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When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she's in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!
Graham Greene's classic thriller about 1930's gangland Brighton. 'Pinkie Brown' a teenage would be gangster with psychotic tendencies tries to hang on to his mob rule in the town. Following the murder of Daily Messenger man, Kolley Kibber, Pinkie is trailed by amateur detective, Ida Arnold, who tries to save Pinkie's girl, Rose, from his violent behaviour.
In a small town in Yorkshire, a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors. Fresh from the City and with endless money to dispose of, the older one showers her with gifts - which the younger (handsome, impecunious, an inveterate gambler) wants to put to better use. A love triangle, then; a tale of rivalry and avarice. But money's a slippery commodity and all is not quite as it seems. Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply. Adapted from Alain-Rene Lesage's savage eighteenth-century comedy Turcaret, Blake Morrison's For Love or Money is a story of monstrous wealth and whopping lies.
He's naked. He's angry. And he's on the run... Enter a world of feverish dreaming, as storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones present an intense steam punk interpretation of Mary Shelley's modern myth. Two master performers explore the nature of the consciousness of a man made by man and the responsibility of the creator towards the created. Truly a story for our time, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed and our fear of the unknown. Expect wild song, steam punk and fast-paced epic storytelling.
Imagine a world without nationality, where you're free of labels, utterly transient, without ID documents and don't belong to the ruling order of any country. Now imagine that same scenario today; no choice about where you live, nowhere to raise a family no chance of an education, a job, or seeing a doctor when you're ill... no recognition that you even exist. Using striking physical theatre, stunning projection, a powerful soundtrack mixed with personal testimonies and a hat borrowed from Charlie Chaplin, Displace Yourself seek to tell some of the stories of those who feel invisible and ask what community means if you live in a world where everything and everyone is foreign.
Classic drama of a woman consumed by her passions and driven to destroy all she should love. Hedda's recent and unexpected marriage to worthy but dull academic Tesman is threatened when she returns from honeymoon to find that Lovborg, a charismatic but dissolute previous admirer, has reformed his ways and published a best-selling masterpiece. His now-found success now threatens Tesman's own claim to a professorship - which is his only hope of supporting Hedda in the style she demands. Tesman is already in debt to another of Hedda's admirers, the dangerous Judge Brack. But suddenly events seem to put Hedda in a position to control all their destinies. This is a blistering examination of a woman in turmoil.
As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses' intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they've become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the future of all three couples seems in jeopardy...
Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine's Day. Ruth Rendell's brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
Bangladesh, 2017. Four women struggle to survive in the slums around Dhaka's garments factories. Day-in day-out these mothers, sisters and daughters sweat behind machines, making clothes destined for the glitzy department stores and High Streets of the West. In the face of severe exploitation and poverty can there be a future worth fighting for in a country that clothes us?
"I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win." The Great War: while millions of men struggle and fight in the mud and hell of the trenches, one woman's story begs to be told. Mata Hari, the most notorious female spy in history. Or was she? Dancer, lover, confidante, courtesan, contradiction and liar. In the hour before her execution, on the morning of 15th October 1917, she reflects upon the events that have led her to the firing squad.
Murder mysteries do not come any better than this one from the mistress of murder mysteries. When a local newspaper carries an insert stating 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday 13th at Little Paddock at 18:30'. Miss Marple decides to investigate.
Roll up! Roll up! Prepare to be amazed and horrified as the curtain is lifted on the inmates of Victorian lunatic asylums and their ?mad doctors'. Witness these human marvels with your very own eyes as they triumph over adversity, persecution and the judgement of men.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife... The ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their relentless pursuit of suitable husbands is one of the best-loved novels ever written, constantly topping the polls of favourite books. When feisty Elizabeth Bennet first meets handsome bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, the family’s lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes gentle fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.
A story with no ending; a chance meeting with one man changes the lives of two women forever. Now they both live trying to predict the unpredictable. Rattle Snake is an epic tale, based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse.
Rita and Sue are desperate girls living in recession-hit Bradford. Hope is at hand with the arrival of Bob who has what it takes to teach them everything they need to know about love, life and lust. The Royal Court, winning the 1981 George Devine Award originally commissioned this classic of the 80's. It was made into a film in 1986.
It's all very well stealing from the rich to give to the poor, but when you have no sense of direction then mayhem ensues! Robin Hood is lost in Sherwood Forest. It's not his fault; there are after all a lot of trees. But once again it falls to Maid Marian to save the day and get him and the Merry Men out of a scrape. They may wear the tights, but Marian certainly wears the trousers! Join us this summer for a swashbuckling show for all the family as our team of actor musicians re-tell this classic story of heroism, valour and the power of a strong woman with music, song and slapstick humour. This show will delight audiences of all ages; will Marian reach her target and will she set Robin's heart aquiver?
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.
Locked up. Shipped around. Sold as sex. In the black of night "Tanja" fled to safety on the shores of England. Another asylum seeker now held at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre; Britain's best kept secret. Refuge lies just beyond the barbed wire fence, but at what cost? With immigration issues reaching fever pitch, this is the story of one woman's bravery in the midst of prejudice and abuse. This is what she would have said, if only we'd let her... An impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign. "Tanja" blends spoken word, drama, dance, puppetry, live music, sign language and verbatim theatre.
The story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents' love and expectations. Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.
Thriller. Alone in her flat Susie is anxious - so much so that when a stranger turns up claiming to be a family friend she is glad of the company. Suddenly she finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation and her only hope is to solve the mystery of the missing doll.
April 1967: the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Muhammad Ali, defies the US Military by refusing to fight in Vietnam. Meanwhile in a shabby Bethnal Green flat, an elderly boxing trainer hears the news and recalls his own dilemmas of WW1, when Conscription in 1916 sent pacifists to prison or the firing squad; when he, at the peak of his boxing career and physical prowess, made a choice. Can Jimmy still be a contender and fight his demons from the past and meanwhile - has he the strength or even the patience to tame a wild young demon from the present?