First Call, Last Call
Wednesday 03 March 1999
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL run in Stratford, Antony Sher (right) transfers to the Barbican in Gregory Doran's critically-acclaimed version of The Winter's Tale. Sher convincingly captures the spirit of Shakespeare's deranged King Leontes, as he first cavorts about in a whirlwind of jealous tyranny before trying to atone for his misdemeanours. Ian Hughes provides light relief as Autolycus while Emily Bruni and Alexandra Gilbraith portray the king's daughter and wife with style.
Barbican, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) until 6 May
HAVING RECENTLY won a prestigious Laurence Olivier award, Terry Johnson's production of Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick is enjoying the last weeks of its tour. Endorsed by Carry On star Babara Windsor, Christopher Fairbank, Samantha Spiro, Adam Gadley and others have gone from strength to strength, giving a grittily illuminating portrait of life behind the scenes of the Carry On films. Sometimes bawdy, sometimes brash, often ludicrous, this work still manages to be moving. If you haven't seen it yet, do.
Newcastle Theatre Royal (0191-232 0997) to 6 Mar; Bath Theatre Royal (01225 448844) 8-13 Mar
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