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At the Platt country manor, whilst womanising landowner Teddy Platt eagerly awaits the arrival of an old friend in the house, in the garden, preparations for the annual village fete are well underway. Amidst the manicured setting, gossip, affairs and petty feuds run rife and with a host of colourful characters and troubled couples mingling throughout the day, tensions run higher still into the night.
In the unique setting of The Watermill, Alan Ayckbourn's pair of linked comedies will be performed simultaneously by the same cast between the theatre and a marquee in its beautiful gardens. With hilarious consequences, one character's entrance to House is another's exit from Garden in this fast-paced duo of plays! This will be the first time that Ayckbourn's play has been performed both inside and out, promising to be a very special production that will be epic and intimate in equal measure.
The events in this blackest of comedies take place on the day of a murdered woman's funeral. The coffin dominates the stage, but where is the body? And where is the stolen loot from the recent bank robbery? What is the secret history of the much married nurse? Just how close is the friendship between Dennis and Hal? And why does the man from the water board seem to be conducting a murder inquiry?
50th Anniversary Productions
Linda is a self-confessed 'collector'. She has all the necessities: broken umbrellas to match any outfit, unopened Amazon parcels delivered in 2012, shoes that don't fit but were a bargain at 75 percent off and trainers because, one day, she will definitely take up running. To add to her collection there is Toby, an affectionately named rat who has taken up residence in her home. With the arrival of Jonathan, a man who can't sleep if the sponge is in the wrong place by the kitchen sink, comes a more life-changing situation than Linda could ever have imagined. The journey that follows is one of love, loss and an infatuation with Stevie Wonder memorabilia.
Set in 1901, this Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town is not just a picture of life in a small American community, or a speculation about the conditions of life after death. It is also an attempt to find a value above all prices for the smallest events in our daily life.
Wilde's Faustian novel of decaying paintings and endless youth. Dorian Gray is a young man of extraordinary charm and beauty. When his close friend paints his portrait, a series of shocking and supernatural events are set into motion which will destroy many of the central characters. Wilde explores the idea of sin and redemption in a gripping narrative that also includes his legendary wit and observation.
The Federation of Rural Primary Schools in West Berkshire will again collaborate with The Watermill in this remarkable project. Over a hundred children from six local village primary schools will perform in a new play specially written for them.
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!
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?!).
Lyrical piece about life in a Welsh fishing village. A play for voices first broadcast in 1954 with Richard Burton as First Voice. Come to Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Meet blind Captain Cat, Mog Edward's and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Walk along Coronation Street, Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood. Join the townsfolk as Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and rhythm of a day, from the first light of dawn into a busy morning and through the long, slow afternoon.