THEATRE: CURTAIN CALLS

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NEVER LAND

Phyllis Nagy's astonishingly powerful, visionary love story builds through comedy to a deeply moving final act. The rapturous quality of the writing dwarfs virtually everything else on the London stage. Like great music, the less you worry at it and the more you let its passion flood over you, the more you'll fall for it. Steven Pimlott's scrupulous production has an almost immaculate cast, and when Anthony Calf haltingly sings "It's a lovely day tomorrow..." to Sheila Gish, you think your heart will break.

Royal Court at the Ambassadors, WC2 (0171-565 5000)

THE CHAIRS

Last week for Richard Briers and Geraldine McEwan, the double act of the year, in Simon McBurney's wildly inventive production of Ionesco's absurdist comedy. Bouquets all round.

Duke of Yorks, WC2 (0171-565 5000)

DO YOU COME HERE OFTEN?

Not since Morecambe and Wise has a double act engendered such hilarious happiness. The night I saw this joyously inspired, supremely silly show based on the entirely barmy premise of two men trapped in a bathroom, the entire audience gave them a roaring standing ovation. I insist you go.

Vaudeville Theatre, W1 (0171-836 9987)

KIT AND THE WIDOW

Full-frontal, unashamed, self-confessed sophistication not seen since, well, the last time this devilishly delicious duo tickled the ivories and your fancy. (No, don't titter). More late-night snook cocking at the likes of Lloyd Webber, suburban sex and our own first lady.

Vaudeville Theatre, W1 (0171-836 9987) 9.15pm

AMY'S VIEW

David Hare's metaphorical play about an actress is flawed yet fascinating, but Richard Eyre's beautiful, deeply felt production will probably never be bettered. Judi Dench quite literally takes your breath away. Do anything to see her.

Aldwych Theatre, WC2 (0171-416 6003)

MORE GRIMM TALES

Whether you have children or not, it's worth queuing round the block for returns for this riotously imaginative theatrical feast. More invention, wit and sheer exuberance than anything for miles around. The music alone deserves a special mention, but a big bravo to director Tim Supple and the entire creative team. Last week.

Young Vic Theatre, SE1 (0171-928 6363)

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