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Salem, Massachusetts 1692. When the stories of three local girls are taken as gospel, a small village populated by Puritans and petty local rivalries, is thrown into panic by talk of witchcraft. The community begins to purge itself, and as accusations fly suspicion alone is accepted as evidence. Written during the vigorous and unscrupulous investigations of Senator J R McCarthy in 1950's America. The Crucible is a timeless portrayal of communal hysteria and the evil of mindless persecution.
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.
Two men on stage. A woman's voice telling you a story. The men get dressed, get heckled, get aggressive. The woman wonders if there's a difference between men's and women's bottoms. Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear is a show about men and women and how we relate to each other. Audiences listen on headphones to Hannah Ringham (SHUNT) who draws you into a hypnotic world of immersive sound and music. On stage, raw and visually striking physicality blurs into tender moments of intimacy.
Richard Burton Theatre
I saw it so clearly - you and I in this house, dressed ready to depart. Framed beautifully in this mirror. It was like a freeze frame, stuck. Then the image shatters and you crumple with the glass. Escape the Scaffold is a dark and dangerous psychological thriller set against the background of a rapidly changing world. Three best friends hunker down in their student house, forced to make decisions that will mark them for the rest of their lives. Get a job. Get married. Put down the tequila and take the money. Save yourself. Love triangle turns to murderous betrayal. Youthful idealism is tested, paranoia takes hold, and real life melts into a nightmare world. The basement is filling with water and there is a monster in the house.
While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening his wife Bella is home alone. She can't explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslight - is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The surprise arrival of retired Detective Rough leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core.
'Good Mourning Mrs. Brown' is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll. This is the first time the production is heading out as a full UK arena tour. In this hilarious show in which Brendan has received some of the best reviews of his career, we see Agnes Brown planning Granddad's funeral. The only problem is granddad is not dead. What could go wrong?
Benjamin Braddock's got excellent grades, very proud parents and a bright future ahead of him. Benjamin's confused, dissatisfied and not interested in teaching or following in his father's footsteps. When Mrs Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, asks Benjamin to help her with a zip, a chain of events is set in motion which sees Benjamin fall in love with the daughter of the women he's sleeping with.
Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. For precisely nine minutes. At ?1.20 a minute. Jimmy is 34, lives with his mum and works at Newport's only drive-through doughnut restaurant. Kitty is an adult chat line operator, living in the granny flat of a topiary enthusiast. Things were looking up for Jimmy when he met Kitty for the first time, but then he loses his job and starts to feel a strange tingling in his fingers. Kitty's not a psychologist yet, but she has some theories about why Jimmy has started to disappear. With Kitty's advice and Jimmy trying to reconcile himself to eventual invisibility, this unlikely duo succeed in turning each other's world upside down.
World Premiere (Royal Exchange)
A landmark in the history of English literature. Jane simple governess, wins the heart of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the brooding and mysterious master of Thornfield Hall. Questioning the boundaries of class and gender, it is one of the most heartrending and powerful tales of romance and suspense ever told.
Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine's Day. Ruth Rendell's brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
A controversial new gaming experience is inspiring a generation. In Killology, players are rewarded for torturing victims, scoring points for "creativity". But Killology isn't sick. In fact it's marketed by its millionaire creator as a deeply moral experience. Because yes, you can live out your darkest fantasies, but you don't escape their consequences. Out on the streets, not everybody agrees with him.
Love, Cardiff is the story of our city's past, present and future told through the personal accounts of our City Road communities. The customers from the barbers and take-aways pass each other on the street. The staff from the grocers, the sex shop, and the funeral directors sit side by side on the bus. The residents of City Road make their way home, every passer-by, every person an extraordinary story. Love, Cardiff explores the stories that lie behind the faces of those who live, work and play along this vibrant city road. The Community and Engagement Team at the Sherman Theatre create projects about you, our citizens, together telling the story of our community, our capital city.
Meet Fred. He's just a regular guy who wants to get on in life: get a job, find a nice girl, settle down. The only problem is that Fred is a puppet, and that's where his dependency issues start. Day to day life is tough when you rely on three other guys being with you at all times. Out for a quiet walk, on a date, in the bathroom, life is never simple for the puppets amongst us. Created in association with puppetry experts Blind Summit, this "massively entertaining" comedy theatre show is about an outsider trying to make his mark in a world in which he needs a lot of help. Witty, poignant and full of Fred's badass attitude, Meet Fred features a mouthy puppet and, as with all Hijinx productions, live performance by actors with and without learning disabilities.
Devised by the company.
In the days after the EU referendum, the National Theatre began a nationwide listening project. A team of interviewers spoke to people around the country - from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow - to hear their views of the country and town they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum. sing exact words taken from the interviews, My Country; a work in progress puts those conversations centre stage. Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to create this new performance which opens in London before playing at venues around the country.
Created in collaboration with; Citizens Theatre, Curve, Derry Playhouse, Live Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike A Light Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that's what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
5 JUNE - 10 JUNE
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
13 JUNE - 17 JUNE
NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF
19 JUNE - 24 JUNE
CONNAUGHT THEATRE, WORTHING
30 MAY - 3 JUNE
CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY
22 MAY - 27 MAY
OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER
8 MAY - 13 MAY
THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY
15 MAY - 20 MAY
ARTS THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE
2 MAY - 6 MAY
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON
24 APRIL - 29 APRIL
KING'S THEATRE, EDINBURGH
18 APRIL - 22 APRIL
BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE (FORMERLY GRAND CANAL THEATRE), DUBLIN
20 MARCH - 25 MARCH
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
27 MARCH - 1 APRIL
BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
3 APRIL - 8 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
10 APRIL - 15 APRIL
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
7 MARCH - 11 MARCH
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
25 JANUARY - 28 JANUARY
THE ORCHARD, DARTFORD
30 JANUARY - 4 FEBRUARY
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
6 FEBRUARY - 11 FEBRUARY
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
13 MARCH - 18 MARCH
RICHMOND THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
13 FEBRUARY - 18 FEBRUARY
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
27 FEBRUARY - 4 MARCH
20 FEBRUARY - 25 FEBRUARY
MALVERN THEATRES, MALVERN
Richard Willey, a Government Junior Minister plans an evening with Jane Worthington, one of the Opposition's typist, but things go disastrously wrong, beginning with the discovery of a 'body' trapped in the hotel's only unreliable sash window. Richard calls for his Principal Private Secretary, George Pigden who, through Richard's lies, sinks deeper into trouble with everybody and goes through an identity crisis. Things go from bad to worse with the arrival of Ronnie, Jane's distraught young husband: with the addition of an unscrupulous waiter, Mrs Willey and Nurse Foster, things really come to a head.
The Queen of Ireland Panti invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto shaped world, exposing stories behind the make-up - from performance giant to accidental activist - to reveal the national f*cking treasure she is today. In 2014, Panti landed herself in a legal shitstorm, dubbed Pantigate. Her speech about homophobia went viral, was broadcast worldwide, remixed by Pet Shop Boys, caused a parliamentary meltdown and fed into Ireland's marriage equality referendum success. Hilarious and poignant, Panti traces her journey from small-town boy kicking against traditions to towering plastique woman in false lashes making history.
Once you've seen that explosive violence - that pink mist - how can you go back again? Lyrical and devastating, this award-winning verse drama is about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, it weaves their experiences together, setting war-torn trauma against the backdrop of their everyday lives and examines both the physical and psychological fractures they bring home. Drawn from interviews with soldiers and their families, this intensely emotional and poetic work recently won Wales Book of the Year and the Roland Mathias prize. It captures the realities of modern warfare with piercing insight and aching power.
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on bringing an ambitious 1920's murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Chris the arrogant head of the drama society has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector. Desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interest while hapless Dennis still can't pronounce 'facade'. An hour of hilarious disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set falls down before the final denouement. The production ends with an uproarious, totally improvised Q&A session with the cast, where the audience can put their own questions to the unfortunate troupe.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife... The ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their relentless pursuit of suitable husbands is one of the best-loved novels ever written, constantly topping the polls of favourite books. When feisty Elizabeth Bennet first meets handsome bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, the family’s lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes gentle fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.
Pebbles would crack against my window in the pitch of the night I'd lean out and say -?What do you want Tommy MacLeish, you black eyed monster? And he'd say...?You.. A chance meeting between two children on the streets of Edinburgh leads to a terrible reckoning, leaving Jenny and Tommy forever bound together by blood and fate. Brutal and beautiful, Hywel John's remarkable new play glimmers and cuts like a jewel, fusing raw epic romance with guttural urban poetry to tell the story of a secret generational legacy of love, violence and fury.
Shirley Valentine's world is a world of kitchens, cooking and faded dreams. At the age of 42, Shirley feels that her marriage and life are in a rut. Her children have left home and she yearns for romance and adventure. But when a friend invites her on holiday to Greece will she have the courage to swap housework and drudgery for two weeks in the sun?
Welcome to the Sinners Club, a club like no other, where the band never stops and the drink keeps on flowing. Your hostess for the evening has some confessions to make, some songs to sing about love, jealousy, loss, and a story that will take you to hell and back. But don't worry she's not so blue, she wants you to have fun too. So come on in, speak easy, grab a drink and have a listen - in the Sinners club every God damn sinner is forgiven. The ladder is a long one - And we've got so far to go - But the devil tempts us on the way - To pull us back below. Cause we're all damned, we're all programmed - To fall to sin. Sinners Club is pure gig-theatre from the same team who brought you ?The Bloody Ballad', set in a drinking joint where all lost souls are welcome.
Some Guys Have All The Luck is a brand new theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart - from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show includes all the massive hits from Rod's incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? through to big ballads such as Sailing, You're In My Heart, and Tonight's the Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin' The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook.
Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win. Up against the unforgiving medical establishment and the all-powerful Church, he courageously refuses an out of court settlement, believing it is negligence that has condemned a young mother. Smelling a cover up, he instead takes the case and the entire legal system to court. A stunning courtroom thriller made famous by the five times Oscar-nominated Sidney Lumet film with Paul Newman and James Mason.
Harry is about to leave England for good. His foster mother, and his guilt, are being left behind. In a boutique hotel room, Mark and Lisa are on the brink of sexual betrayal. They've never done this before. Jonathan's made a deal on the Dark Web. Sian will ensure he faces the consequences: good and bad. Set on the transitory fringes of Heathrow Airport, award winning playwright Simon Stephens' Wastwater presents three snapshots of the private lives of those who care for our children.
Fog and creepily haunted houses, supernatural happenings, sea mists and dark stormy nights, lonely funerals and creaking attic doors, all combine in this gripping adaptation of Susan Hill's tense and thrilling story to create a play that taps our primal fears. A grieving lawyer believes a curse has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of the woman in black. In an attempt to exorcise the spirit he engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his story. His plan begins innocently enough, but as the border between reality and fantasy blur, the horror starts and the flesh begins to creep..
Estranged sisters team up to survive financial meltdown by running a Dominatrix agency. But with so much bad blood between them, a looming eviction, and an Everest of debt, in this battle one or both are bound to lose.
Top quality theatre combined with good food and drink; giving audiences both a FREE pie and a FREE pint as part of your ticket deal as well as a brilliant evening of entertainment. Following previous successes of Leviathon, Happy Hour, Mr. and Mrs. Laughton and Snout, don't miss out on the fun, food, drink and drama in this brand new piece of theatre.
Part of A Play, A Pie and a Pint
In politics, an unexpected crisis can be an opportunity to implement solutions which would previously not have been possible, and following the 2016 elections, the Assembly is in crisis. Gwyn Davies, the new leader of Plaid Cymru, and his charismatic partner, Ellie, plan a new departure for their party and for Welsh politics. But two unexpected visitors call in to their apartment in the Bay, both threatening to destroy the political and personal futures of Gwyn and Ellie. An English Language Precis will be available.
The inmates at a bizarre summer camp are plotting a revolution. Or has it already happened? Spending a day watching their schedule of exercise, lessons and meals, a long history of unrest and injustice lies hidden, and as the day wears on, a violent future looms large on the horizon.