New plays from Tom Stoppard and David Hare will mark Richard Eyre's departure from the National, while the old triumvirate of Alan Bates (star), Simon Gray (author) and Harold Pinter (director) have a new West End drama called Life Support due in August. Elsewhere, Mark Rylance is Henry V for director Richard Olivier at the Shakespeare Globe opening; and Ben Kingsley and Alan Howard are in the Old Vic Waiting for Godot directed by Peter Hall. From The Great White Way, though the Tyne Daly Gypsy seems to have faded from the schedules, she has recently been over here for a BBC Radio concert recording of Anything Goes. Stratford promises Antony Sher for a September Cyrano de Bergerac; and diva-spotters can find at Chichester this summer stage glimpses of Leslie Caron, Kathleen Turner (as Tallulah Bankhead yet) and Julie Christie.
-- By Sheridan Morley