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When the League of Gentlemen bound on stage with cheesy grins and dinner jackets, the Footlights alarm bells start to ring in your head. But this is just the first of many occasions when the Perrier Award-winning sketch trio of Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith play with your expectations. Things are never as they seem in the twisted world of the League of Gentlemen.

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On The Fringe: Domestic blitz

In The People Downstairs (Young Vic Studio), Sara, a dancer who has broken her leg, rides out a winter's convalescence unwillingly listening to the people downstairs. Michael is a t'ai chi-practising, baseball bat- wielding, Canadian heroin addict. Didi is his French lover, who wears a lot of black to match her bruises. "They're either fighting or fucking, I don't know which is worse," says Sara's flatmate Jelly, a black single mother, with more pressing things to worry about. "Treat them like TV," advises Sara's jazz-musician boyfriend, Ben. But the walls between the two houses are paper-thin, and the nightly thuds and screams force themselves into Sara's nightmares about her violent father in Ireland, which are back-projected on to the gauzy wallpaper of Katrina Lindsay's tricksy set. Unlike television, they can't be turned off.

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Fever, Traverse Theatre Clare Coulter talks for 90 minutes on a black stage and makes you feel both impressed and ashamed. And all without raising her voice. By Adrian Turpin

If there's been a better production on this year's Fringe than Wallace Shawn's The Fever, performed by the Canadian Clare Coulter, then I'll eat my copy of the Communist Manifesto.

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