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INTERFERENCE: `TURNTABLISM' LUX CENTRE LONDON

Letter: Planning system

Sir: If the chief executive of Beazer Homes thinks that the planning system should be abolished (Business, 10 September) he no doubt wishes to add to the monotonous developments inflicted on the urban landscape around our cities. For the greatest threat, in recent years, has not come from the planning system but from the "Barrattisation" of the suburbs. Think again, Mr Webb, as you sip your gin and tonic in the pool.

Theatre: All the president's song-and-dances

In one corner there is The Fix. In the other corner there is Beauty and the Beast. One is a new musical at the 250-seat Donmar Warehouse, which within a couple of months has gone from a demo tape that landed on Sir Cameron Mackintosh's desk to a snazzy little production that introduces the work of an unknown American composer-lyricist team. The other is a not-quite-so-new musical at the 2,200-seat Dominion, which costs pounds 10 million and has so far opened in nine other countries. Sad to report: last week David got slain by Goliath.

THEATRE: The Seagull Old Vic, London

In the past few years, we've been subjected to a spate of grossly over-directed productions of Chekhov's The Seagull. First there was John Caird's Olivier version which opened with the whole cast drifting across a twilight stage, like Pirandello characters in search of an author, and which went on to enclose the action in a series of four gilt picture-frames. Then there was Robert Sturua's doggedly perverse account which turned Dr Dorn into a detached intermediary between stage and audience, and which was full of wearisomely editorialising ideas, like having Trigorin, the celebrity novelist who is never off duty, blatantly scribble down notes, even at the end as he observed the effect of that famous off-stage gunshot.

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The First play in Sir Peter Hall's season of six "Classics" at the Old Vic, Waste, was written more than 70 years ago. The second play on which Sir Peter has conferred classic status is a mere 18 years old. Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill clearly deals with big themes: colonialism, sexual oppression, and the link between the two. But after sitting, grimly, through Tom Cairns's well-acted revival, the question remains: in what way is this schematic piece a classic?

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