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First Call

ALANIS MORISSETTE (right) will perform five UK concerts in July. Since she signed to Madonna's Maverick label, Morissette has transformed herself from Canadian teen pop star to 1990s adult icon, forming an impressive songwriting team with Glen Ballard. The tour follows the 1998 release of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, and her loyal fans will no doubt fill the stadium venues with ease.

Telewest Arena, Newcastle (0191-401 8000) 6 Jul; Evening News Arena, Manchester (0161-930 8000) 8 Jul; NEC, Birmingham (0121-780 4133) 9 Jul; Wembley Arena, London (0181-902 8833) 14-15 Jul

Last Call

ADAPTED FOR the stage from Victoria Wood's TV drama, Pat and Margaret focuses on the life and loves of two northern sisters, characters originally played by Julie Walters and Wood herself. Pat (Christine Mackie) is the star of an American soap, has three houses, a pool and a convertible. Margaret (Christine Moore) lives in a bedsit and works in a motorway cafe. This poignant play explores the lives of two very different women.

Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton (01204 520661) to 20 Feb