SHOWS AND TICKETS
- Stand-Up Comedy
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Give her a cheeky smile, let her know you're interested - You need to catch her eye, you know flirtatious stuff? You need to be a little bit vulnerable - Be confident. Show her your soft side - But you don't wanna be too vulnerable. You don't wanna be too soft - Pretend they're the only one - Because then they'll feel special. The Act is about love between teenagers. It's about how you think we look together. The way things feel, the first time you feel them. It is awkward, funny, terrifying. It is excruciating anticipation...
She's standing in what used to be her bedroom. She's come back to reclaim what she buried. The car waits outside. Debt, eviction, childhood, and the thing under the floorboards. What remains, long after you've paid it off?
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she's in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!
The ITV series comes to the stage, an all new set of Alicante escapades at the Solana Hotel.
Litten has written an all new set of Alicante escapades for much-loved cast members as they swap sangria for stotties and head to Newcastle International next year after a quick spruce at the Blow 'n' Go.
15 OCTOBER - 20 OCTOBER
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
17 SEPTEMBER - 22 SEPTEMBER
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH
7 SEPTEMBER - 15 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
22 OCTOBER - 27 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
29 OCTOBER - 3 NOVEMBER
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
8 OCTOBER - 13 OCTOBER
HULL NEW THEATRE, HULL
1 OCTOBER - 6 OCTOBER
BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE (FORMERLY GRAND CANAL THEATRE), DUBLIN
19 NOVEMBER - 24 NOVEMBER
BRISTOL HIPPODROME, BRISTOL
26 NOVEMBER - 1 DECEMBER
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
3 DECEMBER - 29 DECEMBER
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM
12 NOVEMBER - 17 NOVEMBER
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
24 SEPTEMBER - 29 SEPTEMBER
REGENT THEATRE, STOKE-ON-TRENT
5 NOVEMBER - 10 NOVEMBER
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
In BULLISH, ancient mythology meets modern gender negotiation. Inspired by Ovid's Minotaur, a gender fierce ensemble of hopers and renegades try to pass, pack and blag their way out of the labyrinth.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
Veteran salesman Willy Loman is used to spending his life 'riding on a smile and a shoeshine', but recently things haven't been so good. He seems to have lost his golden touch; his grown-up sons, Biff and Happy, no longer idolise him as they used to and he is haunted by missed opportunities and a trouble past. His wife Linda is struggling to aid her increasingly disturbed husband, as she tries to hold the family together and keep Willy from descending further into desperation. But as the truth of Willy and his sons' imperfect past begins to unravel, Willy starts to lose faith in the two things he believes in: his family, and, in Miller's words, his need 'to leave a thumbprint somewhere on the world'. Death of a Salesman burst upon the international scene in 1949 and won the Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, becoming a benchmark for modern theatre.
Diamond explores LGBT history spanning the 60-year period from 1957 to 2017 through the personal biography of David Hoyle. Weaving together intimate personal accounts and landmark events, Diamond charts Hoyle's rise from gay adolescent in Blackpool in the north of England, to famous Channel 4 anti-drag queen cult phenomena. Revisiting landmark events such as the Wolfenden Report, the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the repeal of Section 28 and the lives of prominent gay figures such as Alan Turing, and more recent LGBT political activists, Diamond offers moments of reflection and insights into this history and ongoing struggle for equality. Diamond is a piece of theatre that navigates counter-cultures, queer gender and sexuality, and British attitudes, and will appeal to all with liberation in their heart.
Ken's got love on his mind, but will barmaid, Tanya, ring the landlord's bell? Old Tommy would play Cupid - if only he didn't have IBS (Irritable Bugger's Syndrome). Crime is on the rise but fear not, as local cops Phil and Nige are getting stuck in... to a couple of pints in the back room. After all, "Crime can't crack itself." All of this and much, much more when Early Doors returns.
The Grapes Pub will reopen its doors for the UK tour, in a not-to-be-missed night of fun and laughter.
In a small Nigerian town, unbeknown to their parents, four young brothers decide to go to fishing at a forbidden river. They meet a local madman who utters a terrifying prophecy that one will kill the other. At that moment their destinies change forever. This chance encounter unleashes a spiral of fear which leads to a tragic chain of events of mythic proportions.
Based on the Man Booker shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives, a theatre company offering audiences new voices through work by cutting edge new talent and contemporary takes on existing work, present this powerful allegory of love, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.
'I am that mixed raced kid, like 50/50, on the fence, lukewarm, in-between maybe. Trust me, around here I'm about as black as it goes...' Jazmin feels different. She doesn't want to stay in the village. She doesn't want to have a baby. She doesn't want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She's got to get out. A partly autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice.
Talkative housewife Winnie, and her husband Willie, spend their days together under the blazing sun. Winnie talks, prays and sings her way through life with nothing but a bell for waking and a bell for sleep. First performed in 1961.
Filling in the cultural blanks with side-splitting anecdotes and extended patience. A group of people telling each other their most beloved jokes from the cultures they grew up in, and if other doesn't get them, trying their best to explain them until they do. Drawing from Jewish and Queer heritages, Mars explores the cultural quirks she was exposed to and invites the same reflections of the vastly diverse People of Manchester who will not just be watching but also taking part. What better way to explore difference than with healing laughter
Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here. But there's a problem. There's a fucking massive problem and soon they're going to have to talk about it. The award-winning Antler return with a playful, intimate dissection of a relationship teetering on the edge of collapse. An absurd tragicomedy, Lands explores the impossibility of relationships, our inability to understand one another and the hills we're willing to die on.
This moving play arrives at the Bush/Home following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece captures one fateful summer's day in the life of the Tyrones, a family tied together by a lifetime of secrets. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, James and Mary Tyrone and their two sons test the bonds of family caught in a cycle of love and resentment. However, as day turns to night and each member of the family indulges in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives.
I first met Robin Hood in the Autumn of 1975, as a seven-year-old boy, and we have been good mates ever since. Recently, he's been going crazy about the direction our world is heading. He can't believe there isn't a bigger reaction to all the madness. This show is his idea. He's convinced we need to change the story of money and share the opportunity some of us have been given if we really want to do something about inequality and the growing gap between rich and poor.
By two times Fringe First winner and writer-performer behind Edinburgh favourite, Hugh Hughes. In aid of Street Child United.
With war raging all around her, Mother Courage sells food and clothing to soldiers, switching allegiance when it suits her and striving to keep her business and children alive at all costs. Bloody battlefields are her marketplace, her wagon, her stall. Her remarkable and brutal story is told through humour and song; her story is one of choices and remains a powerful reminder of human resilience and loss in times of war. An epic masterpiece of one woman's survival.
A fort on a hilltop, a landowner's estate, a tourist information office, a bird sanctuary, a re-developed factory, a public square, silent and remembering. Chris Thorpe's cycle of six new plays explores the landscapes that surround us and how we live with each other. In this ambitious production by Sam Pritchard, each of the six parts of The Mysteries will be made and premiered in the place it was written. During its run in Manchester, two day-long performances of the whole cycle will take place in the Royal Exchange Theatre space. Chris Thorpe's cycle of six warm, witty new plays crosses Northern England, from a sheep farm in Eskdale via a tourist information centre in Whitby to Manchester.
In a choreographic exercise of comings and goings this five strong team find increasingly ridiculous ways to enter and leave the stage. With curtain calls, blood baths and exits pursued by bears, this show is a playfully sarcastic deconstruction of traditional theatre. As well as a lot of going off and on stage, Often Onstage showcases the often hilarious, frequently frustrating behind the scenes problems the company encounter in their off stage lives as they try to ensure they remain?.often onstage. This is a show that mixes up theatrical conventions and forces you to question where the show ends and reality begins, all done through the company's unique mix of theatre, dance and comedy.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
Set in Blackpool 1953 Not long After the Coronation, This Real-Life Story is packed with Gritty Northern Comedy coupled with a Heart Breaking Emotional Punch. As Yorkshire Miners Eddy and Tommy Head to Blackpool with most of their Town for the annual Pit Close wakes holiday. However, Eddy had almost missed the bus and turned up with no suitcase. Now the lads have checked into the surprisingly empty Withering Heights on Sea guest House. Run by the Caustic and Alarmingly Odd Gladys her rebellious and very flirty daughter Maureen and the infamous Red Ethel ex-communist stripper show girl. Up Stairs Mr. Elbridge is trying to muster the courage to unleash any of his three female alter egos and walk the fabled Transvestite walk from north to south pier as a Woman. As Events unfold Six Lives will be changed forever and as Eddy reveals a shocking truth it will lead to a lifetime of activism the fight for equality and freedom For the LGTB community.
An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare's most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves. In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one exciting company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the "tragic hero".
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on bringing an ambitious 1920's murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Chris the arrogant head of the drama society has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector. Desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interest while hapless Dennis still can't pronounce 'facade'. An hour of hilarious disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set falls down before the final denouement. The production ends with an uproarious, totally improvised Q&A session with the cast, where the audience can put their own questions to the unfortunate troupe.
We live in an ever shifting political and geographical landscape. As a generation that grew up into an open-doors Europe and the advances of the internet, we have been accustomed to travel, exchange, engage with and collaborate with people with different nationalities from us. The freedom of movement has allowed us to expand our knowledge of what ?place' and ?borders' mean. If borders are protective systems, who are they protecting us from? Those who come to seek a better life amongst us, or those who enforce oppressive systems that maintain their privileges? Post is an exploration of what it means to be a migrant, of constantly inhabiting a ?national limbo' and failing to be adhering to border and identity-defining norms. This performance is extra-live and audiences are invited to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural; moving around, making noises and coming and going from the auditorium if needed. Latecomers are permitted.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
Hungry for power and angered by their King, the men of Henry VI's court plot and scheme against each other. As the King wavers and the factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to hold on to power and protect the crown that will one day belong to her son.
World Premiere. Created with original Shakespeare text, Jeanie O'Hare retells the Wars of the Roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou. Elizabeth Freestone directs this captivating exploration of an iconic moment of British History, from the viewpoint of this dangerous and thrilling woman.
Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It's 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they're not giving up. Their bras stuffed with contraband, they take a tour of the pit and refuse to come up. Settling into the depths of the mine, making tissue roses and walking imaginary dogs, they face bribery and threats. But as they dig in, those up top start to realise these ladies are not for turning.
This powerful play full of Northern wit is Associate Artist Maxine Peake's first play for the Royal Exchange following the critically acclaimed, Beryl. Queens of the Coal Age is the true story of four women taking a stand in the face of a changing world.
In 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle - from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions, and their grief, took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. Salt, from Leeds-based artist and performer Selina Thompson, is what they brought back.
Part of the Orbit Festival
Sherlock Holmes lives in retirement on the South Coast. He keeps bees, occasionally casts his fly fishing rod even plays his Stradivarius when the rheumatism allows. All too aware that he's older and slower, he's concerned that he might have lost touch, paranoid that he is an easy target for his enemies: there have been so many over the years. He never truly believed Moriarty - his arch nemesis - died at the Reichenbach Falls. So when Mary Watson (wife of his former associate Dr John Watson) tracks hi down to tell him she has seen her long-dead son, James, through the window of 221B Baker Street, apparently alive and well, Holmes is determined to solve the mystery and confront his own demons at the same time.
It's the moment of your death. There's a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it - and leave the choice for someone else? User Not Found is about our digital lives after we die. Dante or Die's new play, created with pioneering theatre-artist Chris Goode, will be performed at Pot Kettle Black on Deansgate in the city centre, where you'll be handed a smartphone and a pair of headphones. Become a fly-on-the-wall to peer into the life of a man who is faced with keeping or deleting.
Pot Kettle Black Cafe, Deansgate. Part of the Orbit Festival