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The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon The Dukes, Lancaster

Theatre  In these days of selfies and social networking it’s difficult to imagine just how astonishing the achievements of pioneering film makers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon must have seemed.

20th Century Boy Opera House, Manchester

Theatre  There is a feeling of foreboding in the early stages of this new production of 20th Century Boy - a biographical, jukebox musical dedicated to the life and career of Marc Bolan - and it’s not caused by the projections of newspaper cuttings reporting the singer’s death at 29 in a car accident more than 30 years ago.

An Intervention Palace Theatre, Watford

Theatre  As prolific as ever, Mike Bartlett follows up one new play, Kings Charles III, with this smart two-hander, which begins with a drink-fuelled confrontation between A, a young woman who has just been on an anti-war protest, and her best friend, B, who stayed at home.

Every Last Trick Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Theatre  James Dacre’s inaugural season as artistic director at the Royal and Derngate continues with Tamsin Oglesby’s new version of George Feydeau’s Le Systeme Ribadier - in which a philandering husband uses his powers of hypnotism to put his wife to sleep while he gads about with another woman.

Privacy Donmar Warehouse, London

Theatre  For once, you are requested to leave your phone on at the theatre.

Some Enchanted Evening Crazy Coqs, London

Light Entertainment  While singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom is no stranger to London audiences, this is the first time that she has performed in the capital with husband, the singer George Ball.

A Spoonful of Sherman St James Studio, London

Theatre  It’s a slight paradox to put a pair of songwriters who didn’t write for the theatre at the centre of a theatrical entertainment, even if two of the biggest movie hits they scored - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins - subsequently migrated to the stage.

The School for Scheming Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond upon Thames

Theatre  As the curtain falls on Sam Walters’ 43-year reign at the Orange Tree - Paul Miller takes over as artistic director in July - this little known mid-19th century comedy, directed by Walters’ wife, Auriol Smith, is appropriately representative of their sterling work as theatrical excavators and resuscitators.

Archimedes’ Principle Park Theatre, London

Theatre  Produced three years ago in Spain, Coromina’s tale of a swimming instructor who may or may not have inappropriately touched a child receives its UK premiere.

La Traviata Royal Opera House, London

Opera  The first of two casts takes to the Covent Garden stage in the latest revival, by Daniel Dooner, of Richard Eyre’s production - new in 1994 - of Verdi’s classic.