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BOOK NOW: THE RIVALS
Old To the Manor Born compadres Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles are teaming up again for a new production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 comedy of manners, The Rivals. Set in wealthy society in fashionable Bath, the cast of comic characters includes the famous Mrs Malaprop (Keith) and blustering baronet Sir Anthony Absolute (Bowles). 10 Nov-26 Feb, Theatre Royal Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT. Tickets from £17.50 from www.trh.co.uk

STEWART LEE’S STAND UP
Following the success of last year’s Comedy Vehicle TV series, Stewart Lee – one of the most shrewdly hilarious comedians in the country –?is taking up a residency at the Leicester Square Theatre with a new show. Until 18 Dec, Leicester Square Theatre, WC2H 7BX. £15-£12.50 from www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

DRIFT 10 – ART ON THAMES
From next week and for the next two months, the River Thames itself becomes an exhibition space and backdrop for new public artworks. installations around central London, St Katharine Docks and Canary Wharf include a waterfall of words from live news feeds, a huge origami paper boat, a ghostly, wind-powered fog light and a video installation opposite Tate Modern. www.drift-london.co.uk