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The top 20 of The Stage newspaper’s recently published “power list” of the 100 most influential people in British theatre made for fascinating reading. Most of the usual suspects were there, but many of them found themselves paired with another name for their entry. For it’s not only the artistic directors, the Nick Hytners and Gregory Dorans, who are celebrated but their all-important executive directors, the men and women who oversee every aspect of an organisation except what goes on its stages. Without executive directors, no contracts would be written, no money raised and no ambitious building projects undertaken.

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Separate Tables, Festival Theatre, Chichester

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The newcomer to Goodwood should leave the main road and instead approach from the hamlet of Charlton, huddled in the valley below. Your car creeps up the steep, narrow lane until, rounding a turn, you catch your breath. The grandstands are suddenly disclosed upon the horizon, like an elegant galleon riding some swollen, green sea.

Enron, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

After what's happened in the past few years, no-one should be surprised if our theatre comes up with a compelling tragedy of modern capitalism: the collapse of Enron, America's seventh largest corporation, going from $70bn (£42.5bn) of building plants and gas and electricity supplies to bankruptcy in just 24 days, is the signature story of the age.

The House of Special Purpose, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

As the television scriptwriter of Cranford, Heidi Thomas has anatomised damped-down friendships, budding romance and marital "getting along" with some finesse. And her sharp-eyed writing made more than was there, perhaps, of cultural collisions and imminent tragedy.

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Alexi Kaye Campbell triumphs as his sharp new play &ndash; both satirical and emotionally crucifying &ndash; exposes tensions between principle and parenting

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Wallenstein, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Schiller's verse drama of a fallen idol, rarely seen here, deserves to be much better known, especially in such a thrilling production as this one by Angus Jackson – this season's associate director – who gets better all the time.

Cyrano de Bergerac, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

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Alice Eve is flitting from table to table at the Electric, a private members' club in Notting Hill Gate. A social butterfly in flight, the British actress is waving at everybody in sight with a dreamlike, old-fashioned and polite air about her. She greets the waiter as if he is the kindest person on the planet, rocking her head slightly from side to side as she talks to him.

First Night: Hay Fever, Chichester Festival Theatre

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Patrick Caulfield's work may lack the mystic glow of transcendence, but it is not wholly devoid of an ecclesiastical dimension, argues Tom Lubbock

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