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In Pictures: Pick of the shows

Harriet Walter (l) and Janet McTeer in Mary Stuart at the Apollo theatre, London

Seven of theatre's top names reveal the next shows they plan to see. Rosemary Squire, of the Ambassador Theatre Group, chose Mary Stuart, at the Apollo Theatre.

Bob Hoskins and Kristin Scott Thomas in As You Desire Me at London's Playhouse theatre

Director Steven Pimlott plans to catch Pirandello's "beautiful play" As You Desire Me, with Kristin Scott Thomas, at the Playhouse Theatre.

Gabriel Byrne in A Touch of the Poet at New York's Studio 54

New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley is looking forward to seeing actor Gabriel Byrne in Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet, which opens on Broadway next month.

Sir Ian McKellen as Widow Twankey in the 2004 production of Aladdin at London's Old Vic

Critic Michael Billington chose the return of Sir Ian McKellen in Aladdin: "A chance to see a great actor letting his hair down and indulging his appetite for music hall".

Gerry Mulgrew in Ubu the King, by Alfred Jarry. Showing at London's Barbican from 30 November

Artistic director Samuel West nominated the Young Genius season, presenting early plays written by great playwrights, at the Barbican in London and selected regional theatres.

Sean Foley and Hamish McColl in Ducktastic at the Albery theatre, London (credit: Hugo Glendinning)

West End producer Sonia Friedmann picked the London comedy Ducktastic: "I think it's a fantastically exciting idea - and just what the West End should be doing more of."

Cast of Billy Elliot - The Musical (photocall), showing at the Victoria Palace theatre, London

Actress Francesca Annis still hasn't seen Billy Elliot - The Musical, but hopes to make a Christmas visit because "everyone comes out of the theatre smiling".

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