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What if Shakespeare were a woman, on the world's stage, today? 7/7 rewrites Jacques' famous monologue in the play "As you like it" from the viewpoint of a woman, forced upon the stage of the contemporary world. From that starting point, the fine filter of dancing, and physical theatre denudes the story of words, recomposing the seven stages of life in a non-verbal manner, from childhood to old age metamorphosed within a contemporary female character. Roles do exist. They are the ones which we play because we want to, or because they are forced upon us by the demands of a constantly shifting society. We let ourselves live by the question: where are we? Inside or beyond these roles? Are we the sum of our roles or the human being hidden behind them?
City and country, old and new collide at Colonel Pawar's ancestral home - the shabby and un-chic Lakshman Villa. Confined within these walls, his wife Mrs Pawar pines for the cultural polish of London, New York or Paris! Enter the good looking and newly eligible Ronny - a quiet and withdrawn young British man who is here to scatter the ashes of his love. The Pawars have found a potential suitor to their quick-witted and resolute daughter Katrina, who is sharp, sassy and in complete control, until she learns of her parents intentions. What could possibly go wrong?
Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero - just a minor character, the plucky comic relief - but he never thought he played the villain. In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century. Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves.
In a bold one-man adaptation of the classic play, award winning Australian actor Brett Brown, plays Shakespeare's hero king, from his reckless youth, to his coronation, to his victory on the battle field of Agincourt, as he balances the creation of a power base through military authority at Agincourt, with the loss of camaraderie with the common man.
Devised by Brett Brown and Philip Parr
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...
A landmark in the history of English literature. Jane simple governess, wins the heart of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the brooding and mysterious master of Thornfield Hall. Questioning the boundaries of class and gender, it is one of the most heartrending and powerful tales of romance and suspense ever told.
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.
Based on the best selling novel and the hit 1959 movie starring Alec Guinness. Graham Greene's satirical masterpiece is about the ridiculousness of cold war paranoia and sees antihero Wormold - in need of some money (his daughter has reached that 'expensive age'!) - attempt to lie his way through his new job as Agent 59200, MI6's man in Havana. With only his experience as a vacuum-cleaner salesman to rely on, he files bogus reports, apparently randomly dreaming up military installations based on vacuum-cleaner designs, only to discover that his stories start to prove alarmingly close to the truth...
One multinational. Four lives. In every corner of the world, a critical struggle for identity. The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life. Following an explosive premiere at the Strasbourg National Theatre, where it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Literature, Alexandra Badea's timely and captivating drama arrives in the UK with a new English translation. Join the Pulverised on their extraordinary global journey, from falling in love in a Chinese factory to swimming the Senegal seas.
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?
The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular!
In early-twentieth century York apparently ordinary women with homes, husbands and children resolved to make a change. They ran safe houses, organised meetings, smashed windows and fire-bombed pillar boxes. It was risky, it was exhilarating, it was ground-breaking: but until now the story of York's suffragettes has not been told.
The as yet untitled production will draw on a range of historical research to set the story within both the national suffragette campaign at the start of the 20th century and the present day, a hundred years later. The play will be performed on a spectacular scale by a cast of around 150 volunteers, who will once again perform on the streets of York before for the first time moving onto the stage at York Theatre Royal. There will be parts for women and men of all ages, from Heworth housewives and railway workers to teenage arsonists and the Prime Minister.
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Gossip and speculation are rife when a woman and her young child move into a house on desolate and inhospitable Wildfell. And who is the man who visits secretly? Her neighbour sets out to discover all.
Or What You Will. Shakespeare comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes and unrequited love. Rescued from a shipwreck the twins Viola and Sebastian arrive independently in Illyria, both thinking the other is drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy and finds employment with the Duke who is in love with Olivia. Malvolio is the subject of a cruel joke played on him by Sir Toby Belch (yellow stockings cross-gartered) leading him to believe that Olivia loves him. But Olivia has fallen in love with the disguised Viola, while she is in love with the Duke (following it so far?!).
A play about tolerance, respect and patriotism... Two half-African, half-European actors meet, at auditions for the role of Othello.. Both are children of immigrants, and both are looking for their identity - split between two continents and cultures. When is the colour of our skin a problem? And when it is an advantage? The answer is hard to define - as hard as the role of Othello, which for our characters is a dream, but also a curse. Waiting for Othello is a comedy, with roots in Shakespeare, Beckett and clowning. The questions which appear during the play, are born from the search for a truth...because only truth can liberate us.
York Associate Schools Festival explores the themes of migration, separation and identity in extracts from Shakespeare's shipwreck trilogy: The Tempest, Twelfth Night and A Comedy of Errors.
York Theatre Royal is a regional partner of the Royal Shakespeare Comany's Associate Schools programme, working alongside York High School, Acomb Primary, Westfield Community Primary, Heworth CE Primary, Poppelton Road Primary, Clifton Green Primary, Joseph Rowntree School, Fulford School and Applefields School.
Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, bring their barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage - as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to the Bard's 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this 'new' play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park! The company has mercifully abridged the play from its full hundred-hour running time to a more palatable ninety minutes!