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Our critics' picks of this week's openings, plus your last chance to see and what to book now

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Everything should be coming up roses in Leicester, where Paul Kerryson revives Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical, inspired by the memoirs of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee. Caroline O'Connor plays the monstrous Mama Rose, who pushes her daughters to perform on stage to satisfy her own thwarted dreams of stardom. Curve, Leicester (0116-242 3595), tonight to 15 April.

Mary Shelley

Frankenstein's creator comes under the spotlight in Helen Edmundson's new play, which follows hard on the heels of her RSC success, The Heresy of Love. Polly Teale directs for Shared Experience, a company that has done so much to put women's lives centre stage. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113-213 7700), Friday to 7 April. »

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