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It's now or never for George Jones. The heavy-smoking, Shakespeare-loving Labour leader needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he's their man. But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the Palace of Westminster? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister's Questions?
Paul Robeson is a world famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to America, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career. Winner, Angel Award for Artistic Excellence; Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe, 2008
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.
Custardtown, a suburban utopia, where the lawns are always lush and mown, the dogs bark politely and the trains run on time. What can possibly go wrong in happy little Custardtown? Plenty. Rhino is coming, a virus that grips you and slowly destroys your personality until you are nothing more than a rhino who can grunt with a big horn for a nose and hooves that rumble in the night. Acclaimed composer and director Patrick Dineen's immersive political fable pulses with vigour, vim and energy, with a full score and soundscaping, to examine the contagion of conformity at the heart of our western democracies.
Educating Rita is the unforgettable story of the relationship between a feisty Liverpudlian hairdresser and a jaded university professor. Rita has a passion for literature and is intent upon self-improvement. Frank's disillusionment with live has driven him to the bottle. As Rita grapples with the trials of education, Frank learns to believe in himself again. Originally commissioned by the RSC, the show won the 1980 Society of West End Theatres award for Best Comedy and Best Play. Since this time, Educating Rita has never been out of production somewhere in the world. The film version which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine was Oscar-nominated and won three BAFTA awards.
Playful, kaleidoscopic and horrific, Filter's radical version of Macbeth takes you on a strange, funny and scintillating journey to the epicentre of the "heat-oppressed brain". "Whence is that knocking? How is it with me, when every noise appals me?" A demarcated area on stage. Witches operate a strange collection of electronic musical apparatus. Macbeth is invited in to play. Filter's radical version of Macbeth fuses Shakespeare's corrosive, psychological thriller about ambition, power, witchcraft and sanity with innovative sound and music
Running time: 75mins (no interval). Recommended for aged 14+
The extraordinary story of Marty Ferrara, a longshoreman who challenges the mobsters and gangs of 50s New York and takes a stand against the corruption he witnesses from the authorities who control the docks. The story of a close-knit community grappling with a world of crime and punishment, of changing industry and immigration from abroad, The Hook is a study in integrity and betrayal, charting one man's struggle for meaningful change.
Amidst the political tensions of 1950s America, Arthur Miller's The Hook was banned by the FBI for fear that it could cause unrest in New York's dockyards. Sixty years later, to mark the centenary of the great playwrights' birth, we present the world premiere of Miller's 'play for the screen' in an adaptation by Ron Hutchinson.
The play charts the fate of everyman Norville Barnes, a naive business graduate who take on the might of the Hudsucker Industries as part of a stock scam. This is a madcap, high-octane story captures perfectly the everyday battle between worker bee and top brass which is played out en masse in offices across the land.
Based on the Warner Brothers film, The Hudsucker Proxy written by Ethan Cohen & Joel Cohen and Sam Raimi. Presented with kind permission of Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.
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.
Krapp's Last Tape is one of the most openly autobiographical of Beckett's writings, where he once again confronts himself but without the searing, wrenching pain and exhaustion of previous works. The play, tinged with sadness and at times overwhelmingly emotional is a poignant reflection of Beckett himself.
Inspired by a dream, the revelations of whistleblower, Edward Snowden, and the debate surrounding state surveillance, Theatre Ad Infinitum brings to life a nightmarish future where the state is secretly watching citizens' minds... Light explores the horrors of state secrecy - all played out in darkness and fusing graphic novel and cinema-inspired sci-fi visuals with sound and physical storytelling... .A rare beast - science fiction for stage. Multi award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum presents a dystopian future where implants connect our brains to cyberspace and governments secretly infiltrate our thoughts. Intense darkness, torchlight and a stunning soundscape tell a story of love, betrayal, and technological power.
London Premiere. Age guidance: 12+. Running time: 70mins with no interval.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace. It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Performed with a Greek Chorus.
On a midsummer's night Hermia and her lover Lysander flee from Athens and Demetrius - the man Hermia's father favours as a son-in-law. Demetrius follows, pursued by Helena who loves him in spite of being spurned in favour of Hermia. On the same night Bottom and his friends leave Athens to find somewhere quiet to rehearse their play which is to be performed at the wedding feast of Duke Theseus. Drawn into the woods they enter a world of magic, mystery and wonder.
How Now Mrs Brown Cow is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll.
Penny Crowe is the host of a late-night radio phone in and, as Britain's leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. Along with her co-hosts, camp producer Rory Reynolds (Carl Patrick) and former pop starlet Willow Wallace, she is more than happy to dish out relationship advice but she's less happy to take it!
Age advisory 16+ some strong language and adult themes.
See the Apollo 11 moon landing recreated on a tabletop in just 26 minutes. The creators of 'Thunderbirds', 'F.A.B.', 'Fantastic Voyage' and 'Wallace and Gromit Alive on Stage' boldy conquer the final frontier. Andrew stands behind a large black clothed surface, with Gavin as narrator and accompanied by epic music from Shostakovich. Together they explore surfaces and spaces using only hands, arms and upper torso to create an entrancing televisual documentary of the entire Apollo 11 mission.
Ring Hands takes all four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle and distills it using only his hands and a tabletop for a stage.
Two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the C21st and Caroline Herschel from the C18th - look up at the same night sky and find themselves colliding in their search for understanding. Caroline longs for a family and home of her own; Jess contemplates the prospect of losing both. Each woman can precisely map her position in the universe; yet she struggles to find her place in the world.
Seven women enrol in a writers workshop under the tutelage of Rose. They begin to put their tales on paper, however Rose has a secret tragedy of her own. With the community centre under threat of closure the new writers' talents could be lost forever.
This much loved account tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930's. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the city to restart and rebuild their dreams and fortune. Unbeknown to them however, they are in for a terrible shock. Loved by millions, see Helen's dramatic, moving and heart-warming tale come to life as she and her family are forced to survive in the slums amongst the streetwise working class. .
Set in a remote village hall, Motivators is a slimming and fitness club that could find itself under the spotlight of a reality television show. The club's members want to look good for the cameras, but it's so hard to give up chocolate and cake!