What's on Highlights > July
01/07/2016We've pulled together a host of shows from venues across the UK to make selecting your theatre trip even easier! This is just a small selection of theatres and what's on - visit the venue's website for full listings or choose another theatre from over 240 theatres around the country. For a full list of venues click here.
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7 Jun - Sat 6 Aug
A peaceful England. Family. Small children. But obstacles can be overcome.Ralph Fiennes returns to the Almeida to play Shakespeare's most notorious villain in a new production directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold. Vanessa Redgrave makes her Almeida debut as Queen Margaret.
They Drink It In The Congo
12 Aug - 1 Oct
What can we do for the worst thing in the world? The Congo. Home to the deadliest conflict since World War II. London. Home to a festival to raise awareness of the Congo. (That is if Stef can get it off the ground). Adam Brace's anarchic, provocative new play unpacks the problems of doing something good about something bad. Following his collaboration with Adam Brace on Stovepipe, (Sunday Times' 10 Best Theatre Events of the Decade) Michael Longhurst (Carmen Disruption) returns to the Almeida to direct.
7 Oct - 26 Nov
The Stone Age. The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Age of Oil. The Stone Age didn't end for want of stones. One woman and her daughter. What do you do when you know it's going to run out? An epic, hurtling crash of empire, history and family. Playwright Ella Hickson and director Carrie Cracknell make their Almeida debuts with the World Premiere of Oil, an explosive new play which drills deep into the world's relationship with this finite resource.
Booking to Jan 2017
STOMP is the show that has the world DANCING to a new BEAT! For 25 years STOMP has been shaking things up across the globe, bringing audiences to life with its unique blend of comedy, dance and pure rhythm! Using everyday objects, the performers will have your toes tapping and your adrenaline pumping. Once STOMP starts, you won’t know what’s hit you.
National Youth Theatre
Sep - Nov
The National Youth Theatre return for their fourth West End Rep season at the Ambassadors Theatre. This year the company will perform:
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - Abridged by Owen Horsley. Directed by Kate Hewitt.
Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English - Adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan. Directed by Anna Niland.
DNA written by Dennis Kelly - Directed by Sean Hollands.
The Secret Garden
Jul & Aug 2016
The Secret Garden: Spring Edition is a brand new 70-minute edition of the 1991 Tony-Award- winning Broadway musical, The Secret Garden, by Marsha Norman & Lucy Simon. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. On their estate, she discovers a locked garden filled with magic, a boy who talks to birds, and a cousin she brings back to health by putting him to work in the garden. The Secret Garden has a special place in many people’s hearts. Be it as a novel, a film, or a musical, the timeless story has a way of staying with people far beyond their exposure to it.
Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present:
Save The Last Dance For Me
4 – 9 Jul
Featuring Antony Costa from Blue, X-Factor finalist Lola Saunders and Elizabeth Carter. For the first time without their parents, the sisters embark on a holiday to the seaside. Full of freedom and high spirits they meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air force base. But young love and holiday romance is never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.
Wed 20 Jul
The Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival in association with the Assembly Hall Theatre proudly present an outstanding live concert with Curtis Stigers, one of the most respected jazz singers of his generation. His rich singing voice has landed him on records with the likes of Al Green and Shawn Colvin, in studios with venerated producers like Danny Kortchmar and Glen Ballard, and onstage with a plethora of legends, including Eric Clapton, Elton John and Rod Stewart.
Hairy Maclary & Friends
Anyone with young children will recognise these immortal words instantly as the opening lines of the book Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd. Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse; Bottomley Potts, covered in spots; Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum; and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town. With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.
Beyond the Water’s Edge
1 - 2 Jul
Hear voices from around the world, distilled into poetry in this unique performance. Midland Creative Projects take the words of the world’s poets and present them on stage with live music to create a celebration of our lives in all forms. Dawing from every continent we are given stories that move and inspire. The drama of love, loss and re-birth mingle with the comedy of daily life, resulting in a captivating series of portraits. Directed by Steve Byrne from Interplay Theatre, Beyond The Water’s Edge uses poems published by Bloodaxe Books with music and original set design by Talking Birds.
The Country Doctor
20 – 22 Jul
Fleeing the shame of his failure at medical school in Moscow, a young man escapes to the cold isolation of the Russian countryside. Here, he happens upon a lonely medical surgery. A peculiar cohort of nurses and surgeons take him in to be their new head doctor; a position he freely embraces despite his lack of qualifications. How long will he survive in the country before his failure in the city catches up with him? Inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov, Noctium takes you into a world of gruesome operations set deep in the isolated, frozen wastes of the Russian countryside.
Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado
22 - 25 Jun
Following their 2013 hit with The Pirates of Penzance, director Martin Lloyd-Evans and choreographer Steve Elias return with one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas. With a storyline packed with anti-Establishment silliness, and self-serving politicians that are all too recognisable today, this playful show is full of family fun, performed to the highest standards.
Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew
29 Jun - 02 Jul
Choreographer John Cranko adapts Shakespeare's tale of mismatched marriage to create his undoubted masterpiece. In this sparkling comedy, independent and tempestuous Kate gives her suitor Petruchio considerably more than he bargained for. Cranko breathes new life into this witty battle of the sexes, set to a sparkling baroque score by Domenico Scarlatti, and achieves a memorable and truly funny mix of comedy, romance and bravura dancing.
Chicago The Musical
4 – 9 Jul
Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes "All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle”. With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, Chicago truly is 'The sharpest, slickest show on the block' (The Times).
4 - 9 Jul
Adapted from TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world – now you too have the chance to experience this legendary musical phenomenon.
21 - 23 Jul
Following the phenomenal success of Stage Experience’s, Into The Woods, we are thrilled to announce that Cameron Mackintosh has granted special permission for us to stage Lionel Bart’s multi-award winning musical, Oliver, in the UK’s largest theatre. Featuring an Oscar-winning catalogue of classic songs including: Food Glorious Food, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, Who Will Buy, Pick a Pocket or Two, As Long As He Needs Me and Reviewing The Situation this production promises to be the perfect treat for all the family.
It Is Easy To Be Dead
15 Jun – 9 Jul
Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the world premiere of It Is Easy To Be Dead by award-winning playwright Neil McPherson. Based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley. Born in Aberdeen, Charles Sorley was studying in Germany when the First World War broke out and was briefly imprisoned as an enemy alien. He was one of the first to join the army in 1914. Killed in action a year later at the age of 20, his poems are among the most ambivalent, profound and moving war poetry ever written.
Maggie and Pierre
3 - 5 Jul
In a new production commissioned by Finborough Theatre, the European premiere of Maggie and Pierre by Linda Griffiths with Paul Thompson. In 2015, Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada in a landslide election victory. Maggie and Pierre is the story of his parents... Reason and passion soon collide as they meet, fall in love, marry, live together in the public spotlight, have three children, and break up in a very ugly and very public way. A Canadian classic, a tour de force one-woman play about the pressures of power and fame under the media spotlight.
Matt Cardle shot to fame as the winner of The X Factor in 2010. He’s since gone on to have a number of hits including #1 When We Collide, #6 Run For Your Life, #10 Loving You (with Spice Girl Melanie C) and First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Fresh from winning ‘Best West End Debut’ for his role in Memphis, join Matt for a special ‘Intimate & Live’ evening performing material from his three Top 10 albums, breathtaking cover and an exclusive preview of songs from his new LP.
A Night of Dirty Dancing – The Tribute Show
Re-live the passion, indulge in the romance at Kellerman’s end of season show. Celebrating the greatest movie soundtrack of all time: She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby and of course (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life! Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide.
The Gruffalo’s Child
30 - 31 Jul
Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s monstrous success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood… One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Bid Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical stage adaptation.
12 – 16 Jul
Meet the residents of AVENUE Q; all looking for purpose, friendship…and SEX! Winner of 3 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is hilarious, touching and filthy. This smash hit musical is like ‘Sesame Street’ …just don’t bring the kids! Contains full puppet NUDITY! Age recommendation 16+.
Hull Jazz Festival
21 – 24 Jul
This year, Hull Jazz Festival 24th Summer Edition, presents the following live performances, at Hull Truck Theatre. Minima: Nosferatu; Yolanda Brown: Reggae Love Songs; Helen Watson with Snake Davis; Jean Toussaint Young Lions, Roots and Herbs: The Blakey Project; James Taylor Quartet; Jazz Brunch: Manjula
Who Do We Think We Are?
28 – 30 Jul
Join the cast of Act III, Hull Truck Theatre’s Over 55 group, as they attempt to broadcast to the nation without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Performed as a ‘live radio show’ with real stories from Hull’s past and present, and more than a dash of surreal comedy. Made in Hull, distilled in Drypool and bottled in Bransholme, Act III’s new show tells the city’s stories in surprising ways.
Some Enchanted Evening
A MUSICAL REVUE
After the phenomenal success from their last tour, Some Enchanted Evening is on the road again with a brand new show. Featuring some of the industry's most talented professionals, performing beloved songs from hit Broadway and West End Shows. This show leaves audiences with a smile on their face and a song in their heart. Certainly not to be missed.
Elton John Tribute - Your Songs
15 - 16 Jul
Having made a name for himself as one of the world's leading Elton John impersonators, Joel Coombes brings a full concert production to the Kenton, backed by the 'Jets' a talented band of musicians. If you’re a fan of Elton John’s or young enough to just be discovering his music then this is an opportunity to hear a fantastic selection of his greatest hits like Crocodile Rock, Candle in the Wind and Rocket Man. The show also includes some live favourites from Elton’s shows like Bennie and the Jets, Pinball Wizard and The Bitch is Back.
Talon – The Best of Eagles
This stunning production is a show of two halves with the first half delivering a world class laid back vibe with an in-depth look at the ‘early Eagles roots’ before visiting the brilliant ‘Hell Freezes Over’ and going right through to the critically acclaimed ‘Long Road Out of Eden’. The second half arrives in style with a complete change of mood and pace featuring those classic ‘Eagles Greatest Hits’ from their timeless back catalogue.
8 Jun – 16 Jul
We are proud to announce that the UK touring exhibition as featured on National TV and acclaimed by thousands of visitors is coming to The Lowther Pavilion, a finely crafted collection that has been painstakingly developed by its curator Sean Szmalc. This amazing UK touring exhibition featuring extremely rare artifacts from the liner's crew and passengers, example interiors from her sister ships Olympic and Britannic and props from James Cameron's hit movie.
13 - 16 Jul
The Lytham Players will be performing this hilarious classic from the 13th to the 16th July 2016 from 7pm. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets and enjoy the fun. An exciting outdoor production of "The Miser", a 1950's version of the classic French Farce by Moliere.
The Railway Children
Family outdoor theatre held in the Rose Garden. This enchanting tale follows the fortunes and adventures of Roberta,Peter and Phyllis after they move from London to a house near a railway line in the country. Roberta reads an old newspaper and discovers where their father really is and all the children take part in the adventure of a lifetime. With heart stopping action ‘The Storytellers’ retell the past as if it were today. Using song, gripping and dramatic action you too will be transported back to the golden age of steam.
23 Jul, 26 - 27 Aug
A fun tale based on the much-loved children’s book written by author Joyce Dunbar. Norwich Puppet Theatre’s adaptation visually reimagines the story with a magical mix of puppetry, visual tricks, masks and original music. This story is about a curious boy from the city who sets off in search of three unusual creatures. Deep in a strange and tranquil forest he discovers the Lostlet, the Strangelet and the Oddlet. Together the new friends find surprising ways to make their hopes, dreams and wishes come true.
Magimation- One Day Challenge
Always wanted to create your own animation? Now’s your chance at this one day fast and furious MagiMation spectacular! Make, film, record and export your animation all in one day. There will be plenty of techniques to get stuck into and no previous experience is required. At the end of the session you will have your finished animation to take home.
Princess & Ogres Puppet Making Workshop
Create your own royal princess or fearsome ogre who is about the devour the kingdom! The workshop will begin with making the basic puppet form. Then it's time to let imaginations run wild to create a new puppet character using a vast array of materials. The workshop leader will be on hand to give top tips for customising characters and at the end of the session participants will have a wonderful working puppet to take home for a show!
The Gruffalo’s Child
28 Jun – 3 Jul
One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and toptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist…does he? Just how brave is the Gruffalo’s child though? Find out for yourselves by joining her at Nuffield. Tall Stories return, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical stage adaptation.
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
5 Jul – 9 Jul
Meet Marc and Bella Chagall, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, immortalised as the picture of romance. Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall's paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition.
18 – 23 Jul
This record-breaking production is back to Torquay by popular demand this year starring Louise Jameson from Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin as Mrs Boyle. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
Aliens Love Underpants
26 - 27 Jul
This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music and lots of aliens of course! this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family.
That’ll Be The Day
After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new summer spectacular! This year’s show features a fresh new line-up of sensational classic gold hits, spanning the 50’s through to the 70’s & 80’s, mixed as always, with even more hilarious comedy! Complete with stunning costumes and incredible LIVE music performances, we guarantee you’ll be on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over.
29 Jun – 2 Jul
During the midst of World War II, Captain Charles Ryder finds his past and present blur as he confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with the Marchmain family at Brideshead Castle. Falling under the spell of their privileged lives, Charles looks back at the way his own life would be changed forever by the summers spent with the seemingly charming Sebastian and his beautiful sister Julia. Don’t miss the first large-scale stage adaptation of the evocative and timeless story that has captured audiences' imaginations for over seventy years.
After Miss Julie
11 – 16 Jul
Starring Helen George (Call the midwife, Strictly Come Dancing) as Miss Julie and set in 1945 in an English country house, on the eve of Labour’s landslide victory at the end of the second world war, this compelling and erotic psychological thriller is inspired by Strindberg’s 1888 masterpiece. During a summer ball, the beautiful daughter of the peer who owns the house, wanders into the servant’s quarters. As she flirts with her father’s handsome chauffeur, indifferent to the presence of his fiancée, what begins as game-playing ignites into passion with devastating consequences.
25 – 30 Jul
Lewis is comfortable in his life at Oxford University, smug in his convictions about God and His plan for the world until Joy and her young son enter his life and the bewildered theoretician of love in the abstract finally confronts its direct presence. This powerful drama raises questions about religion, humanity, society through a gripping story of love, belief and pain. Brought to you by the producers of the critically acclaimed touring productions of Birdsong and Flare Path, in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
Since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour Party leader he has transformed his own party and the way politics is conducted in this country. The #JC4PM tour celebrates his new politics with appearances from a stellar line up of comedians, musicians, poets and speakers, including Josie Long, Rufus Hound, Angela Barnes, Mark Serwotka, Clare Ferguson-Walker and many more.
Save the Last Dance for Me
11 – 16 Jul
From the team that brought you the huge success that is Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me will take you back through the 'music and magic' of the early 60s, a time when each passing week brought another Rock 'n' Roll classic. This nostalgic, feel-good journey will transport you back to music's golden era as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of '63 on their first holiday without their parents.
19 – 21 Jul
Britain's newest secret agent is off the leash...and ready for action! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us for a brand new interactive spy adventure suitable for the whole family starring everyone's favourite Britain's Got Talent champions. K9 Intelligence Agents Ashleigh and Pudsey must defeat their arch nemesis Dr Feline and his acrobatic cat burglars who are aiming for world domination. Along with their fantastic array of gadgets, cars, jet packs and gizmos, Ashleigh and Pudsey need your help to find clues, break codes and solve puzzles.
Welcome to Sinatra Jukebox “An evening of old school virtuosity” (Time Out), a show full of surprises as star of the West End’s Rat Pack Gary Williams and Harry The Piano perform whatever the audience requests from 100 of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ best loved hits. Only the audience know what’s coming next and Gary and Harry wait for their command. Described by The Times as “One of the best voices Britain has ever produced”, Williams has performed all over the world including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sinatra’s original Palm Springs home.
Rhythm of the Dance UK Tour 2016
This incredible live show celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the art of Irish dance, from the disciplined Celtic Step to the sensual, ancient Sean Nos dance style. "Rhythm of the Dance" creates a new era in Irish entertainment, presenting world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band and the handsome Young Irish Tenors. Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour by critics, audiences and millions of fans around the world.
Elkie Brooks is celebrating her 70th birthday with a UK tour. Now in the 5th decade of her career, she is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and awards, her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new. Performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz, an electric evening with Elkie is guaranteed to leave you begging for more. Don't miss the chance to see a truly great artist in action. “Still one of the great British voices” The Guardian
Salaam meaning ‘peace’ is Sonia Sabri Company’s latest stunning creation. This double-bill programme cleverly weaves a dialogue between live music and Kathak dance, celebrating harmony, inner –stillness and the simple bliss of being alive. Salaam combines a rare treat of Tabla music by the world-renowned maestro. Sarvar Sabri performs outstanding compositions of rhythm, with complexity and speed, through his unique fingerwork. Sabri is accompanied by the talented Shoma Dey, who performs endearing musical patterns on the harmonium along with powerful vocals, which fuel and vibrate a resonance in the performance.
Sportacus, Robbie Rotten, Stephanie & Ziggy Return in Their All-New Concert Show for 2016. Go, go, go, get up LazyTown – to a brand-new, non-stop, interactive, energetic treat – jam-packed with singing, dancing, acrobatics, music and fun. Robbie is at his rottenest, Sportacus at his super-active best as he joins Stephanie in coaxing Ziggy to a more active lifestyle. Featuring No One’s Lazy in LazyTown, Bing Bang and Never Say Never. Suitable for ages 3 to 103!
Rat Pack: The Vegas Show
Purveyors of Cool Swing into town with - "The Greatest Music Of The 20th Century" Wonderful memories of classic Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis. Totally live performance now in its 14th year that continues to be successful worldwide. Every song is a winner: Come Fly With Me, Volare, That’s Amore, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Sway, Mack The Knife and many more of your favourites.
The Point Youth Theatre presents Alice’s Adventures
26 – 31 Jul
A beautiful, outdoor promenade performance in the stunning surroundings of IBM’s Hursley Park. Alice has grown tired of rules and the silly games her sisters play. When white rabbit after white rabbit hops by, her curiosity takes over and soon she’s embarked on a journey packed with mystery and mayhem, beyond her wildest imagination. Meeting a peculiar range of characters along the way, each ‘curiouser and curiouser’ than the last, Alice finds herself in the middle of a game she did not set out to play! With live music and bold storytelling, this is an adventure for the whole family.
The Point and SharkLegs present The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole
21 - 22 Jul
If you had a finite number of heartbeats, how would you make each beat count? Gavin has been given a life-changing diagnosis. He must reassess his entire life; what has he done with those beats? Which has he thrown away? And how many did he lose when She broke his heart…? Gavin hoards his heartbeats in the shed at the bottom of his garden; he may not have enough left, so he needs to borrow some of yours…Using state-of-the-art heart rate monitors SharkLegs will measure your heartbeat during the show – and Gavin will help you to see each beat differently.
22 Jun – 9 Jul
Two of the UK’s favourite actors star in what is widely acknowledged to be Noël Coward’s funniest play. Samuel West, whose acclaimed credits include Mr Selfridge and many leading classical roles for the RSC, plays actor, charmer and diva Garry Essendine and multi award-winning Phyllis Logan, best known as the housekeeper Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey and Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy, plays Monica, his acerbic secretary. Garry Essendine is determined to disregard his advancing years by revelling in endless tantrums and casual affairs. About to depart for Africa, he finds himself besieged by a bevvy of wouldbe seductresses, not to mention his long-suffering secretary, his estranged wife, and an obsessed young playwright. As he attempts to disentangle himself from their clutches and demands, the sparkling comedy escalates.
While The Sun Shines
13 – 30 Jul
Terence Rattigan shows himself to be a master farceur in this hilarious flurry of crossed-wires and mistaken identities… On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Lady Elizabeth, the Earl of Harpenden makes the mistake of allowing a drunken American Lieutenant to spend the night in his Albany apartment. Things start to go wrong the following morning when the Earl arranges a little female company for his charming and mischievous guest in the form of Mabel Crum, a former girlfriend with a penchant for Americans... but it is his fiancée, Lady Elizabeth, who turns up at the flat! The cast includes Alexandra Dowling, Rob Heaps, Tamla Kari and Rupert Young. Christopher Luscombe directs.
By: Polly Teale
5 - 9 Jul
It is 1845 and Branwell Brontë returns home in disgrace, dismissed from his job and plagued by alcohol and drug addiction. Meanwhile the sisters endure their restrictive and isolated existence by channelling their intellect, frustrations and buried desires into the creative furnace of their writing. In this ingenious and gripping interpretation of the Brontë legend, Polly Teale (Artistic Director of Shared Experience) brilliantly evokes the real and imagined worlds of the three sisters by weaving their fictional characters into the action, powerfully revealing all that is thwarted and suppressed in their entwined tragic lives. This production will show at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate.
The Invisible Hand
12 May – 2 July
American banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell within the depths of rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market? Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s intense political thriller lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this fast-moving, contemporary play directed by the Tricycle’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham (A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes, Multitudes,Handbagged, Paper Dolls, Red Velvet).
Bachelor seeks Female for Romance - and Murder. Fast, funny physical theatre inspired by the real-life ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’ from Lecoq-trained Tooth+Nail. "Incredibly skilled" A Younger Theatre
Bilal Jafar: Cakes
The hilarious story of how Bilal was mistaken for a Muslim Only cake shop and became a prime target for the furious far right. From the Hackney Empire New Comedian of the Year.
Brennan Reece: Everglow
English Comedian Of The Year Brennan Reece’s debut show. He has appeared on BBC, ITV, E4 and supported Joe Lycett."Unstoppable force" Chortle
Queens of Syria
5 – 9 Jul
"I have a scream I have to let out. I want the world to hear it." A group of Syrian women, now refugees exiled in Jordan, create an extraordinary modern retelling of Euripides’ Trojan Women. In film and on stage, the women courageously explore parallels between the ancient Greek tragedy and the catastrophe of today’s civil war. Their first-hand experience of a country in turmoil mirrors the Trojan women they portray, displaced and enslaved by war. Set against the backdrop of Yasmin Fedda’s award-winning documentary, this moving production plays for the first time at the Young Vic before a UK tour.
28 Jul – 10 Sep
Simon Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican last year. Now he writes and directs his first original work for the UK: a new version of Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece Yerma. This achingly powerful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past. Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.
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