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Film: It's the regal thing - the royal gala showing of Star Wars has the Prince of Wales in attendance. Witness the return of the Jedi at the special charity pre-screening of the digitally remastered film on Thursday at the Odeon. Leicester Square. Director George Lucas and Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill will be there. Tickets pounds 75-pounds 175. 0171-543 1234. The film opens to the public on Friday.

Hot stuff

Theatre: You may or not be tempted by the cast - Ian Reddington, "Trickie Dickie" from EastEnders, Denise Black from Coronation Street - at the Nottingham Playhouse from tonight. The publicity calls it "mouth- watering". Whatever, Debbie Issit is a very good playwright and The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband is a very good, interesting play. With a mixture of sex, death, food and Elvis Presley, you have it all. Until 29 March. 7:30pm Tickets pounds 4.75-pounds 14. 0115-947 0882

Orders order

Talk: Graham Swift will speak on the work to succeed his Booker Prize winning Last Orders (Macmillan paperback, pounds 5.99) on Friday at the NFT's Lyttelton Theatre and follow that with a question and answer session in which one of the questions may well be about allegations concerning the intimate relationship of Last Orders with Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. 6:30pm. Tickets pounds 3.50 (pounds 2.50 concs). 0171-928 2252.

Bowled over

Book: Tibor Fischer's new novel The Collector Collector has been called the "best novel ever narrated by a bowl". A work which indeed is not up to the standards of his previous The Thought Gang, but still impressive, despite that rather unpromising narrative device. On a par with his first, Under the Frog, short-listed for the Booker Prize in '93. Out today. pounds 12.99, Secker & Warburg.

Grosz first

Visual Arts: A major artistic witness to social injustices in Berlin between the wars and a prominent figure in the Dada movement, the draughtsman and political cartoonist George Grosz is the subject of an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts from 20 March. It will be the first display of his work in the UK since 1962. Works include drawings and watercolours of prostitutes, scheming politicians and beggars from the Weimar Republic. Tickets pounds 5 (pounds 1-pounds 3.50 concs). 0171- 494 5676.

Your witness

Television: The hard-hitting Witness series returns on Tuesday with six parts. Beginning with child abuse, it also tackles babies born in prison, a "Dr Death" who encourages suicide and Britain's most radical Muslims. C4 9-10pm. Strong stuff, and just the tonic for the usual Tuesday night fare.

Here's the craic

St Patrick's Day: For Irish beer, cheer, food, and music head for the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool tonight. Catch Mary Couglan, a singer with something of a voice and a reputation in Ireland. Tickets pounds 10-pounds 11. 0151- 709 3789.

Hard day's sell

Auction: "Beatles for Sale" is at the Tokyo Auction House, Japan, on Saturday, with a satellite link to London and broadcast on the Auction Channel, which should allow virtual bidding from virtually anywhere. Items include the barbershop immortalised in "Penny Lane" (estimate pounds 200,000), the only guitar ever to be signed by all the Fab Four (estimate pounds 80,000- pounds 100,000) and the terrace house where Ringo Starr was born for about pounds 5,000- pounds 10,000. Bonhams: 0171-393 3900.

Head start

Sport: For real Boat Race aficionados ... it's the Head of the River on the Thames this Saturday. There aren't many better sights than 420 boats winding their way en masse down the river. The Olympic heroes Matthew Pinsent and Steven Redgrave "star".

Dangerous liaisons

Conference: At tomorrow afternoon's One World Conference, leading journalists, captains of industry, politicians and human rights representatives will be discussing whether (and, if yes, how) companies and media corporations should do business in countries whose governments are accused of political repression. May Fair Inter-Continental Hotel, London, 18 March, 2-5.30pm. Fee pounds 48 (pounds 32 concs). Details: 0171-312 0034.

New dance

Dance: Either "the most exciting dance group in the world" or an "appalling way to spend public funds".Our critic says: "For courage and mastery, DV8 is unmatched." The dance group DV8 starts a tour on Wednesday. Cambridge Arts Theatre, 01223 503333. Tickets pounds 9-pounds 14. Ends 3 August, QEH, London.


James Aufenast, Cornelius Grupen.

Masterly Meistersinger

Opera: Bernard Haitink conducts the long-awaited revival of Graham Vick's masterly production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger (above) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on Friday 21 and Monday 24 March. Tickets pounds 7-pounds 147.50 Edward Seckerson's review, page 12 Last chance

Theatre: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? finishes at the Aldwych on Saturday. Superb performances by David Suchet and Lloyd Owen. 7:15pm. Tickets pounds 7.50- pounds 25. 0171-416 6003.

Opera: Jonathan Miller's Armani-clad production of Cosi Fan Tutte at the Royal Opera House ends on Wednesday. Cast includes Melanie Diener and William Dazely, Lea M Jones and Timothy Robinson as the lovers. David Wilson-Johnson is Don Alfonso. 7pm. Tickets pounds 4-pounds 90. 0171-304 4000.

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