The Break of Day/Three Sisters At last, a new play from Timberlake Wertenbaker, the author of Our Country's Good. Directed by her long-time collaborator Max Stafford-Clark for the treasurable Out of Joint, in tandem with Chekhov's heart-wrencher, Three Sisters. Bristol Old Vic (0117 987 7877)

Laughter on the 23rd Floor Smart-assed New York wisecracks and serious shenanigans behind the scenes of a 1950s TV studio in the European premiere of the latest full-length play by the king of the one-liners, Neil Simon. Manchester Library Theatre (0161-236 7110)

The Letter Somerset Maugham's tale of torrid, repressed passion and stiff upper lips is skilfully revived by Neil Bartlett. Excellent performances from Neil Stacy, Tim Piggott-Smith, Benedict Wong and Joanna Lumley (left). Lyric Hammersmith (0181-741 2311)