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First Call

HAVING PORTRAYED the illustrious George Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, Adrian Lukis (right) returns to the stage for another sexually active role in Hanif Kureishi's Sleep With Me. Kureishi's first play for 15 years follows a recent novel, Intimacy, and sets about satirically exposing the underlying sexual tensions between some friends on a weekend break. Also part of this sexual tryst are Penny Downie and Jonathan Hyde.

National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-452 3000) from 22 Apr

Last Call

SINCE THEIR appearance at Reading last year, The Afghan Whigs have been surprising long-time fans. Their live gigs this spring will feature tunes from 1965, on which Greg Dullis' bad-boy persona has been replaced with humour and libidinous grooves. Compared by some to early Prince, the Rolling Stones and even Marvin Gaye, their blend of R'n'B, soul, orchestration and sharp lyrics have not yet achieved great chart success, but it can only be a matter of time. Their gigs are few and far between so don't miss out.

Manchester University (0161-832 1111) 11 Mar; King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (0141-221 5279) 13 Mar; Astoria, London W1 (0171-434 0003) 14 Mar