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Henry IV, Part One | Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

The Infornmation on `Macbeth'

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Theatre: A killing combination

Director Greg Doran and Antony Sher have proved to be a formidable RSC double-act. How will their relationship, both on- and off-stage, affect Macbeth?

Before the week is out...Watch this

IF YOU'RE after a (bite-sized) slice of high culture on the cheap, Birmingham is the place to head to this week. The Royal Shakespeare Company, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet are among the 80 organisations performing free on the city's streets as part of Artsfest 99. Each performance lasts only 30 minutes so you can enjoy a little of everything, from jazz to a live link-up to the Proms. Just the ticket for the short-attention-span generation.

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The Information on : `Antony and Cleopatra'

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Festival: Theatrefair 99

Ever fancied yourself as a Shakespearean swashbuckler, or harboured a desire to test your tonsils on one of Bill's seminal speeches? This five-day festival is packed with workshops, tours and demonstrations enabling you to share in the magic of the theatre - and perhaps create a little of your own. In Sword Play, for instance, director Terry King deconstructs a stage fight to explain its choreography, while in Finding Your Voice, Andrew Wade, the head of the RSC Voice Department, will provide tips on using your voice effectively in performance. Sessions are pounds 2.50 and there are many free events running throughout the festival. A career desk will also be on hand to point aspiring thesps in the right direction.

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Going Out: Event Brighton Festival

Aah -- the sun glinting off the Brighton Dome and the stucco of the Regency terraces, the sea slapping the pebbles on the beach... And this bank holiday weekend you have an extra reason to head for the south coast: the 33rd Brighton Festival. Today sees the start of more than three weeks of top-quality entertainment, from artists as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Siobhan Davies Dance Company, composer Jonathan Harvey, the Michael Nyman Band and many more. There will also be events for jazz, literature, film and electronic media fans, with the Streets of Brighton strand from Thursday to Sunday 9 May offering free theatre, clowning, dance and story-telling.

Sir Nigel to play `Lear' in Japan

SIR NIGEL Hawthorne is to star as King Lear in a production of the play by the Japanese director, Yukio Ninagawa.

THE INFORMATION on; 'Tales from Ovid'

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Arts: Unchanging appeal

Ovid's tales of dizzying change have themselves been endlessly adapted. Now Ted Hughes's version of `Metamorphoses' is reassessed for the stage. Paul Taylor looks at a classic text with an unvarying attraction

Titania is `too sexy' for schools

THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company yesterday issued a warning to primary schools yesterday that its latest production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is "too adult" for young children.

First black Othello at RSC since Robeson

THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company actor Ray Fearon is to become the first black actor to play Othello on the RSC's main stage in Stratford- upon-Avon since the American actor and singer Paul Robeson in 1959.

Obituary: Bob Peck

BOB PECK was an "unstarry" actor who brought a compelling integrity and authority to his many screen and stage roles. Even after reaching a wide audience in the highly praised television nuclear thriller Edge of Darkness, the Yorkshireman remained shy and glad to be low-profile, preferring to get on with performing rather than giving interviews.
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