The Things We Do For Love
Jane Asher returns to the West End stage to play Barbara, the resolutely single heroine of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy about the torments and troubles that affairs of the heart can bring. This is Ackbourn's 52nd play, and he will direct this London premiere himself. Serena Evans and Steven Pacey play the school friend and fiancee whose arrival in the flat above Barbara's disrupts her life, and that of her curiously cheerful downstairs neighbor, Gilbert. Previews from Feb. 26, opens March 3 at the Gielgud Theatre. Tickets and info: (0171) 494-5065.
I Am Yours
The Shared Experience troupe takes a break from adapting heavyweight classical novels for the stage to premiere this new work, from acclaimed Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, at the Court. I Am Yours tells of two sisters, beautiful Dee and love-starved Marcy, who are thrown back together when they separate from their partners and are then forced to examine their troubled and unequal past when Dee falls for a strange young man. Nancy Meckler directs a cast including Lynda Baron, Kerry Fox, and Geraldine Somerville. Previews from Friday, Feb. 20; opens Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. Tickets and info: (0171) 565-5000.
This revival, which premiered last year in Stratford, is about a series of heroic and romantic figures grouped together in a hotel to contemplate their lost youth. The actors, who are described as strolling through William's dream- like 1957 vista of disappointment and disillusionment, include Susannah York as Marguerite Gaultier, Peter Egan as Casanova, Jeffry Wickham as Don Quixote, and Leslie Phillips as the linen-suited Gutman. Previews begin Thursday, Feb. 26; opens Tuesday, March 3 at the Young Vic Theatre. Information and tickets: (0171) 928-6363.
Girls Night Out
Described as a "raunchy comedy" this show follows the fortunes of a hen-night party and a troupe of male strippers over the course of one night in club. The script is by Dave Simpson and ths show contains 40 musical numbers. The production is directed by Carole Todd and the cast includes Diana Davies. Ten weeks only, starting Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Tickets and info: (0171) 834-1317.
Think No Evil Of Us
This one-man show by Dave Benson: a portrait of a tortured comedian, as taken from his own diaries and letters. The show is descibed as funny and uncanny with touching insights into the comic's life. Twenty performances starting Monday, Feb. 23 to Saturday, March 14 at the Vaudeville Theatre. Tickets and info: (0171) 836-9987. -- By Andrea Prince