Abandon all preconceptions: this outstandingly atmospheric show about Piaf has nothing to do with third-rate biography or Stars in Their Eyes impersonation. Timothy Sutton's musical direction is superb, as is Annie Castledine's scrupulous, superbly lit production, while Elizabeth Mansfield as the singer is just electrifying.
Drill Hall, WC1 (0171-637 8270)
Neil Bartlett and Nicolas Bloomfield's enormous and enormously ambitious dramatic oratorio about everything from childhood to death has a cast of 150 dancers, singers, musicians and actors. Closes tonight.
Southwark Cathedral, SE1 (0181-741 2311)
THREE BY PINTER
Penelope Wilton is simply mesmerising as a woman who wakes up after sleeping for 29 years in Pinter's quiet masterpiece, A Kind of Alaska. There's more superb acting in the double-bill of early plays that follows, from Pinter himself and the excellent Colin McFarlane in The Collection and Douglas Hodge, outstanding opposite Lia Williams in the erotic double- act, The Lover. Grab tickets quick.
Donmar Warehouse, WC2 (0171-369 1732)
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