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12 things to see this Summer

Our new season brochure has arrived in the building with some amazing shows from April to December! Click here to download your copy (right-click and “save as” to download to your computer, or left-click to simply view!). If you usually receive a copy through the post then it’ll be with you around the 29th March)!

Our brochure is great for giving an overview of all the shows coming up BUT we don’t always have enough space to tell you all the reasons we’re so excited about a show. So, here’s our top 12 picks that you must book early for and our reasons they’re quite so unmissable!

#1 – The Importance of Being Earnest 
Oscar Wilde’s play is a comedy classic with big characters (Lady Bracknell), some of the wittiest one-liners (Lady Bracknell) and some of the most withering put-downs (Lady Bracknell). If you loved Downton Abbey and particularly Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess then you’ll love this show. In the wrong hands the show can feel like a slow-moving classic, however we’ve an amazing director, Richard Fitch who wants it to feel pacey and fresh while maintaining the big sets, big costumes and even bigger laughs. Click here to book.

#2 – Scarlett
Collette Kane has a reputation as one of the finest new writers in the UK. Scarlett is a play close to our hearts – it’s about a forty-something woman moving to Wales to find a new home. The title role is played by Kate Ashfield who you’ll have seen starring the cult classic film Shaun Of The Dead alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The show’s a co-production with us and Hampstead Theatre where it has been a sell-out success – it’s funny, clever and a must see! Click here to book.

#3 – My Country; A Work In Progress
Three reasons for seeing this show:
Reason #1 – It’s by the National Theatre (of Great Britain) and directed by their Artistic Director Rufus Norris.
Reason #2 – It features Christian Patterson who’s one of our favourite actors and who last appeared in Insignificance with us in Autumn 2016 playing Senator McCarthy.
Reason #3 – It’s about Brexit and is constructed from interviews with people around the country and assembled by Carol Ann Duffy. Click here to book.

#4 – Tristan & Yseult
We saw one of Kneehigh’s most recent shows, Dead Dog In A Suitcase, at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre and it was astonishing – clever, beautiful to look at, amazing effect, cleverly directed and with that indescribable magic that you get from some shows that raises them up. Tristan and Yseult is directed by Shakespeare’s Globe’s Artistic Director Emma Rice (who is one of the UK’s best directors) and, well, the main thing is to watch the trailer, it’s bonkers, fun, athletic, bonkers, exciting, fast-paced and, well, watch, you’ll see what we mean. Click here to book.

#5 – Roundabout Theatre

The Roundabout Theatre is a pop-up theatre that is an astonishing bit of construction that’ll live in front of the Theatre in May, June and July – it’s an in-the-round theatre where 160 people can fit in (a surprisingly small space). More importantly though is that the shows it presents are everything good theatre should be; concise, sharp and make you lean forward throughout to make sure you don’t miss a word. We’ve 3 world premiere’s debuting in the theatre; Black Mountain, Out Of Love and How To Be A Kid. Click here to book.

#6 – Meet Fred
A show we saw in Edinburgh in 2016 it’s the story of a puppet (yes) who, after a series of brutal government cuts (yes), has his Puppet Living Allowance cut (yes, amazing). It’s funny, striking in how it has moments of beauty mixed with tragedy, but mostly it’s surprising how connected you get to a puppet over the course of an hour. Hijinx are a fantastic company we love the work of, so much so that we’re working with them on their latest show, Boho! Click here to book.

#7 – The Woman in Black
Our brilliant Producer gave the best description of this show – “There’s a wonderful moment when the entire audience screams at the same time. Even if you’ve seen it before, and promised that you’re not going to scream, and built up to it, it doesn’t make any difference, you scream.” Scare a loved one this June and feel your heart race… Click here to book.

#8 – Every Brilliant Thing
Sam in our Marketing Team describes this as “the best show I’ve ever seen”. It’s a one-man show about a young man who tries to cheer up his mum by writing a list of every brilliant thing in the world. It’s heartwarming, very funny, it’ll definitely leave you in pieces but, better than that, it’ll put you back together again. Click here to book.

#9 – The Rise and Fall Of Little Voice
Remember the film? Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent and Ewan McGregor in the story of a shy young girl with a fabulous voice singing the songs of Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. She could make millions, but will she sing? It’s an amazing play written by Jim Cartwright. Expect glitz, glamour and glitter in this comedy about mothers and daughters. Click here to book.

#10 – Comedy
Our monthly comedy nights bring some of the best comedians in the UK and the world to our stage. Look out for Perrier award-winner (and frequent winner of Best UK Headliner) Phil Nichol (pictured), musical comedy genius Rob Deering and many more! Also keep an eye out for main house comedy coming soon with an international headlining star from Mock The Week! Click here to book.

(Video contains strong language. Loads of strong language. Don’t watch if easily offended)

#11 – Uncle Vanya
Chekhov can be incredibly misunderstood and misproduced. It can often be presented as serious Russian drama whereas it is actually incredibly funny and poignant. Uncle Vanya is arguably the best of Chekhov’s plays and also his funniest. Middle aged men complaining about their youth disappearing while lusting after younger (uninterested), unattainable beautiful women has a comic tragedy about it which would feel at home in the best of Alan Ayckbourn’s work. This new adaptation of Chekhov’s comedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere is in the round and directed by our Artistic Director Tamara Harvey. Click here to book.

#12 – Folk & Roots
If you’ve not been to our folk and roots nights then, well, you should. The best in acoustic performers, a relaxing atmosphere and a chilled out vibe. See the Clwyd room transformed into a speak-easy bar, put on your glad rags, enjoy music with a glass of wine or a glass of wine with music, or maybe even have a dance… Click here to book.