P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2219:10  7/22      DRURY LANE 01-836 8108 Miss Saigon Booking is open for another London musical. Previews from Sept 4, opens Sept 20. DUKE OF YORK'S 01-836 5122 Shirley Valentine Hannah Gordon stars in Willy Russell's comedy about a bored Glaswegian housewife who talks to the walls. Funny and poignant, it's a wonderfully entertaining evening. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2210:00  10/22       HER MAJESTY'S 01-839 2244 The Phantom Of The Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber turns 18th Century Paris into a musical extravaganza. Now stars Dave Willetts. Fully booked to March 1990. LONDON PALLADIUM 01-437 7373 Singin' in the Rain Extended to Nov 11 A rather mechanical version of the old classic. Songs and dialogue are belted out and Tommy Steele relies too much on displaying his inane smile as often as possible. For Steele fanatics only! more follows > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2211:10  11/22      LYRIC, Shaftesbury Ave W1 01-437 3686 Steel Magnolias Ends August 5 Jean Boht leads an all-female cast in this wonderful witty comedy. Look Back In Anger August 7-Sept 2 Kenneth Branagh plays Jimmy Porter in this Renaissance Theatre Company production, directed by Dame Judi Dench Previewing from October 13 Stop The World I Want To Get Off Anthony Newley stars and directs. MERMAID THEATRE 01-236 5568 To Kill A Mocking Bird Ends September 2 Adaptation of Harper Lee's classic about a white lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man accused of rape. Stars Alan Dobie and Hildegard Neil. Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2253:04  12/22      NATIONAL THEATRE 01-928 2252 Olivier Hamlet Aug 2-4,5*, Sept 4-7,14-16,18,26 Daniel Day Lewis in an energetic interpretation of the Danish prince. Judi Dench is Gertrude and Michael Bryant plays Polonius. Hedda Gabler July 31, Aug 1*,29,30* Perceptive acting in Ibsen's drama about a bored newly-wed. Ghetto Aug 15,16*,23,24*, Sept 12,13* Joshua Sobol's stunning play about a musical theatre in the Vilna ghetto - the last entertainment for tens of thousands of Jews slaughtered there. The Shaughraun Aug 17,18,19*,21,22*,25 Re-staging of Irish play, starring Stephen Rea. * = mat & evg. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2245:00  13/22      NATIONAL THEATRE 01-928 2252 Lyttelton The March on Russia Aug 4,5* Bill Owen plays a retired miner who, in his youth, marched into Russia in opposition to a revolution. The Secret Rapture Jul 31, Aug 7,8*,16 David Hare's play returns to the National repertoire with a new cast. Speed-The-Plow Aug 1,2*,3,18,19*,21,22 David Mamet's dazzling comedy about a Hollywood producer. The Misanthrope Aug 11,12*,14,15,30,31* Entertaining version of Moliere's comedy. Stars Edward Petherbridge. * = mat & evg more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2254:10  14/22      NATIONAL THEATRE: Cottesloe 01-928 2252 Fuente Ovejuna July 31, Aug 1,2,3*,10 Exciting, powerful version of de Vega's 17th Century play about a group of villagers who overthrow a petty tyrant. Schism In England Aug 4,5*,7,8,9* Calderon's classic 17th century drama about treachery in Reformation England. The Voysey Inheritance Aug 15,16*,23 Magnificent version of Harley Granville Barker's 1905 play about a principled son trying to right his fathers' wrongs Man, Beast and Virtue Sept 1,2,4,5-8,9* Luigi Pirandello's comedy about marriage. * = matinees & evenings more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2204:01  15/22      NEW LONDON 01-405 0072 Cats (Booking to January) Feline frolics for all the family in Andrew Lloyd Webber's ever-popular but overrated musical, based on T.S.Eliot's poetry. OLD VIC 01-928 7616 A Flea In Her Ear Previews from Aug 3, opens Aug 8 The first London revival of Feydeau's classic French farce since 1966. Directed by Richard Jones and starring Jim Broadbent and Linda Marlowe. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2207:17  16/22      PALACE 01-434 0909 Les Miserables (Booking to March) The RSC's acclaimed musical based on Victor Hugo's classic following the fortunes of convict Valjean, who becomes a successful industrialist and town mayor. PHOENIX 01-836 2294 The Merchant of Venice Ends Sept 23 Dustin Hoffman stars as the Jew Shylock but is outshone by Geraldine James' intelligent Portia. PICCADILLY 01-867 1118 Metropolis Booking to October 28 The set is fantastic, the cast are good but the lyrics are banal in this dismal musical based on Fritz Lang's film. >> Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2207:03  17/22      PLAYHOUSE 01-839 4401 Marat Sade August 7-26 National Youth Theatre musical that analyses the aftermath of the French Revolution. Boswell For The Defence From Sept 4 Leo McKern in a one-man show about the 18th Century Scottish barrister, N—lfs Boswell, biographer of Samuel Johnson. PRINCE EDWARD 01-734 8951 Anything Goes Latest musical sensation starring Elaine Paige in glizty revival of 1930s Cole Porter classic. Dazzling set, baunty pace and marvellous support from Bernard Cribbins. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2204:11  18/22      PRINCE OF WALES 01-839 5972 Sold out till March. No new booking period yet. Aspects of Love Andrew Lloyd ofbber's latest operetta- like offering. A talented cast, headed by Michael Ball, but the story lacks passion. QUEENS 01-734 1166 Single Spies: An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution Alan Bennett's double bill on the theme of treachery. The first is based on actress Coral Browne's meeting with Guy Burgess in Moscow, the second is a play about Anthony Blunt. Stars Alan Bennett and Prunella Scales. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2206:01  19/22      ROYAL COURT 01-730 1745 Our Country's Good/ The Recruiting Officer From Aug 3 Timberlake Wertenbaker's award-winning play and George Farquhar's Restoration comedy play in repertory. SAVOY 01-836 8888 Over My Dead Body Donald Sinden, June Whitfield and Frank Middlemass star in this new spoof thriller as crime writers who plan a baroque murder to boost their sales. A creaking plot is saved from disaster by stars' skills. Slick production, s——lf about the script! more follows > Reviews Index 620 Video 626 LOCAL THEATRE ...SEE PAGE 231 (ITV) Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2204:00  21/22      VAUDEVILLE 01-836 9987 Henceforward Alan Ayckbourn's play, providing a stark vision of the near future. Martin Jarvis plays a composer holed up in a gadget-filled high-tec home. Joanna Van Gyseghem is his estranged wife. Opening on Sept 19: Re:Joyce! Starring Maureen Lipman VICTORIA PALACE 01-834 1317 Brigadoon Ends Aug 5 Lerner and Loewe's whimsical musical, set in a bewitched Scottish village that appears only once a century. Two Americans stumble across it. Buddy From Oct 5 Musical about the rockstar Buddy Holly> Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2204:12  20/22      SHAFTESBURY 01-379 5399 M. Butterfly Anthony Hopkins stars as the French diplomat captivated by the "perfect woman" while in China. A funny, powerful play with a thrilling climax. ST MARTIN'S 01-836 1443 The Mousetrap Agatha Christie's classic whodunnit. STRAND 01-836 2660 Last Of The Red Hot Lovers Aug 1-Sept 2 Neil Simon's comedy about a middle-aged man who feels life is passing him by and decides to make up for lost time. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:03  1/22      ADELPHI 01-240 7913 Me And My Girl (Booking to January) Cheery Cockney musical on the age-old theme of poor-lad-makes-good with old favourites like "The Lambeth Walk". Slick production with leading players Gary Wilmot, Jessica Martin and Patrick Cargill. ALBERY, St Martin's Lane 01-867 1115 Blood Brothers (Booking to January) Angela Richards plays Willy Russell's hard-up Liverpudlian mum deserted by her husband, who agrees to give away one of her twin babies to her childless employer - with tragic results. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME? see 497 (C4) Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2204:14  22/22      WESTMINSTER 01-836 0283 An Ideal Husband Jeremy Sinden shines in Oscar Wilde's witty play about a politician idolised by his wife. gHITEHALL 01-867 1119 Run for Your Wife Ray Cooney takes the lead as the bigamous cabbie in the aging farce he wrote. Also stars Henry McGee, Dennis Ramsden and Gareth Hunt. WYNDHAM'S 01-867 1116 The Secret of Sherlock Holmes Ends Sept Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke star in an adaptation of Conan Doyle's legendary story about the aristocratic, opium puffing sleuth. Recommended. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:00  2/22      ALDWYCH 01-836 6404 The Black Prince Iris Murdoch has turned a first-rate novel into a rather second-rate play - but a first-rate cast saves the day. Ian McDiarmid shines as a writer manque AMBASSADORS 01-836 6111 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Christopher Hampton's adaptation of the "Lace" of 18th Century France is sexual duelling par excellence. Penelope Beaumont and Pete Miller top the bill. more follows > Reviews Index 620 Video 626 Bookworld ...... 627 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:10  3/22      APOLLO, SHAFTESBURY AVE 01-437 2663 A Madhouse in Goa Ends Sept 2 Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Sear and Rupert Graves star in this fascinating double bill, the plays linked by Greek island settings. A haunting theatrical experience. APOLLO VICTORIA 01-828 8665 Starlight Express (Booking to March 90) The stunning set and rip-roaring roller-skating compensate for the very thin story of Rusty the steam train's battle with an evil diesel. more follows > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:00  4/22      BARBICAN THEATRE 01-638 8891 Macbeth July 31, Aug 1,7,8,30,31 Shakespeare's tale of murder and revenge. The Tempest Aug 4,5* A beautiful version of this Romance. The Man Who —lf To Dinner Aug 2,3*,9,10*,11,12*,25,26*,28,29 John Wood in hilarious American farce. The Plantagenets Adrian Noble's triumphant productions adapted from Shakespeare's Henry VI cycle and Richard III. Henry VI Aug 14,17 (mat),22,23 Edward IV Aug 15,17, 24 (mat) Richard III, His Death Aug 16,18 The Plantagenet Trilogy Aug 19 * = mat and evening more follows > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:10  5/22       BARBICAN THEATRE: The Pit 01-638 8891 The Man of Mode Aug 4,5* George Etherege's witty Restoration comedy sparkles with all the usual ingredients: sexual intrigue,infidelity and fortune hunting in high society. Some Americans Abroad Aug 2,3*,9-11,12* A dark comedy of manners about a group of American academics on a month-long tour of British theatre. Across Oka July 31, Aug 1,7,8,30,31* Robert Holman's play about a Soviet Union nature reserve and an English family's connection with it. The Love of the Nightingale Aug 16-19 A lyric play reworking the ancient Greek myth of Philomele. * = mat and evg more > Reviews Index 620 Videos 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:00  6/22      CAMBRIDGE, Earlham St, WC2 01-379 5299 Theatre dark until September 11 Next production: Return To The Forbidden Planet COMEDY, Panton Street,SW1 01-930 2578 Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Brian Cox and Julie Walters star in Terence McNally's romantic and ribald comedy. more > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:12  8/22      FORTUNE 01-836 2238 The Woman In Black Susan Hill's ghost story builds from a slow start through some very startling moments to an extremely creepy ending! GARRICK, Charing Cross Rd 01-379 6107 Theatre dark Paris Match from Oct 4. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Local Theatre.... 231 (ITV) Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop
P625 ORACLE 625 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:01  9/22      GLOBE, Shaftesbury Ave 01-437 3667 Lettice and Lovage A hilarious plea to preserve our national architecture and a witty study of the two unusual women who lead the campaign. HAYMARKET THEATRE ROYAL 01-930 9832 Veterans Day From 22 August Jack Lemmon and Michael Gambon star in a new American play about three war veterans waiting to meet the US President. more follows > Reviews Guide 620 Video 626 Video World Bookworld Charts Rock/Pop