City theatre's spring treats

SHEFFIELD's Lantern Theatre has announced its spring and summer programme featuring plays by resident theatre group Dilys Guite Players plus professional theatre and variety shows.

Dilys Guite Players kick off the season with a mini Pinter festival in February and March, beginning with A Taste of Pinter. It will feature 12 of Harold Pinter's most popular sketches, monologues and short plays, to showcase the talent and new ideas of upcoming DGP directors. It will be followed in March by a Pinter double bill - The Dumb Waiter and A Slight Ache.

The absurdist theme continues in May with a nine night run of British all-time favourite comedy, Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

It is being produced by the same team which created the successful Much Ado About Nothing last autumn.

All spring and summer the theatre opens to professional companies, including the Cotton Grass Theatre Company and Lantern Theatre first timer Mark Whitely, writer of Thick as Thieves, with his funny new show about fame.

Variety-style musical revue shows include Crimes Against Taste with an Evening of Comic Song in March. Iestyn Edwards's acclaimed variety show My Tutu's Gone AWOL is on in June.

Log on to www.lanterntheatre.org.uk, for call the box office on 07931975149.

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