Timothy Ramsden researches touring shows from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn.
Look out for Method and Madness - they're the renamed Cambridge Theatre Company. Which will the new name prove to be? A word of retrospective gratitude to Andy Holland who built Cambridge's education work into a fine and always coherent practice. He has gone and the company's education work will only be with adults and committed further education students. One aspect of Holland's work - and of others like him - was that he helped form that commitment in the first place.
Oxford Stage Company's Twelfth Night visits Huddersfield Lawrence Batley October 23-November 4, Winchester Theatre Royal November 6-11, Bracknell Wilde November 13-18, Barnstaple Queen's November 28-December 2, Watford Palace January 23-27, Crawley Hawth January 31-February 3, Oxford Playhouse February 6-17, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal February 20-24, Stirling MacRobert February 27-March 2, Cheltenham Everyman March 5-9, Canterbury Marlowe March 12-16.
Northern Broadsides revive A Midsummer Night's Dream in tandem with a new Antony and Cleopatra Halifax Viaduct September 29-October 7, Wycombe Town Hall October 9-11, Warwick Arts Centre October 17-21, Manchester Upper Campfield October 23-28, Cambridge Corn Exchange October 30-November 1, Worksop Thoresby Park November 2-4, Barrow in Furness 6th Form College November 7-11, Liverpool Everyman November 13-18, Billingham Forum November 20-25 (Antony and Cleopatra only at Halifax, Wycombe, Cambridge and Worksop).
Vanessa Redgrave's Moving Theatre takes Antony and Cleopatra to Malvern Festival September 25-30, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Theatre Royal October 2-7, Canterbury Marlowe October 10-14, Cardiff New October 16-21, Plymouth Theatre Royal October 23-28, Bath Theatre Royal October 30-November 4, Woking New Victoria November 6-11.
Two Macbeths - from English Touring Theatre, with education work attached, at Darlington Civic September 26-30, Dartford Orchard October 3-7, Buxton Opera House October 10-14, Poole Towngate October 17-21, Reading Hexagon October 24-28, Oxford Playhouse October 31-November 4, Wythenshawe Forum November 7-11, Cheltenham Everyman November 14-18, Winchester Theatre Royal November 20-25, Worthing Connaught November 28-December 2. And from Mark Rylance's Phoebus Cart, following their Greenwich season to October 28, at Norwich Theatre Royal October 30-November 4, Malvern Festival November 6-11, Glasgow Theatre Royal November 13-18, Nottingham Theatre Royal November 20-25, Chichester Festival November 27-December 2, Richmond Theatre December 4-9.
Late Shakespeare is the focus for this year's Royal Shakespeare Company tour, with The Tempest interspersed with Edward Bond's Bingo at Carlisle Sands Centre September 26-30, Rochester Strood Sports Centre November 7-11, Belfast Whitla Hall November 14-18, Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre November 21-25, Middlesbrough Rainbow Leisure Centre November 28-December 2, Braintree Leisure Centre December 5-9, Biggleswade Recreation centre December 12-16, Staines Spelthorne Leisure Centre January 2-6, Macclesfield Leisure Centre January 9-13, St Austell Polkyth Leisure Centre January 16-20, Dawlish Leisure Centre January 23-27, Lancing Manor Leisure Centre January 30-February 3, Newbury Northcroft Leisure Centre February 6-10.
Kaos Theatre tour a highly physical Tempest to November 4. Details: 01285 641781.
Cheek by Jowl's The Duchess of Malfi takes in Cheltenham Everyman September 26-30, Oxford Playhouse October 17-21, Warwick Arts Centre November 14-18, Blackpool Grand November 28-December 2.
From Chichester, Mo li re's The Miser scoops up Bath Theatre Royal September 25-30, Richmond Theatre October 2-7.
The Royal National Theatre takes Wild Oats by John O'Keeffe to Bradford Alhambra October 10-14, Sheffield Lyceum October 17-21, Aberdeen His Majesty's October 24-28, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Theatre Royal October 31-November 4, Bath Theatre Royal November 7-11.
Another Chichester show The School for Scandal visits Newcastle-upon-Tyne Theatre Royal September 25-30, Bath Theatre Royal October 9-14, Bradford Alhambra October 16-21, Malvern Festival October 30-November 4, Richmond Theatre November 6-11, Wolverhampton Grand November 13-18, Cardiff New November 20-25, Guildford Yvonne Arnaud November 27-December 9.
Orchard Theatre take A Doll's House to a variety of south west venues for one or two nights each to October 21 - details 01271 73356.
Out of Joint tends to tour a classic and a new play relating to it. This autumn it is Three Sisters plus Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Break of Day. Leicester Haymarket October 26-November 4, Darlington Civic November 7-11, Worthing Connaught November 13-18, Warwick Arts Centre January 22-27. Three Sisters alone has promenade performances at Berkhamsted Rossway Park on Tuesdays for eight weeks from December 5.
Jointly, the Royal National Theatre and Tara Arts tour Jatinder Verma's Indian setting of Cyrano de Bergerac to Crawley Hawth November 16-18, Warwick Arts Centre November 21-25, Lancaster Nuffield November 27-29, Bradford Alhambra December 5-9.
Hobson's Choice from Chichester goes to Richmond Theatre September 25-30 and Bath Theatre Royal October 2-7.
NOVELS ON STAGE
Good Company take Pride and Prejudice to Preston Charter September 25-30, Eastbourne Devonshire Park October 2-7, Croydon Ashcroft October 9-14, Hanley Theatre Royal October 16-21, Cheltenham Everyman October 30-November 4, York Grand Opera House November 6-11, Poole Towngate November 20-25, Brighton Theatre Royal November 27-December 2, Northampton Derngate December 4-9.
Jude the Obscure from Method and Madness visits Stevenage Gordon Craig September 26-30, Winchester Theatre Royal October 2-6, Poole Towngate October 9-14, Halifax Victoria October 16-20, Warwick Arts Centre October 31-November 4, Belfast Festival November 6-11.
Make Way for Lucia is John van Druten's version of Mapp and Lucia at Bromley Churchill to September 30, Woking New Victoria October 3-7, Norwich Theatre Royal October 10-14, Bath Theatre Royal October 16-21, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Theatre Royal October 24-28, Richmond Theatre October 30-November 4.
Shared Experience offer O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms Manchester Library October 17-21, Chichester Minerva October 24-28, Cardiff Sherman October 31-November 4, Poole Towngate November 6-11, Oxford Playhouse November 14-18.
Stephen Daldry's expressionist An Inspector Calls returns to Nottingham Theatre Royal September 26-30, Manchester Palace October 3-7, Edinburgh King's October 10-14.
Actor Keith Baxter directs Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight, at Sheffield Lyceum September 25-30, Glasgow Theatre Royal October 2-7, Richmond Theatre October 9-14, Malvern Festival October 16-21, Guildford Yvonne Arnaud October 23-November 4, Chichester Festival November 7-11, Coventry Belgrade November 13-18, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Theatre Royal November 20-25.
The Caretaker is produced by Compass at a vast array of theatres nationwide until December 16. Details: 0114 275 5328.
Ayckbourn's Confusions takes in Chelmsford Civic October 23-28, Lincoln Theatre Royal October 30-November 4, Billingham Forum November 6-11, Chichester Festival November 13-18, Bath Theatre Royal November 20-25.
Caryl Churchill's Top Girls tours to Crawley Hawth September 27-27, Chipping Norton Theatre September 28-29, Warwick Arts Centre October 2-4, Canterbury Gulbenkian October 6-7, Worthing Connaught October 10-14, Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal October 18-21, Whitley Bay Playhouse October 24-25, Carlisle Stanwix October 27, Brighton Gardner October 31-November 1, Winchester Theatre Royal November 2-4, Chichester Minerva November 6-9, Taunton Brewhouse November 10-11.
PLAYS OF TODAY
John Godber's Up 'n' Under visits Lincoln Theatre Royal September 25-30, Hull Truck Theatre October 3-7, Chelmsford Civic October 9-14, Wythenshawe Forum October 16-21, York Grand Opera House October 23-28, Barnstaple Queen's October 31-November 4, Ashton-under-Lyne Tameside Hippodrome November 13-18, Buxton Opera House November 20-25, Winchester Theatre Royal November 27-December 2.
Hull Truck also tour Godber's Bouncers to many places to December 22. Details: 01482 323638.
Livespace offer Talking Heads in Wales and North and South East England to December 2. Details: 01760 755007.
Kay Mellor's A Passionate Woman tours to Brighton Theatre Royal September 25-30, Crawley Hawth October 9-14, Edinburgh King's October 16-21, Cheltenham Everyman October 23-28, Inverness Eden Court October 30-November 4, Bromley Churchill November 6-11, Bradford Alhambra November 13-18, Coventry Belgrade November 20-25, Woking New Victoria November 27-December 2, Malvern Festival December 4-9, Chichester Festival December 11-16. Stoppard's Arcadia visits Guildford Yvonne Arnaud October 2-21, Crewe Lyceum October 23-28, Glasgow King's October 30-November 4, Edinburgh November 6-11, Canterbury Marlowe November 13-18, Belfast Grand Opera House November 20-25, Richmond Theatre November 27-December 2, Wolverhampton Grand December 4-9.
Sue Townsend's The Queen and I visits Poole Towngate September 25-30, Oxford Playhouse October 2-7.
Irvine Welsh's disturbing Trainspotting about drug addicts adapted and directed by Harry Gibson visits Leicester Phoenix September 25-27, Newcastle Playhouse October 2-7, Kirkcaldy Adam Smith October 18, Aberdeen Lemon Tree October 19-21, Glasgow Tramway October 30-November 11.
English Touring Theatre take Rupert Street's Lonely Hearts Club to Crewe Lyceum October 16-18, Warwick Arts Centre October 19-21, Glasgow Tron October 24-28, Liverpool Everyman October 31-November 4, Brighton Gardner November 28-December 2.
Marabi, a musical from Junction Avenue Theatre, Johannesburg, tours to Aberdeen His Majesty's September 28-30, Nottingham Theatre Royal October 3-7, Cardiff Sherman October 10-11, Manchester Dancehouse October 12-14.
Two history lessons and some literature: Foursight Theatre tour Boadicea: The Red-Bellied Queen to November 15. Details: 01902 714257. Red Shift offer the story of Leonid Brezhnev seen through the life of his daughter in Nicholas McInerny's Red Princess touring to November 25. Details: 0171 403 4037.
Words on the Run has Liverpool poets and playwright Willy Russell in Huddersfield, Leicester, Canterbury, Newcastle upon Tyne, High Wycombe, Manchester, Warwick Arts Centre, York and Liverpool October 5-29. Details: 01684 540366.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S THEATRE
Noddy's New Adventures adapted by David Wood is at Wimbledon Theatre September 27-30, Belfast Grand Opera October 4-7, Dartford Orchard October 24-28, Oldham Coliseum October 31-November 4, Hanley Theatre Royal November 7-11, St Albans Arena November 14-18, Wolverhampton Grand November 22-25, Glasgow King's November 28-December 2, Ipswich Regent December 7-9.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and The Magician's Nephew adapted by Glyn Robbins, is toured by Vanessa Ford to Norwich Theatre Royal September 25-30, Glasgow King's October 2-7, York Grand Opera House October 16-21, Croydon, Fairfield October 23-28, Crewe Lyceum October 30-November 4, Swansea Grand November 13-18, Ashton-under-Lyne Tameside Hippodrome November 20-25, Aberdeen Capitol November 27-December 1, Basildon Towngate December 11-30. (Workshops available).
Roald Dahl's Boy tours from Cardiff's Sherman to venues in Wales and south west England October 4-November 3 (details from the Sherman: 01222 230451).
Oxford Stage Company has two double bills of European young people's plays called Making the Future. Suitable for 13s and over the programme visits Oxford Playhouse September 26-30, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal October 10-14, Warwick Arts Centre November 7-11, Stirling MacRobert November 13-18.
For three to fives there is Oily Cart's The Perfect Present: Leicester Haymarket Studio September 25-26, Wimbledon Polka October 14, Paisley Arts Centre October 20, West Yorkshire Playhouse November 14-18, Cambridge Drama Centre 25 November.
All Electric Puppet Theatre tours The Time Wizard, daytime shows mainly in the south but with quite a sprinkling in other parts. Details: 01264 361924.
Trestle offer a revival of Window Dressing on tour October 12-December 9, and a handful of showings of their Hanging Around in Lincolnshire October 30-November 3. Details: 0181 441 0349.
Over Hear is a play by Neil Biswas, toured by Maya Productions, that incorporates sign language in its plot. At Barnet Old Bull September 26-28, Harrow Travellers September 29, High Wycombe Spring Garden September 30, Leicester Haymarket Studio October 9-14.
Exeter-based Theatre Alibi offer a number of Saturday public performances of their Fly-by-Night at Frome, Brentford, Croydon, Bristol, Dartington, Bridgwater, Exeter and Plymouth. Details: 01392 217315.