>Gene Wilder, following hot on the heels of Jack Klugman and Tony Randall (in their Odd Couple) makes his London debut this month in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, that touchingly hilarious autobiographical account of what life was like for the Doc and Woody and all back in the early 1950's writing television scripts for the manic Sid Caesar. Also from Broadway we get Jessica Lange in Peter Hall's new staging of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, the Leiber-Stoller celebration Smokey Joe's Cafe and a starry north-London revival at the Almeida of Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Diana Rigg and David Suchet.
Other more local theatre highlights around London this month include Under Their Hats, a joyous anthology of the cabaret songs of Flanders & Swann; Simon Callow at the National in Ben Jonson's classic The Alchemist; and Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney reunited from their drama school and Billy Liar days in a new French hit called Art.
Then there's Alan Howard in the Oedipus plays that opened last month in their original Greek setting at the Epidaurus amphitheatre and now come indoors to the National for Peter Hall.