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Who in their right mind would go out taxi-ing on a Christmas Eve if they didn't have to? You're looking at him - Belfast taxi man Mackers is driving the last cab in the entire city on Christmas Eve. He has no choice but to keep his head while all around are losing theirs - drinking themselves into oblivion and having family rows in a way that we do during this season of good will. The dark side of Christmas that lurks beneath the tinsel and happy families is hilariously and poignantly revealed.
Danske Bank Stage
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. I made a decision. I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.
Ulster's most dysfunctional TV family.
They'll all be there, Ma, Da, Cal, Dympna, Billy, Uncle Andy and the lovably menacing Pastor Begbie (Paddy Jenkins). Da is planning a spectacular commemoration of the 1916 Rising - unless Ma drags him over to London to meet the Queen to pick up her OBE. Uncle Andy digs in to Ulster's glorious past only to find out that his great-great-Uncle Andy was known as the Coward of the Kneebreakers who spent the entire First World War hiding in the attic of Ulster's dodgiest drinking den. Expect a laugh out loud show with topical humour, up to the minute satire, and stand-up from Tim McGarry.
A peaceful tale of bombings, guns, punishment beatings and riots. Lots of riots. Meet Karen Reid, an East Belfast community worker trying to navigate her way through the uneasy peace; from the 1994 ceasefires and Good Friday Agreement to the Chuckle brothers and flag protests. Things get even more bizarre when she meets a darts-playing looper, Fireball, from ?the other side'. While Karen fervently believes in a new Northern Ireland, some of her nearest and dearest aren't so keen. She soon realises that sometimes to win peace, you must be a warrior.
From the team who brought you The History of the Troubles...Accordin' to my Da comes the belting new comedy, The History of the Peace...Accordin' to my Ma!
Mrs Brown is excited because her son, Trevor, whom she has not seen in five years, has promised to pay a Christmas visit home. However, daughter Cathy returns from her trip to America with unwelcome news. But who will tell Mammy? Rory Brown is distraught because his partner, Dino, has tried to drown him, Mark and Betty do their best to keep everyone calm, while nobody is sure what to do about Winnie's big box or grandad's little hamster. Questions need answers, for instance Will Agnes get the Virgin Mary gig? What is Cathy's big secret? Which of the Browns is not a Brown? Why does grandad keep going out of the bedroom window? Why is Buster learning to be a penguin? What the feck is going on!?
Contains strong language.
8 DECEMBER - 12 DECEMBER
ODYSSEY ARENA, BELFAST
16 JUNE - 20 JUNE
MOTORPOINT ARENA CARDIFF, CARDIFF
1 DECEMBER - 5 DECEMBER
SHEFFIELD MOTORPOINT ARENA, SHEFFIELD
24 NOVEMBER - 28 NOVEMBER
LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA, LIVERPOOL
9 JUNE - 13 JUNE
METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
15 DECEMBER - 19 DECEMBER
23 JUNE - 27 JUNE
LEEDS ARENA, LEEDS
16 SEPTEMBER - 16 SEPTEMBER
THE HYDRO, GLASGOW
7 JULY - 11 JULY
THE O2 ARENA, OUTER LONDON
When Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family investigating the suicide of a poor young local woman his startling revelations shatter the very foundation of their lives. As the Inspector asks insinuating questions it becomes clear that they all bear guilt for the destruction of the woman they have variously exploited for cheap labour, cheap sex and worse - And then the plot thickens. Written at the end of the second World War and set before the first, An Inspector Calls is a brilliantly compelling and haunting thriller.
The Merchant of Venice portrays an emotional tale encompassing friendship, romance, religion and business. Set in the very near future amidst political and financial chaos, society, as we know it, is on the brink of collapse. The stock markets are flat lining; the Euro has collapsed, creating an increasingly cutthroat trading environment for the business community. Venice, with its gondolas, opera and beautiful skies is no longer safe... Meanwhile, beautiful, wealthy Portia finds herself the star of her very own reality TV show, with men playing a ?Game of Chance' in a battle to win her love. Desperate to help best friend Bassanio win Portia's hand, fledgling businessman Antonio enters a perilous arrangement with Jewish moneylender Shylock, as he promises a pound of his own flesh. Antonio learns a hard lesson when the revenge-seeking Shylock comes to collect his bond.
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.
Co-produced with 14 amateur companies from every nation and region of the UK, opens in Stratford, before embarking on a nationwide tour. The production opens in Stratford-upon-Avon and will tour to all nations and regions of the UK with the same professional company. In each region, Bottom and the mechanicals will be played by a local amateur group, cast and trained by the RSC, in collaboration with 13 partner theatres. Titania's fairy train will be played by local school children in every location. A Midsummer Night's Dream returns to Stratford for Midsummer, when all 14 amateur companies will have an opportunity to play on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.
"You only get a few goes. At life. You don't get endless goes. Two, three goes maybe. When you hit the right groove you'll click right in there... this is it" Tommy's not a bad man, he's getting by. Renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice's house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm's length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who's not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won't let go easily. But together there's a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.