Wednesday 4th March 2015 7pm £14/£12 concessions (Live)
Live from Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
1918: A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.
A new play by David Hare, (Skylight) based on the prize-winning book by Katherine Boo. Wolverhampton-born actress and author Meera Syal returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris. India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.
Monday 23rd March 7pm and Saturday 28th March at 2pm. Tickets £12/£11
From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s most iconic work, Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News. Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.. Directed by Sarah Frankcom, Hamlet was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. A number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women.
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.