* Tintin in Tibet, a Young Vic production, starts at the Barbican in London, Dec 14.
* Sir Ian McKellen (undoubtedly as the Widow Twanky) in Aladdin at the Old Vic, 7 Dec – 22 Jan
* From a bio of the late, great Dave Allen, comes the story of young comedian floundering at the Edinburgh Festival who asked a member of the audience his name. “Dave Allen” came the reply. The comic blundered on: “So, Dave, what do you do?” There was a pause. “I’m a comedian. What do you do?”
* Dorothy Parker: “If you can’t think of anything nice to say, come sit right here by me.”