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Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk... Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards. This story is part of Revolution Mix - a movement that is delivering the largest ever number of new Black British Stories nationally. It is inspired by and dedicated to the Black Men's Walking Group, and is a compelling, constantly surprising new show that turns a spotlight onto Britain's missing histories.
A roller coaster of a thriller. Seven years ago, Mike Mason and his wife killed young Carol Mitchell in a hit and run car accident. Now it seems they have at last been found out. From devious twist to shocking turn, Blood Money is a roller coaster of a comedy thriller, keeping the tension mounting and you the audience guessing right up to the final curtain.
Cambridge 1896, and Girton College, home to the country's first female students, is an object of annoyance and derision to the rest of the university. The year's intake of new women face economic difficulty, the distractions of men and radical politics, and the jaw-dropping prejudice that blights every aspect of academic life. Meanwhile, there looms the prospect of a controversial vote to decide: should these ?blue stockings' be allowed to graduate? A moving, comical and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women's suffrage.
Wealthy Monsieur Jourdain has a dream - to be an accepted part of fashionable society; in short to be regarded as a "gentleman". Even his family are to be sacrificed to this end. And there are those eager to help him achieve his dream - for a price. Moliere's comedy strips bare artistic pretensions, vanity, snobbery and hypocracy in society, but never loses sight of the fact that plays should entertain their audiences.
The story of an American family staying in an English Country home and the young girl's encounter with, and recue of, a family ghost.
For your delight and delectation, four valiant vaudevillians present their terrifying take on Oscar Wilde's most gruesome ghost story.
Djanogly Theatre. Edinburgh Preview
A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island re suspects, but are they alone and is this the first crime this idyllic island has witnessed?
Dr Jekyll is a respected physician and chemist. But his close friend and colleague, Gabriel Utterson and Dr Hastie Lanyon, are beginning to question the direction of his scientific research and his close association with Mr Hyde. Secretly, Dr Jekyll has discovered a chemical that can unleash his dark side in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Now able to transform himself at will, he roams the streets of London as his monstrous alter-ego, spreading fear and evil across the city. Dr Jekyll, the master of his own fate, soon discovers his double life comes at a hideous price.
It is 1942. At the Falcon Hotel, on the edge of an airfield in Lincolnshire, Teddy, a young bomber pilot is celebrating a reunion with his actress wife Patricia. Events take an unexpected turn, when Peter a famous heartthrob film star arrives, and an urgent bombing mission over Germany is ordered. As the night gives way to dawn, Patricia finds herself at the centre of a passionate conflict of love and loyalty as unpredictable as the war in the skies. Flare Path was first performed in the West End at the Apollo Theatre in 1942. It is based on Rattigan’s own Bomber Command experiences when he served as a tail gunner during the Second World War.
A hundred and ten years ago Kate Barlow heard the sound of her heart breaking. Green Lake was the largest lake in Texas, full of clear cool water that sparkled like an emerald in the sun. Now it is just a dry, flat wasteland. If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy. Stanley Yelnats was not a bad boy. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now he's digging... A family curse, the mystery of the holes at Green Lake, the trush about the infamous outlaw Kissing Kate Barlow - Holes is a smart, life-affirming family adventure based on Louis Sachar's best selling novel. Not recommended for children under 7
Classic turn-of-the-century comedy of social manners. A very complicated plot that includes the famous "A Handbag!" line .. Jack Worthing is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, daughter of the redoubtable Lady Bracknell, and cousin of his friend Algernon. They cannot wed until the mystery of his parentage (he was found in a handbag on Victoria Station) is resolved. Algy discovers that Jack has a pretty young ward, Cecily, living at the Manor and visits her pretending to be Jack's fictitious (and wicked) brother Ernest.
In the 70s and early 80s, the well-known Manchester band, Joy Division, took their name from events had nothing to do with joy. The name comes from forced labour camps in Nazi Germany. In these camps, thousands of young women were used as sex slaves for German officers before they went to fight on the Russian front. These young girls, known as 'Feld Hure' (Field Whores), underwent daily 'enjoyment duty' where three bad reports were met with brutal levels of punishment. The question is, in such dire circumstances, do humans take solace in the companionship of others suffering the same fate? Or does an individual's supposed submission give them greater dominance and a longer shelf life? Warning: Contains Femal Nudity
In Germany, during the months before the Second World War, 10,000 Jewish children made a perilous and heartbreaking journey, leaving their families in Europe to begin a new life in Britain - the Kindertransport. Kindertransport follows the journey of Jewish girl Eva as she leaves Germany behind for a new life in Manchester. Past and present day intertwine as we see the young Eva struggling with a displaced childhood and her adult self, Evelyn, confronting her past as her daughter Faith leaves home for the first time. And we discover the effects that Evelyn's painful childhood memories have on her life and family, as Faith finds letters and artefacts in the attic, revealing to her Evelyn's suppressed past life and her own hidden family history. Based upon the memories of Kindertransport children, Diane Samuel's riveting human drama explores the issues of how we define ourselves and the basic human need in all of us to have a sense of belonging.
Congratulations! You've been specially selected for an all-inclusive stay in a tropical paradise! We don't want you to worry about a thing, everything is already planned. Feel the sand between your toes and the sun on your face. After sunset, we'll see you at The Disco. Last Resort is a multi-sensory performance about psychological torture in Guantanamo Bay - the imagined future of a troubled past in tropical paradise.
Boy meets girl. Boy can't talk to girl. Girl takes in the survivor of a natural disaster. A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin is finding it hard to talk. The only person who seems to notice is Rachel, who resolves to find out what's troubling him and help him find his voice again. But when Rach's family take in the articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin's silence is no longer her first priority. How does it feel when the suffering of others seems more legitimate than our own?
Love, war and women's lib. Written in the 4th Century BC this is one of the greatest of anti-war plays, as well as a bawdy comedy. Lysistrata and the younger women of Athens hold a sex strike in an attempt to stop the 20 year Peloponnesian war whilst she also leads the older women on an assault of the Acropolis.
The Scottish Play - theatrical types consider saying its name to be unlucky! Thrust into power by his overwhelming desires and an over ambitious wife, Macbeth finds his only security is to murder and murder again. From "When shall we three meet again" to "is this a dagger I see before me" a powerful Shakespearean drama.
1788 - King George III is preparing for the opening of parliament with his devoted wife, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children. Despite the picture of respectability all is not well in the palace; not only has the King lost the colonies but he's losing his mind. With the smooth running of Government depending on his sanity and the Prince of Wales increasingly impatient to succeed his father, it's a race against time to get the King fit. The Prime Minister's only hope is a self-taught doctor with some unorthodox methods for curing dementia.
In 1945, at the end of World War II, Ildiko's grandmother, expelled from her home, walked 350km through the fractured landscape of Europe with her two young children and all her belongings dragged in a cart. In 2015, Ildiko and Rosie retraced her footsteps, crossing borders, climbing fences, bleeding, crying, blistering, and carrying their flat pack children. Now the performers walk, fall and stumble on a treadmill, immersed in an environment of archival and original videos and voice-overs. No Woman's Land is a humorous and moving stagger through landscapes of past and present stories. Visual, physical and visceral, the performance explores the post war apocalypse, migration, home and displacement.
Created by:Rosie Garton and Ildiko Rippel
Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. There's Nowhere to Run for the Capulets and Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even Down at the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, Juliet's Nurse is looking forward to a good old Twist and Shout at the Capulet party, which Romeo's mates are planning to gatecrash. Romeo has doubts about going to the Capulet Nite Klub but that is where he meets his Juliet, and It Must Be Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power of Love will end the families' violent feud.
Publisher Simon Hench is urbane, sophisticated, selfish and keeps himself at a distance from the distractions of family and friends. As Simon settles in for a quiet night with Wagner's Parsifal, he is besieged by a stream of unwelcome visitors, and his cool demeanour buckles as life finally catches up with him. Warning: Contains scenes of an adult nature.
Based on a heart-warming true story, the play follows a group of 18th Century convicts and officers as they confront a savage new land. These jailbirds, male and female, have no rights and their treatment is as ferocious as the landscape. But one man defies the rules. Lt Ralph Clark creates the very first piece of theatre ever to be performed in Australia, The Recruiting Officer. The drama mounts as the convicts rehearse, and their hopes for a new life grow stronger. Incredibly the play will go on! Our Country's Good was first presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 10 September 1988. Note: The convicts use explicit language and this award-winning play contains scenes which some people might find shocking.
As a luxury liner steams its way across the Atlantic, Turai and Gal try frantically to finish their play in time for the New York opening. But the show depends on the music of a young composer - who can't compose because his girl friend, the leading lady, seems to be rekindling an old flame with the show's leading man, who isn't ready to admit that he is no longer the lover he was in his somewhat distant youth. Add lifeboat drills, the dramatic criticism of a cognac-tippling steward and other storms at sea for a fast-moving 1930s-style screwball farce.
Mistaken identity, lust and class are at the heart of this classic comedy set in the rustic England of the 1760s. Sub-titled The Mistakes of a Night. A rich handsome single man, Marlow, is very good at chatting up barmaids, but bashful in front of society ladies. The he falls for Miss Kate Hardcastle and things start to go wrong when his friend persuade him that her family home is in fact the local inn!
'Do you think dreams are wasted on people like us?' It's a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Anns, Nottingham. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march. Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen. Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves. A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together. As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.
Cleo and George were the perfect couple; young and in love, the world at their feet. Until Cleo makes a decision that sends George on a downward spiral. Can they rebuild their broken relationship? Will Cleo find the strength to forgive George for the damage he has caused? A dark story with sinister consequences. Full of betrayal and heartache, this gutsy, original contemporary drama is not one to be missed.
Wild storms, hurricanes and extreme flooding, The Storm Officer tells the tale of one town's struggle when faced with the realities of extreme weather and the impact of climate change. Inspired by real-life stories of Storm Desmond (2015) and tales of bizarre and dramatic weather events from the last thousand years, this funny, touching and bold play is brilliantly interwoven with live music and song.
1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it's a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. Let those on the continent cooperate and hug and kiss each other on the ruddy cheek. Here in Britain, one party governs and we get things done. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions. A minority government? No one with any sense or gumption gives you more than a matter of weeks. You're gonna fall, and fast, and hard. So start finding things to land on. Now. Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham's This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
The National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production.
I want you to do yourself proud, Joey. You go and drive those Germans back where they've come from, and then come home to me. At the outbreak of World War one, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. he's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. but Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Do I look like I know the latest on every effing ?orse in the war? Do I look like an effing equine expert or even an effing equestrian enthusiast? Your squadron no longer exists. That's all I know, Private. Suitable for 12yrs+
18 OCTOBER - 11 NOVEMBER
15 SEPTEMBER - 14 OCTOBER
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
15 NOVEMBER - 2 DECEMBER
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
19 SEPTEMBER - 6 OCTOBER
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
14 FEBRUARY - 10 MARCH
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
14 MARCH - 7 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM
25 JANUARY - 10 FEBRUARY
BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON
13 DECEMBER - 6 JANUARY
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
29 AUGUST - 15 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
18 APRIL - 12 MAY
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres, two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
The Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy humour. London, 1984. A conflicted Tory MP, a brash American CEO and an eccentric maverick are the face of a radical Conservative government preparing to do battle with the most powerful workforce, the miners. As the two sides clash, the miners fight for their livelihoods and families, and the government for its vision of a free Britain. Together they change the fabric of the nation forever.