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Boring, vanilla, Horlick's swiller William Shight's most interesting trait has always been his snigger inducing name. Up until now that is! Since landing his dream job at one of the country's top advertising agencies, things have taken a nipple twisting turn for the shocking. Christina Black, the company director, has taken a shine to our William and attempts to seduce him with an indecent proposal. Clearly overwhelmed by the attention and having no friends or family to turn to, poor William decides the only thing he can do is seek the advice of the only two men in his life he can trust, the hilariously argumentative Gabriel and Gideon...his sex conscience. Willy tries in vain to resist but in the end relents and signs a 69 page contract, the one Chrisitna intends to use to make a man out of him! The 20 pages of 'don't' and 49 pages of 'do' whatever the hell I want - will lead William on a hilariously painful journey of a lifetime. Guided by his argumentative conscience., can he salvage his integrity and ability to sit down without grimacing? Or will he be completely corrupted by the seductive power of Christina and the sixty nine?? Only William's 'true self' can decide the outcome!
For ages 16+
Perrier nominee 2002.
This musical play traces the life of legendary Eva Cassidy who died aged only 33, through words and music; from her childhood growing-up in a musical family, to her first meeting with her boyfriend and mentor Chris Biondo, to the live recording of 'Blues Alley' and highlighting her love of art and nature. A talented cast of actors and musicians recreate her original arrangements and recordings. This musical play is a genuine and heartfelt tribute to a true Artist who was not interested in fame and fortune, but wanted nothing more than to create beautiful music.
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
To mark his 75th birthday year, Alan Ayckbourn has created a confectionary assortment, a varied bouquet of five related short plays, each with differing flavours and colours and written to be played in no particular order. Some are connected through shared characters, some through overlapping narrative. Some are sequels to others which turn out to be preludes to others. There are (apparently!) 120 possibilities as to the order in which they can be performed. Depending on the chosen sequence, each evening will develop differently. Which order will you see? Nobody knows for certain, least of all us. It won't be decided till the night!
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.
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+
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.
He believes he's achieved some good things in his life, but there's still the nagging voice in the back of his head that wonders, 'Could he have achieved more had he not spent the last 20 years playing video games?' Join one of the north-east's hottest talents in his debut hour for silly stories and references to players you may / may not remember. NB It's not all about Football Manager don't worry. Age 16+