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Set books on stage summer 2001

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Manchester Library Theatre. May 25-June 9,0161 236 7110; Watford Palace, June 13-July 7, 01923 225671; Newbury Watermill, May 30-July 21, 01635 46044.

HAMLET. Stratford-upon-Avon Royal Shakespeare Theatre. In rep to October 13, 01789 403403; Royal National Theatre. (Olivier), in rep from June 11, 020 7452 3000; Exeter, Northcott Theatre at Rougemont Gardens, July 17-August 11, 01392 493493.

JULIUS CAESAR. Stratford-upon-Avon Royal Shakespeare Theatre. In rep July 13-October 13, 01789 403403.

KING LEAR. Shakespeare's Globe. In rep May 12-September 21, 020 7401 9919.

MACBETH. Shakespeare's Globe. In rep May 27-September 22, 020 7401 9919. Ludlow Festival, June 23-July 7, 01584 75070872150.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. London, Albery Theatre To May 12, 020 7369 1740. London Open Air, in rep June 4-September 1,020 7486 2431. 1984 Northern Stage Company, Derby Playhouse. To May 5, 01332 363275, then Coventry, Poole, Brighton, Stiring, Newbury.

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. Royal National Theatre (Cottesloe). In rep, 020 7452 3000; Liverpool Playhouse, April 25-May 19, 0151 709 4776.

ROMEO AND JULIET. Wakefield, Harrogate, Hull, Liverpool, Swindon, Dartford, London, Torquay and Truro. April 24- June 30, Wild Thyme tour, 020 8343 3828.

Richard III Royal Shakespeare Company, Young Vic In rep to May 2,020 7928 6363.

The Rivals Salisbury Playhouse September 6-29,01722 320333.

The Tempest Colchester Mercury To May 12, 01206 573948.

Three Sisters (adapted by Brian Friel) Chichester Festival In rep August 22-September 29, 01243 781312.

Twelfth Night Stratford-upon-Avon Royal Shakespeare Theatre In rep to October 12, 01789 403403.

The Winter's Tale Royal National Theatre(Olivier) In rep from May 11-26, 020 7452 3000.

The Woman in Black Salford, Blackpool, Bradford, Jersey, Oxford, Mold and Eastbourne.

April 23-June 9,020 7323 2355.

Timothy Ramsden

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