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.
Leicester DOLLY WEST'S KITCHEN: Frank McGuinness Leicester Haymarket: Tkts 0116 253 9797 Runs: 2h 35m: till Sat 17 November Review: Rod Dungate, 7 November 2001 Engaging, enlightening, earthy humour and something to say that couldn't be more timely nor more valid.
Tour THE RED SHOES Kneehigh Theatre on tour. Runs 1hr 55min One interval Review Timothy Ramsden 5 November 2001 at Oxford Playhouse Hans Andersen meets women's movement in Kneehigh's unstoppably inventive re-creation.
Birmingham OF MICE AND MEN: John Steinbeck (by arrangement with Josef Weinberger plays) Birmingham Rep: Tkts 0121 236 4455 Runs: 2h 30m, till Saturday 24th November Review: Rod Dungate, 6th November 2001 The story loses nothing in its translation to the stage and gains everything in this tough, unsentimental production by Jonathan Church
London THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben Wyndhams Theatre Runs 1hr 55min One interval TICKETS 020 7369 1735 Review Timothy Ramsden 6 November 2001 Blow cheeks, and crack your ribs – a show that's fresh, clever and sublimely funny.
Glasgow MOZART'S NACHTMUSIK by Rolf Hochhuth, translated by Robert David MacDonald Circle Studio, Glasgow Citizens' To 17 November 2001 Runs 1hr 50min One interval TICKETS 0141 429 0022 Review Timothy Ramsden 25 October Intrigue, love – and hate - in Enlightenment Germany as Mozart's bones are raked over once more.
Edinburgh THE COMEDY OF ERRORS by William Shakespeare Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh To 17 November 2001 Runs 2hr One interval TICKETS 0131 248 4848 Review Timothy Ramsden 24 October 2001 Fun for all in Shakespeare's early comedy, given a local habitation at the Royal Lyceum.
London FAMILY by Tom Kempinski New End Theatre To 18 November 2001 Runs 2hr One interval TICKETS: 020 7794 0022 Review Timothy Ramsden 4 November Love and honour go cosa nostra in Kempinski's revival of the love v duty debate, receiving a vibrant Hampstead premiere.
London. RAGS by Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Joseph Stein. Bridewell Theatre To 2 December 2001. Runs 2hr 25min One interval. TICKETS 020 7936 3456. Review Timothy Ramsden 4 November. Well-characterised music and strong performances in story about Jewish immigrants to 1900s New York.
Birmingham PRIVATE LIVES: Noel Coward Birmingham Rep, Tkts 0121 236 4455 Runs: 2h 15m, two intervals, till Saturday 27th Oct 2001 Review: Rod Dungate, 26th Sept 2001 Shaw and Backhouse triumphantly reconcile Coward's opposing world views and pull off the magic trick.
London KISS ME KATE by Cole Porter, Sam and Bella Spewack Victoria Palace Theatre To 24 August 2002 Runs 2hr 50min One interval TICKETS 020 7834 1317 Review Timothy Ramsden 1 November 2001 Classic musical comes up a shining joy with this superb company of American and British performers.
London STAR QUALITY by Noel Coward, adapted by Christopher Luscombe Apollo Theatre Runs 2hr 5min One interval TICKETS 020 7494 5070 Review Timothy Ramsden 1 November 2001 'All gong and no dinner' - Coward's Star Quality line just about sums it up.
Manchester AMY’S VIEW: David Hare Library Theatre, Manchester: Tkts 0161 236 7110 Runs: 2h 30m, One interval, till Saturday 24 November Review: EK Hudson, 1 November 2001 A potentially fascinating drama that somehow fails to engage
Newcastle Under Lyme ROMEO AND JULIET: William Shakespeare New Vic, Newcastle Under Lyme, Tkts 01782 717962 Runs: 2h 30m, one interval, till 17 November Review: Rod Dungate, 2 November Very much a domestic tragedy in a surehanded production by Gwenda Hughes: couldn't be better served by Romeo, Juliet and the nurse, a production of soaring peaks and pastoral valleys
Mold TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Adaptation, Christopher Sergel, from Harper Lee's novel Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold: Tkts 01352 755114 Review: EK Hudson, 29 October 2001 Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG: Peter Nichols New Ambassadors Theatre: Tkts 020 7369 1761 Runs: 2h 25m, till 24 November Review: Vera Lustig, 31 October 2001 Welcome revival of this great play, a sharp yet compassionate tragi-comedy about a couple with a severely disabled child. Its stagecraft is as fresh and bold as ever. Victoria Hamilton shines.
Oldham THE FLY by Mike Kenny, from George Langelaan's story La Mouche Coliseum Theatre, Oldham To 3 November 2001 Runs 2hr One interval TICKETS 0161 624 2829 Review Timothy Ramsden 29 October Science fantasy story settles uneasily on stage.