Los Angeles The American Film Institute's AFI Fest (Nov. 1–11; 866/234-3378; afi.com). Tinseltown's longest- running festival showcases work by well-established and not-so-established filmmakers, and includes nightly red-carpet premieres. The theaters themselves are part of the draw, with screenings held at Sunset Boulevard's ArcLight complex, inside the space-age Cinerama Dome, a geodesic cinema built in 1963.
Morocco Marrakesh International Film Festival (Nov. 3–Dec. 8; festivalmarrakech.info). Morocco and the movies go way back—the country has provided scenery and extras for countless toga-and-sandals epics—but the allure of its top-tier film festival, which has attracted Martin Scorsese, Catherine Deneuve, and Monica Bellucci, has just as much to do with the destination as with the Seventh Art.—D.H.
London All About My Mother Old Vic (through Nov. 24; 44-20/870-060-6628; oldvictheatre.com). Diana Rigg and Lesley Manville star in Samuel Adamson's adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's 1999 Academy Award–winning masterpiece that follows a woman's return from grief with the help of other women on the edge.
New York Black Watch St. Ann's Warehouse (Oct. 20–Nov. 11; 718/254-8779; stannswarehouse.org). The National Theatre of Scotland's production, based on interviews with members of the elite Scottish regiment sent to Iraq as part of the British forces, was the sensation of last year's Edinburgh Festival. Rock 'N' Roll Bernard Jacobs Theatre (opens Nov. 4; 212/477-7400; telecharge.com). The three principal members of the original London cast, Rufus Sewell, Brian Cox, and Sinéad Cusack, reprise their roles in Tom Stoppard's drama about Czecho-slovakian politics from 1967 to 1990. Young Frankenstein Hilton Theatre (opens Nov. 8; 866/448-7849; ticketmaster.com). It's alive! Mel Brooks returns to Broadway with his own musical adaptation of his celebrated 1974 movie. Susan Stroman, who staged The Producers, directs a cast that includes Tony Award winners Roger Bart, Sutton Foster, and Shuler Hensley, and television actress Megan Mullally.
Washington, D.C. Tamburlaine Harman Center for the Arts (Oct. 28–Jan. 6; 877/487-8849; shakespearetheatre.org). The renowned Shakespeare Theatre Company, headed by Michael Kahn, inaugurates the Sidney Harman Hall theater in its new home with a festival devoted to the works of Christopher Marlowe, kicked off by the dramatist's richly poetic, deeply ironical exploration of the glory found in war.
Minneapolis King Lear/ The Seagull Guthrie Theater (Oct. 5–14; 612/377-2224; guthrietheater.org). Director Trevor Nunn and the Royal Shakespeare Company bring on their touring repertory production of two classic plays, then take them to Los Angeles's UCLA Live (Oct. 19–28). Ian McKellen doubles up, too—playing the aged monarch Lear in Shakespeare's stark tragedy and the elderly, ailing estate owner Sorin, in Chekhov's tragicomedy. —Bill Rosenfield