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Morning in London, Autumn 2011. Across the city, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. At the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and his ideas inspire an increasing number of followers. With conflict looming in the Middle East, their protest takes them to the centre of the city, to the heart of government, where coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality. Set in a dark and magical landscape of singing pensioners, fanatical atheists and imminent apocalypse, Mike Bartlett’s new play depicts a London both familiar and strange, a London staring into the void. In a year which has seen governments fall and hundreds of thousands take to the streets, 13 explores the meaning of personal responsibility, the hold that the past has over the future and the nature of belief itself.
Opened at the St James Theatre in London on 17 November 1943. Originally entitled Ten Little Nigger Boys after the nursery rhyme but renamed on account of political correctness. Ten people are invited to a remote country house for the weekend and are killed one at a time - but who is their deadly host?
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And There Were None is revived on stage to follow in the footsteps of the company's hugely successful tours of Murder on the Nile, Go Back for Murder and Black Coffee.
MaoYanShao, a corrupt minister in the Han court, is given the task of selecting new concubines for the Emperor's harem, but when a beautiful woman called ZhaoJun refuses to supply him with the usual bribe he hides her away in a forgotten wing of the palace. However ZhaoJun is a resourceful woman and, with the help of the eunuch Little Yellow Gate, she engineers a chance meeting between her and the Emperor. When the Emperor sets eyes on her he immediately falls in love, and this sets off a chain of events that sees all their lives changed forever. Traditional Chinese play.
Bartholomew Fair is Jonson's most ambitious and flamboyant comedy. To the Fair come the rich, the poor, the hustlers, the prostitutes.. They all mingle together looking for 'a good time'. But beneath the surface, how do all these people relate to one another, who are the real hypocrites and hustlers, and who does Zeal-of-the-Land Busy think he is, trying to censor everone's entertainment?
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)
Dee, a successful TV writer, arrives at the flat of a man named Stone, having accepted an invitation to discuss a script his 'wife' has written. She is rather surprised when Detective Inspector Hallet, with whom she is having an affair, also arrives, apparently to investigate a matter concerning Stone's 'son' and his involvement with a drugs ring. But where are his wife and son? After many twists and turns, Stone's intentions become clear as he slowly reveals the precise nature of the trio's relationship. It seems that, in their own way, all three are very much concerned with the business of murder, and the play culminates in another perpetration of the crime.
Welcome to Casanova's world; his memories and his dreams, his conquests and his broken hearts, his highs and his lows, his triumphs and his defeat... and welcome to Casanova's seduction secrets!
Renowned actor Pip Utton portrays the legendary lover Casanova in this new play and is joined on stage by many of the women in Casanova's life, all danced by Marguerite Chaigne.
Two classic horrors based on the weird tales of H.P. Lovecraft. The Temple - It is 1917. When a strange ivory, carved head comes into the possession of the commander of the U-29, the boat becomes cursed as it is drawn into a spiralling descent of dissention and madness. Nightmares, weird feelings and visions of dead sailors begin to haunt the crew. An explosion permanently disables the U-boat's ability to surface and as it is pulled to the depths by an uncharted, underwater current a demonic, siren song begins to drive the crew towards insanity and death. The Call of Cthulhu - Based on the original story from 1926, The Call of Cthulhu creates the seminal horror world of science fiction terror. The story revolves around three related tales concerning the strange influences of an ancient, malevolent ?god' residing in the depths of the ocean and in the slumbering minds of men, waiting to rise again to ultimate dominion. Appealing to a cult audience across an expansive popular culture, both The Temple and Cthulhu stand as epic influences on the horror/sci-fi genre. Full of subtle terror, Michael Sabbaton weaves these character driven tales into one man tapestries of atmospheric, intimate theatre.
Please note: contains some strong language and content
A comic drama about adolescent schoolboys. A group of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.
Doctor-loving nerd Jamie and his companion Jess wrote a musical about their time-travelling hero. Now, they must avoid BBC copyright as they battle with evil exterminators and dancing cyber-gents. Will they manage to escape unscathed? And will they manage to rewrite a whole musical in one hour?
Running time: 1hr. Age: PG
Farce. Passions rise and trousers fall in this tale of murky goings-on in the worlds of publishing and interior design, set in a London flat. Husbands, wives and mistresses tumble out of beds and into wardrobes as more than just the termperature rises.
Bill is successful broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 1920's. As a result, Bill and his wife, Lois, must come to grips with his depression and downward spiralling alcoholism. In Bill's quest for recovery, he forms a support group with fellow alcoholic, Dr Bob which eventually leads to the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. Based on a true story, in this inspiring theatrical presentation. My Name is Bill movingly depicts the trials, trauma and triumph of people and loved ones coping and recovering from substance abuse.
Suitable for ages 13 years plus
Hilary is a British spy in exile, traitor to King, country and class. When his sister and newly knighted brother-in-law come to visit him and his long-suffering wife, Bron, Hilary is forced to re-examine his allegiances. A witty but bitter-sweet tale of fading memories, lost manners, and just what it means to be English.
Welcome to ancient Greece and the wedding Pandora and Epimetheus. She's a gift from Zeus but the King of the Gods has a trick up his sleeve. When a strange box appears amongst the wedding presents, curiosity compels Pandora to open it and all manner of evil is unleashed into the world. Pandora, in her surprise, grabs the box and runs away... and that wasn't part of Zeus' plan. The Gods, the wedding guests and the groom must find her but can they overcome the evils with which they're afflicted? Midas is driven on by greed, Narcussus can't stop gazing at his own reflection, and Orpheus must take a trip to the Underworld to rescue Eurydice - it's a mad race to find Pandora and the box!
Austen's heroine, Anne Elliot, has 'claims of birth, beauty, mind and fortune'. She and the handsome Captain Wentworth of His Majesty's Navy have met and separated some years before. Their reunion forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart. A charming story of love and marriage, Persuasion sparkles with Jane Austen's perceptive wit and her wry observations of nineteenth century English society.
To mark his 75th birthday year, Alan Ayckbourn has created a confectionary assortment, a varied bouquet of five related short plays, each with differing flavours and colours and written to be played in no particular order. Some are connected through shared characters, some through overlapping narrative. Some are sequels to others which turn out to be preludes to others. There are (apparently!) 120 possibilities as to the order in which they can be performed. Depending on the chosen sequence, each evening will develop differently. Which order will you see? Nobody knows for certain, least of all us. It won't be decided till the night!
World Premiere (Stephen Joseph). Please note: contains strong language.
At last, the secret of who really wrote Shakespeare's plays can be revealed! Why was the second best bed Shakespeare's sole bequest to his wife? Who was the Dark Lady of the sonnets? Who was really the greatest playwright of all time? The truth will be told by Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife - a woman of genius!
He challenged 'The Boss' in the ice floes of Antarctica. Now again, alone and destitute in the middle of a still night, he challenges him one last time. Shackleton's Endurance sank in Antarctica, leaving him and his crew of 27 stranded. Harry McNish, Shackleton's carpenter and brilliant shipwright, challenged The Boss, but went all the way with him, ensuring all lives were saved after a journey universally agreed to be the most astonishing voyage of survival in history. For all his bravery and ingenuity, McNish was one of very few who never received the Polar Medal. What was it that caused this man to antagonise the hero of Antarctica, and how does he come to terms with it now, alone and destitute on the wharfs of Wellington, New Zealand.
A Footballer, a Prince and a Prime Minister walk into a hotel room... When David Beckham, Prince William and David Cameron arrive in Zurich the night before England's 2018 World Cup bid they believe they can woo FIFA and bring the beautiful game home. William Gaminara's hilarious new comedy offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of diplomacy in action - and reveals the true story behind our World Cup bid.
Twelve jurors have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the twelve, as their prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax...
Two Halves of Guinness takes a whistle-stop tour of the life and times of Sir Alec Guinness from his first meeting with Sir John Gielgud to far away galaxies in Star Wars and back again. The play begins in the late ?70s as Star Wars is set to become one of the biggest films of all time featuring Guinness iconic performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Amidst fears he will be remembered only as a Jedi Knight, Sir Alec reflects on his life and career - both up to and then beyond Star Wars. The golden days of British film and theatre, of which Guinness was so vital a part, form the backdrop to the action.
1945, a train platform, a wife waits for her husband to return from the front. The train arrives but Stanley doesn t appear. Her anxious imaginings of what might have happened are intercut with flashbacks of her own war experiences. Clowning and puppetry combine to tell this touching story in a warm and often funny way.