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Yasmina Reza's play is essentially about the concepts of friendship and value, and the way in which the two can cause conflict. One friend tries to appease a quarrel between two others over the purchase of a work of art, but in doing so only makes things worse, forcing all three of them to re-examine their friendship and the direction in which it is going.1997 - Olivier Award Best Comedy. 1998 - Tony Award Best Play
Cautionary tales don't need a happy ever after; the babies are bit, the moon's in a fit, and the houses are built without walls. Based on a series of Victorian rhymes for children, this dark comedy plays with the once upon a time. There may be poisoned fruit, but this is no pantomime.
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.
When video game designer Vi broke up with Becky, she used what she knew. She wrote herself a list. A list of the little things. The everyday things. The achievable things. She turned piecing herself back together into a game. Just for her. When her rambunctious colleague Tyler begins to play along, however, he sees an opportunity. Not just to make money but perhaps to rid the world of clinical depression once and for all.
Happiness Ltd is the new play by local playwright Tom Nicholas. It asks prescient questions about depression, ambition and how one measures the success, or otherwise, of a life.
What if Napoleon didn't die in exile? What if he swapped identities with a lowly sailor and made it back to Paris? What then?
One of the UK's most unique theatre companies creates this poignantly moving and wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte. Using their trademark comic physicality Told by an Idiot explore the absurdity of trying to retrieve time and glory.An irreverent and hugely playful show about what it is to lose immense power but gain personal freedom; to transition from one identity to another, and to lose public face.
A divorced couple are reunited whilst honeymooning with their second spouses. Moonlight on the Mediterranean - a beautiful young woman drifts onto a hotel balcony. A young man joins her. They embrace, drink in the scene. This is a dream of a honey moon come true. They part. The young man is alone. A band plays. On the next balcony another young woman appears. She sings a song. The young man gives a horrified gasp and freezes. He knows that tune only too well. And he knows that voice. He used to be married to it.
Is this a story of extremes, of bi-cultural upbringing, or is it simply the story of all mothers and daughters? Sachli Gholamalizad, a young Belgian actress of Iranian descent, questions her troubled relationship with her mother. Through fusing together recordings, diary excerpts, memories, novels and soundscapes from both Belgium and Iran, Sachli, dives into her family's history and the contradictions in the lives of these three women, confronting both her mother and grandmother in a thrilling and unruly multi-media performance.
"Tell me what makes you so sad. Tell me your dark secret and I promise to keep it safe for you". The Good Daughter wants to make her father happy. He whispers in his daughter's ear and a great weight lifts from his shoulders. Feeling jubilated, he invites the whole town to confide in his miraculous daughter. Soon everyone is flocking to unburden themselves on The Secret Keeper. But what happens when a murderer confesses. And who is to blame for the consequences...? Told using puppetry, music and fiendish storytelling, The Secret Keeper is a witty and playful adult fairy tale with a murderous gothic heart from Angela Clerkin, Associate Artist with Improbable and Chris Goode and Co.
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