The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Few writers caught the American mood of the 20s so well as F Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby; his portrait of the rich and restless on Long Island, and the impossible glamour of fabulous parties and beautiful people. Published in 1925, four years before the catastrophic collapse of the American stock markets, Fitzgerald’s novel […]

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The Winslow Boy

The Winslow Boy

Rattigan’s plays are timeless, The Winslow Boy being the most recently revived in 2018 of six of his plays at Chichester. Based on a real-life case, this classic play is a legal drama, but without the courtroom, wigs, and gowns, set entirely in the living room of the Winslows’ home in London between 1912 and […]

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Loot

Loot

One of the best known and most outrageous comedies of the 1960s, this is classic Orton, full of wickedly sharp one-liners and caustic put-downs. Irreligious, anti-establishment and still shockingly laugh-out-loud funny. Much of its savage wit turns out to have a ring of truth. After opening in the West End in 1966, it was a […]

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Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

“Bulges with theatrical vitality” – Michael Billington, The Guardian Howard Brenton’s award-winning play moves away from the popular image of Anne Boleyn as a doomed siren to offer a compelling portrait of a great English heroine contentiously described by James I as “the whore who changed England”. Specially commissioned for Shakespeare’s Globe, it premiered to […]

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The Children

The Children

Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Children premiered at the Royal Court, London in 2016 and moved to Broadway winning Best Play at the 2018 Writers’ Guild Awards, confirming this as a quite remarkable piece of writing by a young and gifted playwright. Two ageing nuclear scientists live in an isolated cottage on the coast, as the […]

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round the horne

Round the Horne

“Oh, Mr Horne! How bona to vada your dolly old eek!” From the producers of the UK tours of The Goon Show and Hancock’s Half Hour comes another radio comedy classic live on stage. From 1965 to 1968 there wasn’t a bigger radio programme in Britain than the ground-breaking Round the Horne. For half-an-hour every […]

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The Caretaker

The Caretaker

In an attic at the top of an empty four-storey house full of junk, Davies, an ageing, filthy down-and-out, is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston. He quickly settles in, calmly making himself at home until Mick, Aston’s brother, a far more menacing character, arrives. A battle of wits begins as the brothers […]

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

“Has there ever been a better stage adaptation of a novel than this one by Christopher Hampton?”  This is writing to savour. Michael Billington: The Guardian In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. 200 years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the […]

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Merrily We Roll Along

“It is, make no mistake, one of the great musicals of this or any other era “ Paul Taylor for The Independent Following a sell out revival in 2012 this stunning musical received 7 Olivier award nominations and more five star reviews than any other musical in West End history. Stephen Sondheim’s semi-autobiographical musical follows […]

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