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  • A group of mysterious figures in white masks edge their way along a dark corridor, sweat dripping from every orifice. It's a terrifying sight. And that's just the audience.

    'The Drowned Man' is the latest production from immersive theatre company Punchdrunk. Subtitled 'A Hollywood Fable', it's staged across four floors of a former sorting office in London's Paddington, transformed for the night into Temple Studios.

    The Drowned Man

    We're not told a lot in advance. And we arguably don't really know a lot more by the the end.

    We do know that there are two parallel love affairs - both doomed. One takes place within the walls of a 1960s Hollywood studio and the other in a small, dusty town that lies outside. We also know that the studio has been deserted since one fateful night back in 1962.

    The experience begins with audience members packed into a lift for a few choice words from one of the cast, before being unleashed to explore this world for ourselves. And it is a world.

    The attention to detail in the

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  • Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury LaneCharlie And The Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

    Tickets for 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' are almost as sought after as the golden Wonka tickets that feature in the production, so we're pleased to report that this is a show that lives up to the hype.

    Bond director Sam Mendes takes on the unenviable task of adapting Roald Dahl's classic 1964 children's book for the stage in the shadow of both the well-loved 1971 film, starring Gene Wilder, and Tim Burton's less-successful 2005 movie featuring Johnny Depp.

    Here, Douglas Hodge, last seen in BBC One drama 'The Village', plays the sweet-toothed ringmaster with a sinister edge that's in keeping with the darker tone of the original book.

    Hodge has an other-worldly quality about him that would make him - take note BBC execs - a shoo-in for a future regeneration of TV's most famous Time Lord.

    The new musical stays faithful to the book as it tells the story of Charlie, a boy obsessed with chocolate who dreams of visiting the world's most famous chocolate factory.

    When he wins a golden

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  • Sweet Bird Of Youth - Old Vic

    Almost exactly 15 years since she became a household name in 'Sex And The City', Kim Cattrall is back on the London stage in a new production of 'Sweet Bird Of Youth'.

    Tennessee Williams' 1959 play sees Cattrall cast as ageing actress Alexandra Del Lago, who has holed herself up in a hotel room after a disappointing movie role.

    The fading star (Del Lago, not Cattrall) has hooked up with local outcast Chance Wayne (Seth Numrich), who is back in his home town years after he fled after giving his childhood sweetheart, Heavenly, a sexually transmitted disease.

    Heavenly's father Boss Finley (Owen Roe) is furious when he hears Chance is back in town and vows an excrutiating punishment if he doesn't follow instructions to leave.

    This is intense stuff.

    After a slow first half, the pace picks up as the characters congregate in the lounge of the Royal Palms hotel where Chase is confronted with a grim ultimatum.

    Freed from the confines of the hotel bedroom, Catrall finally gets a chance to shine with

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  • The Hothouse - Trafalgar Studios

    Fresh from his success at the TV BAFTAs last weekend, Simon Russell Beale leads the cast in a revival of Harold Pinter's dark comedy 'The Hothouse' at London's Trafalgar Studios.

    Here he stars as Roote, the flustered head of an unnamed institution, who finds himself with both a birth and a death on his hands on Christmas Day.

    'Life On Mars' star John Simm co-stars as the menacing Gibbs, who relishes in Roote's growing anxiety as the situation begins to spiral out of control.

    The play's bleaker moments are punctuated with plenty of uneasy laughs and the strong cast also includes Harry Melling, who will be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter movies.

    'The Hothouse' is the second in the Trafalgar Transformed season following James MacAvoy's star turn in 'Macbeth'.

    Director Jamie Lloyd's ingenious staging means that a select number of audience members get to witness the whole thing from the stage itself. Though that's possibly not the best place to be when the Christmas cake makes an

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