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Picture yourself as a bartender, sipping top-shelf whiskey and watching your customers descend into nightly oblivion. Your heart is broken by the world around you and leaving your whiskey aside, you hatch a devious, unthinkable plan of escape...
Running time: 1hr 15mins. Age recommendation 14+ (Contains swearing and adult themes)
It's now or never for George Jones. The heavy-smoking, Shakespeare-loving Labour leader needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he's their man. But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the Palace of Westminster? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister's Questions?
Following our sell-out production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this year's family Christmas show tells the ever-popular story of Alice's encounters with the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad-Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and other fabulous, timeless charactersl.
The story follows Phileas Fogg and his trusty servant Passepartout as they try to circle the globe faster than any man in history, for a bet of 20,000. Through teeming jungles and dazzling cities - using every possible means of transport - they battle against red tape, black hearted villians, and the bull-headed Detective Fix who is determined to stand in their way. Can Fogg complete his journey in time and still rescue a beautiful princess from the jaws of certain death? Bring your passport along and find out.
Based on Jules Verne's famous novel and combining clowning, live music, storytelling and an international ensemble, Around the World in 80 Days takes you on a high speed, mad-cap, transcontinental, race against the clock. Running time: 1hr 45mins (inc. interval), Age recommendation 6+
A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks's bestselling novel. An epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War. In pre war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down. As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep under ground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.
Running time: 160mins (including an interval)
A man is found in a forest; dead of a heart attack; running from something that left no tracks in the snow. The investigation uncovers a web of fear, revenge and some supernatural assassins. An adaptation of M.R. James' classic chiller.
Robert Lloyd Parry performs two of MR James' very best ghost stories - Casting the Runes and The Residence at Whitminster.
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.
We need rookie detectives! Can you help us find a missing person? Are you good at following clues and helping solve mysterious crimes? Have you ever found a lost sock, a misplaced sweetie, your homework bag, or next door's missing cat? If so, you are just the sort of person we are looking for. This is your chance to join Detective O on her toughest case yet; the Cold Case Caper. Detective O's Cold Case Caper is an interactive and fast-paced children's puppetry show. It also has its very own catchy soundtrack by Kid Carpet! Join the latest batch of rookie detectives in Detective O's evidence room at the police department and earn your badge by helping her find a missing thumb-sized girl! Meet a cast of unsavoury animal witnesses as you help Detective O solve her toughest case yet.
Award winning Westend and Broadway playwright Peter Quilters' four sets of characters deal with critical moments in their lives. Meet Jonathon and Wendy, on yet another blind date that probably won't lead anywhere; or Janet, who is offering Barrie everything, but he's not sure he wants it; then we are introduced to Shelley and Bobby, who have whisked themselves away on a cocktail-fuelled holiday to celebrate their divorce being finalised; and finally we meet bride-to-be Angela, who is seeking council from her socially inept brother after pangs of cold feet.
1558. England. A country divided by religion and politics, teetering on the brink of civil war. The hopes of the nation lie with one woman. 2014. England. A country divided by those who enjoy plays featuring men in dresses and those who don't. The hopes of the nation lie with two Bristolian actors.
But Howard Coggins and Stuart McLoughlin can no longer rely on apparent physical resemblances to Tudor monarchs. They've done (The Six Wives of) Henry VIII, and the truth is neither of them look like anyone else. But they won't be deterred. With more live original music, silly songs, stupid shenanigans, perfunctory props, and hysterically historical horseplay, this promises to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you'll never forget. Running time: 2hrs (inc. interval). Age recommendation 12+
Orpheus is onstage. He's doing stand-up for the gods. The award-winning Move to Stand are back with a new show that splices the everyday with the celestial. A contemporary take on Greek mythology, this haunting tale of lost love sees a man desperately fighting to recapture his faded gifts. Can Orpheus stop eating, and find a way to move on? Martin Bonger (NIE's North North North, The Plasticine Men's Keepers) delivers a surprising and gripping solo performance. There might even be a song.
Running time: 1hr 10mins. Age recommendation 14+
This is a rip-roaring account of Fleabag, a twenty-something female trying to find her place in the world. With an incredible original score, we follow Fleabag's journey through life, love and work. Fleabag is an anti-heroine, a refreshingly unique example of today's modern woman. It's like meeting a friend for an up-close and personal chat. This is comedy story-telling at its very best with all the unspoken nitty-gritty of real life.
Running time: 1hr. Age 16+. Strong language, sexual references
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be...THE FULL MONTY. Rediscover the six men, their wives and their children and what they had to do to keep it all together.
Beneath the skin of everything is something nobody can know. The job of the skin is to keep it all in and never let anything show. Every day, Dave goes to work in his calm, safe office. In the evening, he listens to the Bangles' Eternal Flame on repeat and, to keep a lid on untidy dreams, he sits and sketches the neat people on his tidy street. One day, Dave's hairless face sprouts a beard so big that it causes a national crisis. What has caused this beard-outbreak? Everybody has different answers, but when Dave's beard causes chaotic untidiness across the island of Here, everybody begins to realise that the beard, and Dave, must go.
The Youngest group from Knight's Players Youth Theatre, The Playlets (ages 6 and 7) present a play about things going weird at Christmas. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shrink? Imagine trying to open a present three times your height! It would either be the best Christmas ever, or... well, a bit weird! Welcome to 'Going Large at Christmas', a story of big things and little people.
The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire.
She's a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She's pregnant. Her career in the sky is over. Now, she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over Pakistan. She struggles through surreal 12 hour shifts far from the battlefield - hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. Grounded is a gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence.
Duration: 65mins. Recommended Age: 14+
The Heist is a tale of masterful thieves, ingenious gadgets, ancient secrets and the twisted megalomaniacs bent on uncovering their mystery. Delivered through their own inimitable blend of slick physicality, eccentric characters and wicked humour, the exciting conclusion to Heretical Productions' trilogy transports you to long lost catacombs, uncovering arcane technologies and ancient relics of human endeavour, all whilst exploring the tumultuous affair between man and art. Infamous for their weird and wonderful ideas, the Heretics introduce a ream of bizarre characters and madcap tales. With live musical accompaniment, and more silliness than you can shake a stick at, Heretical Productions will transport you to strange faraway places.
Heretical Productions return to the Alma with the final instalment of their three-part comedy horror saga!
In a convent in Mexico, one of the brightest women of her generation strives to reconcile her love for God with her desire for learning and acclaim. Her gift for writing plays and poetry is celebrated by the Court, but her success creates alarm and jealousy within the Church. Persecuted by a zealous archbishop and betrayed by those closest to her, Sister Juana s fragile world threatens to crumble around her as everything she holds dear is cruelly destroyed by dangerous ambition and illicit desires.
Infinite Lives tells the story of a thirty-something man who quits his job to take some time out and write a gay sci-fi novel. But working from home, and becoming increasingly dependent on internet porn for his connection with the outside world, forces him to confront some painful truths...and some very big numbers.
Running time approx. 1hr. age recommendation 16+ (contains strong language and sexual references).
When the call came, idealistic Joe Bonham eagerly volunteered for the trenches of World War One. Now he has paid a price he never expected, and far away from his American homeland he struggles to come to terms with what his world has become. As his grip on reality becomes ever more tenuous he reflects on the true nature of war and the choices he made.
Running time: 1hr 15mins. Age recommendation 12+
April de Angelis' adaptation for the stage takes the original novel and turns it on its head. The Life and Times of Fanny Hill tackles the dark underbelly of the story and explores the issues of female identity and ownership in a witty, irreverent way.
With stories of sexual exploitation of the young and vulnerable saturating our news and when pornography and sexual images are more plentiful than at any time in history, Fanny Hill's social and political relevance is even more valid today.
Inspired by a dream, the revelations of whistleblower, Edward Snowden, and the debate surrounding state surveillance, Theatre Ad Infinitum brings to life a nightmarish future where the state is secretly watching citizens' minds... Light explores the horrors of state secrecy - all played out in darkness and fusing graphic novel and cinema-inspired sci-fi visuals with sound and physical storytelling... .A rare beast - science fiction for stage. Multi award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum presents a dystopian future where implants connect our brains to cyberspace and governments secretly infiltrate our thoughts. Intense darkness, torchlight and a stunning soundscape tell a story of love, betrayal, and technological power.
One August, Alan discovers a mysterious young woman lying amongst the seals and their lives become irreversibly entwined. But who is Lorraine? Where does she come from? And why does she take so long in the bath? Lorraine & Alan is a re-telling of the selkie myth. It's a show about codependency and how those we love shape who we are. It's about moving out of your parents' house and the sleepiness of little England. It's about female identity and delicious salty peanuts. Lorraine & Alan is performed by two actors and two musicians with live sound design, song and several hundred plastic bottles.
Duration: 1hr. Suitability: PG
A black comedy, the play explores the relationship between two 'odd' couples thrown prematurely out of hospital care. In the downstairs flat are Oz, who has never recovered from his mother's death, and Bunny, whose workaholism led to estrangement from his wife. Upstairs are Robin, a middle-class housewife who suffocated her own son, and Julia whose obsessive thoughts of men drew her into prostitution. In the first act we see the men conduct fantasy interviews for jobs they will never get, then in the second act, the women trying to make plans for a holiday. They all meet when Oz throws a disastrous party with the four desperately attempting the niceties of social intercourse.
Hilarious and heart-breaking at once, this play won Gillian the 1988 Verity Bargate Award and was seen at the Soho Poly in 1990 and Chichester Festival Theatre in 1992. The first act was produced at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond in June 2002 together with A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter.
Following hot on the heels of previous years' sell-out successes Oedipuss In Boots and Se7en Dwarfs, The Wardrobe Theatre has once again conspired to bring you a darkly comic, adult only, anti-Christmas pantomime to serve as an antidote to the season's usual sickly-sweet entertainment.
Twin boys are sent to live in the country with their grandmother to escape the war. United as one, the cruel regime teaches them every trick of evil and cruelty merely to survive. The Notebook of the title is their record of their lives and their truths.
Recommended for ages 16+. Running time: 120mins
Esme and Willard have just stolen a killer whale. The beast lies dormant in the back of a lorry, 300 miles southbound on the M4, and encoldes space he shares with his two saviours/catpors. The three sit together, deserted by their driver, with little do to but pick each other apart. Esme has a history of animal activism but this stunt marks her move into the big leagues. Her calm and authorative approach is part of a wider mindset of ruthless ambition and determination to be responsible for doing something monumental. For Willard kidnapping the killer whale is less to do with an environmental conscience and more to do with a desire to look good. Look reckless. Look like a saviour. They are both out of their depth.
A companion piece to The Odyssey told from the perspective of Odysseuss wife, Penelope. Welcome to Ithaca. Island paradise and home to Penelope. She's married to a world famous war hero and she's had enough of waiting for him all alone at home. Made with input from soldiers and military spouses, Penelope Retold is an irreverent collision of classic myth and contemporary rage. Get ready for a theatrical storm that sweeps through poetry, songs, comedy and YouTube clips towards a poignant and furious conclusion.
Running time: 1hr. Age recommendation 13+
Ollie and Jill want to tell you about their dream home. Some of the things they did to get it you might find... shocking. But they want you to know - whatever they did - they did it all for their baby. A wickedly comic satire about a young couple offered a way out of the housing crisis, and just how far they're prepared to go to get everything they've always wanted.
Running time: 1hr 30mins. Age recommendation 14+
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!
At the height of eighteenth century London, the truth is a rare commodity. Rumour, gossip and backbiting abound in Richard Sheridan's classic, The School for Scandal. In the elegant salons of the upper classes, a tight-knit web of glamorous socialites, led by the incorrigible Lady Sneerwell, enjoy everything from a quiet game of Piquet to an outrageously fabricated character assassination. When the wealthy Sir Oliver returns to select which of his wayward nephews is to become his heir, he is unwittingly plunged into this dissolute world, where morality takes second place to double-crossing, intrigue and downright skulduggery. With a gabble of busy-bodies interfering in his task - the vivacious Lady Teazle, the lovable Sir Peter and the amorous Backbite - will Sir Oliver discover which of his nephews is worthy to be his heir, or will he be deceived by cleverly constructed appearances?
Penny Crowe is the host of a late-night radio phone in and, as Britain's leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. Along with her co-hosts, camp producer Rory Reynolds (Carl Patrick) and former pop starlet Willow Wallace, she is more than happy to dish out relationship advice but she's less happy to take it!
Age advisory 16+ some strong language and adult themes.
Jurrasic Larks. How one man who knew nothing about dinosaurs, but enjoyed a nice slice of Battenberg cake and a cuppa to the side, changed the face of palaeontology with some help from Sir Patrick Moore, Bill Oddie & the mayor of an American town inevitably called Dinosaur. Join Matt for this unexpectedly heart-warming Edinburgh sell-out.
Top international playwrights respond to the current political situation with short, sharp new pieces of work. Theatre Uncut was established in 2011 to encourage debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives.
Co-Artistic Director Hannah Price directs a stellar cast in the company's most ambitious programme to date. Developed from an innovative collaboration between six of the UKs most exciting emerging and established playwrights, these plays can be performed individually or together as a cohesive piece.
I want you to do yourself proud, Joey. You go and drive those Germans back where they've come from, and then come home to me. At the outbreak of World War one, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. he's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. but Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Do I look like I know the latest on every effing ?orse in the war? Do I look like an effing equine expert or even an effing equestrian enthusiast? Your squadron no longer exists. That's all I know, Private. Suitable for 12yrs+
Acclaimed singer and storyteller Kate Dimbleby accompanied by Naadia Sheriff on piano and vocals, explore the extraordinary songbook & life of cult '70s songwriter Dory Previn. Dory was the queen of '70s confessional songwriters, married to composer Andre Previn who famously left her for a young Mia Farrow. She died on Valentine's Day 2012, following a 40 year career. From a traumatic childhood to Hollywood scandal and her subsequent mental breakdown, Dory used music to write herself sane and sought solace in uncompromising tales of love and loneliness. Including Lady with the Braid, Beware of Young Girls and Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister?, this tender look at Dory's fascinating life, and the music that marked it, showcases her little-known musical legacy of stunning songs that will resonate with all who hear them.
Running time: 1hr 30mins (inc. interval). Age recommendation: 12+ (contains adult themes)