Things get funnier and funnier in this evening of rampant wit and sublime silliness. Dawn French is marvellously precise, Neil Mullarkey exudes confidence, Desmond Barritt redefines outrage and Sheila Hancock should be given a sainthood at once. Book now.
Lyric Hammersmith, London W6 (0181-741 2311)
The Old Vic Season
Peter Hall's rep season has a triple whammy, led by Tom Cairns's razor- sharp revival of Cloud Nine, Caryl Churchill's hilarious and profound comedy of sexual politics. A wonderfully moving Janine Duvitski heads the tremendous cast.. Harley Granville-Barker's engrossing Waste is a 70-year old tale of political horsetrading, sex and personal hypocrisy while Hollywood macho mores under the influence are put under the microscope in David Rabe's scabrously funny Hurlyburly.
The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 (0171-928 7616)
The latest Tory sex scandal gives Andy de la Tour's hugely agreeable satire an almost alarming topicality. Even without it, it's worth seeing for Christopher Ravenscroft as a deliciously reptilian Tory and Deborah Norton, outstanding as his loyal wife.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113-244 2111)
Queue for day seats or returns for Ian Holm's toweringly and deeply moving performance in Richard Eyre's new studio production of this great tragedy.
In rep, National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-928 2252)
Nicholas Wright's cleverly calculated and powerful three-hander about mothers and daughters, with Gemma Jones excellent as the grief-stricken and compulsively manipulative Melanie Klein, tortured by hidden truths.
Palace Theatre, Watford (01923 225671)
Katie Mitchell's stirring, poignant staging of Edward Kemp's two-part version of the Creation and the Passion has a lovely, elemental spareness. Performed by a manifestly dedicated company, the two productions move, engross and delight throughout.
In rep, RSC Stratford (01789 295623)Reuse content