordinarily timely comedy about public life and private morals. Sir Peter Hall's beautifully judged production is the finest Wilde revival in years and years. Closes on 20 April.

Theatre Royal Haymarket (0171-930 8800)