The Sunday Preview: Theatre

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Cyrano de Bergerac (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 071-930 8800, opens tommorrow). Robert Lindsay leads as the nasally disadvantaged Frenchman in a new version by John Wells.

The Gift of the Gorgon (The Pit, 071- 638 8891, now previewing, opens Wed). Greek myth meets the modern-day tale of a volatile writer and his wife, played by Michael Pennington and Judi Dench, in Peter Shaffer's world premiere. Directed by Peter Hall.

Hamlet (Barbican, 071-638 8891, now previewing, opens Fri). Dane No 4 for Kenneth Branagh, acclaimed for his past readings of the prince as hell-raiser rather than introvert. Adrian Noble directs. Jane Lapotaire plays Gertrude.

Misery (Criterion, 071-839 4488, now previewing, opens Thurs). Bill Paterson has landed another psychological thriller for his return to the West End where he was last seen in Death and the Maiden. He plays a romantic novelist ensnared by Sharon Gless (from Cagney and Lacey) in this adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller.

Madness in Valencia (Gate, 071-229 0706, opens Tues). Inspired by the

playwright's own lovesickness, Lope de Vega's play of 1607 examines the links between passionate love and insanity.


One of the great RSC productions of 1992, Richard III with Simon Russell Beale, will be visiting London in the New Year for a short run (071-867 1150, 14 Jan to 20 Feb).