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First Call

PAUL RHYS stars in the new play by Tom Stoppard (right), The Invention of Love, in which he plays the young AE Houseman. It's a sympathetic portrayal of his life as a failing Oxford student and the college love- affair which spawned his best known work, "A Shropshire Lad". His legacy is as one of this century's best-loved and greatest classical poets. Directed by Richard Eyre.

Haymarket Theatre, Haymarket, London SW1 (0171-930 8800) opens 3 Nov

Last Call

FORMED IN 1992 by a trio of schoolmates, Ash have since completed their A-levels at the cost of a support slot with US rock giants Pearl Jam. Now they are a quartet, with guitarist Charlotte Hatherley joining for their tour in support of a third album. They are warning fans to expect something rockier. "We threw all the rules out the window," says frontman Tim Wheeler.

Guildford Civic Hall, 12 Oct; Folkestone Leas Cliffe Hall, 13 Oct; Cambridge Corn Exchange, 15 Oct; Norwich UEA, 16 Oct; Llangollen International Pavilion, 23 Oct; Hereford Leisure Centre, 28 Oct; Leicester De Montfort Hall, 29 Oct; London Forum, 31 Oct and 1 Nov. Ash tour information: 0115 912126