Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd isn't just paying lip service to the notion of new work. In addition to an annual New Work Festival, due to kick off in Stratford in autumn 2004 (See News, 30 Sep 2003), there are other premieres in development. Hopes are riding high for one, the intriguingly titled Three Women and a Piano Tuner, which is being workshopped this week at the West End's Comedy Theatre. We can't yet reveal much about the story of the new play by Helen Cooper - which, though so far unproduced, has already been a finalist in the American Susan Smith Blackburn Awards, for female dramatists - but, if the three women who've been coaxed into the workshop line-up are anything to go by, it'll be a good 'un. They are Joanna Pearce, Juliet Stevenson and this year's Olivier Award-winning Best Actress Clare Higgins. All going to plan, Three Women and a Piano Tuner could come straight into London in 2004.