Jeremy Clyde and Gabrielle Drake (right) head a splendid cast in Noel Coward's vast historical epic Cavalcade, in the first professional production in London since 1930. The spectacle opens on New Year's Eve 1900, moving through the Boer War and the Great War into the jazz age and, finally, another New Year's Eve in 1930. Featuring magnificent historical scenes and several classic Coward musical interludes, Cavalcade tells the story of two very different London families.

Independent readers are offered pounds 5 off top-price tickets (pounds 10, pounds 15) for the first three performances (Tue 15-Thur 17 Aug) at Sadler's Wells, London EC1 (0171-713 6000)