Written and directed by mother-daughter duo Jacqueline and Tamar Saphra, The Noises is an intimate tale that illustrates the Venn diagram of relationships involving the family dog.
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Written by Andy Barrett and directed by Giles Croft, Tony’s Last Tape looks at the last days of the Labour politician Tony Benn as he makes a pivotal choice.
Written by Tom Coash and directed by Pamela Schermann, Cry Havoc looks at a relationship between a British man and someone from Egypt.
While the reign of Charles II ushered in a libertine ambience in 17th century Britain, the two people who exemplify the spirit of the age were women – and ‘known’ to the king himself.
Written by Maud Dromgoole and directed by Tatty Hennessey, Mary’s Babies looks at the ethical considerations of intrauterine insemination en masse, as well as its emotional cost. But first, some background history…
Directed by James Eley, Shakespeare’s tale of ancient Albion, King Lear, is transposed to the turbulent times of the present day.
The Project highlights the emotional cost that war places on people and the malleability of relationships under such circumstances.
Directed by Mark Giesser and the inspiration for the Peter Sellers’ comedy The Mouse That Roared – where a small European country is at war with the United States – Strike Up The Band is a lesser-known Gershwin musical with a satirical edge.
Directed by Vicky Featherstone, David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue returns to the Royal Court Theatre after a three-year hiatus.
Directed by Tricia Thorns and first performed 40-plus years ago, James Saunders’ Bodies examines two couples who meet for the first time after a decade apart.
Written and performed by Maroussia Vladi, In Search Of Applause examines the choices a young woman makes regarding fulfilment and ‘happiness’ – from her initial idealism to ‘lying in the bed she’s made’.
Based on a seldom-discussed chapter in London’s history, Tobacco Road highlights the aspirations and pitfalls of yesteryear, yet gives it a contemporary spin. ‘Ducking and diving’ has never been so frenetic.
Taking up the mantle, A Beautiful Noise is a tribute show by Fisher Stevens to the music of Diamond. Performing in lead vocals for the majority of songs, Stevens makes every effort to look and sound like the man himself.
Written by Maureen Lawrence and directed by Charlie Barker, Tokens of Affection takes place in a special teaching unit in Rotherham for ‘troublesome’ girls, during the early eighties.
During the sixties, Orton’s plays such as Loot and Entertaining Mr Sloane showed an hitherto unseen side of British society on the stage and challenged the double standards of the ‘moral guardians’. In his first solo play, The Ruffian On The Stair (which is directed by Paul Clayton) we meet a ‘couple’ who live in a flat in Islington (not unlike Orton’s own abode).
How often have you heard: “He’s a bit on the shy side.” “She doesn’t say much does she..?” Directed by Cat Robey, Michael Ross’ The Shy Manifesto looks at the way the world treats people who are quiet and what is really going on in their minds.
Taking a female perspective on racial tensions in modern day Britain, Sara Aniqah Malk’s Salaam takes place during the Muslim fasting season of Ramadan. Mariam (Yasmin Wilde) is a devout Muslim and when she’s not actually fasting, she prays and reads from the Quran.
Everyone loves an Agatha Christie tale. Unlike the films and programmes involving Ms Marple or Poirot that are often repeated on television, Witness For The Prosecution (which is directed by Lucy Bailey) doesn’t have a familiar marquee protagonist at the centre of its narrative.
This summer will mark the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Has it really been that long? On a more positive note, this month marks the 10th anniversary of the Thriller Live musical in the West End.
Written and directed by Ross McGregor, Gentleman Jack looks at the truth behind a woman who was a pioneer in entrepreneurship, mountaineering and in some ways ‘a modern lesbian’.
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