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When Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel round the world to win the wager between him and his friends at the great Reform Club. A grand adventure lies ahead, using conventional and more often unconventional travel arrangements; his journey will, of course, include romance, danger and surprises with the redoubtable Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she's in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!
Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk... Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards. This story is part of Revolution Mix - a movement that is delivering the largest ever number of new Black British Stories nationally. It is inspired by and dedicated to the Black Men's Walking Group, and is a compelling, constantly surprising new show that turns a spotlight onto Britain's missing histories.
An extraordinary satire on the Stalinist regime in Russia seen through the eyes of a guard dog, this is a modern 'Animal Farm' for the world of Trump, May and Putin. When Josef Stalin dies in 1953, the inhabitants of prison camps across Russia are liberated. Prisoners, guards and guard dogs are all free to go home. But with life in the Service all he has ever known, loyal guard dog Ruslan remains at his post and faithful to the Master, even as he gives his final unthinkable order.
The Great Barrier Reef, 1995. Meera is 11. It's her first sleepover. Strawberry Dunkaroos, Sega Mega Drive and coral fragment analysis descends into torch-lit storytelling from sleeping bags. Lights off. In the corner, Meera's aquarium is beginning to glow. Outside over the reef, the Frogman hovers, looking for traces of a missing child. As police search lights refract through the ocean, the annual coral bloom is due, creating an underwater snowstorm. Time is running out. A coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, this is a ground-breaking, world-first theatre experience, experienced in VR headsets from double Fringe First award-winners, curious directive.
Helen Martin Studio
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.
Sh!t Theatre are Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit. They have lived together for five-and-a-half years now. From their kitchen in Windsor House they've been watching a London and a friendship that's changing. This housing crisis gets personal. Starting with letters they found in the flat they moved in to, this yet again potentially illegal work-in-progress by Sh!t Theatre takes advantage of a loophole in the Postal Services Act that says you can open other people's mail under certain circumstances. This is that certain circumstance... Stories, song, dodgy landlords, detective work and moving on: The Singing Detectives for Generation Rent.
Meet Mark. The thing is I've got myself into a bit of a mess... Mark's an actor. I keep forgetting my lines. I've left my girlfriend and I'm beginning to stink. Mark was an actor. And to make matters worse I've met the Devil. Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers, Living with the Lights On is a gripping story of a life lived at the edge.
Based on the Joan Lindsay runaway bestseller Picnic at Hanging Rock - also the source of the acclaimed Peter Weir film. This exciting adaptation, by Laura Annawyn Shamas, explores a baffling disappearance which takes its toll on a small community. Who in the large cast of fascinating characters is responsible for the crime? A delicate look at crisis, greed and honesty at the turn of the century, Picnic at Hanging Rock invites its viewers to examine the people of Woodend and the consequences of their actions. Hauntingly and ironically, the play shows that what seems pristine and proper on the outside may not be free of moral corruption on the inside. The final climactic twist is shocking and bittersweet, with an impact that is unforgettable.
Polly has a reliable husband, two bright children, a well-paid job at the council and detached house with a double garage. She's got it all. She may not be living the life she dreamed of back when she was a teenager, but who does? Bali is a successful businessman. Loving his jet set lifestyle he swore he'd never return to the small town he grew up in. So why is he back? Is it too late for second chances? And is love, actually, all you need?
When father mysteriously disappears at Christmas, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis leave London for a new life in the Kent countryside. Discovering a railway at the end of the garden is just the first step to many adventures!
Rita and Sue are desperate girls living in recession-hit Bradford. Hope is at hand with the arrival of Bob who has what it takes to teach them everything they need to know about love, life and lust. The Royal Court, winning the 1981 George Devine Award originally commissioned this classic of the 80's. It was made into a film in 1986.
"Tell me what makes you so sad. Tell me your dark secret and I promise to keep it safe for you". The Good Daughter wants to make her father happy. He whispers in his daughter's ear and a great weight lifts from his shoulders. Feeling jubilated, he invites the whole town to confide in his miraculous daughter. Soon everyone is flocking to unburden themselves on The Secret Keeper. But what happens when a murderer confesses. And who is to blame for the consequences...? Told using puppetry, music and fiendish storytelling, The Secret Keeper is a witty and playful adult fairy tale with a murderous gothic heart from Angela Clerkin, Associate Artist with Improbable and Chris Goode and Co.
Homeless Tino McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the raw and wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of his namesake Rudolph Valentino.
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.
A Steady Rain chronicles love and rage on the streets of Chicago where one ordinary day a deadly error of judgement sends the lives of two cops spinning out of control. As the need to serve and protect both consumes the two cops, and rips them apart, trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlife. A dark two-hander, filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain opened on Broadway in 2009 starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.
Set in a bar in a remote part of Ireland, the local lads are swapping spooky stories to impress an attractive young woman, Valerie, recently arrived from Dublin. What begins as a simple visit to the local pub soon turns out to be an evening of both funny and spellbinding stories, until the final tale takes a strange and unexpected twist...Hailed as the best new play of the nineties, when The Weir premiered at the Ambassadors Theatre, London in 1997, it won McPherson the Evening Standard ‘Most Promising Playwright Award, and in 1999 it won the prestigious Olivier Award for ‘Best New Play .