A comedy drama set in the seedily glamorous world of 17th century London theatre. John Shank is an actor, talent-scout and trainer of boy players in the 1630s, when women's roles are still played by precocious boys. Up to his eyes in debt, Shank's only hope of escaping destitution is an unpromising 14-year-old would-be, Stephen Hammerton. Can he train up Stephen to be the new star of the London stage?
Dr Rieux is noticing things. A rat on the stairs, where it has no right to be. A sore throat becoming a fever. The first signs of panic. It all amounts to a troubling diagnosis… so what’s the cure?
Written in the aftermath of the Nazis’ march across Europe, The Plague struck a powerful chord with millions struggling to understand the fascist ‘plague’ that had just overwhelmed them.
This deceptively simple tale of Dennis Potter’s relates the activities of seven English children played by adults on a summer afternoon during World War II. In a wood, a field and a barn, they play, fight, fantasize and swagger.
In 1979 Esme Allen is a well-known British actress caught in a changing West End climate that is trying for performers. A visit from her young daughter with a new boyfriend sets in motion a series of events which only find their shape sixteen years later.
What could be more pleasant than cruising through the picturesque English countryside? This voyage combines the comedy touches that make Ayckbourn one of the world's best loved playwrights with a darker thread of menace.
We meet a bickering husband and wife and the dozen regulars who pass through their pub in an evening. Each vignette skillfully combines pathos and humour. When a little boy is left behind by his father, a fragile reconciliation occurs as their own dark tragedy is revealed.
Tickets: £10 (unreserved)
Bookings for 2 plays: 10% discount
Booking for 3 plays: 15% discount
Booking for more than 3 plays: 20% discount