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As the museum prepares to raise the curtain on its new galleries next week, Charlotte Cripps gets a sneak preview of the star turns waiting in the wings

Burnt by the Sun, NT Lyttelton, London<br>Dancing at Lughnasa, Old Vic, London<br>As You Like It, Curve, Leicester

1936: The Great Terror looms over a Russian family gathering, while in Ireland, old certainties are crumbling

Suspension, Old Vic Studio, Bristol

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Complicit, Old Vic, London<br>Mrs Affleck, NT Cottesloe, London<br>Private Lives, Hampstead, London

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Richard Dreyfuss: Out of the wreckage

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Last Monday was to have been the world premiere of an American political play Complicit at the Old Vic. It was a major event in the theatrical calendar. The main attraction was Richard Dreyfuss, pictured; one-time Hollywood star of films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The artistic director of the Old Vic, Kevin Spacey, was directing.

Kathleen Byron: Actress who played Sister Ruth in 'Black Narcissus'

Few actresses are so identified with one role as Kathleen Byron, who will always be remembered foremost as the passionate, wildly neurotic nun Ruth in the Powell-Pressburger masterpiece, Black Narcissus (1947). Driven mad with repression and her hopeless love for the District Commissioner (David Farrar) in a remote Himalayan convent, she piles on the lipstick and puts on a clinging red dress before trying to push Deborah Kerr to her death from the convent's bell-tower. Such displays of eroticism were rare in British films, and the effectiveness of the scene, and Byron's performance, gave her a reputation as one of the screen's great bad ladies.

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'The head grossly disapproved of me'

Peter Copley: Prolific character actor whose career lasted more than 70 years

Peter Copley was a leading British character actor whose career spanned an astonishing eight decades. Alongside a prolific stage career dominated by Shakespeare and other classics, he notched up more than 150 screen performances in a range of roles from the meek to the villainous.

Theatre in 2008: Fun and games with the English Chekhov

Spacey redeemed himself at the Old Vic with 'The Norman Conquests' &ndash; but the year belonged to another star turn

My secret life: Elizabeth McGovern, actress, 47

The home I grew up in... We moved to the West Coast of the US when I was 10 years old, and our house was East Coast implanted on California soil. It was filled with classical music; my brother was a pianist.

Don John, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A shot of raunchy humour from the original seducer

Hit & Run: Dick Dastardly?

Richard Dreyfuss, the Oscar-winning film star, maverick thespian and prickly customer, is returning to the London stage in January. The star of Jaws (he played Matt, the specky marine biologist) will appear in Complicit at the Old Vic in London. The play, by Joe Sutton, will be directed by the Vic's boss, Kevin Spacey. It concerns a Pulitzer-winning journalist who appears before the US Supreme Court to defend his belief in the freedom of the press.

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