With the American Presidential Election and Hard Brexit nightmare scenarios likely to go on and on, the theatre is an attractive place to get away from it all. Never more so than in November
Here are ten productions our Editorial Staff are looking forward to seeing in November.
Eleanor wants a child. Richard would oblige if he could, but he’s too busy running the Dead Funny Society.
When British comedy heroes Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill turn up their toes in the same week the society gather for a celebration of hilarity and laughter. But Eleanor’s grin masks a grimace.
When your marriage is deader than either Morecambe or Wise it’s hard to see the funny side of things.
Deny, Deny, Deny
It is 2026 and Eve, a promising young athlete, is offered a cutting edge new ‘therapy’ by her mysterious, charismatic coach.
He says it will make her the fastest woman in the world: but is it as safe, legal and ethical as he claims? The play, which takes its title from the first rule of the doper’s handbook – ‘deny everything, until you can’t’ – promises to be a gripping, extraordinary and revealing exposé of what it takes to be a champion. A tale of ambition, love, revenge, jealousy and 21st century science, based on two years of research by journalist turned playwright Jonathan Maitland.
Drones, Baby, Drones
War isn’t what it used to be.
“From now on, it’s drones, baby, drones” – Robert Gates, former U.S. Defense Secretary
Three writers. Two plays. One vital tale of power, sex and infighting at the top of the Washington establishment, and its far-reaching repercussions. As Barack Obama prepares to leave office, this world premiere double bill probes behind the scenes of America’s controversial drone wars, and asks what they will mean for our future.
It’s 5a.m. A CIA director learns her daughter has been injured in a car crash, a White House security adviser is sleeping with an intern, a Pentagon General is working out in the gym. This Tuesday, in an hour, they have a vital decision to make.
Wednesday. A missile hits a wedding in Pakistan. 7000 miles away, two drone operators begin their celebration. Pushing the button was the start. If only it were the end…
Half A Sixpence
It Is Easy To Be Dead
And your bright Promise, withered long and sped,
Is touched, stirs, rises, opens and grows sweet
And blossoms and is you, when you are dead.
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.
It Is Easy To Be Dead tells the story of Sorley’s brief life through his work and music and songs from some of the greatest composers of the period including George Butterworth, Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna, Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Rudi Stephan and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Unique among the poets of the First World War, Sorley’s life and work fits chronologically into the patriotic idealism of such writers as Julian Grenfell and Rupert Brooke (whom Sorley criticised for his “sentimental attitude”). Perhaps because of his time in Germany before the war, Sorley perceived the truth of the war long before his fellow writers, and anticipated the grim disillusionment of later poets such as Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Siegfried Sassoon.
Leading a hand-picked company, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to the stage to play King Lear, a quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics.
Written during a period of great social upheaval, Shakespeare’s brutal masterpiece is arguably the greatest tragedy ever written. The fatal consequences of a foolish decision are explored in haunting poetry to create one of the most moving works in the English language.
Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth – a ‘man’ unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might set him finally free.
Reprising their roles from the original New York production are Michael C Hall (Thomas Newton), Michael Esper (Valentine) and Sophia Anne Caruso (Girl). They are joined by Gabrielle Brooks, Sydnie Christmas, Richard Hansell, Amy Lennox, Maimuna Memon, Jamie Muscato, Tom Parsons and Julie Yammanee.
How do you do the right thing when there is no “right thing”
When Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels, two brave ladies from the Hampshire Women’s Institute, decide to campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution and to improve conditions for Working Girls everywhere, Brothel Madame, Holly Spencer, gets in touch. She has the perfect brothel these ladies could be looking for! Holly quips: ‘You ladies make the tea and we’ll bring the crumpets!’
As the two conflicting worlds collide, comedy and chaos ensue in this very British comedy.
In 90s suburbia, a family takes extraordinary measures to confront the behaviour of their rebellious teenage son. But when the plan descends into chaos, it becomes clear that Jason is far from being the only one with secrets to hide.
An addictive and hysterical new comedy about your typical dysfunctional family by two-time Olivier nominated playwright Peter Quilter (End of The Rainbow and Glorious!)
School of Rock
Based on the hit film, this exuberant new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.
Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, this high-energy toe-tapper delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses!