Shakespeare does seem to be all the rage in the West End at the moment, with seasons about to get underway at the Open Air and Shakespeare's Globe, new artistic director Nicholas Hytner's Adrian Lester-led Henry V readying at the National, and the Old Vic's string of bard "blockbusters" continuing this summer - after Derek Jacobi's Tempest and Timothy West's King Lear - with the Royal Shakespeare Company's double bill of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Coriolanus (See News, 21 Mar 2003). Interestingly, we now hear that the Tobacco Factory is in discussions to mount its own five-week Shakespearean season in London in autumn 2004. Over the past fortnight, critical praise for the small Bristol-based company's As You Like It has markedly eclipsed that for the RSC's current offering of the same comedy. And where does the Tobacco Factory want to set up in the capital? At the Barbican Centre, which the RSC infamously vacated in haste last summer.