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David has a doting mother. When he grows up he marries her image, the ditsy Dora. This is his tragedy. Even Peggotty's extended family on Yarmouth beach cannot escape the effects. But his tragedy is also our comedy as Uriah Heep and Mr Micawber, Aunt Betsey and Mr Dick, Steerforth and Traddlles, all criss-cross David's wayward path towards his Agnes, his true soul mate.
'How would you feel about sitting in front of that nice old village pub on a sunny afternoon while convoys of 40-ton tankers roll past six feet away?' Deerland Energy's plans to drill for shale gas in the pretty village of Fenstock are going well. The company is looking at big profits. They can count on the support of distinguished scientists working in University departments funded by the energy companies while at local level, Councillor Pilbeam, Chair of the Planning Committee, seems to be open to lucrative offers. The only slight snag is a ragged band of protesters, reluctantly led by retired academic, Elizabeth Blackwood. Surely she's just another 'mad old biddy', as she's characterised by ruthless PR guru Joe Selby? This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power.
1943. Nazi occupied Guernsey. Widow and mother Jeanne does whatever it takes to keep her adolescent daughter Estelle and daughter-in-law Lily safe on an island filled with danger and fear. Her toughest test arrives in the terrifying Commander Von Pfunz, who's romantic advances maybe the only way to keep her family alive. But tensions intensify when a mysterious young man is washed ashore with no memory of who he is. Fluent in German and the Queen's English, is he an RAF pilot, an SS interrogator, a local boy with amnesia or a saviour sent from heaven? The stakes are high and getting it wrong, means certain death.
The year is 1867 and, aboard the SS Cuba, Charles Dickens sets sail for his second tour of America. During his journey across the Atlantic, the author becomes plagued with guilt-ridden visions and visitors from the spirit world. Figures from his life - such as his parents, his wife, his companions and his children - appear alongside characters from his stories. These spirits return to guide (and taunt) him. As reality blurs into fiction, the author is compelled to revisit the sins of his past. But this is no tale of redemption.
Set sometime quite soon and in a fortified, steel-shuttered, slovenly flat in a no-go area of North London where punk things violently rule the deserted streets. Lonely composer Jerome sits surrounded by sophisticated high-tech, audio-visual equipment with only a robot nanny, NAN 300F for company - and she is somewhat on the blink. Jerome desperately wants to get his teenage daughter back and enlists the services of Zoe, an out-of-work actress for a cunning plan he's evolved to impress his estranged wife, Corinna, and a wired-for-sound Child Welfare Officer. When things don't work out with Zoe, Jerome has to improvise and its amazing what can be done with some new microchips and a screwdriver...!
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.
The year is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs and Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. On Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is peddling her satsumas and wit with equal gusto but, little does she know who is watching...
Murder mystery. 1930's-set suspenseful drama set in a claustrophobic household. Olivia Grayne lives an isolated, stifled life as companion to the bitter hypochondriac Mrs Branson who rules her household with a rod of iron. Danny, the new bell-boy, is a dashing jack-the-lad who soon wangles his way into the old lady's affections, but he is not what he seems. When a murder occurs in the village it causes great excitement and events soon take a very dangerous turn!
Based on the best selling novel and the hit 1959 movie starring Alec Guinness. Graham Greene's satirical masterpiece is about the ridiculousness of cold war paranoia and sees antihero Wormold - in need of some money (his daughter has reached that 'expensive age'!) - attempt to lie his way through his new job as Agent 59200, MI6's man in Havana. With only his experience as a vacuum-cleaner salesman to rely on, he files bogus reports, apparently randomly dreaming up military installations based on vacuum-cleaner designs, only to discover that his stories start to prove alarmingly close to the truth...
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.
A middle aged mother relives her youth. Betty is in ready for her son's wedding - so why is she in the attic? Could it be that she doesn't like the bride, is fed up with her husband's meanness or is jealous of her sister's good looks and four husbands? Comedy.
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 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!
Set in the 1960s, this gripping and tense thriller is packed full of shocks and surprises. Love, hate and revenge combine to produce a deadly mixture that will keep audiences in suspense until the final curtain.
Or What You Will. Shakespeare comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes and unrequited love. Rescued from a shipwreck the twins Viola and Sebastian arrive independently in Illyria, both thinking the other is drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy and finds employment with the Duke who is in love with Olivia. Malvolio is the subject of a cruel joke played on him by Sir Toby Belch (yellow stockings cross-gartered) leading him to believe that Olivia loves him. But Olivia has fallen in love with the disguised Viola, while she is in love with the Duke (following it so far?!).
Is it possible to lose your innocence at 70? Rika and Edith, close and caring sisters, are about to discover a shocking truth about their past. Can they adapt or will they now, after seventy years, become strangers? A heart-warming play, set on a kibbutz in Israel in the early 2000s, that reveals the politics, rivalry, sweetness and sadness of the two sisters' lives; two journeys that are inextricably entwined.
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.