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London - Calendar

BESIDES THE COLORFUL PAGEANTRY at Buckingham Palace, Whitechapel and the Tower, the city of London offers a year-round feast of festivals and musical, theatrical and sporting events.

To call numbers listed in this calendar from outside the United Kingdom, you must first dial your country’s international access code, then the U.K.’s country code, 44, then inner London code, 171, or outer London code, 181. (If you’re dialing from within the U.K. but outside of central London, you’ll need to preface the London code with 0—that is, 0171.) If no area code is provided in a calendar listing, then it’s inner London’s—171.

All dates are subject to change and should be confirmed. Further information about upcoming events may be available from the British Tourist Authority. In the U.S., the office is at 551 5th Ave., Suite 701, New York, NY 10176-0799, phone 212-986-2200 or 800-462-2748, fax 212-986-1188; in Canada at 111 Avenue Rd., Suite 450, Toronto, ON M5R 3J8, phone 416-925-6326, fax 416-961-2175; and in Australia at 210 Clarence St., Midland House, 4th Floor, Sydney, NSW 2000, phone 02-9226-1603, fax 02-9267-4442.

Note: For theatrical listings, see the special section at the end of the London calendar.

Throughout The Year


Changing of the Guard. Colorful display by the Queen’s Foot Guards. Daily at 11:30 am (on alternate days in winter) at Buckingham Palace. No ceremonies in very wet weather. Time sometimes changes on days when state events take place.

Changing of the Horse Guards. Monday-Saturday 11 am, Sunday 10 am at Whitehall. Time sometimes changes when state events take place.

Ceremony of the Keys. Lockup nightly (9:35 pm) at the main gate of the Tower of London by the chief warder and an escort of guards. Passes required: Write (two months in advance) to Ceremony of the Keys, 2nd Floor, Waterloo Block, HM Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB, England. Provide name(s), alternate dates, number of passes needed—no more than seven—and an International Reply Coupon and self-addressed envelope.

February 1998


1 FebChinese New Year. Chinatown welcomes year 4696, the Year of the Tiger. Dragon dances, music and street entertainment. Gerrard Street and Leicester Square, WC2, phone 734-5161.

1-8 FebArt Exhibit. “Victorian Faerie Painting.” Works by Reynolds, Blake, Turner and others, reflecting the craze for supernatural subjects in the late 1800s. Final days. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1, phone 439-7438.

1-8 FebPhotography Exhibit. “Bruce Weber.” Portraits of fashion models, U.S. film stars (Leonardo di Caprio, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt) and other celebrities. Final days. National Portrait Gallery, St. Martins Gallery, WC2, phone 306-0055.

3 FebBallet. The Royal Ballet performs Peter and the Wolf: Tales of Beatrix Potter at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1, phone 304-4000.

5-28 FebArt Exhibits. “Henri Cartier Bresson: Europeans.” An exhibit honoring the photographer’s 90th birthday. Also, “Francis Bacon: The Human Body.” A collection of Bacon’s best work on the theme of the body. Both exhibits continue through 5 Apr. Hayward Gallery, South Bank, SE1, phone 928-3144. For advance tickets, call 960-4242.

12, 13 FebContemporary Dance. The Dance Tek Warriors perform. Union Dance Company, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, SE1, phone 960-4242.

12-28 FebArt Exhibit. “Bonnard.” Survey of the work of French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Continues through 17 May. Tate Gallery, Millbank, SW1, phone 887-8000. For advance tickets, call 420-0000.

Throughout FebruaryConcerts. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra perform through May at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1, phone 960-4209. The London Symphony Orchestra performs at Barbican Centre, EC2, phone 638-8891.

Throughout FebruaryOpera. Since the Royal Opera House is closed for restoration, performances by the Royal Opera are held at the Royal Festival Hall, the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Barbican Centre. Season continues through 4 Jul. Call 304-4000 for tickets. The English National Opera’s innovative, theatrical productions take place at The London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2, phone 632-8300.

Throughout FebruaryArt Exhibit. “The Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections.” Presents pieces dating from the 1600s from the collections of England’s regional museums. Continues through 13 Apr. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1, phone 439-7438.

Throughout FebruaryFilm History Exhibit. “Hammer Horror.” The history of horror movies created by the Hammer film studio. Kid-friendly, with a reproduction of Dracula’s castle and Frankenstein’s lab. Final weeks. Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, SE1, phone 401-2636.

Throughout FebruaryAmerican Craftsmanship Exhibits. “The Art of the Harley.” A display of 30 customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Also, “Shaker: The Art of Craftsmanship.” Furniture and other objects from the Shaker community. Both exhibits are part of the Barbican’s “Inventing America” series and continue through 26 Apr. Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, EC2, phone 382-7105.

Throughout FebruaryHistory Exhibit. “Bedlam: Custody, Care and Cure, 1247-1997.” The story of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the oldest hospital for people with mental disorders, on its 750th anniverary. Continues through 15 Mar. Museum of London, London Wall, EC2, phone 600-3699.

Throughout FebruaryArt Exhibit. “Sightings.” The work of a new generation of international artists, influenced by the images of film and advertising and the traditions of documentary photography. Continues through 15 Mar. Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), The Mall, SW1, phone 930-3647.

Throughout FebruaryMedia Exhibit. “The BBC Experience.” The history of British radio and TV broadcasting, with interactive exhibits that permit visitors to forecast the weather and direct a soap opera. Advance reservations recommended. Continues through 31 Mar. Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1, phone 870-603-0304.

March 1998


1-15 MarHistory Exhibit. “Bedlam: Custody, Care and Cure, 1247-1997.” The story of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the oldest hospital for people with mental disorders, on its 750th anniverary. Final weeks. Museum of London, London Wall, EC2, phone 600-3699.

1-15 MarArt Exhibit. “Sightings.” The work of a new generation of international artists, influenced by the images of film and advertising and the traditions of documentary photography. Final weeks. Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), The Mall, SW1, phone 930-3647.

Late March date to be determinedBoat Race. The Oxford vs. Cambridge Universities Boat Race. A popular event taking place annually since 1829 on the River Thames. Crowds gather on the towpaths along the river bank between Putney and Mortlake.

Throughout MarchMedia Exhibit. “The BBC Experience.” The history of British radio and TV broadcasting, with interactive exhibits that permit visitors to forecast the weather and direct a soap opera. Advance reservations recommended. Final month. Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1, phone 870-603-0304.

Throughout MarchConcerts. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra perform through May at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1, phone 960-4209. The London Symphony Orchestra performs at Barbican Centre, EC2, phone 638-8891.

Throughout MarchOpera. Since the Royal Opera House is closed for restoration, performances by the Royal Opera are held at the Royal Festival Hall, the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Barbican Centre. Season continues through 4 Jul. Call 304-4000 for tickets. The English National Opera’s innovative, theatrical productions take place at The London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2, phone 632-8300.

Throughout MarchArt Exhibit. “The Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections.” Presents pieces dating from the 1600s from the collections of England’s regional museums. Continues through 13 Apr. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1, phone 439-7438.

Throughout MarchFilm History Exhibit. “Hammer Horror.” The history of horror movies created by the Hammer film studio. Kid-friendly, with a reproduction of Dracula’s castle and Frankenstein’s lab. Final weeks. Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, SE1, phone 401-2636.

Throughout MarchArt Exhibit. “Bonnard.” Survey of the work of French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Continues through 17 May. Tate Gallery, Millbank, SW1, phone 887-8000. For advance tickets, call 420-0000.

Throughout MarchAmerican Craftsmanship Exhibits. “The Art of the Harley.” A display of 30 customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Also, “Shaker: The Art of Craftsmanship.” Furniture and other objects from the Shaker community. Both exhibits are part of the Barbican’s “Inventing America” series and continue through 26 Apr. Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, EC2, phone 382-7105.

Throughout MarchArt Exhibits. “Henri Cartier Bresson: Europeans.” An exhibit honoring the photographer’s 90th birthday. Also, “Francis Bacon: The Human Body.” A collection of Bacon’s best work on the theme of the body. Both exhibits continue through 5 Apr. Hayward Gallery, South Bank, SE1, phone 928-3144. For advance tickets, call 960-4242.

April 1998


1-5 AprArt Exhibits. “Henri Cartier Bresson: Europeans.” An exhibit honoring the photographer’s 90th birthday. Also, “Francis Bacon: The Human Body.” A collection of Bacon’s best work on the theme of the body. Final days of both exhibits. Hayward Gallery, South Bank, SE1, phone 928-3144. For advance tickets, call 960-4242.

1-13 AprArt Exhibit. “The Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections.” Presents pieces dating from the 1600s from the collections of England’s regional museums. Continues through 13 Apr. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1, phone 439-7438.

1-26 AprAmerican Craftsmanship Exhibits. “The Art of the Harley.” A display of 30 customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Also, “Shaker: The Art of Craftsmanship.” Furniture and other objects from the Shaker community. Final weeks for both exhibits, which are part of the Barbican’s “Inventing America” series. Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, EC2, phone 382-7105.

9-30 AprPoster Exhibit. Explores posters as an art form. Continues through 26 Jul. Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7, phone 938-8500 or 938-8441 (recording).

10 AprGood Friday. Public holiday.

13 AprEaster Monday. Public holiday.

26 AprFlora London Marathon. Starts at Blackheath, finishes at The Mall. Course cuts through the heart of London. Information: 620-4117, fax 620-4208.

Throughout AprilConcerts. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra perform through May at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1, phone 960-4209. The London Symphony Orchestra performs at Barbican Centre, EC2, phone 638-8891.

Throughout AprilOpera. Since the Royal Opera House is closed for restoration, performances by the Royal Opera are held at the Royal Festival Hall, the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Barbican Centre. Season continues through 4 Jul. Call 304-4000 for tickets. The English National Opera’s innovative, theatrical productions take place at The London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2, phone 632-8300.

Throughout AprilArt Exhibit. “Bonnard.” Survey of the work of French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Continues through 17 May. Tate Gallery, Millbank, SW1, phone 887-8000. For advance tickets, call 420-0000.

Throughout AprilFilm History Exhibit. “Hammer Horror.” The history of horror movies created by the Hammer film studio. Kid-friendly, with a reproduction of Dracula’s castle and Frankenstein’s lab. Final weeks. Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, SE1, phone 401-2636.

May 1998


1-17 MayArt Exhibit. “Bonnard.” Survey of the work of French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Final weeks. Tate Gallery, Millbank, SW1, phone 887-8000. For advance tickets, call 420-0000.

1-19 MayFilm History Exhibit. “Hammer Horror.” The history of horror movies created by the Hammer film studio. Kid-friendly, with a reproduction of Dracula’s castle and Frankenstein’s lab. Final weeks. Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, SE1, phone 401-2636.

4 MayMay Day. Public holiday.

6-31 MayArt Exhibit. “Masters of Light: Dutch Painting From Utrecht During the Golden Age.” Paintings by artists working in Utrecht in the 1600s. Continues through 2 Aug. The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2, phone 747-2885.

25 MaySpring Bank Holiday. Public holiday.

Late May dates to be determinedChelsea Flower Show. May well be the premier flower show of the world, boasting designer gardens and spectacular flower displays. Only members are permitted for the first three days. Royal Hospital, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3. Phone 834-4333, fax 630-6060.

Late May dates to be determinedGlyndebourne Festival Opening Week. This prestigious opera festival takes place on a country estate 50 mi/180 km southeast of London. Custom dictates that operagoers wear evening dress. Typically they dine in restaurants on site or picnic on the grounds. Festival extends into August and is extremely popular. Best chance for tickets: Call the box office, phone 1273-812-321, for possible cancellations.

May dates to be determinedShow Jumping. Royal Windsor Horse Show, Home Park, Windsor. Phone 01753-860-633, fax 01753-831-074.

Throughout MayPoster Exhibit. Explores posters as an art form. Continues through 26 Jul. Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7, phone 938-8500, 938-8441 (recording).

Throughout MayConcerts. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra perform at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1, phone 960-4209. The London Symphony Orchestra performs at Barbican Centre, EC2, phone 638-8891. Final month of the 1997-1998 concert season.

Throughout MayOpera. Since the Royal Opera House is closed for restoration, performances by the Royal Opera are held at the Royal Festival Hall, the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Barbican Centre. Season continues through 4 Jul. Call 304-4000 for tickets. The English National Opera’s innovative, theatrical productions take place at The London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2, phone 632-8300.

June 1998


Early June dates to be determinedHorse Racing. Three famous events: the Vodafone Coronation Cup, the Vodafone Oaks Day, and the Vodafone Derby, taking place at Epsom Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey. Information: 01372-470-047.

Early June date to be determinedHorseguards Parade. Military spectacular, with more than 400 musicians participating, including the mounted bands of the Household Cavalry. Whitehall, London SW1. Information: 414-2357, fax 414-2259.

7-30 JunArt Exhibit. “230th Summer Exhibition.” Works by British artists and architects. Continues through 16 Aug. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1, phone 439-7438.

13 JunTrooping the Colour. The Horse Guards Parade is occasioned by the official birthday of the Queen, who receives the salute. 11 am. Whitehall, SW1. Information: 414-2357, fax 414-2352.

Mid June dates to be determinedRoyal Ascot. Top-of-the-class racing and high-class fashion at this annual social event. Royal procession at 2 pm each day when the Royal Party enters. Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, phone 01344-22211.

22-30 JunProfessional Tennis. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, continuing through 5 Jul. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, SW19. Information: 181-946-2244.

Late June dates to be determinedCity of London Festival. Annual arts festival held in some of the city’s most historically interesting structures, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Festival extends to mid July. Information: 377-0540.

Throughout JuneLufthansa Festival. Annual June celebration of baroque 17th- and 18th-century music, performed on ancient instruments. At the Church of St. James, 197 Piccadilly. Phone 434-4003.

Throughout JuneGlyndebourne Festival. This prestigious opera festival takes place on a country estate 50 mi/180 km southeast of London. Custom dictates that operagoers wear evening dress. Typically they dine in restaurants on site or picnic on the grounds. Festival extends into August and is extremely popular. Best chance for tickets: Call the box office, phone 1273-812-321, for possible cancellations.

Throughout JunePoster Exhibit. Explores posters as an art form. Continues through 26 Jul. Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7, phone 938-8500 or 938-8441 (recording).

Throughout JuneArt Exhibit. “Masters of Light: Dutch Painting From Utrecht During the Golden Age.” Paintings by artists working in Utrecht in the 1600s. Continues through 2 Aug. The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2, phone 747-2885.

Throughout JuneOpera. Since the Royal Opera House is closed for restoration, performances by the Royal Opera are held at the Royal Festival Hall, the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Barbican Centre. Season continues through 4 Jul. Call 304-4000 for tickets.

July 1998


1-5 JulProfessional Tennis. Final days of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, SW19. Information: 181-946-2244.

1-26 JulPoster Exhibit. Explores posters as an art form. Final weeks. Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7, phone 938-8500 or 938-8441 (recording).

3, 4 JulOpera. Final performances of the 1997-1998 season. Since the Royal Opera House is closed for restoration, performances by the Royal Opera are held at the Royal Festival Hall, the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Barbican Centre. Call 304-4000 for tickets.

Mid July dates to be determinedShowjumping. Royal International Horse Show. Events include horse-drawn carriages, sidesaddle in period costume, pony and trap racing. All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex, phone 01273-834-315.

Mid July dates to be determinedCity of London Festival. Annual arts festival held in some of the City’s most historically interesting structures, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Final two weeks. Information: 377-0540.

July dates to be determinedHenley Royal Regatta. International rowing event and a big social occasion. Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Information: 01491-572-153, fax 01491-575-509.

Throughout JulyArt Exhibit. “230th Summer Exhibition.” Works by British artists and architects. Continues through 16 Aug. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1, phone 439-7438.

Throughout JulyArt Exhibit. “Masters of Light: Dutch Painting From Utrecht During the Golden Age.” Paintings by artists working in Utrecht in the 1600s. Continues through 2 Aug. The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2, phone 747-2885.

Throughout JulyGlyndebourne Festival. This prestigious opera festival takes place on a country estate 50 mi/180 km southeast of London. Custom dictates that operagoers wear evening dress. Typically they dine in restaurants on site or picnic on the grounds. Festival extends into August and is extremely popular. Best chance for tickets: Call the box office, phone 1273-812-321, for possible cancellations.

Theater Listings


The following productions were in progress or scheduled at the time we went to press. Call to confirm that the play or musical is still being shown. Often shows are extended beyond the booking dates indicated.

Tickets may be ordered through the box office numbers listed or (in the U.S. and Canada) through ticket brokers Keith Prowse or Edwards & Edwards (Globaltickets). To contact Keith Prowse in the U.S., call 212-398-1430 or 800-669-8687, fax 212-302-4251; in London, call 171-379-9901; in Australia, call 02-9964-9911; Web http://www.keithprowse.com. To contact Edwards & Edwards (Globaltickets) in the U.S. and Canada, phone 212-944-0290 or 800-223-6108; in London, call 171-734-4555; in Australia, call 1300-363-163; Web http://www.globaltickets.com.

Half-price tickets for some shows are available (on the day of show only) at the Half-Price Ticket Booth in the clocktower building on the south side of Leicester Square. (Tickets for matinees are sold Tuesday- Sunday starting at noon. For evening shows: Monday-Saturday noon-6:30 pm.)

Amy’s View, drama by David Hare, starring Judi Dench and Samantha Bond (through 18 Apr). Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, WC2, phone 416-6003.

Art, drama about three friends whose relationship is changed when one purchases a work of art (booking to October). Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2, phone 369-1746.

Beauty and the Beast, the Disney musical (booking through 30 May). Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, W1, phone 656-1888.

Blood Brothers, musical drama by Willy Russell (booking through 25 Apr). Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2, phone 369-1733.

Buddy, musical about Buddy Holly. Strand Theatre, Strand, WC2, phone 930-8800.

Camino Real, drama by Tennessee Williams, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (previews 26 Feb, opens 3 Mar, closes 25 Apr). Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1, phone 928-6363.

Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical (booking through 30 May). New London Theatre, Drury Lane, WC2, phone 405-0072 or 404-4079.

Chicago, musical (booking through 18 Apr). Adelphi Theatre, Strand, WC2, phone 344-0055.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), in repertory with The Complete History of America (Abridged), by the Reduced Shakespeare Company (booking through 27 and 23 Apr, respectively). Criterion, Piccadilly Circus, W1, phone 369-1747.

Cyrano de Bergerac, drama by Edmond Rostand, revised by Anthony Burgess (closes 14 Feb). Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, phone 494-5045.

A Delicate Balance, drama by Edward Albee, starring Maggie Smith (booking through 21 Mar). Haymarket Theatre, Haymarket, SW1, phone 930-8800.

Dr. Dolittle, musical based on Hugh Loftus’ stories (opens 17 Jul). Apollo Hammersmith, Queen Caroline Street, phone 416-6022.

Edna: The Spectacle, starring Dame Edna Everage, directed by Alan Strachan (previews 8 Apr, opens 21 Apr). Haymarket Theatre, Haymarket, SW1, phone 930-8800.

Full Fathom Five, drama by Joe Penhall about an aging father losing his grip (previews 2 Apr, opens 8 or 9 Apr, closes 2 May). Donmar Warehouse, Earlham Street, WC2, phone 369-1732.

Girls Night Out, comedy by Dave Simpson (tentatively opens 25 Feb). Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, SW1, phone 834-1317.

Grease, musical (booking through 3 Oct). Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2, phone 494-5054.

Henry VIII, by the Royal Shakespeare Company (previews 11 Feb, opens 18 Feb, closes 21 Mar). Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1, phone 928-6363.

An Ideal Husband, comedy by Oscar Wilde (closes 21 Feb). Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, phone 494-5065.

An Inspector Calls, thriller (booking through 25 Apr). Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2, phone 494-5085.

Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical (booking through Mar 28). Lyceum Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2, phone 656-1800.

The Judas Kiss, drama about the relationship between Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, starring Liam Neeson (previews 12 Mar, opens 19 Mar, closes 18 Apr). The Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, WC2, phone 839-4401.

Les Miserables, musical (booking through 28 Mar). Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, phone 434-0909.

A Letter of Resignation, drama by Hugh Whitmore about the 1963 Profumo scandal (booking through 11 Apr). Comedy Theater, Panton Street, SW1, phone 369-1731.

Martin Guerre, musical adaptation (closes 28 Feb). Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, W1, phone 734-8951.

Miss Saigon, musical (booking through 30 May). Theatre Royale at the Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2, phone 494-5000.

The Mousetrap, the long-running Agatha Christie mystery. St. Martin’s Theatre, West Street, WC2, phone 836-1443.

Oliver! Dickensian musical (closes Feb 21). London Palladium, Argyll Street, W1, phone 494-5020.

The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (booking through 27 Jun). Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, SW1, phone 494-5400.

Popcorn, drama by Ben Elton (booking through 14 Feb). Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, phone 494-5068.

Rent, musical by Jonathan Larson (opens 12 May). Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2, phone 379-5399.

Saturday Night Fever, based on the film, music by the Bee Gees (previews 21 Apr, opens 5 May, booking through 9 Jan 1999). London Palladium, Argyll Street, W1, phone 494-5020.

Scissor Happy, comedy adapted from Sheer Madness (booking through 18 Apr). Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2, phone 494-5075.

Shopping and Fucking, blackly humorous moral fable about dissipated youth (through 14 Mar). Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, phone 494-5041.

Showboat, musical (previews 20 Apr, opens 28 Apr). Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, W1, phone 734-8951.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, revue with music by Leiber and Stoller (booking through 19 Sep). Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, W1, phone 839-5987.

Starlight Express, Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (booking through 26 Sep). Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, SW1, phone 416-6042.

Stepping Out: The Musical, musical about a tap dance teacher and her class (booking through 28 Feb). Albery Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2, phone 369-1730.

Things We Do for Love, drama by Alan Ayckbourn (opens 3 Mar). Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, phone 494-5065.

Uncle Vanya, drama by Anton Chekhov, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (previews 25 Mar, opens 1 Apr, closes 2 May). Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1, phone 928-6363.

The Weir, drama by Conor McPherson (opens 23 Feb). Royal Court Theatre Downstairs (formerly the Duke of York’s), St. Martin’s Lane, WC2H, phone 565-5000.

Whistle Down the Wind, world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (opens 1 Jul). Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, WC2, phone 416-6003.

The Woman in Black, thriller (booking through 2 Apr). Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2, phone 836-2238.