Newbury's Watermill Theatre is keeping busy on all fronts this autumn. As its Propeller Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Edward Hall, continues in the West End, the Watermill launches a tour of Ade Morris' new play Gigolo and premieres the latest in a line of John Doyle and Sarah Travis musicals, A Star Danced, at its Berkshire home.

Very loosely based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and billed as "a 40-something musical version of Cold Life meets This Life", A Star Danced finds eight old friends meeting up for their annual reunion, at which a revelation unbalances their intertwined relationships.

The cast of actor-musicians features Chris Dickins, Jeremy Harriosn, Rebecca Harrison, Nina Lucking, Karen Mann, Angela Sims, Robert Sterne and Edward York. Written and directed by Doyle, A Star Danced has original music by Travis and is designed by Mark Bailey with lighting by Richard G Jones. It opens tonight (15 September 2003, previews from 10 September) and continues to 25 October.

Meanwhile, Gigolo, which was a hit in Newbury earlier this year, continues on the road, visiting a total of 27 venues, until 25 October. The comedy follows the fortunes of 'resting' actor Mike, his ex-girlfriend Sherry and their cross-dressing gay best friend Paul. Author Morris also directs.

- by Terri Paddock