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Liverpool, 1912, 23 year old Adolf Hitler, failed artist and future Fuhrer, comes to stay with his half-brother Alois and his family at 102 Upper Stanhope Street in Toxteth. What is it like having a dictator for a lodger? A portrait of the madman as a young man!
'There's two kinds of people Callum. There's you. And there's everyone else'. Callum realises modern life is rubbish and walks out on his, but to who knows where? Stage Best Ensemble and Total Theatre nominees Big Wow (Insomnobabble) return with a new, ferociously-paced magical piece of theatre. Extremely funny, maybe even a little bit profound.
A tale of two best friends whose friendship has spanned over 20 years until Rita's son James took a fatal bullet in Afghanistan saving Maggie's son Paul. Rita and Maggie were more like sisters until this devastating tragedy shattered both their lives and their friendship, with emotions high things may be taking a turn for the worst. Maggie is desperate to save the friendship but doesn't realise Rita just wants to die. A packet of ginger nuts and a cuppa tea may not be enough to resolve this situation, can Maggie save the friendship and Rita. Friendship, Love, laughter, sadness and hope are all at the centre of this touching story along with the devastating long term effects that war has on everyone not just those on the battlefield.
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.
17 AUGUST - 22 AUGUST
KING'S THEATRE, GLASGOW
20 OCTOBER - 31 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, BATH
27 APRIL - 9 MAY
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
22 JUNE - 4 JULY
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
3 NOVEMBER - 7 NOVEMBER
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
26 MAY - 6 JUNE
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
15 SEPTEMBER - 26 SEPTEMBER
LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD
9 JUNE - 13 JUNE
11 AUGUST - 15 AUGUST
EMPIRE THEATRE, SUNDERLAND
13 JULY - 18 JULY
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
21 JULY - 25 JULY
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
7 SEPTEMBER - 12 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH
3 AUGUST - 8 AUGUST
17 NOVEMBER - 21 NOVEMBER
THE LOWRY, SALFORD
Never mind devolution, it's time for a revolution! Liverpool and Manchester have not always got on but there is one thing that they are agreed on - the North is better off without the South. The Mayors of these two great cities have put their heads together and come up with a plan to leave the South behind. With some careful planning and a bit of fracking the united North is making a break for it. Westminster have woken up to the fact that they might have to live in a country without Eccles Cakes and politeness so they are putting whatever spanners they can find into the works. Sabotage is the order of the day and the Government are not pulling any punches. A frenzied debate turns into all out war as the army takes to the streets. Can the North ever be free? Will Corrie be pay per view? Who wants Coventry?
Age advisory 16+. Some strong language. Running time: 2hrs inclu. interval
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.
Walkern 1712. A "witch" is hanged. The first in decades. While the village fears the return of witchery, the accused's daughter Ann befriends the local cunning woman: the solitary Jane Wenham. Days later, a tragedy occurs. Jane is accused of witchcraft - and Ann leads the charge. Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, Rebecca Lenkiewicz's beautiful, throat-catching new play is alive with mysteries of nature, sex and the supernatural, and blasts society's hunger to find - and create - witches.
Last year 4,000 people drowned trying to get to Europe in rickety migrant boats. The UK government responded by eliminating support for the main rescue programme. One man's job is to pull bodies out of the Mediterranean; the sea that gave birth to the world. And in the UK, a payday loan collector tramps from door to door hearing complaints about immigration and the jobs crisis. In a story of divide and rule, two strangers strive to find human connection in a world of separation. This is the story of two Europes - one that people are desperate to enter, and one that people are desperate to keep for themselves.
Emma and Charlie's paths cross one day. She leads him to believe that she is besotted with the idea of fate and love and him. He is sceptical yet intrigued by her mystery. Emma however is playing a game and never truly reveals her feelings. The roles then reverse and Charlie becomes the very character that Emma portrays in the beginning. He falls into her trap of ideological fantasies and unrealistic realities.
Six lottery winners who have lost their millions attend therapy in an attempt to learn that money doesn't buy happiness. But unknown to their therapist they are in a syndicate and desperate to hit the jackpot again!
How Now Mrs Brown Cow is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll.
Playing amongst the enigmatic instructions of Yoko Ono's art works, in the shadow of Lennon's death, O No! is a psychedelic ride, a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles.
Part of Physical Fest. Unity One
A high ranking government minister with a colourful past is sent on a delicate diplomatic mission to Istanbul. But when his trip ends up in a horrific bar room brawl, social media explodes and the enigmatic darling of a political party becomes Europe's most wanted man overnight. Chased by the authorities, damned by religious leaders, pursued by those looking for vengeance and head-hunted by fanatics, his Odyssey begins. Plunged into the ancient past Odysseus must now contend with all the unworldly beings and unnatural phenomena that stand in his way. The Cyclops, the Sirens, witches, whirlpools and flesh-eating armies must all be overcome in the struggle for survival and the long voyage back to the present day. Back at home, with her husband missing presume dead, his wife Penelope and their young son are besieged by the press, ravenous for the full story.
Promise boldy explores the aspirations of young people and the promises that are made to them. Animals (15+) tells the stories of young adults who've given up on society, and earn their living illegally
Queertet is a no holds barred celebration of LGBT theatre wrapped up in four short plays and one hilarious evening. A previous finalist of SEEN Magazine Event of the Year, this sassy, saucy and deeply satisfying evening is the perfect opener to Pride season. Recommended 18+
4 original short LGBT themed plays by upcoming writers that are sure to delight and intrigue. Heralding the start of Liverpool Pride in colourful, energetic and sparkling style, Queertet is back in town!
While you can expect a heroine with long flowing locks and a gallant Prince, the traditional story may get a little 'Tangled' along the way. With a live band, plenty of belly laughs and more than a few surprises Rapunzel is sure to be the perfect festive treat.
Fifteen people huddle in an air raid shelter as the Luftwaffe mercilessly assault Liverpool. They pass the time telling stories of love, tragedy and loss, singing and making do with the odd bottle of stout and a pan of scouse. Class differences, petty squabbles and black market deals raise tensions as they desperately let old acquaintances be forgot and prepare to welcome in a happier new year... Combining humour and warmth, pathos and tragedy, songs and dancing. Red Skies is a salutary and timely reminder of the horrors of war, both then and now.
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!
Performances at Calderstone?s Mansion House.
"When she gon come? I lookin at de people dem but I can't see her. She a pretty lookin ting, she does stan' out amongst these faces dripped in dissatisfaction..." Evangeline is waiting; she has been waiting a long time. She waits for the Black Swan to glide through the station and show her a little warmth and kindness. She waits for a ticket home to Trinidad, the sun, the mango trees, and the street vendors selling curry. She waits for Shirley the daughter she let walk away all those years ago. "I try not to tink about she too much, 'cause de pain dem thoughts bring it like a heard of buffalo runnin wild in a field, an I beneath dem foot." Will her daughter ever return to her and can she ever forgive the Mother that let her go?
Stressed? Over-worked? Need some time out? Sit back, relax and enjoy some group therapy. Our award-winning Unity Youth Theatre looks at issues of Mental Health and young people's health-and-wellbeing. Open to all young people from 14-18 years our Youth Theatre works with professional theatre companies and practitioners gaining experience in the performing arts, developing a wide variety of skills to create performances on unity's stages.