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BLACKPOOL Alfie To 12 Feb Adam Faith takes on the role that made Michael Caine in this stage version of Bill Naughton's ironic comedy about a Cockney Don Juan who comes a cropper. Faith also directs. Grand Theatre (0253 28372).

BIRMINGHAM The Atheist's Tragedy 11 Feb-5 Mar Anthony Clarke directs Cyril Tournier's dark Jacobean play, with a cast led by Gerard Murphy. Birmingham Rep (021-236 4455).

COVENTRY Measure for Measure 16-19 Feb Celebrated theatre company Cheek by Jowl with a vivid, energetic production of Shakespeare's classic tale of one woman's stand against a corrupt state and ruler. Arts Centre, Univeristy of Warwick (0203 524777).

DUNDEE Sacred Hearts 11-15 Feb Communicado theatre company launches a tour of Sue Glover's new play which tells the story of the prostitutes of Lyon who, in 1975, barricaded themselves into the city's cathedral to escape a serial killer. Dundee Rep (0382 23530).

EDINBURGH To Kill a Mockingbird 11 Feb-5 Mar Harper Lee's novel about racism in 1930s Alabama adapted. Royal Lyceum (031-229 9697).

GLASGOW The Woman In Black To 12 Feb Frank Findlay takes the lead as the lawyer obsessed with an evil curse in this supernatural thriller adapted from Susan Hill's novel. King's Theatre (041 227 5511).

Rope 14-19 Feb Anthony Head of Gold Blend fame stars in Patrick Hamilton's classic chiller made famous by the Hitchcock film. Theatre Royal (041 332 9000).

The Second Mrs Tanqueray To 19 Feb Philip Prowse directs and designs Arthur Wing Pinero's play about repression and hypocrisy. Citizens Theatre (041-429 0022).

LANCASTER Rough Crossing To March 12 Tom Stoppard's comedy set aboard a luxury liner with much water on stage and a new score by Andre Previn. The Dukes (0524 66645).

LEEDS Up'n'Under II To 12 Feb John Godber's sequel to his gritty, ever-popular rugby comedy Up'n'Under. Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse (0532 442111).

LEICESTER East To 26 Feb Steven Berkoff's gritty elegy to the East End melding poety and farce. Haymarket Theatre (0533 539797).

LIVERPOOL King Lear 15 Feb-5 March Kaboodle theatre company launches the new Everyman season of plays with Shakespeare's bleakest tragedy. Everyman Theatre (051 709 4776).

MANCHESTER The Lodger To 26 Feb Award- winning black comedy by Simon Burke about the relationship between a landlord and his mysterious tenant. Royal Exchange, Manchester (061-833 9833).

My Mad Grandad To 12 Feb New play by local writer Mike Stott commissioned for the City of Drama initiative by Oldham Coliseum. The comedy, set in the 1950s, explores the relationship between an eight-year-old boy and his grandfather. Coliseum Theatre, Oldham (061-624 2829).

Racing Demon To 26 Feb The Library theatre company stages the first play in David Hare's excellent trilogy that caused a stir at the National Theatre. A self-contained, stimulating drama about religion. Library Theatre (061 242 2555).

NOTTINGHAM Neville's Island To 19 Feb Tony Slattery gives a fine performance as the nihilistic Gordon in Tim Firth's uproarious comedy about four northern businessmen on a team-building exercise in the Lakes which goes horribly wrong and leads to frank talking and shabby human behaviour. Playhouse (0602 419419).

NEWCASTLE My Mother Said I Never Should 10-12 Feb Not the National Theatre presents Charlotte's Keatley's award-winning play about the lives of four generations of women. Gulbenkian Studio (091 230 5151).

Tales from Hollywood 16-19 Feb Christopher Hampton's black and witty comedy set in wartime Hollywood when the influx of European intellectuals fleeing Nazism hit the sun-soaked boulevards. Gulbenkian Studio (091 230 5151).

PLYMOUTH Wait Until Dark To 19 Feb A new thriller by Carolyn Backhouse about a blind woman involved in drug smuggling and treachery. A suspense-filled evening, directed by Patrick Sandford. Theatre Royal (0752 267222).

SCARBOROUGH Communicating Doors To 26 Feb Alan Ayckbourn's latest comedy relates the strange events in the life of Ms Poopay Dayseer, who opens a door in her hotel bedroom to find herself in a confusing new world. Stephen Joseph Theatre (0723 370541).

SHEFFIELD Return to the Forbidden Planet To 12 Feb Bob Carlton's popular rock'n'roll version of Shakespeare's The Tempest with hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s. Lyceum (0742 769922).

Me and My Girl 14-19 Feb The happy-go-lucky, nostalgic, West End, romantic musical starts its 11 month national tour. Directed by Mike Ockrent. Lyceum (9742 769922).

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON A season of shows from visiting touring companies; performances to next Wednesday are listed.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Aspects of Love 9-12, 14-16 Feb Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit West End romantic musical by the Really Useful Theatre Company.

The Swan: The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol 9-11, 12 (Mat) Feb The celebrated Theatre de Complicite with the premiere of a new show based on a short story by John Berger. The Screwtape Letters 14, 15 Feb Saltmine theatre company with Nigel Forde's adaptation of the C S Lewis novel.

Further details and booking for all theatres on 0789 295623.

WATFORD A Handful of Dust To 12 Feb Mike Alfred directs his own adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's satirical look at the darker side of wartime Mayfair life. Palace Theatre (0923 225671).

WORTHING Tom Jones - A Musical Romp To 12 Feb Mid Wales Touring Theatre's version of Fielding's classic. Connaught (0903 235333).