Repertory round-up

6th February 1998 at 00:00
South West

Exeter Northcott (01392 493493) David Sterne and Steve Bennett dramatise Kipling's Raj adventure The Man Who Would Be King February 19-28, Method and Madness offer the supematural Isaac Bashevis Singer tale Demons and Dybbuks March 12-21, Ted Hughes' Seneca, Oedipus March 26-April 11, Oscar Wilde musicalised as Yankee chutzpah sees off English ghoul in The Canterville Ghost April 30-May 23.

Studio Theatre Alibi in a musical (Spiro on mandolin, fiddle, guitar) interweaving of four lives transformed on the sea and shore The Swell February 10-14, Common Players as Cathy Turner's fairground family on Chandler's Carousel February l8-21.

Bristol Old Vic (0117 987 7877) Theatre Royal All My Sons to March 7, A Grand Night Out with Wallace and Gromit, April 6-11, revival, with Wild Iris Theatre company ,of Susannah Centlivre's Restoration comedy The Gaming Table April 17-May 9, The Ghost Train May 14-June 6.

New Vic: Forkbeard Fantasy's genetically engineering haidressers The Barbers of Surreal February 12-21.

Salisbury Playhouse (01722 320333). Romeo and Juliet to February 14, Terry Johnson's Dead Funny February 26-March 21, Dancing at Lughnasa March 26-April 18, Stephen Lowe's play of 16th-century marriage and magic The Alchemical Wedding: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell April 30-May 16.

Salberg Studio Sleeping Around February 19-21; March 10-21 brings Paines Plough from the Royal National

Theatre Studio with a new round of relationships inspired by Schnitzler's La Ronde; Hilary Fannin, Stephen Greenhorn, Abi Morgan and Mark Ravenhill co-script provocatively and frankly. Locals Forest Forge Theatre turn up with Philip Gouldings version of The Mayor of Casterbridge April 21-May 9.

Southampton Nuffield (01703 671771) Watch paint dry and sparks fly in Jimmy Murphy's work-ethic drama Brothers of the Brush to February 21, Singular Women March 9-14 is Stewart Permutt's 'Talking Heads' show, Waiting for Godot March 17-April 4, Claire Luckham's love story about the lady who lost her head to Henry VIII The Seduction of Anne Boleyn April 23-May 16, Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters May 21-June 13.

South East

Basingstoke Haymarket (01256 465566) Cross-Atlantic comedy in Bernard Slade's You Say Tomatoes February 26-March 21, Carol Bunyan and Martyn Shallcross's new Daphne April 8-May 2 explores the life of Daphne du Maurier, The Importance of Being Earnest May 7-30.

Newbury Watermill (01635 46044) Talking Heads (A Chip in the Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils, A Lady of Letters) February 10-March 7, Charles M Schulz Creative Associates,Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, Michael Grace, Larry Grossman, Hal Hackaday musical from the Schulz cartoon Snoopy!!! March 25-April 25, all-male, masked and promenading The Comedy of Errors April 28-May 30, Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular June 3-July 11, Cabaret July l5-August 22.

Hornchurch Queen's (01708 443333) Stephen Jeffreys' Dickens offers Hard Times to February 21, Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum February 26-March 28, Osborne's The Entertainer April 2-25, Mel Smith, Bob Goody and Peter Brewis concoction The Gambler April 3O-May 23.

East Anglia


Palace (01702 342564) Marc Camoletti's Don't Dress for Dinner February 12-28, Snap in Mark Ryan's version of Far from the Madding Crowd March 4-7, justice in the jury room with Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men March 12-28, new Sixties musical Summer in the City April 14-18, Eastern Angles bring Tony Ramsay's The Bluethroat April 22-23, birds and murder on the north Norfolk coast across two centuries, Michael Birch's adaptation of David Nobbs' Second from Last in the Sack Race April 23-May 9, Ken Ludwig comedy Lend Me A Tenor May 21-June 6, community play By the Dome It's Known July l4- 18 by Peter Quilter and Charles Miller. Dixon Studio: One-day international workshops for I5 to18-year-olds on icons: Mandela, Madonna and Me March 16-2O.

Colchester Mercury (01206 573948) Abigail's Party to February 28, Ealing comedy staged by Giles Croft in Kind Hearts and Coronets March 5-21, Godber's Bouncers March 26-April 11.

Ipswich Wolsey (01473 253725) Women's education gets a boost with a repertory of Pygmalion and Educating Rita February 19-March 28, Skylight April 2-18, Our Day Out April 23-May 9, Sophocles' Antigone May 14-23.

Watford Palace (01923 225671) Frederick Knott's Sixties thriller Wait Until Dark to February 21, Roots March 13-April 4, return of David Farr's football comedy Elton John's Glasses April 16-25, a rewritten Ben Elton Gasping May 1-23, C.P. Taylor's version of Carl Sternheim's dissection of social snobbery among amateur musicians Schippel the Plumber June 5-27.

East Midlands

Northampton Royal (0l604 632533) Tess of the D' Urbervilles to February 28 adapted by director Michael Napier Brown, Alan Bleasdale's vasectomy clinic comedy Having a Ball March 6-28, An Ideal Husband April 3-25, Giles Havergal's new four-man version of Graham Greene's comic novel Travels With

My Aunt April 27-May 16, David Hare's moral drama Skylight May 30-June 20.

Leicester Haymarket (0116 253 9797)A View from the Bridge February 12-March 7, return of Paul Kerryson and Julian Kerry's Seventies musical Heavenly Bodies March 13-April 4, Strindberg's There Are Crimes and Crimes April 17-May 2, Hay Fever May 7-30.

Nottingham Playhouse (0115 941 9419) Alan Bennett's Kafka's Dick February 12-March 7, Michael Eaton's new play about local youth cult religion Angels Rave On March 19-April 4, a hundred locals in energetic Avalanche April 16-18, Jeremy Sams adapts Moliere's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme as as A Fool and His Money . . . April 23-May 16, Nicholas Bloomfield and Neil Bartlett create a dramatic oratorio from Poussin's Seven Sacraments May 22-23 at Southwell Minster, rare Tennessee Williams Suddenly Last Summer May 27-June 13, Noel Greig freely adapts Lewis Carroll's Alice June 19-July 4, co-produced with Roundabout Theatre in Education and Graeae Theatre.

Derby Playhouse (01332 363275) Ayckbourn's many-tiered Taking Steps February 20-March 21, Mother Courage and Her Children April 9-May 2 journeys down from Edinburgh, Little Theatre of Vilnius offers, in Lithuanian, The Cherry Orchard May 12-16, Godber's lottery winning Lucky Sods May 21-June 13, The Glass Menagerie June 19-3 July 4.

West Midlands

Worcester Swan (01905 27322) Tim Firth comedy Neville's Island to February 21, outward-bound businessmen bonding, Macbeth March 5-28, Sharman Macdonald's When I Was A Girl I Used to Scream and Shout April 2-18.

Coventry Belgrade (01203 553055) Marvin HamlischDon Black musical of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl to February 14, Neville's Island February 25-March 14,The Official Tribute to The Blues Brothers

March 16-21, artistic director Bob Eaton and Sayan Kent's well-crafted rendering of J B Priestley's novel The Good Companions March 26-April 11, The Wedding May 14-30, with Shaskeen Theatre in Kathi Leahy's version of a tale opening in Fifties Ireland and climaxing in the World Cup; Bob Carlton's rock musical Macbeth From A Jack to A King June 22-27.

Birmingham Rep (0121 236 4455) In Home Truths February 13-March 7 David Lodge shows writers ganging up on a journalist, a 25th anniversary resurrection for The Rocky Horror Show March 24-April 18, Howard Barker and The Wrestling School tell of a piqued prince killing virgins en masse when his girlfriend turns to Christ in Ursula April 22-25, Frozen May 1-23, is Bryony Lavery's tale of smaller-scale modern murder and remorse, Jeremy Sams adapts Moliere's 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' as A Fool and His Money . . . May 29-June 20, off Broadway comes to Birmingham with Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt's Two Pianos, Four Hands June 26-July 18 about piano-practising actors.

Studio: Pop Up Theatre in Michael Dalton's play for four to eight-year-olds about a sibling's feelings at a new birth Cuckoo Time March 3-14, Maya Chowdhri's study growing up Kaahini March 16-21 (also local tour, contact box office for details).

North Staffordshire

New Victoria (01782 717962) Terry Johnson brings Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and other big names together in Insignificance to February 28, The Tempest March 4-April 4, Lisa Evans' beautifully-shaped version of Anne Bront 's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall April 9-May 2, Friel's Translations May 7-30, Kay Mellor's midlife rejuvenescence of A Passionate Woman June 4-27, Chris Monks turns his modernising attention from Gilbert and Sullivan to Bizet's Carmen July 2-25.

North West

Chester Gateway (01244 340392) Alan Bennett's Office Suite to February 28 consists of two television one-acters A Visit from Miss Prothero' and Green Forms, Graham Greene is adapted by Giles Havergal for Travels With My Aunt March 11-April 4, Shooting Star April 25-May 23 is a fifty year old West End hit about football by Basil Thomas, revived by its original director Frith Banbury - plus pre-match youth theatre and school warm-ups at 6pm on May 12- 13. Then the temperature's upped with The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband May 30-June 20, Debbie Isitt's story of a man, his meals and the women in his life.

Manchester Contact (0l61 274 4400) at Dancehouse with Mother Courage to February 28, at The Brickhouse with Young Playwrights' Festival March 23-April 3.

Library (0161 236 7110) The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui to March 7, Terence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! March 12-April 4, gay New England friendships, John Chambers sets the Sixties v the Nineties in Albert Finney Doesn't Live Here Any More April 17-May 2, Lorae Parry's Eugenia May 6-9 is a woman living as a man and marrying in 1916, David Hare's Skylight May 21-June 20.

Wythenshawe Forum (0161 437 9663) Manchester Arts Educational Festival March 17-28 with more than 30 primary and secondary schools exploring an other worlds theme, Snap for six and overs in Louise Warren's version of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch April 2-4, Open Hand for over-fives in Russell Hoban, adapted Maureen Lunt, The Mouse and His Child April 7- 11.

Royal Exchange (0161 833 9833) close their time at Upper Campfield Market with Shelagh Stephenson's new play An Experiment With an Air-Pump February 12-March 7, inspired by Joseph Wright of Derby's painting and exploring the uses of science, followed by Marx Brothers' anarchy in Animal Crackers March 12-April 4 - George S Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby wrote the words and music.

Oldham Coliseum (0161 624 2829) Jimmie Chinn's solos about a brother and sister A Different Way Home to February 21, Ivan Menschel's The Cemetery Club February 26-March 21, old and new northern views from Barry Heath in Me Mam Sez March 26-April 18 and Y' Shunta Joined April 26-May 16, new Kenneth Alan TaylorJohn Marlowe musical Dancing in the Street May 21-June 13.

Bolton Octagon (01204 520661) Director Lawrence Till adapts Bill Naughton's Annie and Fanny from Bolton to Rome to February 14 - the original opened the Octagon in 1967, Freud meets Dali in Terry Johnson's Hysteria February 19-March 14, D H Lawrence shows family life as a minefield in The Daughter-in-Law March l9-April 11, Entertaining Mr Sloane April 16-May 9, Edward Bond's moral play with baby-stoning thrown in Saved May 14-June 8, English Japaneserie in The Mikado June 11-July 4.

Bill Naughton Theatre Philip Ridley's macabre Ghost from a Perfect Place March 18-April 11, Beckett's Happy Days April l5-May 9, Octagon Youth Theatre's devised tele-talk Chataway June 25-27.

Lancaster Duke (01524 66645) The Whizz Kid February 19-March 14, day times, Suzanne Van Lohuizen's play for four to eight-year-olds involves bickering children searching for the treasure summed up as The Whizz Kid.

Williamson Park open air promenading with Cyrano de Bergerac June 4-July 5 and Around the World in Eighty Days July 16-August 22.

Yorkshire and the North East

Sheffield Crucible (0114 276 9922) From Greenwich Theatre Matthew Francis's adaptation of David Copperfield to February 21, critic Paul Allen adapts Mark Herman's Brassed Off March 13-April 14 from screen to stage, the Education Department bring in Brendan Murray's wonderous play on seasonal change and mortality How High Is Up June 23-27, for 4-8s.

Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse (0113 213 7700) Quarry Theatre Patrick Marber's obsessive gamblers in Dealer's Choice February 23-March 21, new from Ben Elton, Cold War lovers in Blast from the Past April 3-May 2.

Courtyard Theatre Family weekend away in John Godber comedy Weekend Breaks to February 14, Trainspotter Irvine Welsh writes his own play You'll Have Had Your Hole February 19-March 21, lawlessness and addiction in a recording studio, junk opera Shockheaded Peter March 27 April 18, composed by Martyn Jacques and The Tiger Lilies, Improbable Theatre's nightly improvised biographies Lifegames April 21-25.

Harrogate Theatre (01423 502116) Tim Firth's male bonding comedy Neville's Island to February 14, A Doll's House February 20-March 7, Michael Birch's version of David Nobbs' northern tale of growing up in the Forties and Fifties with a name like Pratt in Second from Last in the Sack Race March 27-April 11.

Studio: Hoodwink February 12-14 is devised clairvoyancy from Stephanie Jailand and Adam Gent, Robert Shearman double bill White Lies and Mercy Killings March l0-14 offers wry comic outlooks on life, Gogol's Diary of a Madman

April 29-May 2 is adapted by Ben Dudley and Kevin Hosier.

York Theatre Royal (01904 658162) Victorian murder real and imagined with a repertory of Stephen Mallatratt's version of The Turn of the Screw and Richard Hurford's ingenious look at truth distorted Bedevilled March 6-28.

Scarborough Stephen Joseph (01723 370541) Booking opens early March for The Round, Ayckbourn's futuristic soap opera television station has Comic Potential May 28-June 27; July 11; 16-22;25;30-August 1; 20-26; September 10-16. John Godber's Perfect Pitch July 2-15; 18; 23-29; August 1; 13-19,22; 27-September 2; 5 is set on a caravan site in Scarborough. Tim Firth offers the jingle-making department of a local radio station in Love Songs for Shopkeepers August 6-12; 15; September 3-9; l2; 17-26. (Single dates are matinee performances; there will be seven more short plays in the McCarthy and theatre restaurant by A R Gurney Jnr, Robert Shearman, local writer Steve Carley and others during the summer).

McCarthy: Mary Stewart-David and Denis King musical Baby on Board April 23-May 30.

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Northern Stage, Newcastle Playhouse (0191 230 5151) The Threepenny Opera March 12-28.

Gulbenkian Studio: Tell Me February 18-March 7, Matthew Dunster's multi-media family explosion drama.


Musselburgh Brunton (0131 665 2240) Macbeth to February 14, lain Heggie's dysfunctional family comedy American Bagpipes March 6-21.

Edinburgh Royal Lyceum (0131 229 9697) Juno and the Paycock February 13-March 7, Mother Courage and Her Children March 13-April 4 (then Derby), Stewart Conn's new play about a shocking experience for an Edinburgh woman raising her son in South Africa, Clay Bull April 17-May 2.

Traverse (0131 228 1404) Ronan O' Donnell's The Chic Nerds February 13-March 7 examines talent and identity among a band abandoned in the Highlands, Suspect Culture revive '97 Festival success Timeless March 12-14, Stellar Quines bring Helen Edmundson's (London) Bush play about Cromwell's ethnic cleansing in Ireland on to Celtic territory with The Clearing March 19-22, Arches Theatre bring Sebastian ('The Steward of Christendom') Barry's Boss Grady's Boys March 25-29, about two old brothers in rural Ireland.

Glasgow Citizens' (0141 429 0022) Macbeth February 13-March 7, Shaw's The Millionairess March 20-April 11.

Circle Studio Heiner Muller's Quartet February 12-March 7 a reworking of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Craig Lucas's The Dying Gaul March 19-April 11 a sensualist, a Bhuddist and the Internet plus sex in Los Angeles.

Stalls Studio Citizens' director Giles Havergal plays Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape February 11-March 7, Koltes' abstract sellerbuyer duologue In The Solitude of the Cotton Fields March 18-April 11.

Perth Theatre (01738 62l031) Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble have adapted John Buchan's The 39 Steps to February 21, Hare's Skylight February 27-March 14, What the Butler Saw March 20-April 4, and Gilbert without Sullivan in 19th century satire Engaged April 17-May 2.

Dundee Rep Theatre (01382 223530) one of Ayckbourn's two-handed Intimate Exchanges March 18-April 4, Sixties Dundee Slab Boys in Chris Rattray and Michael Marra's The Mill Lavvies April 15-May 2, co-production with Glasgow Tron of Sharman Macdonald's ScottishWelsh family drama Sea Urchins May 20-June 6.

Details are as accurate as possible. However, late changes are sometimes made; it is advisable to check details with theatres

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