LONDON -- Off-season travel means different things to different
people. In London, it means theater.
The following is a sampling of performances currently running or
planned for this winter:"Antigone," the play by Sophocles, is presented in a new
version directed by Declan Donnellan. After a short regional tour,
it will run indefinitely at the Old Vic Theater starting Oct. 15.
Nearest tube: Waterloo."Art," by Yasmina Reza, deals with what transpires between
friends when one of them buys a work of art. The play, now running
at Wyndham's Theater, won the Best New Comedy Award at both the
1997 Olivier Awards and the 1996 Evening Standard Awards. Nearest
tube: Leicester Square."Comic Potential" is a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. Slated to open
Oct. 13 with an indefinite run, it is set in the "foreseeable"
future when the stars of television sitcoms have been replaced by
"actoids." Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus."Copenhagen" is a new play by Michael Frayn. Set in 1941, it is
about German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who makes a trip to
Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Their work
together had opened the way to the atom, but now they are on
opposite sides of a world war. The production is at the Duchess
Theater until Feb. 5. Nearest tube: Covent Garden."History of America Abridged" is a comedy by Adam Long, Reed
Martin and Austin Tichenor, on stage at the Criterion until March
3. Presented by the Reduced Shakespeare Company with a cast of
three actors, the play is a jaunt through 500 years of American
history. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus."Jane Eyre," Charlotte Bronte's novel, was adapted and directed
by Polly Teale. It is the dramatic story of poor, plain Jane who
falls for the mysterious Mr. Rochester. It runs from Nov. 25 to
Dec. 24 at the New Ambassadors Theatre. Nearest tube: Leicester
Square."Three Days of Rain" is a play by Richard Greenberg. It is a
poignant study of a brother and a sister unravelling the truth
behind their father's death. The play opens Nov. 9 at Donmar
Warehouse and will run until Jan. 22. Nearest tube: Covent
A wealth of information on London's theater scene can be found
on the Web. One site, which offers performance schedules, is www.albemarle-london.com/art.html. The site is
operated by Albemarle of London's West End Theater Guide.