Or "Carry On Romping". Terry "Dead Funny" Johnson has tweaked the text and turned a largely forgotten Restoration comedy into a tremendous night out. Farcical goings-on are delivered with gusto by a company whose enjoyment is completely infectious. Intricate comic plotting gives way to a suprising conclusion and you'd have to be pretty sour of spirit not to have a damn good time.
National Theatre, SE1 (0171-452 3000)
Katie Mitchell's RSC/Young Vic production of Chekhov's great play majors in the elaborate accumulation of truthful detail but minors in comedy. There are times when you can't see the wood for the trees, but there's no denying the tremulous sincerity of the oddly young A-list cast including Stephen Dillane, Linus Roache, Anastasia Hille, plus Malcolm Sinclair as the professor, whose performance gives the production a much-needed jolt of energy.
Young Vic, London SE1 (0171-928 6363)
Conor McPherson's award-strewn, beautifully told tale of tall stories in a country pub is exquisitely played, unfashionably gentle, quietly compelling and very moving. Returns only.
Royal Court at the Duke of York's, WC2 (0171-565 5000)
WAITING FOR GODOT
The word "seminal" could have been invented to describe Beckett's wildly influential tragicomedy about killing time. Having directed the premiere in the 1950s, Peter Hall begins a new season with a new cast in his Old Vic production. Under his watchful gaze, the play bursts into strange, comic, and shockingly tender life. In rep.
Piccadilly Theatre, W1 (0171-369 1734)
Fifties smoky jazz music sets the tone for Steven Pimlott's superbly convincing dream of a production of Tennessee Williams's neglected fantasy about love, hope and fate. The loose narrative sprawls but slowly coheres, thanks to incredibly evocative design and lighting. A bold Darrell D'Silva heads an excellent RSC cast, including Susannah York, Peter Egan (as Casanova) and Leslie Phillips. Paola Dionisotti gloriously steals the show as a funny, no- nonsense, gypsy fortune-teller.
Young Vic, SE1 (0171-928 6363)
You have just one last week in which to be mesmerised by the matchless Dame Judi Dench in David Hare's hit. Queue for returns.
Aldwych Theatre, WC2 (0171-416 6003)
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