Theatre: First Call, Last Call

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First Call

FIVE YEARS AGO, the Happy Mondays, a band well known for their excesses, broke up acrimoniously amid lurid controversy. However, all differences appear to have been put aside as frontman Shaun Ryder and the rest of the group are reunited for a series of dates this summer. It'll be a nostalgic treat for many, as the band were at the forefront of the second summer of love, acid house and the great rock and dance explosion of 1988.

Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester (0161-832 1111) 23 Apr; SECC Glasgow (0141-248 3000) 24 Apr; Brixton Academy, London SW9 (0171-924 9999) 27-28 Apr

Last Call

BEFORE DAME JUDI DENCH (right) jets off for Broadway, try to see her in one of the last West End performances of Filumena. While the play has had a mixed reception, most reviewers, including The Independent's Paul Taylor, were impressed by Dench's powerful performance. Playing alongside Michael Pennington in Sir Peter Hall's production of de Filippo's Neapolitan drama, she shines as the Italian ex-prostitute trying to secure a father for her children. Catch her if you can.

Piccadilly Theatre, London W1 (0171-369 1734) tonight to 27 Feb

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