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Landscape and A Kind of Alaska, directed by Jamie Lloyd, are spellbinding evocations of loneliness, isolation and the strange mists of time.
Landscape is a minimalist marvel: a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard. In A Kind of Alaska, Deborah awakes from a twenty-nine-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds.
Lee Evans will perform the poignant Monologue and a selection of Pinter’s most hilarious comedy sketches, including the sketch Apart From That, with Meera Syal.
Close friend and long-term Pinter collaborator Penelope Wilton will make 12 special guest appearances from 19 November, performing the witty monologue Tess, written for her by Pinter.Read more
One wintery evening Tyltyl wakes to find a hump-back figure in his bedroom. She is obviously a fairy. Tyltyl must find the bluebird that makes people happy. And he must do so before morning. Tyltyl doesn’t know about bluebirds, or where he might find one but joined by his faithful pets the search begins…
Lightbox Theatre presents Maurice Maeterlinck’s classic fairy-tale about happiness, perception and seeing the extraordinary in our everyday. Directed by Anna Marsland (associate director of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) this is a fun, visually charming and magical show for young people and their families.
This production is a 60-minute family show that uses a cast of four to create the magic and mystery of a young child’s quest into strange, fantastical and dangerous worlds to find the blue bird of happiness. The Blue Bird is a play that explores themes of emotional wellbeing, mental illness, isolation, overcoming fear and dealing with adversity.Read more
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops.Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline.Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. The production takes place one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times.Read more
verb. to duck
1. a quick lowering of the head (to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen)
2. depart quickly
noun. wild duck (more commonly known as mallard duck or anas platyrhynchos) – an undomesticated duck.
note. Due to its beautiful feathers, the mallard duck is one of the most popular ducks for hunters. When injured or threatened, ducks have been alleged to commit suicide, by diving to the bottom of the water, never returning to the surface.
Almeida Associate Director Robert Ickestages a new version of The Wild Duck, Ibsen’s masterpiece about the nature of truth.
The Wild Duck is supported by The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts.Read more
A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed twelve-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital.
Luckily, he’s not on his own with the child-hating Matron and the scary-looking Porter. George, Amber, Robin and Sally are in there too, and they’re not taking things lying down. When the lights go out and the clock strikes twelve, they’re off. But will they let new boy Tom join their forbidden midnight adventures through the hospital’s labyrinthine realm?Read more
In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.
As dangerous, twisted and funny as his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination.Read more
One company. Two directors. One set. Two plays. o t h e l l o m a c b e t h.
An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves.
In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one exciting company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the "tragic hero".
This production will be designed by one of the Linbury Prize 2017 Designers. The Linbury Prize is the UK's most prestigious award for Stage Design, providing a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with some of the UK's leading theatre, opera and dance companies. The finalists will each get the chance to work with one of the participating companies and four of the twelve will win a commission to realise their designs, with one designer being awarded the overall winner's title.
A pilot crashes his plane in the desert and meets the little prince from a distant asteroid…
After sold-out performances in March 2017, Xameleon Theatre brings back The Little Prince based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's universal tale.
Directed by renowned Central Asian theatre director Ovlyakuli Khodzhakuli, this play talks about love, responsibility and loyalty in a simple and non-dogmatic way by bringing us back to the heart of what truly matters. This philosophical tale is intended for children and adults alike - as the author wrote "All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it".Read more
Florian Zeller’s latest play The Height of the Storm is a compelling family drama revolving around André and Madeleine, a married couple of fifty years. The play takes place during one weekend on which their daughters visit. But the weekend takes a suspicious turn when a bunch of flowers, and a woman from the past, turn up.Read more
“Listen to the children of the night. What sweet music they make.”
Immortal only as long as he is able to drink the blood of the living, Count Dracula has come to London. Setting his sights on Mina Murray, he embarks on a blood-fuelled path of seduction and devastation. As Mina begins to hear the music of the night, her fiancé Jonathan Harker and Professor Van Helsing must race to defeat Dracula, before it is too late.
This brand-new stage adaptation based on Bram Stoker’s monumental, genre-defining Gothic horror classic is brought to irresistible life as a spine-chilling masterpiece of fear.
Eight-time Off West End Award Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre return to the Jack this Halloween after their sold-out run of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein last year, and their critically-acclaimed recent production of The White Rose.Read more
‘Let’s have all the skeletons out of the closet, today, of all days!’
It’s 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday.
In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 70th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all…
A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.
Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Tristan & Yseult, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk and Brief Encounter) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, launching her new theatre company of the same name and its London residency at The Old Vic.Read more
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