Modern drama

2nd February 2001 at 00:00
Art Yasmina Reza's famous play about male friends and a blank canvas at High Wycombe Swan Feb 26-Mar 3, Crawley Hawth Mar 5-10, Milton Keynes Theatre Mar 12-19, Stoke-on-Trent Regent Mar 19-24, Wolverhampton Grand Mar 26-31, Belfast Grand Opera Apr 2-7, Llandudno North Wales Apr 9-14, Bradford Alhambra Apr 16-21, Woking New Victoria Apr 23-28, Bristol Hippodrome April 30-May 5, Torquay Princess May 7-12, Manchester Palace May 14-19.

Bedroom Farce Four couples in three rooms at Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Jan 30-Feb 3, Worthing Connaught Feb 6-10, Barnstaple Queen's Feb 13-17, Coventry Warwick Arts Feb 20-24, Norwich Playhouse Feb 27-Mar 3, Chester Gateway Mar 6-10.

Confusions Ayckbourn's playlets visit Woking New Victoria Feb 13-17, Chichester Festival Feb 19-24, Eastbourne Devonshire Park Feb 26-Mar 3, Darlington Civic Mar 5-10, Cheltenham Everyman Mar 12-17, Brighton Theatre Royal Mar 19-24, Bromley Churchill Mar 27-31, Richmond Theatre Apr 2-7, Cambridge Arts Apr 17-21, Milton Keynes Theatre Apr 23-28, Westcliff-on-Sea Palace Apr 30-May 5.

In Praise of Love Theatre Royal Bath Productions with late Terence Rattigan on secrets in a marriage at Poole Towngate Feb 5-10, Edinburgh King's Feb 13-17, Bath Theatre Royal Feb 19-24, Norwich Theatre Royal Feb 26-Mar 3.

Lettice and Lovage Theatre Royal Bath Productions take Peter Shaffer's ill-assorted English eccentrics to Malvern Festival Feb 5-10, Brighton Theatre Royal Feb 12-17, Richmond Theatre Feb 19-24, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Theatre Royal Feb 26-Mar 3, Milton Keynes Theatre Mar 5-10, Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Mar 12-17, Cambridge Arts Mar 19-24.

Noises Off Royal National Theatre with Michael Fray's front and back stage farce at Stoke-on-Trent Regent Feb 27-Mar 3, Woking New Victoria Mar 6-10, Richmond Theatre Mar 13-17, Milton Keynes Theatre Mar 20-24, Brighton Theatre Royal Mar 27-31, Bath Theatre Royal Apr 3-7, Nottingham Theatre Royal Apr 10-14, Belfast Grand Opera House Apr 17-21.

The Mill on the Floss Shared Experience revive Helen Edmundson's bright adaptation at Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Feb 21-Mar 3, Liverpool Playhouse Mar 6-10, Oxford Playhouse Mar 13-17, Cheltenham Mar 20-24, Mold Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mar 27-31.

Relatively Speaking Early Ayckbourn comedy at High Wycombe Swan Feb 5-10, Bath Theatre Royal Feb 12-17, Malvern Festival Feb 19-24.

The Contractor Oxford Stage Company go from Derby with David Storey's account of people erecting and taking down a tent to Exeter Northcott Feb 27-Mar 3, Poole Towngate Mar 6-10, Ipswich New Wolsey Mar 13-17, Westcliff-on-Sea Palace Mar 20-25.

The Sunshine Boys Mobil Touring Theatre offer Neil Simon's mutual hating old comedy double act at Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Feb 7-10, Darlington Civic Feb 13-17, Edinburgh King's Feb 27-Mar 3,Bromley Churchill Mar 5-10, Birmingham Alexandra Mar 13-17, Bradford Alhambra Mar 20-24, Salford Lowry Apr 2-7, Bath Theatre Royal Apr 9-14, Norwich Theatre Royal Apr 17-21, Richmond Theatre Apr 23-28, Brighton Theatre Royal Apr 30-May 5, Aberdeen His Majesty's May 8-12.

This guide is based on information at December 2000. Dates are subject to change or cancellation. New dates, indeed new tours, may be added. Opening nights are also subject to change. Always check before booking. Contact numbers are given where space prevents full schedules being given.

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