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When Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel round the world to win the wager between him and his friends at the great Reform Club. A grand adventure lies ahead, using conventional and more often unconventional travel arrangements; his journey will, of course, include romance, danger and surprises with the redoubtable Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.
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
Austentatious offer an eloquent, irreverent and 100% improvised take on Britain's favourite novelist - watch a full-length Austen story crafted from scratch, entirely based on your suggestions! At your behest, the group will conjure a one-off literary masterpiece, full of society balls, dashing lords and stolen looks.
Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination. The only thing that separates the esteemed ex-Secretary of State and his newcomer populist opponent is an endorsement from a respected ex-President. But where does compromise end and corruption begin? And who in the end will be proven to be "the best man"?
Who is Serge? Why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it? Based on the true stories of migrants caught in the most British of interview processes, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.
Middlesbrough-born Daniel Bye is a theatre-maker, writer, director and performer. His work wrestles down big ideas until they are small enough to swallow. You might laugh, cry and want to change the world.
A twelve-year-old girl sneaks across the border into her own country. Her parents watch her on a computer screen. The works of a half-forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down a brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses. Do you join in? Or do you look the other way? From the maker of The Price of Everything and Going Viral, Instructions for Border Crossing is the exposed gearbox of a political thriller. Blending Daniel's trademark storytelling with a series of live interventions from the audience*, the show itself is as unstable as the world it describes.
When Ephraim Cabot brings his young bride Abbie home to their remote New England farm, he little foresees the turmoil that her arrival will bring his family. Ephraim's youngest son at first loathes the newcomer, but when hatred gives way to lust, the resulting conflict threatens to rock the peaceful farm to its core.
'Good Mourning Mrs. Brown' is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll. This is the first time the production is heading out as a full UK arena tour. In this hilarious show in which Brendan has received some of the best reviews of his career, we see Agnes Brown planning Granddad's funeral. The only problem is granddad is not dead. What could go wrong?
A 12-year-old girl sneaks across the border of her own country, watched by her parents, viewing on a computer screen. Instructions for Border Crossing is an exposed gearbox of a political thriller, mixing writer and performer Daniel Bye's trademark storytelling with a series of live interventions from the audience - the show itself is as unstable as the world it describes
Based on Khaled Hosseini's hugely popular international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner. This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and childhood friends, Amir and Hassan are about to be torn apart. It's a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives.
Meet Mark. The thing is I've got myself into a bit of a mess... Mark's an actor. I keep forgetting my lines. I've left my girlfriend and I'm beginning to stink. Mark was an actor. And to make matters worse I've met the Devil. Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers, Living with the Lights On is a gripping story of a life lived at the edge.
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner's 50-year relationship is chronicled through their letters. From their first childhood Valentines to their final guilty goodbyes, through the letters the audience learns of Andrew and Melissa's lifelong hopes and dreams, their failures and triumphs, and ultimately, their love for one another. Love Letters was first performed in New York in 1989 by John Rubinstein and Kathleen Turner. Since then, it has attracted several all-star casts, including Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. Charlton Heston and Lydia Clarke Heston first performed the two-hander in 1997 during a brief British regional tour. The play is unusual in that it has no director and no designer and requires, literally, no rehearsal. During the performance, clocking in at just under two hours, the actors sit on the stage at a table and read directly from the assorted letters.
One family. One cause. Two paths... With a fragile peace hanging over their community, the rifts of the past begin to tear apart the foundations of a prominent Republican family when one of them re-joins the struggle against 'the age old enemy of the Irish people'...Why are so many young men seduced by the pull of violent struggle? What happens to a cause when abuses are buried to protect it? Why are female voices so often stifled in the midst of struggle? Marching on Embers tells the story of radicalisation, the allure of violence and the toxic mix of power and masculinity against the backdrop of a post-Brexit fractured Northern Ireland.
Falstaff gets him come-uppance (three times) in this rather confused but at times immensely funny Shakespeare comedy - his only one about the middle classes. The story, almost certainly false, goes that Queen Elizabeth I so enjoyed the character of Falstaff that she asked to see him again in another play - in love. Shakespeare is supposed to have obliged with this delightful romp.
This play looks at the issues arising when a gay couple father a child with their best friend acting as a surrogate - and she then changes her mind about handing the baby over.
In a home for retired musicians, ageing opera singers, Wilfred, Cissy and Reggie are all preoccupied - Wilfred with lusting after Cissy, Cissy with getting to grips with her failing memory, and Reggie with trying to keep the tenor of his days as harmonious as possible. But then the famous soprano, their former colleague, Jean Horton moves in. Highly-strung and prone to meanness, her presence is felt by everyone, particularly Reggie. Then the four are asked to perform the Quartet from Rigoletto - for which they were so celebrate in their heyday in the homes annual gala concert. Can Wilfred, Cissy and Reggie persuade Jean to join them? More to the point, will any of them be able to raise their voices in song?
A seemingly innocent conversation soon turns into a dangerous reality for Guy Haines when he meets Charles Bruno on a train journey. Ahead lies a deadly nightmare of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill, or to be framed for a murder he didn't commit. Based upon the modern classic of murder and suspense by the writer of The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's powerful and compelling psychological thriller Strangers on a Train was famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock and is adapted for the stage by Craig Warner.
So, a while ago one of my best friends, Tom, died of heart cancer. His last wish was to be given a Viking Burial and now I want to tell that story. It's the first thing I've done on my own so it's pretty lo-fi but has some good funny bits in between the death stuff. And it's definitely all true. Definitely.
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.
Set on a crumbling country estate, Uncle Vanya is the tale of two obsessive love affairs that lead nowhere, and a flirtation that brings disaster. The irascible Vanya and his niece Sonya have managed the estate on behalf of their relative, a renowned Professor for the last twenty-five years. Now retired, the Professor and his beautiful young wife come to visit, throwing the household into disarray, igniting hidden passions and old grudges. Family ties are tested further when the ageing and gout-ridden Professor announces his plans to sell the estate and live off the proceeds in the city. By turns comic, tragic, romantic, and wistful, Chekhov's play is an unforgettable study of unfulfilled dreams and unrequited love. One of his four great masterpieces written on the eve of the twentieth century, it features a feast of subtle comic portraits of a family at logger heads with each other and the world around them, that still has resonance at the start of another new century.