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Caroline Or Change

2018-2018 | National Theatre - Lyttelton | directed by Michael Longhurst

1963. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air… But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same – for now at least.

Eight year old Noah, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father’s remarriage, sneaks down to the basement to spend time with the black maid he idolises, Caroline Thibodeaux: Caroline who runs everything. Whilst the basement may seem a fantastical place - even the appliances have a voice of their own - Caroline’s work there is repetitive and badly paid. But when Mrs Gellman comes up with a way for her to take a little more money home, the consequences for Caroline and Noah’s relationship are not what anybody might have expected…

An Olivier Award winning musical with a hugely original, highly eclectic and uniquely American score, Caroline, or Change creates an uplifting and profound portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval.

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Sunset Boulevard

2018-2018 | UK Tour | directed by Nikolai Foster

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on a script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to break free with dramatic consequences.

Based on the film by Billy Wilder

All information supplied courtesy of John Good Ltd. 

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Tom's Midnight Garden

2017-2017 | Stables Theatre | directed by Niall Whitehead , Barbara Ward

As the old grandfather clock chimes thirteen, a lonely boy creeps down the Victorian staircase. He walks out of the 1950s and into another world, another time and a garden that shouldn’t exist. Are the people there ghosts – or is the boy the ghost?
This beautiful and poignant story introduces the audience to Hatty, an orphan from the 1800s and Tom, a boy from the 1950s. Moving between time periods, Tom meets characters from Hatty’s world and shares in her sorrow, joy and love of life. Adapted from the award winning novel, this haunting story explores friendship, love and loss, and enduring human spirit.

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A Streetcar Named Desire

2017-2017 | Theatre Cocoon | directed by Phillip Breen

Fading southern belle Blanche DuBois unexpectedly appears at her sister's home in the stifling world of downtown New Orleans. With delusions of grandeur, Blanche stands in stark contrast to her new surroundings and her brother-in-law Stanley. His determination to reveal her secrets lead her to withdraw ever further away from reality, into a world of illusions.

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Jack And The Beanstalk

2017-2018 | Palace Theatre, Redditch | directed by Debbie Flitcroft

A big hairy giant played by Phil Price puts this pantomime in a league of its own. More often than not you only hear the giant’s booming voice from off stage so it makes a pleasant change to see him in person chasing around the stage. He stamps up and down doing his “Fe fi fo fum” stuff, only to be put in his place by the gallant Jack (played by the diminutive Andy Steed) who slays the giant and rescues the princess played by Abigail Dever. Both Steed and Dever have pleasing singing voices and do justice to a number of popular songs through the show.

Jeffrey Holland of Hi-de-Hi fame plays an understated Dame Trott with a modest wardrobe by today’s standards. Her half-wit son Simon, played by Ian Jones, provides most of the topical and slapstick humour aimed firmly at the youngsters in the audience. However, he talks so quickly in parts it is sometimes difficult to catch what he says, which gives the impression that everything is getting faster and faster.

Jake Maskall, who recently played Danny Moon in EastEnders, plays a wonderfully wicked Fleshcreep adding all the essential audience participation necessary for a great traditional panto.

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Beauty and the Beast

2017-2017 | CAST in Doncaster | directed by Deborah Rees

Doncaster's traditional family pantomime returns in 2017 even bigger and more spectacular than ever! 

Featuring breath-taking special effects, glittering sets, stunning costumes and all your favourite songs, this perfect festive treat is sure to make your spirits soar!

Relive one of the most enchanting and magical stories of all time as Cast brings this timeless classic to life for all the family.

All performances will be BSL interpreted by an integrated signer/performer. 

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Antony and Cleopatra

2017-2018 | The Barbican Theatre | directed by Iqbal Khan

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

All information supplied courtesy of John Good Ltd.

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Dear Brutus

2017-2017 | Southwark Playhouse | directed by Jonathan O'Boyle

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…

From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical.

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Sense of an Ending – Time Out Critics’ Choice) and produced by Troupe, who return to Southwark Playhouse after their critically acclaimed production of The Cardinal (The Telegraph Critics’ Choice).

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Rapunzel

2017-2018 | Theatre Royal Stratford East | directed by Pooja Ghai

Let your hair down with the feisty Rapunzel and friends in a magical re-imagining of this much-loved tale. Featuring original music, laugh-out-loud comedy and hilarious audience participation, it’s no surprise that Theatre Royal Stratford East’s pantomime is known as one of the best in London (‘Oh yes it is!’).

From the Stratford East website.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

2017-2017 | The Subscription Rooms, Stroud | directed by Susan Lynch

A reimagining of Shakespeare's Play. Inventive, bold and original.... the versatile troop explore a physical, visual, and passionate take on the bard, making the title worthy of the word " Dream".

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The Tricycle

2017-2017 | Blue Elephant Theatre | directed by Jesus Chavero

Apal and Climando have to pay for the tricycle they hired but they don´t have the money. How far will they go to survive in a world where all hope of a future is lost? 

Three teenagers and an old man try to survive in a hostile, unintelligible and alienating world. They’re just four marginal characters looking for their place in a system which forgot them. What will they do for the chance of a better tomorrow?

The Tricycle was the first play by renowned Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal. Written in 1952, is a strangely light-hearted tale of poverty and murder. In this perfect example of Absurd Theatre, the writer questions the limits of freedom and the relationship between our acts and their consequences in a rotten society in which children commit sinister acts to survive.

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Hamilton

2017-2018 | Victoria Palace Theatre | directed by Thomas Kail

Hamilton: An American Musical is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

The show transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 

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