The Pilgrim Theatre Company gives Guy de Maupassant's The Sensualist a welcome shot in the arm at The Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2. The play portrays a ruthless manipulator sleeping his way up the social ranks. Yet, with de Maupassant appearing as a character on the sidelines, the production highlights the dichotomy between his creation's unfettered enjoyment of life and the writer's own painful death from syphilis.

The production runs until 15 July and there are five pairs of weekday tickets (Mon-Thur) for the first five people to ring the box-office quoting the Independent (0171-836 3334).