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Two Actors. Two World Leaders. One Black Dog. London, 1939. Winston Churchill looks in the mirror, realises that only he can steer our great nation through it's darkest hour and steels himself for the hard road ahead. Bristol, 2012. Howard Coggins looks in the mirror, shaves, realises he looks a bit like Winston Churchill and steels himself to break some bad news to his good friend, Stu. Bristol, 2013. Stu Mcloughlin looks in the mirror and realises that he'll have to grow a little moustache. Buoyed by the success of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and unafraid to tackle the big subjects in an essentially inconsequential way, Howard and Stu are back walking the tightrope of taste and decency with another slice of poorly-researched history. But will either of them escape from this war alive?...
All 37 plays in 120 minutes. The sixteen comedies are reduced to a single section and the histories are played as a ball game. For all those who hate Shakespeare here is a rapid run through the lot - for those that love him, well, indulge yourselves in this delightful evening!
Black comedy, mayhem and murder. Clifford Anderson has written a new thriller titled 'Deathtrap' and sends it to Sidney Bruhl for comment. Sidney hasn't had a successful play for years and plans how he might plagiarise this new script. When Clifford turns up at the isolated New England home of the Bruhl's events start to take a sinister turn.
"There is something about the edge: the edge of the land and water, of habitation and wilderness of safety and danger. Here possibilities abound that don't exist in the security of the interior." Sunand Prasad Taking narratives of channel swimmers, migrants clinging on to the fringes, stories of the flood and the formation of the English Channel 200,000 years ago, The Edge is a new project in development that explores the place where the sea meets the land and where we position ourselves within this epic relationship. Devised by 3rd Year BA (Hons) Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre) students with Transport.
A love song, an elegy, a celebration: Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing. John is a landlord forced to sell up; Liz is a church organist who can't get a gig; Mark takes what work he can just to pay the rent. Their tales unfold round the back of a pub hidden deep in the heart of the Hampshire countryside - but is that heart still beating?
When it first opened in 1925 Fallen Angels caused a shock-horror reaction in the press because the two female characters openly admitted to having had a pre-marital affair with the same man. Julia and Jane are old friends. Both are comfortably married, both are embarking upon middle age with a little regret, and both have a secret past, in fact each of them has had an affair with dashing Frenchman Maurice some years before. Now it seems Maurice is back in town and with their husbands safely despatched to the golf course, Julia and Jane embark upon an evening of alcohol-infused anticipation as they are torn between the realities of comfortable domesticity and their passionate memories of Maurice. As tongues are loosened, it seems that friendship and rivalry aren't very far apart.
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.
5 OCTOBER - 10 OCTOBER
23 NOVEMBER - 28 NOVEMBER
YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD
9 NOVEMBER - 14 NOVEMBER
LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE, LIVERPOOL
16 NOVEMBER - 21 NOVEMBER
PALACE THEATRE, SOUTHEND
1 SEPTEMBER - 5 SEPTEMBER
RICHMOND THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
28 SEPTEMBER - 3 OCTOBER
ARTS THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE
12 OCTOBER - 17 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, WINCHESTER
3 NOVEMBER - 7 NOVEMBER
BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
22 SEPTEMBER - 26 SEPTEMBER
NORTHCOTT THEATRE, EXETER
15 SEPTEMBER - 19 SEPTEMBER
MALVERN THEATRES, MALVERN
17 AUGUST - 29 AUGUST
DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE, EASTBOURNE
7 SEPTEMBER - 12 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, BATH
19 OCTOBER - 24 OCTOBER
NEW WOLSEY THEATRE, IPSWICH
Walkern 1715. A "witch" is hanged. The first in decades. While the village fears the return of witchery, the accused's daughter Ann befriends the local cunning woman: the solitary Jane Wenham. Days later, a tragedy occurs. Jane is accused of witchcraft - and Ann leads the charge. Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, Rebecca Lenkiewicz's beautiful, throat-catching new play is alive with mysteries of nature, sex and the supernatural, and blasts society's hunger to find - and create - witches.
Four short plays in one evening by internationally renowned playwrights. inspired by the celebrated document and performed together, this will be one unforgettable theatrical event. Ransomed - In the sleepy Cathedral City of Melchester, a crime has been committed. The Cathedral's prize possession, a copy of the original Magna Carta, has been stolen in a daring heist. Who is responsible and what price will the British Government be prepared to pay for the document's safe return? As the plot thickens, Detective Inspector Ellie Baxter seeks to find the truth in this brilliant new Magna Carta comedy. Kingmakers - Five years after the signing of Magna Carta, the Barons' takeover isn't quite going to plan. With the peasants grumbling about enormous castles and broken promises, the threat of rebellion hangs in the air. Perhaps the solution is to distract and deflect by bringing the confused and humbled king back into the fold? What about a royal wedding? A royal baby? All at the common man's expense, of course... A fictional story in verse from the 13th century that may just be about now. We Sell Right - In 1215, when the King of England abuses his extraordinary power, the Barons' take action. In 2015, when the kings of global business and finance abuse their extraordinary power, who will challenge it and how? A gripping drama about confronting power on a global scale. Pink Gin - In 21st century Africa, a visionary President stands on the cusp of greatness. With international investors poised to develop large tracks of land, the financial future looks bright. But why has it been raining for 97 days, and who is leading the angry mob in the streets outside? A compelling contemporary allegory throwing light on the oft overlooked companion to Magna Carta, The Charter of the Forest.
After civil war Messina seems to have returned to peace with few casualties and a courtship holds the promise of reconciling the battle of the sexes in a well matched wedding. But the reconciliation's have been too hurried and soldiers can't return to the civilian world overnight.
We are delighted to welcome back LipService following their hugely successful productions Inspector Norse, Move Over Moriarty, Withering Looks and Desperate to be Doris. Doreen Gray has it all, a drive time radio show, a high ratings lifestyle programme, Up Sticks and Away on Even More 4, her famously youthful looks - she ranks up there in the national treasure list alongside Cliff and Lulu. But how does Doreen stay so incredibly young? When Doreen is invited to a school reunion, the headmistress dusts off Doreen's portrait to reveal a dark and dreadful secret.
Featuring community actors as Doreen's school mates and some random fairies.
This hilarious theatre version of the classic 60's radio show, famously starring Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Kenneth Horne, Douglas Smith and Hugh Paddick Round the Horne's ground-breaking mix of wordplay, camp caricature and risqu? innuendo proved an irresistible combination with millions of listeners worldwide (the show pulled in a regular audience of fifteen million listeners). It is was one of the best loved programmes in radio history and now you can relive the funniest Radio show ever, LIVE on stage.
This is about pornography. This is an interview. This is an intervention. This is an interrogation. We're recording now. We want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again. We know exactly what we're doing. We're not stupid.