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THE DEVILS

The first British sighting of the magnificent Maly Theatre of St Petersburg's nine-hour adaptation of Dostoyevsky. Glasgow Tramway (041-423 1333). Sat & Sun.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS GOT HER HEAD CHOPPED OFF

A season of Scottish drama kicks off with Liz Lochhead's irreverent, rumbustious re-evaluation of the monarch, directed by David McVicar. Edinburgh Royal Lyceum (031-229 9697). From 17 May.

REET PETITE: THE JACKIE WILSON STORY

Julia Davis's musical based on the life of the singer and songwriter Jackie Wilson, set against the fiery background of the Civil Rights movement of America in the 1960s. Leicester Haymarket (0533 539797). Opens

17 May.

THE BED BEFORE YESTERDAY

Explosively shocking when first staged in 1975, Ben Travers's farce is here revived by Peter Wood, with Brenda Blethyn as the third-time bride and potted-meat heiress who discovers the joys of sex for the first time in late middle age. Almeida, N1 (071-359 4404). Opens 17 May.

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

A major new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's novel of adventures directed in two parts by Braham Murray, with David Threlfall as the vengance-seeking Count. Manchester Royal Exchange (061-833 9333). From 18 May.

PERIPHERAL VIOLENCE

Re-thinking our notions of childhood, Robin Lindsay Wilson's new play explores what leads a child to murder, from the point of view of the child. Mark Ravenhill directs. Cockpit Theatre, NW8 (071-402 5081). Previews from 16 May, opens 18 May.

UNCLE SILAS

Sheridan Le Fanu's Victorian gothic novel of the travails of an orphaned heiress has been adapted and directed by Mike Alfreds for the Cambridge Theatre Company. Lyric, Hammersmith W6 (081-741 8701). Preview 17 May, opens 18 May.

JACK: AN EVENING WITH JOHN BARRYMORE

Nicol Williamson returns to the London stage in his own story of the enfant terrible of the celebrated theatrical Drew-Barrymore dynasty. Criterion, SW1 (071-839 4488). Previews from 16 May, opens 18 May.

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