He’s back and he’s still mincing. Julian Clary returns to the solo stage after turns in the musical Taboo as Leigh Bowery and in the pantomime Cinderella. Catch Natural Born Mincer at the State Theatre this Saturday 20 March at 8pm. Phone 9266 4800 for bookings -¦

Angry, political and never boring: a new Stephen Sewell play is worthy of attention. His latest work premieres at the SBW Stables Theatre from tonight. The Secret Death Of Salvador Dali has a surreal landscape of characters played by Trevor Stuart and Julie Eckersley. Phone 9250 7799 -¦

A Shakespeare favourite has thrown gender conventions into the tempest, with Queen Lere wrapping up this Saturday at the Newtown Theatre (phone 9698 1947).

A more traditional production of King Lear opens at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, on 25 March (starring our very own Ian Roberts as the Duke of Albany) before an eventual transfer to the Bondi Pavilion Theatre (phone 9351 5236) -¦

Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti is an exciting and idiosyncratic conductor -“ his Rossini concert last week was a sublime lesson in precision and passion. Catch him next conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra tonight and Friday morning in a program which includes Ravel’s Bolero and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto -“ phone 9250 7777 -¦

Book soon to catch Maggie Smith in her Australian stage debut in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads. Smith is joined by Margaret Tyzack for what will be a static, though hopefully riveting, evening of theatre. Phone 9250 1988.

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