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National Youth Theatre Season: Jekyll & Hyde at Ambassadors Theatre until 6 December 2017

Everyone has another face they hide behind… The National Youth Theatre REP Company invite you into the world of Victorian England, where civilised society meets seedy Soho for a thrilling new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde from award-winning playwright Evan Placey (Consensual, Girls Like That).

Classic tale of secrets, deceit and revenge will be brought to life by some of Britain’s most exciting emerging talent on one the West End’s most historic stages.

www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
www.nyt.org.uk/whats-on/jekyll-and-hyde

Doors:
19:30 and 14:30

Location:
Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9NZ

Tickets:
From £19.50 book online

Dr. Seuss’s THE LORAX @ The Old Vic / 15th October until 5th November 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 8NB

Tickets: from £12 book online

www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/dr-seusss-lorax

The irrepressible, big-hearted, moustachioed critter is back. This dazzlingly funny, moving, and inspiring show sees the go-getting Once-ler come face to face with the magical Lorax in a battle over the beloved truffula trees and the whole of Paradise Valley. Adapted for the stage by David Greig with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink and designs by multi-Olivier Award winning Rob Howell, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is a brilliant riot of eye-popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious music to enchant adults and children alike.

Simon Paisley Day reprises his role as The Once-ler, and David Ricardo-Pearce will play The Lorax along with puppeteers Laura Caldow and Ben Thompson. The full cast includes Michael Ajao, Joseph Alessi, Josh Baker, Jack Beale, Hannah Fairclough, Owain Gwynn, Wendy Mae Brown, Kirsty Malpass, Kerri Norville, Ellena Vincent and Silas Wyatt-Barke.

A Nazi Comparison @ Waterloo East Theatre / from 3rd – 29th October 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tues to Sat at 7.30pm
Sun at 4pm

@ Waterloo East Theatre, Brad Street, London SE1 8TN

Tickets: from £12 book online

www.waterlooeast.co.uk
www.craft-theatre.com

Clare, A young woman at university happens upon an English translation of a play written by Hitler’s favourite playwright and it upsets her entire world view. She can’t help but see strong parallels in how the media was manipulated then, and now. Filled with anxiety that the world she lives in is not as noble as everyone is led to believe, she digs deeper, and deeper and deeper. Jumps down a rabbit hole that eventually isolates her from everyone she knows and loves. Her friends shun her, her parents demean her, her work fires her, her teachers expel her. If the truth is the truth then why won’t anyone listen? Her anger consumes her. Her thoughts turn extreme, she finds extremists to confide in… and they begin planning, something dangerous..

On Clare’s quest for truth, does she become her worst fear, or reveal her worst fear?

Craft Theatre, one of the top fringe theatre companies in London, brings you their newest piece, fast paced thriller ‘A Nazi Comparison’. Devised from ‘Shalateger’ by Hanns Johst (Poet Laurette to the Third Reich), contemporary political rhetoric, buried facts, intense drama, physical feats, and nuanced storytelling; to bring you one of the most controversial pieces to hit London since Edward Bond’s Saved…

Can you handle the truth?

Grimeborn @ Arcola Theatre / until September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

Tickets: from £10 with an Arcola Passport

www.arcolatheatre.com/grimeborn

Bold new versions of classic operas. Rarely-seen and long-forgotten works. Brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies. Whether it’s your first or your latest opera experience, you’ll be right at home at Grimeborn 2017.

 

THE MARRIAGE OF KIM K book online

The Kardashian musical 💋.
The Mozart opera 🎻.
At the same time 😍.

 

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN book online

Once upon a time, deep in the woods, a man caught a vixen… This humorous, life-affirming celebration of nature comes to Grimeborn with a brand new chamber arrangement.

 

HE SILKEN LADDER & A HUSBAND AT THE DOOR book online

A double bill about mistaken identities, mismatched lovers, narrow escapes and unexpected undergarments.

 

UNE EDUCATION MANQUÉE book online

A deliciously madcap and witty 45-minute French operetta about two teenaged newly-wed aristocrats.

 

DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED book online

Janáček’s song-cycle is updated as the video-diary of an asylum centre worker. A dramatic tale of cross-cultural love, identity and indecision from the acclaimed Shadwell Opera.

 

PORGY & BESS book online

For their latest outing to Grimeborn, Basement Orchestra contront Gershwin’s masterpiece, telling the story with key details and extracts, live singers and dazzling musicianship.

 

OPERA MOUSE book online

Tilly Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! Don’t miss this Sunday morning spectacular for young children and adults alike.

 

ARMIDE book online

Armide falls for her nemesis will she pick love, or vengeance? Ensemble OrQuesta brings this thrilling tale of desire, betrayal and magic from the crusades into the present.

 

V book online

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night , V is a devised musical by young people aged 14-25 from Arcola’s award-winning Creative Engagement department.

 

SAMSON AND DELILAH book online

The source of Samson’s power is a secret – but when Delilah decides to root it out, her discovery threatens to change the course of history forever. A new production from WhatsOnStage award-winner Aylin Bozok (Werther, Pelléas et Mélisande).

 

COLLISION book online

Part absurdist science-fiction, part sultry cabaret, Collision is a Dada-esque piece with new cabaret and jazz influenced music. How would you spend your world’s end weekend?

 

IL LETTO book online

Told by Puccini’s wife Elvira Bonturi, Il Letto is a tale about the destructive tensions between real life and opera, heroines and muses.

 

FUN AT THE FESTIVAL book online

A real treat for opera and new writing lovers, these three little gems make for a fun-filled evening at the festival.

 

THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY book online

The multi-award-winning, five-star production returns to London. In Chicago, 1924, two college kids sign a contract in blood. Can they carry out the perfect crime?

 

Cardboard Citizens: Home Truths @ The Bunker (Waterloo) / from 17th April – 13th May 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Bunker, 53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Tickets: from £10 for previews, book online

www.bunkertheatre.com/whats-on/home-truths/about
www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

A group of performers from acclaimed theatre company Cardboard Citizens is squatting in The Bunker to present a playful exploration of housing from the slums of Victorian London to the madness of London today.

An immersive multi-story speculation on need, greed and good intentions, Home Truths is revealed through the world premieres of nine short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights: Sonali Bhattacharyya, Lin Coghlan, EV Crowe, Anders Lustgarten, Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, Stef Smith, David Watson and Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods.

Home Truths will look back at the history of UK housing, from the Victorian housing crisis through to squatting in the 1970s, the ravages of Rachmanism in the 1950s and white flight in the 21st century. The nine plays will be split into three Cycles. Each Cycle can be seen as a stand-alone production, or alternatively audiences can take part in a theatrical sit in and watch all nine plays over the course of a day in one of two special Tri-Cycle performances.

Shows:

  • Slummers by Sonali Bhattacharyya
  • The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency by Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods
  • Back to Back to Back by Stef Smith
  • The Table by Lin Coghlan
  • Put The Schwarzes Into De-Stat by Nessah Muthy
  • The House With the Yellow Front Door by Anders Lustgarten
  • Henrietta by David Watson
  • Nostalgia by EV Crowe
  • Grip by Chris O’Connell

Cycle 1 (red)
17th April preview 19:30
20th April 19:00
24th and 27th April 3rd, 6th, and 10th May 19:30

Cycle 2 (blue)
18th April preview 19:30
21st April 19:00
25th and 28th April, 4th, 8th, and 11th May 19:30

Cycle 3 (yellow)
19th April preview 19:30
22nd April 19:00
26th April 2nd, 5th, 9th, and 12th May 19:30

Tri-cycle (green)
Saturday 29th April 12:00
Saturday 13th May 12:00

the kid stays in the picture @ Royal Court Theatre / until 8th April 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Thu and Sat matinees 2.30pm

@ Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AS

Tickets: from £12 book online

www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/kid-stays-picture

In the 1960s and 70s, Robert Evans became one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. He saved Paramount Pictures from collapse and produced films including The Godfather and Chinatown.

By the 1980s he was broke, with his personal and professional life spiralling at epic proportions. In 1994 he published his award-winning autobiography, chronicling it all.

Director Simon McBurney explores the rise of the legendary film producer against the backdrop of a changing America through the second half of the 20th century.

Game @ Almeida Theatre

Excellent timing for this sinister show based around our dilemmas on how best to tackle the rising cost of living and housing crisis.

The tagline ‘In a housing crisis, a young couple are offered a home of their own. But at what price?’ hints at the theme but doesn’t do the experience justice.

Without giving too much away (just trust us it’s a lot more interesting than sitting in front of a stage) it quickly becomes difficult to distinguish if you’re part of the show or a spectator and makes you think about what circumstances we may be forced to consider just to get by. It’s incredibly engaging and the best hour performance in London right now.

The show is on at the Almeida Theatre until Saturday 4th April 2015 with tickets from around £18 book online.

SELFIE @ National Youth Theatre / until 12 November 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:00

@ National Youth Theatre, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND

Tickets: around £25 book online

www.nyt.org.uk
www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk

The National Youth Theatre presents an electrifying world premiere of Selfie, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s iconic tale of deception, youth, and vanity. This new staging by Brad Birch and the NYT REP Company brings literature’s most conceited anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life.

Set in the not so distant future, artist Basil Hallward becomes infatuated with his new client Dorian, a woman who is unaware of her striking beauty. Dorian enters Basil’s hipster circle of artists and entrepreneurs and is soon plagued by self-doubt and vanity – doing whatever it takes to remain beautiful. With live music and big characters, this scandalous tale will be like nothing you’ve seen before…but don’t worry, it isn’t about you. Yet.

Dates:
Tue Oct 28th 19:30
Tue Nov 4th 19:30
Wed Nov 5th 19:30
Wed Nov 12t 19:30

Hotel @ The Shed (National Theatre) / 31st May – 2nd August 2014

Hotel at The Shed - National TheatreTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Shed, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Tickets: £20 book online

www.theshedtheatre.co.uk

A tropical thriller, where nothing is quite what it seems, Hotel explores the cost of integrity.

Hotel, a new play by Polly Stenham, will be directed by Maria Aberg and designed by Naomi Dawson, with lighting by David Holmes and sound by Alex Caplen. The cast includes Ntonga Mwanzi and Susan Wokoma.

Secluded, isolated, the perfect desert island escape. Just what Robert and the family need. But beyond the white sand and beautiful sunsets, dark clouds gather. A storm is coming.

Debris @ Southwark Playhouse / Untill 17th May 2014

Debris-web-imageTIME AND PLACE:

Monday – Saturday 19:30
Saturday Matinee 15:00

@ Southwark Playhouse
77 – 85 Newington Causeway,
London,
SE1 6BD

Tickets: Full £16
Concessions £14
Previews £10
Get Tickets Here

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

“Like mushrooms babies grow in rubbish. They construct themselves from rotting leaves, coke cans, syringes and empty packets of monster munch and wait for their parents to find them. I know this to be the truth. Because I found one.”

An odyssey of love and loss, pain and imagination, Debris is an unreal journey through two disturbed minds. Enter the dark and chaotic world of orphaned teenagers Michael and Michelle. They are desperate to piece together their story; work out where they came from and find hope and meaning amongst life’s debris.

Abigail Graham directs the first London revival of the play since its première ten years ago. Her production follows the success of her critically acclaimed Molly Sweeney at The Print Room last year, which subsequently transferred to the Lyric Belfast before a Northern Ireland tour. Debris marks the much-anticipated second collaboration between Graham and designer Signe Beckmann following Molly Sweeney.

Post Show Discussions
Thursday 1 May ‘Do young people need a voice?’ A discussion with Imogen Brodie (Head of Taking Part at Young Vic) and members of Kids’ Company Urban Academy
Wednesday 7 May An audience with the writer of Debris Dennis Kelly

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