To call Tim Supple's production excellent children's theatre is a partial truth only; it is superb theatre, full stop. Skip the horrors of Disney's Beauty and the Beast - in which the budget bludgeons you into submission - and rush to this exuberant, joyous, wildly imaginative experience. Children adore it, as do adults.
Young Vic, SE1 (0171-928 6363)
Chicks with Flicks
Did the Nolan Sisters start the Poll Tax riots? Did Tina Charles really love to love? Jackie Clune follows up the sensational Showstopper with her supremely silly tribute to Seventies hair- and song-stylists. A hilarious evening of harmony and hairspray.
King's Head, N1 (0171-226 1916)
Ian Richardson gives a masterly comic performance as the pompous father at the centre of Pinero's Victorian comedy. John Padden gives him a run for his money as his boisterous stepson who leads him astray in an evening of gathering hilarity.
Savoy Theatre, London W1 (0171-836 8888)
The Governmemt Inspector
John Byrne, author of Tutti Frutti, Your Cheatin' Heart and The Slab Boys Trilogy, has written a gloriously colourful new translation of Gogol's classic farce. Jonathan Kent directs a Scottish cast headed by Ian McDiarmid. Think about it: their last Russian outing was the stunning Ivanov.
Almeida, N1 (0171-359 4404)
Think No Evil Of Us - My Life With Kenneth Williams
David Benson's original, witty, triumphantly successful solo show astonishingly avoids every pitfall of the "dead famous" genre. Williams's friend Maggie Smith heard Benson on the radio and was so impressed she asked to meet him. Now if she's convinced...
Lyric Studio, W6 (0181-741 2311)
The Front Page
Hecht and MacArthur's zinger of a farce about newspaper hounds sniffing out a good story. Alun Armstrong is the no-holds-barred editor, Griff Rhys Jones his star reporter who wants to marry and quit the profession. Sam Mendes directs.
Donmar Warehouse, WC2 (0171-369 1732)
Artistic director Matthew Francis leaves on what looks like a high. His previous adaptations have been crowded with theatrical life. Beats cheesy pantos hands down.
Greenwich Theatre, SE8 (0181-858 7755)Reuse content