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Beryl

by Maxine Peake

I had a constant battle to get where I am today. Scrimping and scraping, people telling me not to do it, I couldn't do it. That my life wouldn't amount to very much. Now I might have had a bit of natural talent...


Oh What A Lovely War

by Joan Littlewood

Oh What a Lovely War is a theatrical chronicle of the First World War, told through the songs and documents of the period. Devised and first performed by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal,...


The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

by Adam Bock

Nobody knows us. They think they do. But they don�t.

In a world of champagne and canap�s, the five Colby sisters are the glamorous faces of New York high society. With wealth, style and desirable husbands,...


Len Jenkin's Theatre: Wonder and Heart

by Robert J. Andreach

Early in his career, Len Jenkin identified two qualities that theatre should have: wonder and heart. Imagination creates wonder by transforming nature to suggest more than nature. Love engages the heart on the...


Oh My Sweet Land

by Amir Nizar Zuabi

They call it a civil war, but there is nothing civil in this. Nothing civil at all.

They came from Damascus, from Halab, from Banias where the bombs fall day and night and the wounded children look like sleeping...


Peter Pan Goes Wrong

by Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis & Henry Shields

Tonight Neverland is fleshed out with plenty of plant life, certainly bettering 2011's production of Jack and the Bean-Cactus. So, with no further ado, please put your hands together for J.M. Barrie's Christmas...


Not the Worst Place

by Sam Burns

I ain't got a city named for me . . . The swans have though, haven't they. They got a city named for them.

Seventeen-year-old Emma dreams of travelling adventures beyond her Swansea home. Rhys, her boyfriend,...


My Name Is . . .

by Sudha Bhuchar

When Gaby disappears from her Scottish home, it is assumed that her Pakistani father, Farhan, has kidnapped her. The spiralling headlines are only momentarily silenced when it emerges that Gaby may have fled...


Occupied

by Carla Grauls

We are making little territories in your country, a hostile take-over of your garden sheds, your abandoned houses and your toilets. The occupation has begun!

Driven by a desire for belonging, two Romanian immigrants...


Shiver

by Daniel Kanaber

From the despair of aninut, even in a short shiva, the ice inside you is thawing, Mordecai, it will open you to the world if you let it. After, shloshim. After a year, yizkor, yarhrzeit. And yes, sorrow, but...


Peddling

by Harry Melling

A boy wakes up in a field somewhere in London. He's a door-to-door salesman: a pedlar boy. An encounter with an old acquaintance sends him into a frenzied questioning of everything: his life, his world, where...


Birdland

by Simon Stephens

Everything can be quantified. All worth can be quantified. Artistic worth. Human worth. Material worth. Everything. Some food is simply better than other food. Isn't it? Some clothes are better than other clothes....


An August Bank Holiday Lark

by Deborah McAndrew

Tomorrow morning, you and Frank Armitage are getting wed. In my opinion, marriage is blind optimism at any time, but especially in wartime. It's an act of faith.

Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin�s...


The Nativity Goes Wrong

by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields

The Christian Humanitarian Reading Initiative for Spiritual Theatre (or C.H.R.I.S.T. for short) are putting on a production of The Nativity Story. It's opening night and nothing is going to plan. Despite a collapsing...


Red Velvet: 2nd Edition

by Lolita Chakrabarti

It's like being at a crossroads - a point of absolute, unequivocal change. It makes the blood rush.

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage...


Rapture, Blister, Burn

by Gina Gionfriddo

Women are running for president. Men are exfoliating. It's all jumbled: you can't read the signs.

Can any woman have it all? After university Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths: Catherine built a career...


The Theatre of Brian Friel: Tradition and Modernity

by Christopher Murray, Csilla Bertha & David Krause

A Critical Companion to the theatre of Ireland's foremost living playwright, whose work spans fifty years and has won numerous awards, including three Tonys and a Lifetime Achievement Arts Award. Christopher...


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare, Rob Hastie & Josie Rourke

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But famine threatens the city, the citizens� hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from...


Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

by Jon Brittain & Matt Tedford

Look at us, Margaret - the press is on our side. We're heroes: the public is behind us, we're protecting our children, the party is united behind the cause. You can stand against it if you want, but you will...


Protest Song

by Tim Price

Danny sleeps rough on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. Has done for years. Then one morning he wakes to see a canvas city being erected in front of him. And Danny finds himself swept up in the last occupation...