Theatre
GUYS AND DOLLS

Warning: you have only two more weeks to catch one of the most uplifting and utterly thrilling pieces of theatre you'll ever see. I'm not exaggerating. Even if you despise musicals, go. National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-928 2252)

ELECTRA

Frank McGuinness's new play, Mutabilitie, is about to open at the National where his translation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle was such a hit. Meantime, David Leveaux directs his version of Sophocles with Zoe Wanamaker tearing at the heartstrings in the title role. Donmar Warehouse, London WC2 (0171-369 1732)

SHE KNOWS YOU KNOW

Northern comedy lives again as Jean Ferguson uncannily resurrects the enormously popular but privately tragic Hylda Baker - the woman who made Mrs Malaprop seem like Angela Rippon. High art it ain't, funny it most certainly is. Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2 (0171-836 9987)

CINDERELLA

Having restored the danger and drama to their recent production of Swan Lake, Adventures in Motion Pictures are back. Matthew Bourne relocates everyone's favourite fairytale to the Blitz, builds lavish dream sequences, adds plenty of dash and the evening builds to a truly touching finish. Piccadilly Theatre, London W1 (0171-369 1734)

WOYZECK

It is almost impossible to comprehend that this stark study of the tragedy of a simple man, oppressed by class, circumstance and character, is more than 160 years old. Sarah Kane's well acted staging is beautifully spare, although the intensity is sometimes too much for this tiny space. Gate Theatre, London W11 (0171-229 5387)

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

Ian McKellen excels as an innocent abroad in his home town, trying to expose a political scandal in the teeth of his brother's opposition. Ibsen's compelling drama takes wing thanks to the vast cast in Trevor Nunn's bold Olivier staging. A theatrical tour-de-force. National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-928 2252)

POPCORN

A (mostly) new cast slips smoothly into gear in Ben Elton's boisterous, clever and paradoxically bloodthirsty comedy about screen violence. Apollo Theatre, London W1 (0171-494 5070)

David Benedict

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