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Based on an original idea by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corbie from the book by John Buchan. This brand new version will be performed by four actors playing a minimum of 150 roles and contains every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium, besides many other favourite cinematic moments, including the memorable and controversial 'stockings and suspenders' scene!
Takes as its basis August Strinberg's 1888 class-struggle Miss Julie, which tells the tale of the passionate but ultimately destructive sexual liaison between a lowly footman and the sexual aristocrat Miss Julie. Marber's contemporary take on the idea moves the action from a Swedish estate at the end of the 19th Century to an English country house in July 1945, on the night of the Labour Party's victory over Winston Churchill's Tories in the General Election.
It's 1943 and finding himself in familiar territory within the English countryside, Charles Ryder confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with Brideshead Manor and with its assortment of eccentric inhabitants. In the acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery's sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel, the past and the present blur as Charles recalls those heady days at Brideshead and Lord and Lady Marchmain along with their offspring, Julia, Cordelia and Sebastian Flyte re-emerge...
Five interlinked one-act plays dealing with the human dilemma of loneliness Mother Figure, a disastrous fete (Gosforth's Fete, an unsuccessful seduction attempt Drinking Companion, a fraught dinner encounter Between Mouthfuls and the final play A Talk In the Park sums up, with five self-immolated characters on park benches.
60th Anniversary production
Ten years after their family is torn apart, two estranged sisters meet. Carmen now sings Country and Western in a cheap night-club; Manon is devout, reclusive and haunted by the past. As they struggle to reconcile their versions of what happened back in 1961, we listen in on their parents, Marie-Lou and Leopold, as breakfast goes downhill and arguments intensify on the morning of the tragedy. Told in a form that is utterly unique, this brilliantly witty, imaginative and perceptive exploration of a chronically dysfunctional family is widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of Canadian drama.
The true (?) story of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, being accused of having an affair with a married man. She sues for slander. But will her husband, John Hall discover what really happened one summer night in the herbal garden. Won Peter Whelan the Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year award, 1997.
Seventeen years ago, Murray fled the neighbourhood under somewhat of a cloud and certain local folk have long memories, not least Alice, the mayor, whom he left standing at the alter. Indeed few of his friends, once the welcome flags have stopped waving and the town band has ceased playing, seem particularly happy to see him back. Murray's declared intention of staying put and settling down with his new bride threatens to stir up all sorts of old rivalries and resentments. Suddenly the couple, in search of peace, find themselves once more in the firing line.
60th Anniversary Productions
King Lear divides his Kingdom between his daughters according to a declaration of their love for him. His eldest Goneril and Regan exaggerate their affection and inherit. His youngest daughter Cordelia speaks only the truth and is banished. So begins the tragedy of King Lear, whose dignity, sanity and finally life are torn from him by a self-seeking younger generation, ambitious for his power. What is love, what is madness, what is truth - Shakespeare explores these questions together with many others in King Lear, widely considered to be his greatest tragedy.
A lonely girl is taken to live in her grandma's airless flat where the windows are shut tight. Her memories of seagulls and sand dunes begin to fade in the silence. One night a handmade kite comes to life and heralds the start of a wild adventure and the chance to find what seemed lost forever. Inspired by stories such as The Snowman and The Red Balloon, Kite is a play without words, with originally composed music, dance, puppetry, and of course kites.
Kite is a poignant love-song to the wind, freedom and the joy of play for audiences of all ages.
A bar in the Rue de Tournon, Paris. It's 2am - closing time - but two street performers persuade a tired landlady to give them one 'last' drink and to hear their story. 'Listen.... It is springtime, here in Paris, and under one of the bridges that cross the river Seine sleeps Andreas...that is his name, Andreas...' Three performers, one puppet, a ukulele and an accordion, songs, dance, a bar, the night, a drink or two... and The Legend of the Holy Drinker.
Based on the novella by Joseph Roth.
On a midsummer's night Hermia and her lover Lysander flee from Athens and Demetrius - the man Hermia's father favours as a son-in-law. Demetrius follows, pursued by Helena who loves him in spite of being spurned in favour of Hermia. On the same night Bottom and his friends leave Athens to find somewhere quiet to rehearse their play which is to be performed at the wedding feast of Duke Theseus. Drawn into the woods they enter a world of magic, mystery and wonder.
A divorced couple are reunited whilst honeymooning with their second spouses. Moonlight on the Mediterranean - a beautiful young woman drifts onto a hotel balcony. A young man joins her. They embrace, drink in the scene. This is a dream of a honey moon come true. They part. The young man is alone. A band plays. On the next balcony another young woman appears. She sings a song. The young man gives a horrified gasp and freezes. He knows that tune only too well. And he knows that voice. He used to be married to it.
One location. Three strangers at a turning point... And a fishing rod. Set on a secluded bank of the River Avon, Reel Life explores the delicate line between fact and fiction - and what happens to the course of our lives when that line is crossed.
Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fianc?e and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide after the opening night of her stage debut. On the anniversary of that ill fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. But as the reading begins, it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and his new play is a devious cat and mouse chase to uncover her killer...
A timeless adventure and a mesmerizing story of childhood. Everyone has heard of the small boy who dares to ask for more, but do you know the original story of Oliver Twist? Packed full of surprises for a modern audience, Red Earth's adaptation of Charles Dickens' masterpiece recreates a colourful cast of larger than life characters on stage. Presented in the style of Victorian music hall, with speciality acts and variety entertainments, Red Earth's production brings Oliver's story vividly to life for children and grown-ups. Seized by Fagin, saved by Brownlow, snatched back by Fagin and once again retrieved, this boy's tale of suspense and dark deeds is told with high spirits and great good humour.
As Alice and Ben settle into their beautiful new flat they realise that the family across the hall hope to be more than just good neighbours. Soon, Juliette, Giles, and their son Francis are wearing out the welcome mat; suggesting drinks, hors d'oeuvres and dancing. When innocent invitations lead to passionate encounters and unsettling revelations., things take a distinct turn for the weird. This thrilling dark comedy walks a delicate line between playful laughter and anxiety, teasing its audience with an increasing air of psychological suspense.
The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular!
Romeo and Juliet- the greatest love story ever told? Or a fairytale that went wrong? This explosive one hour production of Shakespeare's masterpiece brings the classic tragedy to a younger audience in a stylized format that is both exciting and accessible in a tale of love and loss of innocence.
Originally produced as part of the Theatre Machine's New Writing Workshops, 1997. It's 1975; the Sunday night shift in a Yorkshire bread factory. Seven men come together to bake enough bread to feed the entire population of Hull. It's just another Sunday. Nellie's so worn down from a lifetime of bread making he loses his vest in the dough; the First Over Man's on a promise; the oven's are cranked up and the wholemeal is pleasingly large going in . But there's a spanner in the works which threatens bread production in Hull for good and life as they know it for the men on the shift.
Where there's a Will, there's a play... Who really wrote the Complete Works? Bill, Will or William? Saxpere, Shaxberd or Shakespeare? Or someone else entirely? A crack company of players gets to the bottom of the Bard Problem. Cue cross-dressing, mistaken identities, theatrical ghosts, kings, queens, rude mechanicals and exits pursued by a bear. A tragical-comical-historical-pastoral tale in celebration of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary.