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Up Pompeii is based on the classic British TV comedy series broadcast between 1969 and 1975, starring Frankie Howerd. It’s a hilarious romp through ancient Roman times, focusing on Lurcio, head slave of Senator Ludicrus Sextus, his wife Ammonia, their daughter Erotica and virginal son Nausius. At the start of the play Lurcio tries to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, but is invariably interrupted by the demands of Ludicrus, Ammonia and all the various other characters in the play and he’s quickly caught up in a myriad of secret liaisons and shenanigans happening in and around his master’s house. As chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance…
A Bunch of Amateurs
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!
Sydney & the Old Girl
Nell Stock and her son Sydney are at war – and it’s mutually assured destruction. After 50 years cooped up in the same shabby east London flat where ghosts of a hard life still linger, the points scored in never-ending arguments continue to bind the pair together. And then, there’s the not-so-simple matter of the inheritance…
As the twisted game between mother and son reaches breaking point, Irish care worker Marion finds herself an unwitting pawn, played from both sides. Nell will stop at nothing for her bitter triumph over Sydney – but he has his own plans on how to end this once and for all.
Off West End Award Nomination: Eugene O’Hare, Most Promising New Playwright 2019
‘I’m just as good as bloody Pierrepoint!’
In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.
After nineteen years held in captivity in England, Mary Stuart, once Queen of Scotland, dreams of liberty. Her conditions worsen year by year. Her cousin Elizabeth I, who promised help, seems deaf to all her pleas. Mary has only her secretary Arno for company, along with Paulet, a pitiless Puritan jailer. A secret agent, Gorge, arrives with a daring plan to rescue her. She is desperate to believe in him, but should she? After her hopes are dashed, all roads lead to her Trial, where – stripped of legal help and all her documents of proof – she fights for her life against the English ministers who want only her death.
Kiss Me Quickstep
This new play from the writer of The Thrill of Love and the hugely popular Be My Baby looks at the real lives behind the fixed smiles and fake tans of the world of ballroom dance.
Justin and Jodie have finally made it to Blackpool’s national championships – via the motorway hard shoulder. Luka’s come all the way from Russia. Nancy’s been training for this since she was three. Lee and Samantha arrive on a wave of success.
What lies behind the fixed smiles and fake tans of competitive dance? Dazzling ballroom and Latin numbers combine with gritty stories of real-life struggle and sacrifice as Kiss Me Quickstep counts the emotional, financial and psychological costs of dancing to win.
Thursday 10th February at 7:30 pm in Room 1
Sunday 13th February at 7:30 pm in Room 1