Arts and Entertainment Treadaway on stage in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

The play will resume its West End run from 24 June

Comedy: Jack Dee; Gielgud Theatre, London

Jack Dee was keen to impress the audience for his first extended West End run, so he splashed out on a 400 quid suit, a rather too-bright blue two-piece. "Then I looked in the mirror," he recounts, "and suddenly realised ... `Sainsbury's manager'."

Comedy: The heckler's Dee of reckoning

One man stands out a little among the trim collars and sharply- pressed lapels of the crowd at Jack Dee's West End first night. He's a good bit older than the rest, with maybe four or five days' stubble, and an unsteady gait which confirms him to be approaching the final straight of the mother of all benders. Mumbling loudly to himself and checking what appears to be a prescription, he takes his seat near the front. A sad picture of lost self-control and solitary abandon, he is the opposite of everything this evening is supposed to about - the anti-Dee if you like - and everyone sitting within his restless orbit knows there is going to be trouble.

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"The great philosophical question used to be 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' Today, the real question is `Why is there nothing rather than something?' "

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THEATRE: Old Wicked Songs; Gielgud Theatre, London

"Kvestion, always kvestion," says the Viennese professor of voice in Old Wicked Songs. One thing you quickly start to kvestion, watching Jon Marans's play, is Bob Hoskins' judgement in actively volunteering to star in this slick, formulaic slab of laugh-a-little-weep-a-little sentimentality. True, the evening has its riveting aspects. Vot, Bob Hoskins as an eccentric Viennese intellectual? To get some idea of the delectable dissonances this sets up, you'd have to imagine, well, Dr Ruth Westheimer, the pocket-sized middle-European sex expert, playing Joan Littlewood.

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Theatre: COMMUNICATING DOORS Gielgud Theatre, London W1

When Julia McKenzie last joined forces with Alan Ayckbourn, it was in Woman in Mind (1986), where she played consummately an unhappy housewife whose retreat into a fantasy world, populated by a family which was an idealised reverse image of her own, led to disaster. That character's plight was, well, if not exactly simple, at least a mite unelaborate compared to the predicament confronting Ruella, the role she assumes in Communicating Doors.

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