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Al Murray is the pub landlord who holds forth on all manner of topics, waxing wide about the state of the world with all the skewed logic of a bar room philosopher. Anyone who has spent even the smallest amount of time in a pub will recognise these immaculate observations of British pub culture.
Comedian, actor and permanent resident on 'QI'.
Andy has swiftly established himself with his unique brand of political comedy. Swiftly moving from one theme to the next Andy has the ability to make you listen as well as laugh. He co-devised Radio 4's critically acclaimed satirical show, The Department.
Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970's Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade. Their targets: MPs. Embassies. Police. Pageant Queens. A world of order is shattered by anarchy. The rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt. As a special police squad hunt the home-grown terrorists whose identities shocked the nation, James Graham's heart-stopping thriller lures us into a frenzied world that looks much like our own.
Climb aboard for this pleasure cruise packed with timeless Cole Porter hits. Luxury ocean liner, the S.S. American sets sail for England with a cargo full of colourful characters. Anything Goes tells the tale of stowaway Billy Crocker and his desperate pursuit of Hope Harcourt, the beautiful debutante fiancée of English Aristocrat Lord Oakleigh. But, the road to love is never simple, as we are introduced to raunchy ex-evangelist turned nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney, who herself holds a torch for Billy, and gangster team Moonface Martin and his sidekick Erma, who are trying to make a getaway. Packed with great song and dance numbers such as It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Blow Gabriel Blow and the title song, Anything Goes, this show is guaranteed to get your toes tapping.
The story follows Phileas Fogg and his trusty servant Passepartout as they try to circle the globe faster than any man in history, for a bet of 20,000. Through teeming jungles and dazzling cities - using every possible means of transport - they battle against red tape, black hearted villians, and the bull-headed Detective Fix who is determined to stand in their way. Can Fogg complete his journey in time and still rescue a beautiful princess from the jaws of certain death? Bring your passport along and find out.
A popular panto long before it got the Disney treatment.
Beauty and her Beast are set for a magical, musical adventure in Oxford next Christmas. But can Beauty break Beast's curse and secure a rosy happy ever after? Enjoy a superb cast of your favourite characters, sing-a-long songs, stunning dancing, slapstick silliness and lots of chances to join in. It's going to be the perfect festive entertainment.
From the choreographer and composer behind the hit film Streetdance 3D comes this dazzling dance theatre show fusing hip hop, martial arts and Japanese manga. The Olivier Award-winning Boy Blue has worked with Shaolin Monks and manga artist Akio Tanaka to create this electrifying show.
Brendan Cole adds the international flavour to BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Sassy and sexy, Brendan is a charismatic performer, his choreography has a touch of genius, and his bold exchanges with the Strictly judges makes for great viewing.
The Wild West's most famous heroine in a rip-roaring story. This musical is adapted from the celebrated stage-play and film. 'Calam' dresses like a man, totes a gun and drives the Deadwood City stagecoach. Well-meaning but disaster prone, she tries to help the local saloon proprietor out of a jam by promising to fetch a music-hall star from Chicago. An hilarious comedy, it nevertheless has many tender moments and some very famous numbers including 'Secret Love', 'Black Hills of Dakota', Deadwood Stage' and 'Windy City'.
The story of the gypsy girl Carmen whose love and passion switch from one man to another with tragic consequences. Probably the world's most famous opera and tunes. A Spanish story of love, treachery, passion and betrayal.
The tale of the inhabitants of a New England fishing town. Romantic couple, comedy pair, wise old woman and a villain make up the main characters. Songs include You'll Never Walk Alone, June is Busting Out all Over and If I Loved You. Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F Glaser.
Cinema closed for building work.
Rebekah is back at her parents' house, holed up with her old university essays and family records. Determined to move on with her life, she begins writing the story of her great-grandfather, a World War One conscientious objector.
The enigmatic Coppelia, believed to be the daughter of the reclusive toy-maker Coppelius, sits on her father's balcony, seemingly oblivious to the world around her. Her neighbour, the capricious Swanilda, is angered by Coppelia's aloof attitude, and becomes even more alarmed when her fiancé Franz begins to take more than a passing interest in the girl. When she breaks into Coppelius's house to confront her rival, she soon realises that Coppelia is not quite what she seems.
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.
"Danny Bhoy's high-energy, topical, observational comedy is a breath of fresh air." The Face
Steven is a believer - he believes in reason, logic and humanity. The psychic believes in the spirits. Dead To Me is a disturbingly funny story about a man and his troubled relationship with a psychic and her spirit guide. When the truth is confronted, an irreversible chain of events is set in motion and Steven finds out that living people can be unnecessarily cruel. The dead are easier to deal with. ?Very funny for all the wrong reasons' (WhatsOnStage.com on Me and Mr C by Gary Kitching).
Running time: 1hr
Beloved coming of age film, Dirty Dancing comes to the stage to take you back to 1963... ....when everybody called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy got shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn’t wait to join the Peace Corps and I thought I’d never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman’s’ Experience the excitement and romance of the blockbuster film - live on stage. Featuring the hit songs from the best selling movie soundtrack of all time including; Time Of My Life, Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby and Do You Love Me? First dance. First love. The 1987 film starred Jennifer Grey as the teenaged Baby who falls in love with the camp's working class dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze.
The Dreamboys are the biggest and most successful male glamour show in the UK. The evening is hosted by a sexy Dreamboy who actively encourages audience participation!
Please note that this show is not suitable for under 18s.
Headlining hit touring stage show An Evening of Burlesque, Rotherham lass Amber Topaz describes herself as "The Yorkshire Tease" and says she was born to perform. The fun-loving beauty reveals she has slipped into her role as one of the top artistes on London s thriving West End burlesque scene just as easily as she slips out of her many couture costumes in the An Evening of Burlesque.
Do you know everything? Tiernan thinks he does. Luckily for you, he's chosen to share his knowledge. An hour of silly comedy for kids, adults, robots and things that go ?yargle'. Perfect for anyone who liked Comedy Club 4 Kids.
Age guideline: 6+
Wit and music from some very talented ladies.
Presenting a show filled with topical numbers hot off the press, and some treasured old favourites, Fascinating Aida continue to grow old disgracefully.
Six characters, one park: Fast Track follows a life-changing day in the lives of 6 young city-dwellers. Characters run, cycle, walk and hurtle past each other. Strangers confess, love and judge each other. They have one thing in common: they are all stuck in a relationship - a relationship with money. They are trying to find ways to handle it: save it, steal it, exchange it, make it or get rid of it. And as the sun sets and night falls, this park becomes an altogether darker place...
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be...THE FULL MONTY. Rediscover the six men, their wives and their children and what they had to do to keep it all together.
The latest addition to the Funday Sunday line up is from Wild Boor Ideas. Each show is packed full of puppetry, interactive songs, gentle clowning and a chance to meet the puppet stars after the show. The Abominable Snowman is a snowy tale of a lazy boy, a greedy woodcutter and a large and lonely snowman. Wave your wand and find out if friendship will conquer all in this magical production. Meet the puppets after the show. Suitable for under 5 yrs
The latest addition to the Funday Sunday line up is from Wild Boor Ideas. Each show is packed full of puppetry, interactive songs, gentle clowning and a chance to meet the puppet stars after the show. Funky Monkey has lost his funk! Who's got it? Where can it be? How can he get it back? Meet a host of funktastic Monkeys, a Funk Doctor and join in the funkadelic jungle fun! Suitable for under 5 yrs
Depicting the first murder trial ever held and performed by University of Oxford students, The Furies is this year's Oxford Greek Play, and a rare opportunity to experience classical drama in its original language. Performed in Ancient Greek with English surtitles.
rreverent and funny, this brand new romp from writer Ben Langley will take you on an hilarious adventure through the heroic and daring world of Sherwood Forest led by the world's favourite outlaw Robin Hood and his merry men (in tights!). Original, clever and laugh out loud funny, Ha Ha Hood! is not to be missed.
Chess is in prison. Facing a lengthy sentence, her cell mate becomes her soul mate. But when Serena is given parole, Chess faces total isolation. Hope comes in the form of a music producer looking for a reason to love music again. She finds a powerful voice in Chess. But to harness her talent, Chess must first face her past.
Running time: 75mins. Age 14+
From the writer that brought you the sell-out productions Father Christmas and the Icicle Bicycle and Dear Father Christmas comes this interactive festive show for children aged 3 to 6 years.
Running time: 50mins. Age gu8ideline: 3-6 years
I Wish I Was Lonely is a participatory show about contactability. A show in which the audience commit to leaving their phones on. A show investigating what it means to participate in communication or not. There will be poems, there will be stories and there will be conversation. I Wish I Was Lonely is the new show from Fringe-First winners Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe (following 2011's The Oh F*c k Moment) that asks whether the invisible waves we're tethered to might be drowning who we are.
Recommended for ages 14+
Intensely physical and loud, driven by explosive choreography and a live four piece band, the National Theatre of Scotland's In Time o' Strife is a powerful reimagining of Joe Corrie's rarely performed classic play, exposing the lives of a Fife mining family staring hunger and defeat in the face during the General Strike of 1926. Produced in association with ON at Fife, In Time o' Strife is playing at Pathhead Hall, Kirkcaldy in October 2013 and tickets are now on sale from ON at Fife box office. In addition to Corrie's original script, the show will interweave fragments of his other plays, poems and songs. Director Graham McLaren, whose productions for National Theatre of Scotland include Men Should Weep and A Christmas Carol, has adapted this classic of the Scottish canon with a contemporary audience in mind. Working alongside choreographer Imogen Knight, this new production embeds a powerful movement aesthetic and a live band comprising members of leading Scottish bands Strike the Colours and Zoey van Goey, performing new songs by MJ McCarthy (Composer and Sound Designer). The creative team also includes Lizzie Powell (Lighting Designer) and Rebecca Hamilton (Design Associate). Corrie was a miner from the Fife coalfields and wrote the play while on strike in 1926, to raise funds for the soup kitchens feeding his fellow miners and their starving families. When the play was first performed by Corrie's hastily assembled local amateur group, the Fife Miner Players, it was an outstanding success, touring to theatres all over Scotland and England, playing to audiences of between 800 and 1000 per night and going on to win international acclaim. Over the years, Corrie has been described as 'the greatest Scottish poet since Burns' by T.S. Eliot, with his works having being compared variously to Emile Zola, Sean O'Casey and Federico Garcia Lorca in their respective local traditions. Despite this, In Time o' Strife and Corrie himself were shunned by the Scottish theatre elite of the day and the play has seldom been performed professionally; 7:84's was the last production, at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1982.
Running time: 90mins (without interval). Age guidance: 12+
When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker - reconciling the affections of his host's drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl for himself!
Running time 2hrs. The Olivier Award nominated West End hit comedy!
Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the blue collar kids from New Jersey who formed a singing group and became famous. The musical features many of the group's pop hits from the Sixties such as Big Girls Don't Cry, Oh What a Night and Can't Take My Eyes off of You.
Perrier nominee 2002.
Comedian Joan Rivers carves out her own niche in the entertainment industry: she's a talker. In fact, she preempts most of her shtick with her trademark line "Can we talk?" A constant stream of one-liners, Rivers is instantly recognizable by her raspy voice, upturned nose, bob haircut, fashion sense, quick wit, and presence as commentator at high-profile celebrity awards ceremonies. She also conducts fashion reviews on the sensational celebrity "news" channel E! Entertainment Television.
Famed for his role in Dr Who and Torchwood John Barrowman is a skilled actor, singer and all round entertainer. Having starred in several TV programmes, on the stage in West End Musicals, released a number of hugely successful albums and written a book John Barrowman has grown a huge fan base throughout the UK.
When the call came, idealistic Joe Bonham eagerly volunteered for the trenches of World War One. Now he has paid a price he never expected, and far away from his American homeland he struggles to come to terms with what his world has become. As his grip on reality becomes ever more tenuous he reflects on the true nature of war and the choices he made.
Running time: 1hr
Come and find out whether or not a leopard can change its spots, or if they are doomed to be angry forever not to have been given a more uniform and symmetrical fur pattern.
As seen on BBC's Mock the Week and other shows.
Pop-culture obsessed Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan received death threats following her appearance on BBC2's Mock The Week last year. Thankfully, she survived the episode and is ready for her second UK stand-up tour. Expect "warped wit, striking presence, killer lines and calm confidence" (Scotsman) from the "assured and impertinent" (Telegraph) performer. For ages 16+. Running time: approx. 60mins
Bertie, the Duke of York, was never meant to be King. Shy, fragile, afflicted with profound stuttering, his occasional public speeches were a torment to himself and worse to those forced to listen. When his older brother David, now Edward VIII, abdicates his throne in exchange for the bed of a twice divorced American with Nazi sympathies, Bertie s wife Elizabeth turns to a Harley Street speech therapist from Australia: Lionel Logue. What transpires in the privacy of Logue s consultation room is the heart of this drama. Can Bertie, the reluctant King, be ?cured to get through his Coronation, and even more daunting, speak via the BBC to anxious millions throughout the world, rallying the troops, a nation, and an Empire to defend democracy? At the crucial moment comes the disclosure that Logue is not what he seems. Carefully researched, this is the true story of a friendship that changed history.
Based on Khaled Hosseini's hugely popular international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner. This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and childhood friends, Amir and Hassan are about to be torn apart. It's a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives.
A fast moving celebration of the triumph of young love over the misguided plotting of others. The predicament of the innocent lovers Lise and Colas, the comic antics of Alain and the hilarious meddling of Widow Simone create some of the most memorable and technically challenging set pieces in the classica repertoire.
Amongst the most popular of Verdi's operas, La traviata is the work of a master of the musical drama. Its perfumed arias and soaring choruses vividly depict the ravishingly decadent but glamorous world of Parisian high society as the background to a heart rending story of romantic happiness destroyed. Original book called La Dame aux Camelias.
A macabre porter invites us into Macbeth's castle, taking us right into the dark heart of Shakespeare's play. Razor sharp storytelling, eerie projections and a heart-stopping soundtrack take us on an immersive, break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of Macbeth Reinvented for young audiences, Macbeth - Blood Will Have Blood is an accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare's shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power.
An American naval officer (Pinkerton) 'acquires' a 15 year old Geisha wife during a stay in Japan - but has no intention of staying with her. After a while he returns to the USA and marries his fiancee. Meanwhile, Butterfly waits for him for three years, cut off from her family, religion and culture by being an American wife. And she is now a mother. When he finally returns she is overjoyed, but he brings with him his new wife. Story originally published in a magazine.
Of all the stories ever told - Of all the figures in history - Of all the men that have lived. Look at Jesus through the eyes of those around him: his mother, brother and followers, the political and religious elite. What do you see? The Son of God or a Jewish terrorist? A poet-philosopher or a fraud? Whoever the man Jesus was, he inspired the history of the world.
Podium dancer, oil rig worker, food addict, musical theatre enthusiast, posh, eco-hypocrite, ex-Goth, muppet fan, award winning comedian and chief beverages operator at the Little Chef - screw politics! Let's talk about me. For ages 16+. Running time: approx. 60mins
Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up comedian on the British comedy circuit and on national tours since 1983. He has also written and performed four series of The Mark Steel Solution (Radio 4) and four series of The Mark Steel Lecture (Radio 4) - a collection of absorbing, half-hour profiles of historical figures. The television version of ‘The Mark Steel Lectures’ ran for three series on BBC4 and was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award. Mark is also a regular on TV shows such as "QI", a columnist for the Independent and an fan of both Crystal Palace and Kent County Cricket Club.
Following the publication of his latest book What's Going On?: The Meanderings of a Comic Mind in Confusion Mark brings you his brilliant comic musings.The Meanderings of a Comic Mind in Confusion.
Following his award winning shows Bravo Figaro! and Extreme Ramblings, Mark Thomas returns with his true story of how Britain biggest arms manufacturer came to spy on a comedian. Ten years ago an activist and close friend of Mark's was exposed as a spy for BAE Systems infiltrating the movement. Now Mark wants to find him and has some questions to ask. In this personal tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit, the award-winning performer tries to unearth what it means to be spied upon by a corporation under the sanction of the state. As usual expect plenty of laughs, some weird characters, probably a tear or two and the vague possibility that Mark might get beaten up as he tries to find out if he wants revenge or can forgive a friend.
One morning the phone rings at the Amazing Kitamura Detective Agency. Detective K answers. It is a boy called Nicholas, but on the screen, we see a picture of a cat? Detective K is confused. Nicholas is confused. He needs help, fast! Calling all Junior Detectives...Come and join Detective K as she sets off on an exciting and hilarious adventure, full of manga clues and mysterious events. But will she solve the mystery and return Nicholas to his own body in time? Using projection, puppets and bags of ingenuity, this is a fast paced, action packed story and oodles of fun. Based on the book by award winning Japanese children's author and illustrator, Satoshi Kitamura, A Thousand Cranes present another inventive show that celebrates Anglo-Japanese connections.
For children 6+, their family and friends.
Milton Jones is renowned for his string of surreal and unusual one-liners. On stage, hair gelled in 360 different directions, clothes half-spaceman, half '70s Bhs, he was Perrier Finalist of 1997 and Best Newcomer in 1996. His delivery is part weirdo, part childish, part punch drunk.
Light shines from heaven, plagues rain down on oppressors, the Red Sea parts ? all iconic moments from the Old Testament story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt. You might think that these famous scenes are impossible to bring to life on stage convincingly. But once again Rossini's genius as a dramatic composer makes miracles happen through a score of vast scale and power. Breathtaking music and visual spectacle combine to create an exhilarating evening at the theatre.
In Jessie Briton's moving new play, it's November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion as young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home... When the trio's singing causes a disturbance up the line they face unwelcome attention from their commanding officers. Is music their ticket away from the front, as Robbie dreams, or will the passion it brings about prove more dangerous than bullets and gas?
Spitalfields Music's hugely popular Musical Rumpus series comes to Pegasus. Explore a magical underwater world of mermaids and monsters on this journey into the beautiful music of renowned baroque composer JS Bach, especially designed for very young ears. The event lasts 45 minutes, including free play at the end of the show. Suitable for under 2 years
Mixing theatre, storytelling and comedy, a tale of a missing father and his daughter's search to find him with the help of the audience.
Based on Goldoni's 18th-century comedy The Servant of Two Masters. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers' Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Othello, a Moor, falls in love with Desdemona but is broken by jealousy falsely encouraged. Shakespeare's most human play sets delicacy and power, trust and jealousy, love and hate, good and evil in stark and tragic opposition. Powerless in the face of their own self destructive instincts, the characters are caught on a downward spiral towards inevitable tragedy.
Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear. Originally adapted, directed and choreographed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett.
A celebration of dance. Oxford Youth Dance Company once again presents an extraordinary, imaginative, energetic programme of their own work plus special guest appearances by ex-company members. Suitable for ages all ages
I want to sink in it. I want it to wear me down. Rub me smooth. Like a pebble. I want it to make me feel small. I never felt small enough. Set against the backdrop of a declining British seaside town, The Pier dips into the lives of those who are both brought together and divided by the vast body of water which stretches out before them. The play gently weaves their narratives together.
Age guideline: 14+
Travel back 100 years to the battle fields of the First World War when pigeons saved lives by flying vital messages behind enemy lines. This is the incredible true story of one of those birds who became known as 'Cher Ami'. First there was an egg and in that egg was a tiny little pigeon. The pigeon hatched and grew and learnt to fly. But soon the call came. This young bird was growing in a time of terrible war. Every man was needed to fight, and every pigeon was needed too. Charmingly inventive puppets, original live music and delightfully daft characters combine to uncover a remarkable historical story.
Black comedy. A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town. Please note: this play contains scenes and language that may offend and is not suitable for children.
Age guideline: 18+
In the southern Pacific Ocean on the remote island of Pitcairn, the infamous mutineers of The Bounty, led by Fletcher Christian (or should it be Titreano?), begin to establish a new society alongside their Tahitian followers. Tensions quickly swell as the British settlers refuse to relinquish the vices of their past. Social, racial and sexual schisms render the once paradisiac island into a hotbed of discord and bloody violence. Pitcairn vividly explores the conflict between personal freedoms and public responsibilities. Pitcairn is Richard Bean's brutal telling of the colonisation of the remote island of Pitcairn by Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers.
For this PPO event, exchange your knowledge in return for sweets in a converted airstream caravan at the Christmas Light Festival, rounded off with a live performance based on the material shared.
Thise event takes place at Gloucester Green OX1 2AQ
Traditional story of a princess whose royal background is put to the test by a pea placed under several mattresses. Will she notice the tiny lump in the bed as a real princess should, or is she an impostor?
In this new fantastical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Princess and the Pea, Mike Kenny and the inventive Tutti Frutti team create a funny, original, beautiful retelling of this familiar tale. Not for the faint hearted, fake Princesses or for those who have trouble sleeping at night! Age 3+
Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland 1917. Poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. His Army Psychiatrist, Dr William Rivers, has been tasked with returning shell-shocked officers to the trenches, yet under Sassoon's influence, has become tormented by the morality of what is being done in the name of medicine. Reminding us that some of the most intimate of friendships are borne from the most brutal of conflicts, Regeneration is a compellingly compassionate look at a nihilistic war and the devastating effect it had on a generation of young men.
Get ready, get set, get rockin' to ride the most cosmic musical in the universe when Captain Tempest invites you on board for a fun-filled family adventure through the galaxies. The great globe itself will shake, rattle and roll with classic hits from the 50's and 60's. Winner of the 1990 Olivier award for Best Musical.
Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester wants revenge. His beloved daughter, Gilda, has been abducted and seduced by the Duke and he hires a hit-man to assassinate him. Tragedy prevails in Verdi's masterpiece of love, lust and betrayal. Based on Hugo's Le roi s'amuse. First performed at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851
The original Irish dance extravaganza. Includes some flamenco and tap and the show has been revised a couple of times during its greatly extended life.
In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA's most famous rock club and they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It's ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits such as Don’t Stop Believin', Dead or Alive, We Built This City, I Wanna Know what Love Is and The Final Count Down. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!
Rated as one of the world's top mediums, Sally's reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high-profile celebrities. Since becoming a professional medium, Sally has gone on to read for a whole host of celebrities from film stars to radio presenters, musicians to soap actors. These have included George Michael, Koo Stark, Uma Thurman, Mel B and perhaps most notably, the late Pricess Diana whom Sally read for over a period of several years.
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.
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!
Age guideline: 14+
A magical puppet show that tells the tale of a baby who takes to the sea, the air, the zoo all in a shoe!
Running time 30 mins + 15 mins meet the puppets.
How do you scream without moving your lips? Grimlake's Emporium of Novelties: a dilapidated shop on the outskirts of Nowhere, where corny magic tricks and strange puppets collect dust and cobwebs. No one has entered the shop for years, but that's just fine by proprietor Albert Grimlake - a man obsessed with puppets. Particularly ventriloquist dummies. Each face lovingly crafted by his own hand... and each bearing an uncanny resemblance to customers, friends and family long gone. But Grimlake is growing old and won't last forever. He has no son and no successor. Time is running out to find someone to keep the Emporium open, someone to breathe life into his creations, someone who shares his peculiar passion for puppets... Enter Eric. He's young, He's eager. He's seen all the Muppet Movies, twice. He's the perfect applicant: keener than mustard and easily moulded. But Eric discovers there's so much to learn... The Shop of Little Horrors is a dark and twisted horror show with a wicked sense of humour, featuring a macabre collection of characters. Using extraordinary puppets, masks and props, Pickled Image has created a show to rival their sell out international successes, Houdini's Suitcase, Hunger and Late Night Wolf Tales.
Running time: 1hr 10mins. Age recommendation 12+
Shrek is the story of the swamp-dwelling ogre who, in a faraway kingdom, embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey who won't shut up, this unlikely hero - not a handsome prince - fights a fearsome dragon, rescues the feisty Princess Fiona and learns that real friendship and true love aren't only found in fairy tales. With all-new songs, and an old favourite in "I'm a Believer", this spectacular stage musical brings to life the film's cast of dysfunctional characters and the accompanying subversive fun. The stage musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek! and the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation feature film Shrek, the first chapter in the series of irreverent fairy tales.
Star of Celebrity Mastermind, Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Simon Evans' sarcastic, cynical and quick-witted comedy returns after a great run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
A frozen adventure. Once upon a time... Young Kai and Gerda are very best friends, but when the Snow Queen steals Kai away to her frozen palace, Gerda must got to the ends of the Earth to save him and melt the splinter of ice in his heart. Inspired by Hans Andersen's classic story of friendship and growing up, follow Gerda as she faces dangers and dilemmas, magic and adventure. Get up close to the action - to a show that's fast-moving, inventive, packed with comic characters, excitement and plenty of fun. And that's not all!. We'll be bringing our building to life in surprising ways, creating a playful experience where you can explore the icy world of the Snow Queen and make your visit spookily special. Suitable for ages 7+
Sooty, Sweep and Soo
It's Sooty's Birthday party and things aren't going to plan. Sooty and Sweep get messy baking the Birthday cake and will Soo ever decide which dress to wear? Special party guests include legendary Sooty favourites Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake.
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (Cancelled too expensive) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features the hilarious songs He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights Of The Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2009) Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Jake and Charlie are two 'extras' on a movie blockbuster being filmed in Co Kerry. Is it just a bit of 'craic', a sniff of glamour, forty quid in your hand and then back to porridge, or will the effects be longer lasting? And how will they weather the storm that is brewing between the film-makers and the local community?
Inspired by real life events and a newspaper cutting in Chennai and Kolkata Stowaway tells the story of a man from India who finds himself home, yet adrift from everything he knows. Hiding in the wheel arch of a commercial airliner bound for the UK, his frozen body is discovered in a leafy suburb car-park in London, with no one knowing who he is or how he got there.
Flying back and forth through time and place, Stowaway presents a physical and compelling piece of theatre that looks at storytelling as a political act. Running time: 80mins. Suitable for ages 14+
We thought dance class was good, we thought dance class was English. We were wrong. Now we see you are fully English, because you argue with your parents. In Bangladesh this wouldn't happen. Well you've done what we never could. You've left Bangladesh behind. Ballroom dancing is not the only humiliation heaped on Saikat by his ambitious parents. There's catechism and Latin too. And no-one gets his name right, ever. Join Saikat as he dances precariously through his dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh. Meet werewolves in the playground, nuns in the corridors and tangerines in the dancehall... The play takes a humorous look at what it means to be British from someone who had to learn the hard way. This is a show for anyone who ever had to grow up, a show about being a second generation immigrant in the UK but feeling like an Englishman abroad.
Running time: 1hr. Age 10+
One of ballet's most famous works with some of its best known music. It is Siegfried's birthday and his mother gives him a crossbow and an ultimatum to get married! After the party and finding himself alone he goes hunting. The evil magician Rothbart (half man half bird) keeps beautiful women as swans on the lake - but by night they resume human form. Siegfried is bewitched by Odette, a Princess and one of the Swans. She explains their plight to Siegfried and says the spell can only be broken by someone who'll love her truly for ever. He swears to do so but Odette returns to being a swan as Rothbart's powers are so strong. Siegfried returns to the palace and his mother presents him with a string of women from whom to chose his bride - Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile disguised as Odette and Siegfried agrees to marry her - only then realising his mistake as Odile reviles him for breaking his vow to Odette. Siegfried returns to the lake and begs Odette to forgive him - then fights Rothbart whom he kills - and the swans are released from the spell.
Co-star and co-writer of Frankie Boyle?s Tramadol Nights (Ch4), and as seen on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) and Stand-Up For The Week (Ch4). Don't miss hugely talented Canadian emigre Tom Stade in his eagerly awaited debut nationwide tour. His magnetic stage presence, irrepressible charm and first-class story-telling have established him as one of the most sought after performers on the UK and international circuit. Join Tom's inimitable, offbeat world for a truly unforgettable night of comedy from one of the finest stand-up comedians around.
Canadian by birth with an Irish mother and a Trinidadian father, Tony Law has something to say on almost everything to say on almost everything from retarded Nazis and street crime to the state of the British government and tractors!
Dive into the zone of Tone for a brand new show of life-affirming, life-changing comedy from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker. As seen on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Alternative Comedy Experience, Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe and more. Following a sell-out tour and mammoth West End run in 2013, Mr Tony Law is striding back out on tour this Autumn with a brand new show. Tony is an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2012, Chortle Best Live Show Award winner 2013, Chortle Best Club Comic Award winner 2013 and Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Award winner 2012.
Jack Bennett thinks it is daft that we ask teenagers to make really big decisions about their lives. He had to, and it has done him no good whatsoever. He was going to be a world-renowned musician, but one wrong turn and look at him... a two-bit actor with an identity crisis. So he has decided to ask some pretty big questions; what is learning for? Why all the rush? And is educating people just to produce tax-payers to prop up a system that does not benefit a staggeringly large proportion of people, well, rubbish? Jack Bennett will fill your belly with fire, your mind with rage and your mouth with giggles.
The 1935 film centres on American dancer Jerry Travers (Astaire) who is working for bumbling producer Horace Hardwick in London. When Jerry practices his new dance routine late one night in Horace's hotel, it wakes the sleeping Dale Tremont (Rogers) below. When she goes upstairs to complain, the two are immediately attracted to each other, but complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace, who is married to her friend.
Kafka's terrifying tale of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither him nor the reader has lost none of its power down the years. The great American minimalist is now bringing his signature music and dramatic force to this literary classic. Working with Christopher Hampton as librettist, this new opera will wring every nuance of tension and paranoia from the story, as Josef K tries to confront the system.
The Trial brings together two extraordinary minds - Philip Glass and Franz Kafka. Both masters of their craft, each with his own instantly recognisable style - somehow they are a perfect match. Ever since he read the Kafka as a teenager, Glass has cherished the idea of turning it into an opera. We hope you will share our anticipation and excitement as we wait to see how The Trial will be re-imagined.
"This is a true story, that I made up," Says Laura Mugridge, architect of this exquisite journey into the heart of a human and beyond. Dive in and swim around... Nereus Pike is floating down from the sunshine to the bottom of the sea. He's not unhappy about this. He's smiling. This is a new show by Fringe First Award-winning comedian and theatre-maker Laura Mugridge, in collaboration with Katy Schutte and Tom Adams, with live music from Tom. Expect sea creatures, an impromptu rave scene and a nautical jumper.
Everybody likes digging, right? Maybe you use a spade, or just your hands. Sand or earth fly everywhere until you discover something. Maybe, just maybe, it's... a dinosaur! Oxford Playhouse presents Oxford's very own pre-historic story in this bone-shaking, belly-aching show.
Age guideline 4-8
When We Embraced is a playful and charming show about two people. Actually, it's about you. In fact it's about everyone, but really it's about two people, one of which may be you.
Age guideline: 14+
The play, set in Austria towards the end of Schubert's young life (he died at 31), is a celebration of his achievements and friendships. Using contemporary language and allusions, Burnside presents a compelling and often funny snapshot of Schubert, his friendships, intrigues, gossip, drinking, hangovers, dancing and sausage parties, woven seamlessly with Schubert's unforgettable songs, performed live on stage throughout the play.
This music theatre piece is the latest in a series of shows developed by Iain Burnside with the Guildhall School. Schubert's circle of friends in Vienna included more writers and artists than musicians. His songs are inextricably connected both to these friendships and the city where they flourished. In WHY DOES THE QUEEN DIE? Iain Burnside unravels these connections through his trademark combination of music and drama.
Tickets from: 01869 337 940
We all know the story about the apple, that the overture was the theme tune for the Lone Ranger and that Rossini was a comic genius. But there is much more to William Tell than any of this would suggest. William Tell is a spectacular, uplifting epic and an urgent hymn to national freedom in the face of oppression. Tell is the final work of a consummate dramatist and possibly the greatest achievement of his career.
Adventures around the riverbank. As well as the irresponsible Mr Toad, you can meet wise old Badger, the inquistive Mole, and the ever resourceful Ratty.
Toad hasn't been seen since the most recent of his escapades backfired, Badger doesn't react well to visitors in the winter and Ratty and Mole have tucked themselves away eating sardines and telling tales of sunnier days. How will we drive the wild-wooders back where they belong? Warm your feet by the fire, toast yourself a crumpet and let us thrill you with the daring adventures of Mr Toad, as his friends try to put him off his latest scheme while the seasons turn on the riverbank. This year, we return to the North Wall to transform it into the banks of the bubbling Thames, country inns and the open road as we bring Kenneth Grahame's family classic to life with music, fun and laughter.
Wingman, a new father-son comedy, is the shambling story of very distant close relations from Richard Marsh, the writer of Fringe First winning Dirty Great Love Story and Radio 4 show Love & Sweets (Best Scripted Comedy at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014). No matter how bad life is, family can make it worse. Mum's dead. Annoyingly, dad's not. After twenty years apart, father and son meet again at her graveside. But can they say goodbye to mum without saying hello to each other? Her last wishes don't give them much choice...
Wingman: Father. Son. Shambles. Brace yourself for family. Running time: 1hr 15mins
Fog and creepily haunted houses, supernatural happenings, sea mists and dark stormy nights, lonely funerals and creaking attic doors, all combine in this gripping adaptation of Susan Hill's tense and thrilling story to create a play that taps our primal fears. A grieving lawyer believes a curse has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of the woman in black. In an attempt to exorcise the spirit he engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his story. His plan begins innocently enough, but as the border between reality and fantasy blur, the horror starts and the flesh begins to creep..
The story of Heathcliff and Cathy - tragic lovers. Heathcliff and Catherine's union results in the destruction of many lives, despair and revenge.
Four performers explore their experiences of being men in this bold, award-winning, all male interpretation of Emily Bronte's seminal text. As they recall the dark expanses of the Yorkshire moors, they sing together, full-throated, and dance optimistically to the howling tones of Kate Bush