Regional repertory spring 2004

13th February 2004 at 00:00
Main productions from Britain's repertory theatres. Details are subject to alteration and additional shows may be announced during the season.

South West

BRISTOL Old Vic (0117 987 7877) David Farr adapts Paradise Lost, Jan 30-Feb 21; Loot, Mar 5-27; Tour Mother Courage; Studio Backpacking in Kangaroo Valley, Feb 11-28; Bristol (and South Gloucestershire) Schools Festival, Mar 1-5, Bristol Youth Theatre Festival, Apr 3-4 ;Tour Cloudland.

EXETER Northcott (01392 493493) Private Lives, Feb 5-28; Richard Bean's The Mentalists, Mar 19-Apr 3; Young Company's Around the World in Eighty Days, Apr 10-17.

SALISBURY Playhouse (01722 320333) Waters of the Moon to Feb 7; Ayckbourn's House, Feb 12-Mar 20; Children of a Lesser God, Mar 25-Apr 10; Stage 65 Youth Theatre in Cyrano de Bergerac, Apr 15-17; Jamaica Inn, Apr 29-May 22; Amanda Whittington's 1960s expectant mothers in Be My Baby, June 10-26; Much Ado About Nothing, Sept 3-2; Tour, The Trojan Women. Salberg Studio Ayckbourn's Garden, Feb 12-Mar 20; Stage 65 Youth Theatre in Our Town, Mar 25-27; Fugard's Master Harold and the Boys, Apr 22-May 15; Tours, Catch Your Breath, One in a Million.

SOUTHAMPTON Nuffield (023 8067 1771) Last Train to Nibroc to Feb 21; The Adventures of Mr Benn Mar 6-7, daytimes, for 4-8s (and others); abridged Twelfth Night, Mar 15-26; Schiller's Mary Stuart, Apr 22-May 15; John Retallack's tale of youth; Ballroom, July 9-10 (at Southampton Guildhall); Hampshire Youth Theatre 12-15s in The Great Gromboolian Plain, Jul 24-31; 16-25s in Arabian Nights, August 1-14; Tours, A Doll's House, Once Upon A Time in Wigan, Pugilist Specialist, Slamdunk, The Straits; Studio Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Mar 27-29; May 24-29.


BASINGSTOKE Haymarket (01256 465566) From Oldham Good Golly Miss Molly, Feb 24-Mar 13; Hay Fever, Apr 26-May 15; two of Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests, Round and Round the Garden, and Living Together, June 3-24.

CHICHESTER Festival Theatre (01243 781312) in rep, Cole Porter's Out of This World, Apr 29-Sept 25; A Midsummer Night's Dream, May 8-Sept 23; Kipling-made musical Just So, June 11-Sept 25; Bulgakov's fantasy novel, The Master and Margarita, Jul 23-Sept 24.

Minerva Theatre Helen Cooper's new Three Women and a Piano Tuner, May 28-Jul 3; Botho Strauss' surreal Seven Doors, Jul 9-Sept 25; Martin Crimp's (after-Sophocles) Cruel and Tender, Aug 4-Sept 4; a peripatetic mass-cast Doctor Faustus Sept 8-25.

HORNCHURCH Queen's (01708 443333) Educating Rita, February 6-28; Romeo and Juliet, Mar 12-Apr 3; Private Lives, Apr 16-May 8; rock and roll musical, Keep On Running, May 21-June 12.

NEWBURY Watermill (01635 46044) Sondheim's Sweeney Todd to Mar 27; Alex Jones's play about post-1945 Germans in Argentina, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mar 30-Apr 3 (also touring locally); Rodney Bewes's one-man Three Men in a Boat, Apr 6-10; 17th century Spanish comedy, Lope de Vega's The Gentleman from Olmedo, Apr 14-May 22; 18th century Italian, Goldoni's, The Venetian Twins, May 26-Jul 10.

SONNING Mill (0118 969 8000) Just Between Ourselves to February 21; The Face of Fear; Feb 24-Apr 3; You're Only Young Twice, Apr 6-May 8; An Evening With Gary Lineker, May 11-June 19; Stepping Out, June 22-Jul 31; There Goes the Bride, Aug 3-Sept 4.

East Midlands

COLCHESTER Mercury (01206 573948) Macbeth, Mar 18-Apr 3; Marivaux's The Triumph of Love, Apr 29-May 15; Euripides's Ion, June 10-26; Tours, 84 Charing Cross Road, The Shell Seekers, Tom's Midnight Garden; Studio Short new plays, Slammers II, June 16-26.

DERBY Playhouse (01332 363275) Shirley Valentine, Jan 31-Feb 28; Private Lives, Mar 6-Apr 3; Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Apr 24-May 22; A Midsummer Night's Dream, May 29-Jul 3.

IPSWICH New Wolsey (01473 295900) Neville's Island, Feb 27-Mar 20; Tours, Bloodtide, Mother Courage, Once Upon A Time in Wigan, The Rivals, Romeo and Juliet, Slamdunk, Soulskin, The Straits.

NORTHAMPTON Royal (01604 624811) Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking, Feb 26-Mar 20; Terry Johnson's Americana Insignificance, Apr 23-May 8; PG Wodehouse's Summer Lightning, May 21-June 5 ;Tours, 84 Charing Cross Road, Mother Courage.

NOTTINGHAM Playhouse (0115 941 9419) Double Indemnity, Mar 12-Apr 3; Updated New Labour satire, Feelgood, Apr 30-May 22; Jonathan Holloway on US pioneers, Angels Among the Trees, June 5-19; The Railway Children, June 25-Jul 10; Tours, Mother Courage, Slamdunk.

West Midlands

BIRMINGHAM Repertory Theatre (0121 236 4455) David Edgar's Continental Divide, Mar 6-13, consists of his new, full-length American plays Mothers Against, and Daughters of the Revolution; Anglo-American fundamentalism in Alistair Beaton's Follow My Leader, Mar 26-Apr 10; Ayckbourn's three full-length views of a suburban weekend, The Norman Conquests, a bus tour round Brum in Riding the No. 8, June 29-Jul 17; Tours, A Doll's House, Mother Courage, Slamdunk. Door Robert Warrington's new family comedy Forward, Feb 5-28; Caribbean Kitchen, Mar 3-6 for 7-11s; On Blindness, Mar 23-27 (see Leeds); American amnesia comedy, Fuddy Meers, Apr 16-May 8; Beyond the Boundaries, and Fierce! Festival, May 24-June 5, promises cutting-edge performance; young writers' season Transmissions, June 16-Jul 3; storytelling fest, The Word Is Out, Jul 12-17; Chicken Shed in Chris Bond's play about a teenager in London's social underbelly, Alice on the Underground; Tours, Calcutta Kosher, Catch Your Breath, Pugilist Specialist, The Straits.

COVENTRY Belgrade (024 7684 6700) Treasure Island, Mar 30-Apr 17; Tours, 84 Charing Cross Road, The Shell Seekers.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Royal Shakespeare (0870 609 1110) Royal Shakespeare Theatre Beauty and the Beast to February 22; tragedies in rep Macbeth, Mar 6-Oct 2; Romeo and Juliet, Mar 25-Oct 1; King Lear, June 17-Sept 29; Hamlet, Jul 8-Oct 2; Swan Othello to Apr 3; rep of Spanish Golden Age plays, Lope de Vega's romantic comedy The Dog in the Manger, Apr 14-Oct 2; Tirso ("Don Juan") de Molina's revenge tragedy, Tamar's Revenge, Apr 28-Oct 2; Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz farce ,House of Desires, June 30-Oct 1; Cervantes's likeable rogue, Pedro, The Great Pretender, Sept 1-30.


MILFORD HAVEN Torch (01646 695267) Youth Theatre's Macbeth, Feb 27-28; Table Manners, May 27-29; Tour, Under Milk Wood. MOLD Clwyd Theatr Cymru (0845 330 3565) One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest to March 6; Hay Fever, May 6-29; Tours, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 84 Charing Cross Road, Mother Courage, The Woman in Black. Emlyn Williams Theatre The Greatest Drummer in the World, Mar 23-24; Waiting For Godot, Apr 29-May 22; Tours, Bare, Cloudland.

North West

BOLTON Octagon (01204 520661) David Halliwell's 60s student-aggro comedy, Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs, Jan 29-Feb 21; Paul Webb's story of Thomas ... Becket's murderers in retreat, Four Knights in Knaresborough, Mar 4-27; Ben Elton's media violence morality, Popcorn, Apr 1-24; Diane Samuels's drama of children fleeing the Nazis, Kindertransport, Apr 29-May 22; Richard Cameron's miners on the eve of pop revolution, The Glee Club, June 10-Jul 3; Tours, Black Tie and Tales, Screaming Blue Murder, Women of Owu.

KESWICK Theatre By The Lake (017687 74411) The Hired Man, Mar 27-Apr 17, summer rep season to November 5; Sailor, Beware! from May 29; Arms and the Man from June 11; Strangers on a Train from Jul 23; Tour, Women of Owu; Studio in rep, Joe Penhall's BlueOrange from May 29; Ghosts from June 18; Julie McKiernan's play about speeding on Coniston, Tramping Like Mad, from July 30.

LIVERPOOL Everyman (0151 709 4776) Calderon's The Mayor of Zalamea, Feb 13-Mar 6; love versus prejudice in Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman, Apr 16-May 8; from Manchester Royal Exchange, Basil and Beattie, May 11-15; new writing fest, Every Word, May 31-June 5; Katie Douglas on repressive small-town life, Fly, June 18-Jul 10; Tours, Pirandello's Henry IV, The Merchant of Venice, Slamdunk, The Straits. Playhouse (0151 709 4776) The Entertainer to February 7; Coward's Still Life, plus The Astonished Heart, Mar 19-Apr 10; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, May 28-June 19; Tours, Abigail's Party, Mother Courage, The Permanent Way, Philadelphia, Here I Come, The Quare Fellow, Sweeney Todd.

LANCASTER Dukes (01524 598500) Kafka's Dick, Feb 6-28; True West, Mar 12-Apr 3; in Williamson Park, The Canterbury Tales, Jul 2-Aug 7, adapted by Gareth Machin.

MANCHESTER Contact (0161 274 0600) Season of identity and young men includes Firebrand's Asian music scene, Made in England, White Trash, Mar 11-20; Massive Theatre's The Sons of Charlie Peora, Mar 16-20; Tours, Calcutta Kosher, Pugilist Specialist, Slamdunk, Soulskin.

Library Theatre (0161 236 7110) All My Sons to March 13.

Royal Exchange (0161 833 9833) Great Expectations, Feb 25-Apr 10; John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, Apr 14-May 8; Major Barbara, May 12-June 19; The Importance of Being Earnest, June 23-Aug 7. Studio Bruce Graham's Coyote on a Fence, Mar 24-Apr 10; Linda Brogan's Basil and Beattie, Apr 21-May 8, brings a couple from Jamaica and Ireland to Manchester's Moss Side; Ben Faulks's experimental double-bill distortions of reality, Jonathan Pram, May 20-22; Sonia Hughes's story of a Caribbean girl whose mother's left for England, Weeding Cane, May 27-29; Amanda Dalton's Dog Boy, June 3-19 for 9+; Write 2, July 5-17; Blue 2, Jul 22-24.

OLDHAM Coliseum (0161 624 2829) Good Golly Miss Molly, Jan 29-Feb 21; Driving Miss Daisy, Mar 18-Apr 10; Amanda Whittington's Be My Baby, Apr 22-May 8; The Wizard of Oz, May 21-June 12; Neville's Island, June 24-Jul 17; Tour, Once Upon A Time in Wigan.

Yorkshire amp; North East

HARROGATE Theatre (01423 502116) Ain't Misbehavin' to March 6; Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love, Apr 2-24; Tour, The Rivals.

HULL Hull Truck (01482 323638) Richard Bean's 3-decker Under the Whaleback, Feb 26-Mar 20; John Godber takes to the air with Fly Me To The Moon, Apr 5-May 1; seaside landladies in Alison Watt's Life's A Beach (also touring), Amanda Whittington's touching story of 1960s single mums, Be My Baby, May 27-June 19; more Godbers: Black Tie and Tales, June 28-Jul 3; Up 'N' Under, Jul 8-31.

LEEDS West Yorkshire Playhouse (0113 213 7700) Quarry Theatre, Homage To Catalonia, Mar 15-Apr 3 - Orwell's book is co-adapted with Northern Stage Ensemble and Barcelona's Teatre Romea; Haiti's independence bicentenary celebrated in song and dance with Vodou Nation, June 1-26; Tour, The Merchant of Venice.

Courtyard Frantic, Graeae and Paines Plough combine skills of movement, disability and text in Glyn Cannon's story of love and access, On Blindness, Mar 16-20; Murray Gold examines the frustration of builders occupying your house in Electricity, Mar 26-Apr 24; new Northern plays in repertoire, Uglijesa Sajtinac's Huddersfield and Andrew G Marshall's Coming Round Again, May 15-June 5, plus Mark Catley's play of teenage fatherhood, Crap Dad, June 9-12 (also touring Leeds schools); true-life based, US Bat Boy The Musical, June 21-Jul 17; Tours, Animal Farm, Dummy, The Permanent Way.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE Newcastle Playhouse (0191 230 5151) Multi-media Blush, Feb 20-21; Northern Stage Ensemble in Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, Apr 22-May 8; Gulbenkian Studio Northern Stage Ensemble in Ionesco's The New Tenant, Feb 23-March 6.

SHEFFIELD Crucible (0114 249 6000) The Crucible to February 28; Piaf, Mar 12-Apr 7; Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine June 3-19; Studio visit during schools tour of Neil Duffield's The Minotaur Feb 21-27, matinees and evenings; Churchill's Far Away, and Fen, double-bill, May 27-June 19.

YORK Theatre Royal (01904 623568) Pilot Theatre adapt Melvyn Burgess's Bloodtide to February 21; A Taste of Honey, Mar 16-Apr 3; Tour, The Quare Fellow; Studio Mrs Dylan Thomas speaks in Caitlin, to March 6; Ensemble Productions with Leon Rosselson's The Greatest Drummer in the World, Mar 9-13; The Shysters in Tango Apocalypso, Mar 18-19; NT Shell Connections, Mar 25-27; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Apr 1-24.

Scotland DUNDEE Rep (01382 223530) David Kane's theatrical types in Dumbstruck, Mar 24-Apr 17; Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution, Apr 27-May 8; City Theatre Dublin in The (Kerry) Matchmaker, May 26-29; Tours, Reasons to be Cheerful, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband.

EDINBURGH Royal Lyceum (0131 248 4848) Death of A Salesman, to March 6; Des Dillon's Coatbridge witchcraft comedy, Six Black Candles, Mar 13-Apr 3; John Byrne's Scottish Chekhov Uncle Varick, Apr 17-May 8.

GLASGOW Citizens' (0141 249 0022) Top Girls, Feb 6-28; Tours, A Doll's House, The Merchant of Venice, Wee Witches.

Circle Studio Smoking With Lulu, Feb 5-28.

Stalls Studio Zinnie Harris's Nightingale and Chase, Feb 4-28.

PERTH Theatre (01738 621031) Educating Rita, Feb 20-Mar 6; John B Keane's The (Kerry) Matchmaker, Apr 16-May 1; Tours, A Doll's House, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband.

PITLOCHRY Festival Theatre (01796 484626) in rep, name?? WS Gilbert's satire on Victorian romance from Apr 30; Edward Percy's The Shop at Sly Corner from May 6; Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business from May 13; Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor from May 20; John Byrne's Scottish version of Gogol's The Government Inspector from June 24; Conor McPherson's modern Irish pub ghost-tales, The Weir from Jul 29.

ST ANDREWS Byre (01334 475000) Much Ado About Nothing, Feb 26-Mar 13; Stanza poetry festival, Mar 18-21; The Memory of Water, Apr 15-May 1; Tours, Bartleby, Tunnel Visions, Wee Witches. Studio Michael Gow's dog-tale, Sweet Phoebe, Apr 20-May 1.

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