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Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching; he’s struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do anything – including risking the regal disapproval of Queen Elizabeth I – to fulfil her illicit dream of performing on the London stage and pursuing a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age.Read more
THE DOG / THE CAT, the sharpest most entertaining show of Australia’s 2017 theatre season makes its UK debut at The Hope Theatre.
THE DOG / THE CAT is a delicious theatrical treat; a romantic comedy with real heart and genuine charm.
It’s the quintessential human story of sex, heartbreak, love, and dogs in a park, in fact, it could be called Two Men, One Woman, a Park and a Dog – because everyone knows that nothing breaks the ice like a cute dog. Brendan Cowell’s (star of Yerma, Life of Galileo) play The Dog paints a not-so-flattering portrait of the tricky line between friendship and romance, and of the insatiable appetite of Jack Russell terriers for the most disgusting things they can find.
Owning a cat is not easy. Co-owning a cat with your ex is less easy. Co-owning a smart-talking, irritable and meddling cat with your ex is pure comedy. Lally Katz (Back at the Dojo, Stories I Want to Tell You in Person) brings her trademark charm and surreal humour to The Cat.
The London debut of this romantic and comedic delight is set to be a big hit after two extended sell out seasons in Sydney.Read more
Gaman 我慢 – ‘patience’, ‘perseverance’, ‘tolerance’, ‘self-denial’
Tomomi, a young Japanese woman stands at the hull of a ship staring out across the water to her new American life in the years prior to the Hiroshima bombing. There are stars in her eyes and a crackling radio pulled to her chest as she drifts towards a country, and a future, that resists her arrival.
The Art of Gaman is an aching exploration of displacement and loss of cultural identity when you find yourself in a country that considers you an enemy. When forgetting your past is shameful, but remembering brings even greater pain, Tomomi must harness the strength to find beauty in the struggle and carve out a new life for herself and be true to who she really is.
The Art of Gaman was one of 6 plays shortlisted for the American Playwriting Foundation’s prestigious Relentless Award.Read more
'Free-spirited, thoroughly delightful with a buoyant jazz-and-R&B-inflected score' New York Times
Shakespeare gets a shake-up as soulful melodies and R&B beats weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night.
Viola and her twin brother Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria and when she disguises herself as a man, a joyous whirlwind of gender-bending and unrequited love begins.
This celebration of love in all its forms features an awe-inspiring community chorus from Southwark and Lambeth with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.
Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and The Public Theater’s Oskar Eustis co-direct this extraordinary UK premiere.Read more
“In an improbable Verona, fictitious rather than futuristic, passably dilapidated, housing a favoured ruling class (Juliet’s family) and a miserable and exploited population (Romeo’s world), the encounter of two lovers is banned and outlawed; the omnipresent, muscled militia ordained by Juliet’s family to maintain social order is not only a Shakespearian image of fatality, but also the influence of power over one of the most essential individual freedoms: the freedom to love. Even if they comply at times, Romeo and Juliet each refute their imposed way of life in their respective social classes, which are closed to all communication as dictated by the militia of collective consciousness, hence the scandal of this love. Both would like to be elsewhere, both aspire to what the other has. The passionate shock will allow them to move forward, to dare to escape the fate that was imposed upon them.” Angelin PreljocajRead more
‘Why Would You?’ tells the story of three very different young people who are trying to decide what to do next. Follow their story as they weave the intricacies of planning for the future and thinking about going onto higher education. This stimulating and innovative play by the Barbican Theatre gets young people to think carefully about their own current situation and how choosing their future options is an important topic to consider. Offered to years 9 and 10, ‘Why Would You?’ can be hosted at school for an hour’s session to introduce post-18 options and help expel myths surrounding going on to higher-level study, especially funding.
For NSSW target students, the play (which is open to whole year groups) can be followed by an hour-long participatory workshop designed to delve further into the lives of our Why Would You? students and the barriers they each face in deciding whether HE-study is for them. The workshop aims to provoke discussion by asking pupils to advise each character what they should do. What would a careers advisors, or their parents say? For those who did not see the play, a short film can be shown in advance of the workshop to introduce the key themes communicated in the production.
‘Why Would You?’ works well alongside other activities that Next Steps offer, especially Careerpilot.Read more
Vienna is corrupt. The Duke, who has let the city fall to vice, hands control to his Deputy, a hardline, puritan reformer.
The Deputy uses ancient laws to sentence citizens to death for sexual misconduct. But when a religious Novice pleads for clemency, their heady encounter leaves the Deputy guilty of the very crime that the law condemns.
Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018.
Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice.Read more
Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. Someone who is different in every single way. But can John give her what she wants, when he’s never been with a woman before?
Funny and eye-openingly fresh and frank, Cock is a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillating identities. It tussles with knotty twenty-first century questions: can we – and should we be allowed to – change if we want to?Read more
In a new age of radical leftism and global politics, this new version of David Edgar’s 1983 award-winning hit play has startling parallels to the political revolution of the Millennial Generation.
Directed by Owen Horsley, Maydays tells the story of the idealistic young who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics; of defection from east to west as well as from left to right. It is told through a number of interlocking stories, across three continents and 25 years of tumultuous history.Read more
A new play created by James Graham.
In the Victorian surroundings of Wilton's Music Hall, Charles Dickens' London is reimagined for the 21st Century…
Twenty-four hours in the life of a city that has 371 people in every square kilometer, where every street and square shelters heroes and villains, emotional turmoil, violent allegiances, adventures, the remarkable and the everyday.
Olivier Award-winning playwright James Graham forges a uniquely crowd-sourced play, incorporating scenes by emerging writers into his own sweeping narrative. Dickens' panoply of London and Londoners, his big characters and fantastic stories in Sketches by Boz are updated for the modern age, incorporating the broadest range of voices from across the community in a theatrical whirligig of wonder and imagination.Read more
Frequently billed as 'the first concept musical' Company follows Bobby a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship or marriage. The show begins on his 35th birthday where we see his interactions with his best friends, five married couples and three girlfriends. The musical explores his relationships through a series of short vignettes, breaking the traditional mould of a book musical. The show was successful as it represented adult themes and reflected back the lives of New Yorkers in a way that hadn't previously been seen in commercial musical theatre.Read more
2018-2019 | Arena Tour | directed by N/A
THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN will return to the stage in 2018 for their first UK tour in over 12 years with their brand new live show ‘THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN LIVE AGAIN!’. Beginning in August 2018, the tour will see BAFTA Award winning comedy legends REECE SHEARSMITH, STEVE PEMBERTON, MARK GATISS and JEREMY DYSON bring their dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to theatres and arenas across the country.
The critically acclaimed black comedy which originally ran from 1999 - 2002 on BBC Two, also returned to television screens with three brand-new programmes for Christmas 2017 to celebrate 20 years since the show began.Read more
What happens if you fight against the odds, against the opinions and attitudes that surround you, to achieve the life you want – and then realise it’s not what you need?
Step into a pirate radio station, a teenage bedroom and a house party as an outsider battles to find her voice.
Thirteen years after encountering the early days of London’s grime scene, Debris Stevenson uses music, movement, lyrics and poetry to recall how it gave her permission to redefine success and become a poet.
Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson is a young poet, musician and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to London’s Roundhouse.
Create as part of Represent, a series of artworks inspired by the Representation of the People Act 1918. While the act gave the vote only to women over 30, Represent invites young female artists to explore democracy, equality and inclusion in contemporary Britain.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Royal Court Theatre, supported by Jerwood Charitable.
In association with Nottingham Playhouse and Leicester Curve.
‘Pardoned’ has a Book by Joel Nash and Music and Lyrics by James Hastings both Associate Artists of The Bohemians. This new musical dramatises the incredible life story of WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing who was convicted for being gay. The show also shines a light on John Nicolson MP’s unsuccessful attempt to pass the Turing Bill through Parliament. The Turing Bill, which was rejected by the government last year, was a piece of legislation that would have cleared the criminal records of gay men who were convicted for crimes that are no longer illegal. The show’s narrative flits between the Turing Bill debates of 2017 and the chaos of Alan’s astonishing life. This show is an exploration of gay equality in Britain as much as it is a celebration of Alan Turing. Through the unlikely form of a musical, we hope to share Alan’s journey from maths genius to accidental martyr. The Cast Includes:Read more
Confident, intelligent and highly successful neurologist Juliana Smithton is at the top of her game. But while delivering a lecture to a roomful of doctors, she’s interrupted by a series of disturbing events...
With her husband filing for divorce and her health in the balance, Juliana’s life suddenly starts unravelling. As details emerge of a ten-year old mystery, fact blurs with fiction, the past collides with the present, secrets are spilled and slowly the elusive and shocking truth is revealed.
Nothing is at it seems in the UK Premiere of Sharr White’s brilliantly crafted and emotionally charged psychological thriller.