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OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Royal Court Upstairs, London SW1

The latest from the talented Snarling Beasties: a play by Debbie Isitt about a woman who begins to disappear. Opens tonight (071-730 1745).

ANGOLA USA

White Bear, London SE11

New play by Jon Beckley exploring the agony of a prisoner on 'Death Row'. Opens tonight (071-793 9193).

TRELAWNEY OF THE 'WELLS'

Olivier, National, London SE1

John Caird directs the National's production of Pinero's comedy. Now previewing; opens tomorrow (071-928 2252).

MURDER IS EASY

Duke of Yorks, London WC2

Agatha Christie's thriller focuses on the sleepy village of Wychwood-Under-Ashe where a series of sudden deaths has stirred the locals. Adapted by Clive Exton. Previews from tonight; opens 23 Feb (071-836 5122).

THE VENETIAN TWINS

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Stage Company join others celebrating Goldoni's bicentenary with a new production of one of his comedies. This one - about identical twins separated at birth - is freshly translated by Robert David MacDonald. Previews from tonight; opens 24 Feb (0865-798600).

ON THE PISTE

Garrick Theatre, London

John Godber's comedy set in a skiing resort comes into the West End. Directed by Bob Tomson. Previews from tomorrow; opens 24 Feb (071-494 5085).

THE ARTIFICE

Orange Tree, Richmond

Rare revival of a play by Susannah Centlivre, one of Britain's most prolific 18th-century female writers - a comedy of intrigue and disguise. Previews from tomorrow; opens 24 Feb (081-940 3633).

IMPRESSIONS DE PELLEAS

Tramway, Glasgow

Strictly speaking music, but many followers of Peter Brook's work will be hastening to Glasgow to see the great theatre director's production, which distills Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande to its core story. Opens 23 Feb (041-227 5511).

ANNA KARENINA

Tricycle Theatre, London NW6

Shared Experience with its much praised adaptation of Tolstoy's tale. Previews 23 Feb; opens 24 Feb (071-328 1000).

THE MAGIC FUNDOSHI

Lyric Studio, London W6

Mu-Lan theatre company gives an outing to a traditional Japanese comedy. A version of the story of the Emperor's new clothes, translated by Donald Richie. Previews 24 Feb; opens 25 Feb (081-741 8701).

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