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ROBIN, PRINCE OF SHERWOOD

The musical. Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street, London W1 (071- 867 1118). Opens tonight.

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV

Dostoevsky's novel - part murder mystery, part black comedy - adapted for stage by Gerard McLarnon. Royal Exchange, Manchester (061-833 9333). Previews tonight; opens 4 Feb.

THE OLD COUNTRY

Alan Bennett's analysis of the British and betrayal. With Oliver Ford Davis and Edward de Souza. Palace Theatre, Watford (0923 225671). Opens tonight.

DEATH OF A FAUN

Requiem for Diaghilev by David Pownall (co-founder of Paines Plough). Jane McCulloch directs. The Orange Tree, Richmond (081- 940 3633). Opens tonight.

LE CIRQUE IMAGINAIRE

Victoria Chaplin and Jean Baptiste Thierree in a new show (which includes customary guest appearances from rabbits, doves and a duck). Riverside Studios, W6 (081-748 3354). Previews tonight; opens 4 Feb.

THE TEMPEST

Liz Lochead adapts Shakespeare for children, imagining the story through Miranda's eyes. Unicorn Theatre, Great Newport Street, WC2 (081-836 3334); 6 Feb at 2.30pm.

GREASEPAINT

Frances de la Tour has studied Kabuki for her solo performance of Hisashi Inoue's remarkable piece about a Japanese actor- manager. Lyric Theatre, W6 (081- 741 2311). Previews; opens 9 Feb.

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW

Roel Adam's magical tale for 4 to 7 year-olds, directed by Anthony Clark. Cottesloe, SE1 (071- 928 2252). Previews tonight; press night 4 Feb.

SIMPLES OF THE MOON

Rosalind Scanlon dramatises the tragic life of James Joyce's daughter who was tormented by the voice of her patron saint, Lucia, and committed to a mental institution. Lyric Studio, Hammersmith, W6 (081-741 2311) Previews tonight; opens 4 Feb.

RAISING HELL

Les Miller comedy about a student of the occult who accidentally conjures the spirit of Aleister Crowley, known as the Wickedest Man in the World. Old Red Lion, St John Street, EC1 (071-837 7816). Previews tonight; opens 4 Feb.

QUARTET

Heiner Muller's treatment of Laclos' novel of letters, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Lilian Baylis Theatre, EC1 (071-837 4101). Previews 9 Feb; opens 10 Feb.

NO MAN'S LAND

Paul Eddington, Harold Pinter, Douglas Hodge and Gawn Grainger in the transfer from the Almeida of David Leveaux's production of Pinter's menacing comedy. Comedy Theatre, SW1 (071- 867 1111). Previews; opens 8 Feb.

BIG MAGGIE

A vision of a rural Irish matriarch (played by Gillian Hanna) by Ireland's popular playwright John B Keane (best known for his stage and screen versions of The Field). Birmingham Rep (021-236 4455). Previews; opens 9 Feb.

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