Theatre: First Call, Last Call

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First Call

THREE TEENAGERS are involved when a man is badly hurt at a restaurant, but only one gets sent to jail. After this inauspicious beginning to Robert Holman's play Bad Weather, the unexpected arrival of a foreign visitor leads to strange and surprising revelations for some of the people involved. This world premiere of Holman's gripping work stars Susan Brown, Susan Engel, Emma Handy and Ryan Pope.

The Pit Theatre, Barbican Centre, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) opens 19 Jan

Last Call

ON THE back of their recent hit, "Perfect Ten", The Beautiful South's 1999 arena tour has already begun to sell out. With their orchestral gestures, great choruses and Paul Heaton's fine soul voice, The Beautiful South (right) exemplify all that is good in modern pop music. The first dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield have sold, out so book early to avoid disappointment.

Exeter Westpoint (0990 321321) 16 Apr; Cardiff Arena (01222 224488) 20 Apr; Newcastle Arena (0191-401 8000) 21 Apr; Glasgow SECC (0141-287 7777) 22 Apr; Manchester Arena (0161-930 8000) 24 & 25 Apr