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With six lodgers Eric should have a full house but actually they're all make believe and he's been secretly cheating the Social Security System for the last two years. But then the inspector turns up and Eric and Norman have to pretend to be these characters while keeping the whole thing from their partners.
An artist, a scientist and a sexpot are coming to dinner. Paige , hostess extraordinaire, is celebrating the publication of her husband's best-seller about the psychological apocalypse. The arrival of Mike, marooned in the foggy lane having crashed his van, provides an unexpected addition to the evening's entertainment. A silent waiter, sourced from an obscure website, completes the picture. Primordial Soup is first on the menu - let the dinner from hell begin.
Dr Stockmann attempts to expose a water pollution scandal in his home town - about to set itself up as a spa - but his brother conspires with newspapers and politicians to suppress the story. When Stockmann tries to put over his story at a public meeting he is reviled as an `enemy of the people'.
A suspenseful drama which cuts to the heart of every parent's worst fear - the disappearance of a child. 20 year old Adam is missing. Five months on his parents continue their search, grasping at the hope presented, in turn, by a kindly spiritualist and ruthless journalist . Out of the blue the phone rings. But is it the call they've been waiting for? Enlightenment is an incisive tale of loss and yearning, of the search for truth and the consequences of its revelation.
Optimistic newlyweds Arthur and Jenny Fitton are young, in love, and excited to embark on the rest of their lives together. But the wedding night hasn't gone well and their married life is already getting off to a false start. Still living in the Fitton family home, with Mr and Mrs Fitton on one side of the bedroom, and interfering brother Geoff on the other, the happy couple's expectations are slowly becoming as hopeless as their love life. Bill Naughton's The Family Way is a funny and intimate portrayal of life, family, and love in 1960s Bolton. This social comedy illuminates the complex relationships within families, and the tender and precious ties that exist between parents and their children.
Josie is having a birthday, though she isn't in the mood for a celebration. But a party has been arranged - with one very special guest, A Chinese Elvis impersonator, whose arrival triggers a magical change in everyone, daring them to start life anew. Winner of the Manchester Evening News Best New Play, if features unforgettable characters and a host of Elvis Presley classics.
Norma is looking for Mr Wonderful..but will she find him in the local paper's lonely hearts column? Norma's ageing mother thinks so, and spends her time picking out likely candidates for Norma to share her life with. Norma is not so sure. A string of depressing dates has left her disappointed with the opposite sex..until she meets Geoff - but is he all that he seems? Meanwhile Norma's mother has her own Mr Wonderful - a ragged teddy bear who is her best friend, confidant and surrogate grand-child. At her happiest tucked up in bed with Mr Wonderful, the telly and a box of Liquorice Allsorts, her romance days are over, and she only has Norma's happiness to worry about!
Restoration comedy about social morals and hypocrisy. Mrs Malaprop, the infamous Queen of the Dictionary, is horrified. Her niece, the rich and beautiful Lydia Languish, is in love and wants to marry the penniless Ensign Beverley. Outraged, Mrs Malaprop demands that Lydia marry the eligible and dashing Captain Absolute who has arrived in Bath to court her. Little do they both know that the Ensign and the Captain are one and the same man...What follows is a delightful tangle of romance, fury and deception, making The Rivals one of the funniest and best loved comedies in the English language.
The moral risks of misjudging history are looked at in this moving drama. Can any artist ever claim to be above politics? In occupied Berlin 1946, amongst the rubble of war an American Army interrogator confronts one of the 20th Century's greatest orchestral conductors - Wilhelm Furtwangler - with this fundamental, timeless question.
The Thrill of Love takes a new look at the woman behind the headlines and the events that drove her to murder. A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. When she becomes obsessed with the wealthy, womanising David, fame comes but not in the way she imagines. Inspector Gale is on the track of the truth: why does her relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And just who is she trying to protect?
A highly entertaining, bitter-sweet comedy set in a busy, northern pub. Two actors take on fourteen roles between them during the course of a single evening. Life's pains and pleasures are portrayed through the varied characters who come and go - each sharing their world with the audience in a series of vivid cameos. The central roles of the landlord and landlady hold this slice of life together, their relationship enduring ups and downs to arrive at a final resolution.
Time may have passed but the pub is still standing - just. Punters are now few and far between, and despite all attempts at quiz nights, karaoke and pub grub it could soon be last orders for the struggling landlord and lady. At odds with one another, but holding it together one shift at a time, their lives have become as bitter as the ale they serve. But when a once in a life time opportunity presents itself in the form of a one way ticket out of there, will either of them have the courage to turn their backs on the pub, and most importantly, each other?
World Premiere. From the writer of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Bed, Road and Two comes the world premiere production of Two 2; Jim Cartwright's brand new play that revisits the lives, loves and laughs of regulars in a Northern boozer.
Alison is overweight, short-sighted and plain, but Uncle Frank is determined that she will be 'Bride of the Year'. All he needs to do is find her a prospective husband! Join us as the arrangements proceed - and sink into chaos.