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The people and history of a country house. A dazzling elaborate comedy of ideas. This is Stoppard of 'Jumpers' and 'Travesties' fixed by sublime abstraction and human absurdity. The plot revolves on a scandal that rocked the household of Lady Croom almost 200 years ago: a sexual liaison, possibly involving Lord Byron and resulting in a fatal duel. But did events really take place as they seem, and how does the Croom's handsome and dashing young tutor and his brilliant pupil Thomasina fit into the story? All will be revealed or will it? First performed at the National Theatre in 1993, this is a dazzling comedy of ideas.
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.
Paul Robeson is a world famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to America, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career. Winner, Angel Award for Artistic Excellence; Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe, 2008
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.
"I promise you Sancho, that as soon as we show courage, others will too. They will comprehend they are nothing more than yapping lap dogs with ribbons in their hair and Winalot biscuits for snacks and they will transform themselves into roaring lions!" Don Quixote is reincarnated as Donald Quicksot in this adaptation of Cervantes' epic tale. The time is now and the place is England, but the circumstances and challenges are, in essence, the original ones. And if it's true that once created, a character has a life of his own, then what if Don Q from London has a notion of not only repeating his past follies, but also of being no more than a toy in a giant kid's playroom? Don Q takes a contemporary look at the classic tale of courage to live a dream. It is a story of infatuation with the unachievable, triggered by disillusionment.
Three young friends, three national identities - Israeli, Palestinian, British - reconnect after ten years apart. As they seek refuge from the violence unfolding around them in Jerusalem, the ghosts of the past emerge, forcing them to confront the politics of the present. Faraway, So Close is a compelling, physical theatre piece, exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Britain's legacy in the region and what this might mean for British citizens today. At times hard-hitting, at times humorous and playful, it combines physical-theatre, theatre, dance, sound and video projection to immerse the audience in aspects of this complex, contemporary conflict.
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.
Classic comedy of bad manners about a flamboyant family. The characters of Judith and David Bliss were based on real life friends of the playwright, American actress Laurette Taylor and her husband Hartley Manners. The eccentric couple were renowned for their table manners, surprised guests would often endure shrill arguments - waged entirely among the family - which often ended with them storming out of the room, leaving their bewildered guests to make what they could of the rest of the evening.
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+
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Mike's been asked to father a child by his dead Dad's friend's daughter. He doesn't know her yet, but it is a once in a lifetime chance. His Boyfriend Bert is not convinced. Their housemate, Sofia, has her own fish to fry. She needs to find a man before it is too late but her Dad keeps getting in the middle.
An award-winning, critically acclaimed portrait of fatherhood by international company Babakas. Inventive comedy and unforgettable emotion combine in a story that relates to us all. Running time: 1hr 10mins. Suitable for ages 12+
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+
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
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.
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.
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+
Charles Dickens adapted Sikes and Nancy from the grislier material in Oliver Twist. It became the most notorious of his legendary Public Readings; a masterpiece of high Gothic melodrama. Audiences were shocked into silence. Women would scream and faint. ?I shall tear myself to pieces,' Dickens vowed before one performance. He surely did, it is now thought that the strain of ?The Murder' hastened Dickens's early death.
Running time: 1hr 50mins approx. including any interval(s)
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.
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..