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It's 1943 and finding himself in familiar territory within the English countryside, Charles Ryder confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with Brideshead Manor and with its assortment of eccentric inhabitants. In the acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery's sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel, the past and the present blur as Charles recalls those heady days at Brideshead and Lord and Lady Marchmain along with their offspring, Julia, Cordelia and Sebastian Flyte re-emerge...
Chaplin - The Charlie Chaplin Story is a heart warming and powerful musical tale of the first true British icon of cinema. This fascinating story weaves through Chaplin's early journey as a young boy through the dark streets of Victorian Vaudeville London to the glitz of early Hollywood. This beautiful and hilarious musical play follows Chaplin through his early career, showbiz ambitions and often-fractious relationship with his mother, family and his first love.
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus. They range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there's the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths. Spymonkey will perform them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ?seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
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.
Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family - Terry, Jade and Noah - embark on a journey to a misty past. When things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs.
"...my hand, groping around the universe, has torn a corner open... why did I tear the corner open, if I'm not prepared for the encounter?" Twenty years ago Simon McBurney was given a book. Written by a Romanian who escaped the Ceau?escu regime to reinvent himself as a Los Angeles screenwriter, the book, Amazon Beaming, tells the story of photographer Loren McIntyre, who, in 1969, found himself lost amongst the remote people of the Javari Valley, on the border between Brazil and Peru. It was an encounter that changed his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. Taking Petru Popescu's account of McIntyre's journey as its compass and using binaural technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound, Complicite's new production is a set of encounters with nature, with time, and with our own consciousness.
Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu.
Written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness - from overwhelming grief to seething rage - and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
This event takes place at University Parks, Oxford
This intimate show draws on writer/performer Joe Sellman-Leava's experiences of mixed heritage and racism. Labels examines the way we use words, the line between curiosity and fear, and the rise of anti-immigration rhetoric. When the UKIP phenomenon placed migration at the centre of the 2015 general election, Worklight felt compelled to premiere the piece at this year's Fringe. Amid the cacophony of statistics and soundbites that surround the immigration debate, Labels offers an honest, human story about multicultural Britain.
Following a plane crash on an uninhabited island, the story follows the actions of a group of adolescent schoolboys as they battle against the elements for survival and supremacy. The island becomes a dark and dangerous place, where dreams turn to nightmares. A stunning tale of bullying, power, identity and violence.
A story of four ordinary men in extraordinary times...? On the 12 December 1940, more than six hundred people lost their lives in over seven hours of continuous bombing by Germany's Luftwaffe. Their objective? Wiping Sheffield's world famous steel works - the heartland of Britain's munitions manufacturing - clean off the map. The ruthless attack left Sheffield in ruins - destroying families, shattering a way of life, and changing the city forever. At 11.44pm on the night of the raid, a single 500kg bomb reduced the Marples Hotel, which stood proudly in Fitzalan Square, from seven storeys to just fifteen feet of rubble. Only one of the ten compartments in the hotel's cellars withstood the blast. Within it, trapped, were four men. This is their story, from beginning to end...
Puppetry of the Penis is a show featuring two strapping Australian men who manipulate their genitalia into various shapes, objects and landmarks. A video camera projects every intimate detail onto a large screen ensuring that little can be missed - even from the very back row! Puppetry of the Penis is an adults-only, non-sexual show featuring full-frontal male nudity.
A modern adaptation of Euripides' anti-war tragedy The Trojan Women. An all-female cast of Syrian refugees skilfully amalgamate their own narratives of ferocious war and bitter exile with the ancient Greek text. Their experience of displacement and turmoil brings fresh relevance to Euripides' tragedy. The powerful stage play is fused with scenes from the documentary to create a piece of extraordinary multimedia theatre.
Ayckbourn's first West End hit comedy of confusion. A lazy summer Sunday in the late 60's. Ginny has fallen in love with Greg and wants Philip to leave her alone. So she sets off to see Philip and tell him once-and-for-all. Greg thinks she's visiting her parents and discovers Philips address so decides to pay a surprise visit and ask for her hand. For once, Philip's wife is still at home when Greg arrives before Ginny. Confused?
Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sent to the notorious Shawshank Prison to serve two life sentences. Stripped of his life, family and freedom, Andy is forced to endure a spirit-crushing routine. But with his quiet strength and inner courage there is one thing that Andy never loses - and that is hope.
Spine is a funny and touching monologue, charting the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Mischievous activist pensioner Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because, as she says, 'there's nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say.' In this era of damaging coalition cuts and disillusionment, has politics forgotten the people it's meant to represent? Can we really take the power back? Amy is about to be forced to find out.
Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation.
This event takes place at Old Schools Quadrangle, Bodleian Library
Sticks and stones didn't break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her. Is Beauty really only skin deep? Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper? Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane's third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton. This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath.
'?The Ventoux is a God of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.' Roland Barthes Lance Armstrong's sacrifice to Mont Ventoux in the 2000 Tour de France was to gift victory to his fierce rival Marco Pantani in the greatest contest the mountain and the sport had ever seen. Marco Pantani's sacrifice was his own life just five years later. Both were plagued by allegations of doping throughout their careers - now one is revered, and the other disgraced. The mystical Mont Ventoux, having claimed the mental and physical health of many professionals before them, was their legendary battlefield.
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+
A fantastic new play with one actor and one live musician that unravels the story of a wayward, fragile and misunderstood boy who lives on his wits and untamed imagination. A brilliant, clever, brave new play celebrating all things ?wild' with fabulous live music and fresh moves. For every misunderstood child, their teachers and families up and down the land.
Funded by the Wellcome Trust, this remarkable new play is informed by intensive research into the condition of ADHD in children.