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SHAKESPEARE'S Richard III may not be historically accurate, but it is very popular with actors and audiences alike. Among those who have queued up to play the deformed and evil villain in the past are theatrical giants such as John Barrymore and Laurence Olivier. Now it's the turn of Robert Lindsay (right) to don the hunchback.

Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire (01789 295623) from 27 Oct to 14 Nov

Last Call

THE EPONYMOUSLY titled debut album from Rialto was delayed due to contractual problems. However, it shouldn't be long before they fill teen walls and adult record collections. Poster friendly, smart-suited with a penchant for brooding lyricism and spirited melodies the six-piece band are on tour this month.

London Criterion (0171-287 0932) 28 Sept; Norwich Waterfront (01223 511511) 30 Sept; The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 1 Oct; The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (01705 863911) 12 Oct; Cardiff Coal Exchange (01222 230130) 14 Oct; Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (01902 552121) 24 Oct