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BASINGSTOKE Murder Once Done To 16 Apr Thriller by Richard (Stepping Out) Harris - a professional woman recovering from a car accident begins to question which of her friends she can trust. Haymarket (0256 465566).

BRISTOL The Hairy Ape To 23 Apr Eugene O'Neill's expressionist experiment is set in the stoking room of a luxury liner, and tells of the stokers who define themselves by their strength. Theatre Royal (0272 24388).

CHELTENHAM The Sound of Music To 23 Apr Everybody's favourite weepie brought to the stage, with Maria Kesselman as the melodious nun. Everyman (0242 572573).

COVENTRY Hayfever 8-30 Apr Noel Coward's study of eccentricity, directed by Rumu Sen- Gupta. Belgrade (0203 553055)

DERBY An Evening with Gary Lineker To 23 Apr Arthur Smith and Chris England's footballing comedy set in Majorca during the 1990 World Cup. Playhouse (0332 363275).

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me 7-30 Apr Frank McGuinness' hostage drama set in a Beirut basement directed by Jonathan Church. Playhouse Studio (0332 363275).

DUNDEE Long Day's Journey into Night 8-30 Apr Eugene O'Neill's searing exposure of family life directed by Richard Baron. Dundee Rep (0382 23530).

EDINBURGH Mongrel's Heart 8-30 Apr Bill Paterson plays the mongrel given a human brain in Bulgakov's black political satire. Royal Lyceum (031-229 9697).

The Hope Slide To 16 Apr. Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod's portrait of a woman torn between the desire to rebel and the need for acceptance. Traverse (031-228 1404).

Brothers of Thunder To 17 Apr New play by Ann Marie Di Mambro confronts the Church's attempts to remain meaningful in the modern world. Traverse (031-228 1404).

GLASGOW The Man Who . . . 12-23 Apr Peter Brook's compassionate and highly praised adaptation of Oliver Sacks' neurological case studies. Tramway (041-227 5511).

Salome To 30 Apr Oscar Wilde's study of erotic obsession directed and designed by Jon Pope. Citizens Circle Studio (041-429 0022).

In Quest of Conscience To 23 Apr Robert David MacDonald directs his own adaptation of the book of interviews with Nazi death camp commandant Franza Stangl by Gitta Sereny. Citizens Stalls Studio (041-429 0022).

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou 8-17 Apr A new Scots translation by Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay of Michel Tremblay's story of two nights, 10 years apart. Tron Theatre (041-552 4267).

HULL Passion Killers 8 Apr-14 May John Godber's latest sees two middle-aged golfers struggle with consciences, libidos and youthful rivals. Hull Truck (0482 23638).

LEATHERHEAD The Miracle Worker To 9 Apr William Gibson's play stars Jenny Seagrove. Thorndike (0372 377677).

LEEDS The Merchant of Venice To 23 Apr Jude Kelly directs Nichola McAuliffe as Portia. West Yorkshire Playhouse (0532 442111).

LEICESTER The Queen and I To 16 Apr Sue Townsend's post-monarchist comedy, directed by Max Stafford-Clark and with Pam Ferris as the Queen. Haymarket (0533 539797).

MANCHESTER What the Butler Saw 7 Apr-7 May Joe Orton's psychiatric clinic comedy directed by Robert Delamere. Royal Exchange (061-833 9333).

Lady Windermere's Fan To 9 Apr Rough Magic Theatre's acclaimed production of Wilde's play directed by Lynne Parker. Library Theatre (061- 236 7110).

The Threepenny Opera 13 Apr-7 May Brecht and Weill's musical play in a new version by Robert David MacDonald, directed by Annie Castledine and with Josette Bushell-Mingo. Contact (061- 274 4400).

MOLD HRH 8-30 Apr Snoo Wilson's new play demystifies the post-abdication lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, with Maria Aitken as Wallis and David Yelland. Theatr Clwyd (0352 756331).

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE The Man Who . . . To 9 Apr Peter Brook's highly praised adaptation of Oliver Sacks' neurological case studies. Playhouse (091-232 3421).

NORTHAMPTON The Party's Over 8-30 Apr Set in a secure hostel for girls in trouble, Alan Bleasdale's 1970s play has been updated by the author. Royal Theatre (0604 32533).

NOTTINGHAM Pygmalion To 23 Apr Josie Lawrence stars as Eliza in Pip Broughton's production designed by Geraldine Pilgrim. Playhouse (0602 419419).

SCARBOROUGH Communicating Doors To 9 Apr Alan Ayckbourn's comedy thriller set in a hotel. Stephen Joseph (0723 370541).

Haunting Julia 13-16 Apr The mysterious death of a musical prodigy 15 years before continues to haunt her father, in Alan Ayckbourn's latest, directed by himself. Stephen Joseph (0723 370541).

SOUTHAMPTON Dr Faustus To 13 Apr Patrick Sandford directs Christopher Marlowe's study of wilful damnation. Nuffield Theatre (0703 671771).

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Royal Shakespeare Company: performances to next Wednesday are listed.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Macbeth To 23 Apr Adrian Noble's disappointing Macbeth with Derek Jacobi and Cheryl Campbell. Mon-Sat 7.30, Wed & Sat 2.30. New season begins 2 May.

The Swan: Wildest Dreams To 9 Apr Alan Ayckbourn's cruel and funny study of everyday desperation transfers from London. Mon-Sat 7.30, Wed & Sat 2.30. New season begins 27 April.

The Other Place: Theatre dark. New season begins 19 May.

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WATFORD The Return of A J Raffles To 23 Apr Graham Greene's much-loved villain is played by Brian Protheroe. Directed by Deborah Shaw. Palace Theatre (0923 25671).

WINDSOR Arsenic and Old Lace To 30 Apr Joseph Kesselring's comic tale of batty old ladies and good works gone to the bad. With Jean Boht, Josephine Tewson and Steven Pacey. Theatre Royal (0753 853888).