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1665. As the plague runs rife through London, Reverend William Mompesson arrives in Eyam, Derbyshire, to lead the parish. But Eyam is no sleepy backwater; it is a village at war with itself. The community has dissolved, and neighbour feuds with neighbour under the watchful eye of a ruthless landowner bent on maintaining his grip on the village. When the plague arrives in Eyam, the villagers are tasked with examining their civil responsibility, as they must decide whether to stay quarantined, or flee and risk spreading the deadly disease.
Based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel, the narrative of War and Peace follows the tribulations of Russian society as Napoleon edges closer to the country’s borders.
The spirited Natasha and her betrothed Andrei find their young love is challenged by temptation, while Pierre, an idealistic nobleman, wants to change Russian life for the better. As their fates intertwine during the 1812 invasion they find their stories unfold during a time when Russian lives would change forever.
David Pountney’s new production will be as ambitious and epic in scale as the novel itself. The huge set, video projections and stunning costumes by Marie-Jeanne Lecca portray the grandeur of Russian society in the 1800s. WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus will conduct a unique performing version of the score, based on Katya Emrolaeva and Rita McAllister’s new critical edition of Prokofiev’s original, complete with opulent dances and arias, and stirring melodies.
Sung in English, with English and Welsh subtitles.Read more
A selection of shorts written by some award-winning playwrights from the UK and the US. Shorts embracing the power of love, as well as some of our darkest feelings and actions all with a lightness of touch. All shorts directed by different emerging directors in the London landscape. Expect to laugh, expect to be entertained and expect to be thrilled.
“Love Shots” Jamie Benyon
Who said romance is dead? Because it's not. Especially when you add alcohol into a situation who knows what will happen?
Jamie Benyon is a London based Filmmaker/ Playwright. Debut feature film 'The Grandisons' is ready for distribution and debut play 'Cruisin' has already performed in theatres this year. Also, a shortlisted BBC Comedy Screenwriter 2018.
“Persons Unknown” Tom Mead
A slice of uneasy neo-noir. It begins with a psychiatrist undergoing police questioning about the unsolved death of one of his patients. From there it develops into a dark little puzzle, piece by insidious piece.
Tom Mead is an author of short fiction whose work has been published by Litro Online, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Glassworks, Lighthouse and Open: A Journal of Arts and Letters, as well as various print anthologies. Persons Unknown is his first play.
“A Shit, a Shave or a Haircut” Trudy Hodgson
Three men sit in a room. Three generations of men. The distance between them is only heightened as they wait for the funeral car to turn up. Will their different truths come out? And who hasn’t slept with the family podiatrist?
As a writer, she has taken part in the Five Minute Festival at the Stockwell Playhouse, London. She has written several short plays including Page to Stage performed at the Horse and Stables Theatre in London, and as part of the Theatre in the Pound event at the Cockpit Theatre. She directed and co-wrote comedy show ‘Forty Shades of Strawberry Blond’ which was performed at the Leicester Square Theatre. She recently performed a piece that she also wrote at the Arcola Theatre as part of the Slam London Living event. Last month, she had a rehearsed reading performed of her first full length play, Zoltan in the Cabbage Van, at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Zoltan in the Cabbage Van was developed into a full length play as part of the National Theatre’s Playwright’s Development Programme.
“Just a bit of Fun” Angelika Nielsen
Lisa and Frank are on a first date somewhere in Central London. Things seem to be going well at first, but it soon becomes obvious that Lisa and Frank have very different agendas and things quickly spiral out of control.
Angelika first became interested in scriptwriting a few years ago when German filmmaker Christoph Steinau asked her for feedback on one of his film scripts. It turned out to be dark, funny and very contageous, so a couple of years ago she decided to enrol in a scriptwriting course at RACC. She has enjoyed writing about about first dates, murder and wildebeest ever since.
“Walls” Richard Crawley
Two young men are scrubbing graffiti from the wall of a public toilet as part of their Community Service for their offences.
Having retired, I became the fourth member of a play writing group which has put on a range of plays, stage and radio, over ten years in different venues. In addition, I have entered for various drama competitions and was pleased to have work put on at a theatre in Norwich, in the Arundel festival, at the Buxton Fringe and at the Rich Mix Theatre in Bethnal Green among other more local venues.
“One Letter Short” Karen Lothan
Two people go to war over a parking space.
Karen Loseff Lothan plays have been produced in Toronto’s InspiraTO Festival, Short and Sweet India, Short and Sweet Hollywood, Short and Sweet Sydney and ONSTAGE in Prescott, Arizona, The Writer’s Voice:10-Minute Play Festival and the upcoming 2018 Seoul Players Annual 10 minute Play Festival.
“The Asteroid” Jeff Nolan
An asteroid is going to destroy the planet. Little does Paul know, there may be even worse news ahead.
Jeff has had short plays performed at several venues in London, including the Southwark Playhouse, Old Red Lion Theatre, Battersea 503 and the Other Palace. His play “Cut And Paste” has been selected as one of the three winners of the Kenneth Branagh New Writing Award 2018 and will be performed at the Windsor Fringe in October.
Two miniature comedic masterpieces from the 1960s, The Lover and The Collection, which explore secrets, lies and seduction, are directed by major Pinter interpreter, Jamie Lloyd.
Playful and provocative, The Lover features a conventional, suburban couple in unconventional circumstances. The Collection, hailed as one of the outstanding plays of the 20th Century by Laurence Olivier, delves into the intriguing mystery of two London couples linked by sexual desire and a quest for supremacy.
The cast includes David Suchet, Hayley Squires, Russell Tovey and John Macmillan.
Pinter At The Pinter is a unique event featuring all twenty short plays written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century. They have never been performed together in a season of this kind. The twenty plays will be presented in repertoire by a company of world-class creatives, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and collaborators.
Harold Pinter was born in Hackney, London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 until his death on Christmas Eve 2008.
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pinter was lauded throughout his life as one of the greatest living playwrights, who had a revolutionary impact on how theatre was written and performed, and who it represented on stage. An establishment agitator who challenged injustice, he became as famous for his political interventions as for his writing later in his life.
His genius was recognised within his lifetime as a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, the Legion D’Honneur, the European Theatre Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D’Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, in addition to 18 other honorary degrees.Read more
Guildford Fringe Festival
Addiction and mental illness are growing problems in our ever-changing world. Perfectly Ordinary, a brand new British Musical, examines these issues and asks what all of it really means. In a Psychiatric Ward somewhere in the UK, we meet a range of unique, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious characters all striving to be 'normal'. Based on real life events and inspired by real people, this show is a touching exploration of the human condition.Read more
Fiona Shaw’s Mother Courage dominates the Olivier stage. Whatever ambivalence may be implied by Brecht about her moral choices, Shaw’s embodiment of the 17th-century merchant matriarch, the ultimate survivor, is so life-affirming as to demand admiration. It is a stunning performance which finds the complexity of Brecht’s most famous creation – while denying acquaintance with her mutilated son Swiss Cheese to save herself and her daughter, her face shows anguish, resignation, pragmatism and defiance all at once.
The outstanding innovation of Deborah Warner’s delayed but exuberant production, in which technicians and costume changes remain in full view, is the music of Duke Special. Dreadlocks flying, he leads his band vocally and on the piano in songs which, softer than Weill, transmit something of the mixture of emotion and sardonic objectivity which are the hallmarks of this modern take on Brecht.Read more
30 years on, an epic tale of survival is retold. Experience the creation of a mountaineering legend.
What happens when you look death squarely in the face and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life?
Joe Simpson's best-selling 1988 memoir Touching the Void, international bestseller and BAFTA-winning film sensation, charts his struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes aged just 25.
The heart of the story is Joe Simpson's mental battle as he teeters on the very brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can't possibly climb to safety. Also unforgettable in the story is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue the injured Simpson, who hangs from a rope below him. Knowing that they will both ultimately fall into the void, he makes the critical decision to cut the rope, forever changing the lives of both of them.Read more
Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever...
From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the shimmering avenues of Paris, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way; but can she let go of the past and finally allow her own life to blossom?Read more
Arinzé Kene’s solo masterpiece Misty transfers to the West End for a limited run, following a sold-out engagement at the Bush Theatre.
Misty is a blend of theatre, gig and performance poetry which explores creative freedom in modern London. Telling us of a pulsating vision of the city around us, Arinzé delivers a heartfelt, playful and epic performance.
With an original musical score performed live during the show, Misty reimagines the city that we live in.
Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow, actor and writer Arinzé Kene was raised in London to Nigerian parents. His most recent plays include good dog, which tiata fahodzi theatre company toured throughout the UK in 2017, and God’s Property, a co-production with Talawa, which ran at Soho Theatre in 2013. Arinzé was previously named ‘Most Promising Playwright’ at the Off West End Theatre Awards for Estate Walls at Oval House Theatre, which was also nominated for Best New Play.
On screen Arinzé has appeared in new E4/Netflix Original series Crazyhead and took the lead of ‘Ade’ in the film The Pass opposite Russell Tovey. On stage he played soul singing legend ‘Sam Cooke’ in One Night In Miami at the Donmar Warehouse and performed in Girl From The North Country in the West End.Read more
Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero – Off-West End Award for New Musical), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?
This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.Read more
Opening the Pinter at the Pinter season is a dynamic collection of Harold Pinter's most potent and dangerous political plays. The incendiary One for The Road is Pinter at his most terrifying. A ruthless government official interrogates a dissident and his family, but is the torturer more tortured than his victims? The New World Order explores how the abuse of power is legitimised in the name of freedom and democracy, as two brutal interrogators prepare to inflict their terrible punishment on a blind-folded insurgent. Pinter investigates the suppression of ideas and the supposed threat of non-conformity in Mountain Language: a group of captives attempt to find a voice when their shared language is banned by the state. Ashes to Ashes - During an early summer evening, Devlin questions Rebecca who tells of chilling instances of abusRead more
2018-2018 | The Old Vic | directed by N/A
Votes for Women and a fractured family at a momentous hour in British history.
100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.
Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.
Sylvia is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.Read more
“Why you always got to dig things up?”
A cabin deep in the woods.
A lost boy buried in the snow.
A lone woman.
And her wolf.
“You think you could keep him?
You know where that ends up.
You no good with kids.”
The Woods sees Robert Alan Evans return to the Royal Court with this new play directed by Lucy Morrison.
Lucy’s previous work for the Royal Court includes Plaques & Tangles, Live Lunch, Who Cares, and Pests.Read more