How can you think you’ve found so much and suddenly wake-up and find you’ve found nothing at all?
It’s 1962. Victor Brown is 20 years old and he’s infatuated with Ingrid Rothwell, a typist from the factory where he works. Both are from Cressley, a working-class town in West Riding, Yorkshire. Victor soon finds his feelings for Ingrid have nothing to do with love. But Ingrid loves Victor and agrees to carrying on with their unofficial courtship in bus shelters, parks and the cinema.
Ignorance leads to Ingrid getting pregnant, and they are forced into a marriage that neither is ready for and Vic doesn’t want. When Vic moves in with his in-laws everything changes, and the bargaining begins.
A Kind of Loving was published in 1960 and made Stan Barstow one of the key voices of the 1960’s cultural renaissance in British life.
The show runs till 16th November, you can find tickets here
Have you ever been ‘gaslighted’? Lost confidence in your convictions Referred to as ‘crazy’ or ‘hysterical’?
Gaslight challenges our views on emotional abuse and manipulation; the ease at which we can lose ourselves and our sanity. Today, Gaslight is more relevant than ever as the measure of acceptable behaviour, awareness and understanding of the psychological effects of abuse are hotly debated. Politicians exploit our views on Twitter, Love Island producers push emotional boundaries and the ridiculous rules of dating drive us mad.
Show runs at the Playground Theatre till the 10th November and you can find tickets here
Our Fantastic writer and director Emma Rice is to be honoured with this year’s Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre Award at the 2019 UK Theatre Awards, in recognition of the unique, innovative and socially relevant work that she has created and directed all over the country, and her significant influence on the contemporary theatre landscape. Congratulations Emma, brilliant achievement and very well deserved!
Hugh Whitemore's Breaking the Code opens this week at The Salisbury Playhouse
At the height of the Second World War eccentric genius Alan Turing was breaking the complex German code, Enigma, at Bletchley Park. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was later put on trial and publicly humiliated by the revelation of his sexuality. Hugh Whitemore’s compelling play intertwines an account of Turing’s most heroic hour with that of his betrayal by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour. Turing’s story went on to be told in the 2014 Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Show runs from 5th-26th October and you can get your tickets here
Award-winning actress Maxine Peake performs the iconic role of Pelagea Vlassova, a woman whose radical action to protect her son from imprisonment transforms her into the figurehead for a revolutionary movement.
BBC Radio Drama North in collaboration with musicians from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by HK Gruber, present Mark Ravenhill’s version of Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother, a compelling drama with songs set in pre-revolutionary Russia with an original score by Hanns Eisler and recorded live with an audience at The University of Hull’s Middleton Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Caucasian Chalk Circle: A young woman risks everything to save the child. With the country torn apart by war and soldiers hot on their heels, she resolves to protect him at all costs. But in a corrupt world, is love enough?
For the first time, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru takes on Bertolt Brecht in a new Welsh-language adaptation by Mererid Hopwood with original music perf...
Director Richard Beecham returns to Watford Palace Theatre to bring a fresh theatrical energy to this gripping and suspenseful thriller. Hamilton’s original text is translated into a 21st century safe house, where a group of women, fleeing domestic abuse, re-enact the 1938 smash-hit play.
The show runs from 2nd October - 26th October at Watford Palace Theatre and you can get your tickets here
Stiles and Drew are pleased to announce they have written the music and lyrics to a musical adaptation of Erich Kästner's classic novel 'The Parent Trap' which will open at the Nottingham Playhouse in July 2020, before heading to Theatre Royal, Bath. The book of which is written by our fabulous writer Stuart Paterson, more information coming soon!
Director Emma Rice makes her ENO debut in a glitzy production that showcases her talents for theatrical spectacle and humour. Orpheus in the Underworld transports us to a hedonistic, party-filled Underworld.
The Show runs at the English National Opera form 11th October - 28th November and you can get your tickets here