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Based on an original idea by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corbie from the book by John Buchan. This brand new version will be performed by four actors playing a minimum of 150 roles and contains every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium, besides many other favourite cinematic moments, including the memorable and controversial 'stockings and suspenders' scene!
An empire crumbling. Betrayal. Murder. Vengeance. Electra is a darkly psychological study of a woman s obsession with her murdered father and her quest for retribution. When her brother unexpectedly returns from exile, the stage is set for Electra s endgame. But vengeance has its price. For how can there be closure if, to avenge your father s death, you must first kill your mother?
Get Yourself Together is a solo performance which explores how mental health impacts autobiographical memory and the thin line between depression as a clinical issue and a political one. Its starting point is Christmas Eve 2012, when Josh was diagnosed with depression and hit by a car. No major injuries were sustained and he walked home but the combination of the se two things made for an eventful day and a story he's told many times. On telling it, Josh became increasingly aware of the stigmatism surrounding the issue both from people he knew to the way it is reported in the media, prompting Josh to make this show to interrogate mental health and the way it is perceived, talked about and dealt with.
For the first time ever, ITV's popular Sunday evening 60s police drama, Heartbeat, comes to the stage starring members of the TV cast. Heartbeat ran for 18 years from 1992 to 2010 with audiences regularly exceeding 10 million viewers and was constantly in the top five TV programmes across all the channels. Now it comes to the stage in this touring production which, with use of video footage and a clever set, recreates the atmosphere of the 1960s rural Yorkshire settings. Come and see David Stockwell, Gina Ward, PC Geoff Younger and a number of the other most popular characters in a two-hour live stage production with a brand-new script. Take yourself back to the 60s, with all the great music of the TV series, in this excellent production. More names from the TV cast to be added soon.
Final year students from Northumbria University's BA (Hons) Performance programme present two new productions: Mother Courage and her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Lee Hall and directed by Fiona McPherson, and In The Middle of the West, written and directed by Steve Gilroy
Accompanying the performances will be a cabaret of work in Stage 3, showcasing the excellence of the BA (Hons) Drama and BA (Hons) Drama and Scriptwriting courses.
No one's touched the buffet, there's a big gap on the wall where a mirror's fallen off and something is stinking the place out. Julie and Ruby are sisters coming to terms with the death of formidable matriarch Iris who still manages to control their lives from beyond the grave. On the night of the uneral, Julie gets off with Gerry, the crime scene cleaner. Maybe that'll help. It doesn't. When their mother's unusual bequest unearths a story that leaves some indelible marks, something more than a deep clean is needed. Iris is a heady cocktail of caustic humour and tender pathos from the writer of the hit 2015 Edinburgh show The Soaking Of Vera Shrimp.
Bold and irreverent storytelling explores the complex character of this colourful Stewart king - a poet, a lover, a law-maker but also the product of a harsh political system. James I of Scotland was captured when he was only 13 and became King of Scots in an English prison. 18 years later he's finally delivered back home with a ransom on his head and a new English bride. He's returning to a poor nation, the royal coffers are empty and his nobles are a pack of wolves ready to tear him apart at the first sign of weakness. But James has his own ideas about how to be a king and, after 18 years, he finally has the chance to realise them. James is determined to bring the rule of law to a land riven by warring families, but that struggle will force him to make terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown.
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In the second of Rona Munro's dynastical trilogy, innocent games merge with murderous intent in a violent royal playground of shifting realities and paranoia. An eight year old boy is crowned King of Scots. Soon James II is the prize in a vicious game between the country's most powerful families, for whoever has the person of the boy king, controls the state. Seen through a child's eyes, the Scottish court is a world of monsters with sharp teeth and long knives. Growing up alone, abandoned by his mother and separated from his sisters, James II is little better than a puppet. There is only one relationship he can trust, his growing friendship with another lonely boy, William, the future Earl of Douglas. The two boys cling together as they try to survive the murder and mayhem that surrounds them. But the independence and power of young adulthood brings James into an even more threatening world. He has to fight the feuding nobles who still want to control him, he has to make brutal choices about the people he loves best, he has to struggle to keep his tenuous grip on the security of the crown and on his sanity....while the nightmares and demons of his childhood rise up again with new and murderous intent.
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Like James III himself, the final instalment of Rona Munro's extraordinary trilogy is colourful, brash and unpredictable. It turns its eye on the women of the royal court, both lowly and high born, who prove to be its beating heart. Queen Margaret, married to James III is played by Sofie Grabol, most known to audiences as Sarah Lund in the Danish TV series, The Killing. James III of Scotland. A man who's irresistible, charismatic, a man of fashion and culture. A man with big dreams ...and no budget to realise any of them. Obsessed with grandiose schemes that his nation can ill-afford and his restless nobles will no longer tolerate, James is loved and loathed in dangerously unstable proportions. But Scotland's future will be decided by the woman who loves him best of all, his resourceful and resilient wife, Queen Margaret of Denmark. As dreams battle brutal realities and the nation thunders dangerously close to regicide and civil war, her true love and clear vision offer the only protection that can save a fragile monarchy and rescue a struggling people. But the cost for Margaret herself may be too high.
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In the oppressive heat of Midsummer's Eve, Julie, daughter of the Lord, is drawn into a dangerous tryst with her father's butler, John. As the night wears on, the couple, from opposite ends of the social spectrum, dance, flirt and fight towards and explosive conclusion that will shake the existing order to its core. Suitable for fourteen years plus. Contains strong language.
A Palestinian actor learns there's more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what's wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time. Love, Bombs & Apples is the comic tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation.
With war raging all around her, Mother Courage sells food and clothing to soldiers, switching allegiance when it suits her and striving to keep her business and children alive at all costs. Bloody battlefields are her marketplace, her wagon, her stall. Her remarkable and brutal story is told through humour and song; her story is one of choices and remains a powerful reminder of human resilience and loss in times of war. An epic masterpiece of one woman's survival.
Final year students from Northumbria University's BA (Hons) Performance programme present two new productions: Mother Courage and her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Lee Hall and directed by Fiona McPherson, and In The Middle of the West, written and directed by Steve Gilroy. Accompanying the performances will be a cabaret of work in Stage 3, showcasing the excellence of the BA (Hons) Drama and BA (Hons) Drama and Scriptwriting courses.
The Naked Truth is an comedy drama set in a pole dancing class. As five very different women struggle hilariously to conquer pole dancing for a charity event, they share laughter and tears in this hilarious, sad and ultimately moving play.
"It's a Women Thing"
Hirst, a respected and wealthy poet, comes across Spooner, a fellow poet who has fallen on hard times, in a chance meeting at Jack Straw's Castle, his local public house. They retire to Hirst's Hampstead home to continue their drinking and conversation. Later, two younger men, Foster and Briggs, arrive claiming to be Hirst's guardians. Nothing, however, is as it seems. First performed in 1975, No Man's Land is one of [Harold Pinter's most darkly comic, savagely disturbing - and seldom seen - plays. The tenuous nature of memory, and the primal, aggressive nature of men struggling to maintain their status in an unrelenting world are forged together in this modern classics.
It's after midnight and Garry, Frederick, Belinda and Brooke, hapless actors rehearsing the trouser-dropping farce, Nothing On, are confused. Should Dotty be holding the newspaper or the sardines? Should there even be sardines? What's gone wrong with all the door handles? And where the hell is Selsdon Mowbray? A month later the troupe hits Goole, and tempers are fraying, hearts are breaking and the riotous fun on-stage is paralleled only by volcanic excitements off-stage. But will the crises turn the comedy into a catastrophe? Can the show go on? Everything desperate director Lloyd Dallas does to make things better, just makes things a little worse.
Agamemnon is slain by Clytemnestra. Clytemnestra is slain by her avenging son, Otestes. The House of Mycenae lies in ruins. Orestes is condemned to death by his own citizens. Tormented by guilt, desperate and alone, it takes just a small spark to ignite the forces of his destructive wrath. Shocking in its modernity and compelling in its tragic vision, Orestes is Euripdes' savage twist on the legendary fall of an ancient dynasty.
Catholic schoolgirls go wild! The choir trip to the capital goes badly wrong. Funny, sad and raucously rude. A play about singing, sex and sambuca. Six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. A musical play about losing your virginity and finding yourself.
World Premiere. Director Vicky Featherstone and Billy Elliot author, Lee Hall, create a tribute to being young, lost and out of control. Contains adult themes and strong language.
Simon and Sean's dad is dead. Returning home from London, Simon is shocked to find Sean in a relationship with a man called Aidan. Sean is irritated by Simon's new cosmopolitan ways. And Aidan? He just wants to be part of the family. Attempting to find common ground, they head out for a booze-fuelled night in Gateshead. Before long they are arguing. What is it about the memory of a childhood trip to Whitby that sets them off? Darts, pints and fists fly across the room, as past and present collide with dizzying consequences.
Two men with opposing political views were shot in cold blood on the streets of Holland. Victims of extremism, real life left-wing anarchist Theo Van Gogh and far-right political leader Pim Fortuyn weren't afraid to make their views known.
As Artistic Director of Curious Monkey, Amy Golding makes shows from real stories, told to her by real people. Now she's making her own story, based on an experience she's planning right now... In preggers, Amy explores what it means to be pregnant, for women now and for women of previous generations. Her mother's unconventional approach to family life was captured by a 1980s BBC documentary team. Now Amy is thinking of starting her own family, co-parenting with her gay best friend - surely it will work out just fine...? This real, happening-right-now account of Amy's personal journey through towards motherhood promises to be touching and provocative.