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There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus. They range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there's the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths. Spymonkey will perform them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ?seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
The 1950s. Rural Ireland. Kate and Baba are best friends who long to escape their traditional families and convent school. When they finally rebel and make a break for it, their lives burst open. As they forge new identities in Dublin, the childhood friends must discover if it is possible to grow up without growing apart.
Regarded as a modern classic from Yorkshire's cherished playwright, Forty Years On is one of Bennett's funniest works. It's the last day of school term. Join the staff and students of The Albion House dramatic society as they present Speak for England, Arthur - a rip roaring revue featuring sketches, songs and dances that take us back a quarter of a century to the announcement that the second world war has broken out. The Headmaster will do his best to keep the show on track, and keep it clean, as he contests against unruly pupils and disruptive staff... not to mention the rugby team.
The present day. A residential street in South East London. The house where reclusive siblings Peppy and Daniel were born is now stuffed full of everything they have ever owned. This hoard, their eccentric appearance and rampant garden hedge, set them conspicuously apart from others on their road. When young Ben visits from next door he is simply looking for friendship; but what happens next challenges everyone's idea of neighbourliness. The House They Grew Up In is a tender, dark and funny look at a co-dependent relationship between a brother and a sister, and how they cope when the world bursts in on them. It explores how, in an age of anxiety, we live alongside those different to us.
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.
Annie has arranged to go away for the weekend so Reg and Sarah have come to look after mother. However, when it is discovered that Annie is going away with Norman, her raffish brother-in-law, Sarah forces her to call the whole thing off but Norman decides to stay on at the house and gets roaring drunk. Chaos, confusion and much hilarity follow. Part of the Norman Conquest series of plays which all happen on the same weekend in different rooms of a house - thus each forms part of the off-stage events for the others.
Is Quiz: A) The world premiere of a new play by acclaimed writer James Graham? B) A provocative re-examination of the conviction of Charles Ingram, 'the coughing Major, for cheating, following his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? C) An hilarious celebration of the great tradition of the British quiz show? D) A razor-sharp analysis of the 21st century's dangerous new attitude to truth and lies? Answer: You decide.
James Graham's hit play This House transferred to the West End following sell-out runs during Festival 2016 and at the National Theatre. Graham's other work for theatre in the UK and US, and on screen, includes The Vote, Finding Neverland, Privacy, Coalition and X+Y.
The self-contained comedies in Ayckbourn's trilogy, The Norman Conquests>, depict Norman, his in-laws and the local vet over a summer weekend in an English country house, shown from three different perspectives in the family's country home; in Round and Round the Garden, the action is seen from the garden. Norman, intent on making all the women in his life happy, takes every opportunity to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm his brother-in-law's wife Sarah and woo his own wife Ruth - embroiling everyone in the action along the way with both tragic and comic consequences. In equal parts wildly comic and touchingly poignant this wonderful comedy will have you laughing out loud as you recognise the secrets and deceptions that bubble beneath the surface of most family relationships. Ayckbourn at his best!
A comfortable house in Surrey. When the orphaned Lois Relph accepts a marriage proposal from an older man, Eustace Gaydon, she believes she's been rescued from an uncertain future. Establishing a successful business as a dress designer, Lois leaves her fortune in her husband's hands. But when one of her devoted step-daughters needs her help, Lois is forced to address what drew Eustace to her in the first place - and, at last, to face the dark truth at the heart of her marriage. This gripping drama is a searing look at manipulation, money and matrimony. What price a woman's autonomy within a man's world?
Written in 1924
A fading Hollywood legend ravaged by the bitterness of failure and despair. Fleeing the disastrous premiere of her comeback film, Alexandra Del Lago travels incognito as The Princess Kosmonopolis seeking refuge in drink, drugs and the arms of Chance Wayne, an idealistic young dreamer turned gigiolo and hellbent on achieving his own movie stardom. A trip to Chance's hometown in a bid to win back his childhood sweetheart sees their relationship of convenience unravel
Reg finds food scarce despite having it thrown at him by Sarah. Sarah is scandalised by Annie. Annie is disappointed by men in general. Tom punches Norman. Norman's romantic plans are ruined thanks to Ruth. Ruth loses her patience, her temper and her glasses, and everyone has trouble deciding where to sit. Part of the Norman Conquest series of plays which all happen on the same weekend in different rooms of a house - thus each forms part of the off-stage events for the others.