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LION IN THE STREETS

Canadian Judith (Crackwalker) Thompson's poetic and spooky murder story. Hampstead, NW6 (071-722 9301). Previews 15 April; 19 April.

TELLING TALES / THE STORY OF THE LAST OF THE JUST

Jewish story-telling with music. Arts, Great Newport St, WC2. Opens 20 April.

GHOSTS

Lou Stein directs Ibsen's great play about the legacy of guilt passed from generation to generation. Palace Watford (0923225 671). Opens 21 April.

THE BLIND MEN / DON'T FOOL WITH LOVE

Cheek By Jowl's double bill: Michel de Ghelderode's curtain-raiser is followed by Alfred de Musset's story of tempestuous love. Donmar Warehouse, WC2 (071- 867 1150). Previews 20 April; opens 22 April.

KINDERTRANSPORT

Diane Samuels' (interviewed on these pages last week) award-winning story of nine-year-old Eva, who escaped Nazi oppression by coming to England on one of the Kindertransports before the Second World War. Ticket offer above. Cockpit, NW8 (071 402 5081). Previews; opens 15.

LOVE SONG FOR ULSTER

A trilogy by Bill Morrison, The Marriage, The Son, The Daughter, an Irish history from a Northern perspective. Nicholas Kent directs. Tricycle, Kilburn, NW6 (071- 328 1000). Opens 18 April.

THE TREATMENT

Martin Crimp's (Getting Attention and No one Sees the Video) latest about a woman in Manhattan on the run from her husband. Royal Court. Previews 20 April.

AS YOU LIKE IT

Kate Buffery plays Rosalind in David Thacker's show, transferring from the RSC. Barbican (071-638 8891). Previews 15 April; opens 21 April.

SPRINGBOARDS

Four-week season of five new pieces: The Neighbour, by Meredith Oakes (a music critic for the Independent); Hove, a devised piece directed by David Farr; Baby Doll, a chamber opera by Andrew Poppy; and He Who Saw Everything based on a poem written by an unknown poet 3,500 years ago and in a new verse translation by Robert Temple. Cottesloe, National SE1 (071-928 2252). Open 21 April.

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