Tour THE RETURN OF RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET by Bob Carlton Touring until 20 April 2002 Review Hazel Brown 12 November 2001 at Poole Arts Centre Runs 2hr 50min One interval Shake (speare!) rattle and roll this blend of The Bard, rock 'n' roll and sci-fi is still great fun.
Leeds HORSE & CARRIAGE by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallieres Adapted by Graeme Garden Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse To 1 December 2001 Runs 2hr 45min Two intervals TICKETS 0113 213 7700 Review Timothy Ramsden 17 November Lots of energy, great production values, good cast - some laughs.
London F***ING GAMES by Grae Cleugh Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs To 8 December 2001 Runs 1hr 25min No interval TICKETS 020 7565 5000 Review Timothy Ramsden 14 November Despite dramatic rough edges, there's a sense here of a new playwright who can build a strong dramatic form.
Liverpool THE GREAT WAR Hotel Modern and De Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool 8-10 November 2001 Runs 1hr 20min No interval Review Timothy Ramsden 10 November Remarkable evocation of World War I on a miniature scale with maximum impact.
STOLEN: Jane Harrison Prod: Fifth Amendment: Touring till 1 December 2001, info 01905 26424/ www.ukarts.com Runs: 1h 40m, no interval Review: Rod Dungate, Belgrade, 12 November 2001 One of those rare moments in theatre – huge and dignified passion: I felt a little cleansed
Birmingham BEHSHARAM (SHAMELESS): Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti Birmingham Rep: Tkts 0121 236 4455 (Joint Prod'n with Soho Poly) Runs: 1h 30m, no interval, till 1 December 2001 Review: Rod Dungate, 12 November Some powerful scenes with some sharp and witty dialogue, but ultimately the play fails to engage
Sheffield THE SHAWL/SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO by David Mamet Crucible Theatre, Sheffield To 24 November 2001 Runs 2hr 10min One interval TICKETS 0114 249 6000 Review Timothy Ramsden 9 November Small-scale Mamet takes surprisingly well to the Crucible's epic thrust stage.
Manchester HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen Translated by Michael Meyer Royal Exchange Theatre To 1 December 2001 Runs 2hr 20min One interval TICKETS 0161 833 9833 Review Timothy Ramsden 10 November Even in a theatre as strong on Ibsen as the Exchange, this outstanding production is a marvel.
Dundee A'BODY'S ABERDEE by Don Paterson Dundee Rep Theatre To 24 November 2001 Runs 3hr One interval TICKETS 01382 223530 Review Thelma Good 7 November Where we could be going white hot from the political manipulations displayed on stage, we roar with laughter at the stupidity of it. We almost forget the politicians, media, PR and spin doctors do it all at our expense.
London THE BIGGLESWADES by Torben Betts White Bear Theatre To 25 November 2001 Runs 1hr 30min No interval TICKETS 020 7793 9193 Review Timothy Ramsden 11 November Dramatic assault on middle-class, middle-aged marriage needs more on-stage punch.
Tour THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde Touring until 1 December 2001 Runs 2 hr 40 min. Two intervals Review Hazel Brown 8 November 2001 at Poole Arts Centre Wilde's witty triviality taken to its farcical limits.
Young People WHY THE WHALES CAME by Michael Morpugo. Adapted by Greg Banks Theatre Alibi touring to 1 December 2001 Runs 2hr 5min One interval Age range 8-13. Review Timothy Ramsden 11 November at The Bull, Barnet Enthralling, at times thrilling, adventure story told with deft theatricality.
Birmingham / Hampstead Out in the Open: Jonathan Harvey Hampstead Theatre/ The Door@ Birmingham Rep Directed by: Kathy Burke Running time: 2½ hours Review: Rod Dungate 5th May 2001, Bham Rep Sadly doesn't live up to it's early promise
Royal Court Evening of theatre in aid of the STOP THE WAR COALITION Original Cast reading of Caryl Churchill's FAR AWAY Reading of extracts from Kika Markham's HOMEBODY/ KABUL Sunday 4th November 2001 Report: Vera Lustig Inspired, timely double bill
Tour BLOODED by Isabel Wright Boilerhouse on tour to 22 November 2001 Runs 1hr 40min No interval Review Timothy Ramsden 27 October at Byre Theatre, St. Andrews High energy flashbacks to the last summer of youth and friendship.
Tour THE THEFT OF SITA conceived by Nigel Jamieson Runs 1hr 35min No interval Review Timothy Ramsden 3 November at Warwick Arts Centre The Ramayana meets globalisation in this Indonesian tale from Australia.
Croydon WITCH: Ade Morris (who also directs) Watermill (West Berkshire Playhouse) production on tour Runs: 1h 45m, one interval: till 18th November Review: Vera Lustig: Croydon Warehouse (020 8680 4060) 7November 2001 Ambitious, resourcefully staged but uninvolving and occasionally confusing series of vignettes charting a woman's search for redemption through self-knowledge
Newbury PIAF by Pam Gems Watermill Theatre, Newbury To 24 November 2001 Runs 2hr 5min One interval TICKETS 01635 46044 Review Timothy Ramsden 8 November Chaotic life and beautiful music caught in this atmospheric dream of a production.
Glasgow A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare Citizens' Theatre To 17 November 2001 Runs 2hr 25min One interval TICKETS 0141 429 0022 Review Timothy Ramsden 26 October As magical and humane a summer night as you'll find in any season.