Theatre: Curtain Calls

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A New Labour MP unseats the local Tory as Labour win the election with a massive victory in Andy de la Tour's nostalgic, hugely agreeable, old- fashioned satire. Excellent performances, especially from Christopher Ravenscroft and Deborah Norton as his Tory wife.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113-244 2111)

Then Again

A sensational cast, namely Sheila Hancock, Desmond Barritt, Neil Mullarkey and someone called Dawn French perform sketches by Howard Schuman, Harold Pinter, Julian Clary (to name but three), with music by Nicolas Bloomfield, in a welcome return to intimate revue directed by Neil Bartlett.

Lyric Hammersmith (0181-741 2311)


Susan Glaspell's fascinating play about idealism and a young woman's passionate belief in progress is, astonishingly, over 75 years old. It's a slow build but the passion burns brightly, largely due to the excellent Lise Stevenson.

Orange Tree, Richmond (0181-940 3633)

Cloud Nine

Caryl Churchill's wise, witty and tremendously touching comedy of sexual behaviour. Rising talent Tom Cairns's strong cast revival stars Marion Bailey, Janine Duvitski, Tim McInnerney and Andrew Woodall.

In rep, the Old Vic, London SE1 (0171-928 7616)

The Mysteries

Katie Mitchell's stirring, poignant staging of a two-part version of the Creation and the Passion has a lovely, elemental spareness. Performed by a manifestly dedicated company, the two productions move, engross and delight throughout.

In rep, RSC Stratford (01789 295623)

The Road to Mecca

The demands of love and friendship acquire an ever-deepening emotional resonance like ripples in a pool in Athol Fugard's intimate, moving play. Ann Mitchell and Helen Schlesinger lead Greg Hersov's inspired cast.

Royal Exchange Manchester (0161-244 2111)