Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist

Adapted for the stage in twenty-four scenes and several songs and tableaux, Neil Bartlett’s production of the Charles Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, vividly brings to life the dark underbelly of ninteenth-century London. Oliver, Fagin, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger inhabit a world filled with danger and fear, innocence and hope; a world seen through the eyes of an astonished child.

Lost Voice Guy: I’m Only In It For The Parking – SOLD OUT

Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s comedy series, Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is setting out on a tour of the UK.

He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless.

Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid and made his first stand-up appearance in February 2012. He has performed in some of the UK’s most popular comedy venues as well as in solo shows at festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival.

As well as winning Britain’s Got Talent this year (the first comedian to do so), Lee also won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and his TV and Radio credits have included The One Show (BBC One), Voice Of The People (BBC Three), BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer). Ability – the Radio 4 series that Lee stars in and co-wrote with Katherine Jakeways – has just been recommissioned for a second series.

“Savagely funny… he’s a bloody good comedian.” ★★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

“Entertaining and thought-provoking” ★★★★★ THREE WEEKS

“Incredibly talented” SIMON COWELL

“Such a naughty sense of humour…genius” ALESHA DIXON

“Bloody brilliant” AMANDA HOLDEN

More Than Musicals

i-show theatre school presents its annual medley of musicals – with all the usual show stopping numbers, including Matilda, Blood Brothers, Mama Mia and The Greatest Showman.

However, it is not all just about feel-good this year. We’ve been exploring some of the hard hitting messages behind the musicals, threading the fun with a deeper meaning of various issues affecting young people.

We’ve added anti-bullying modern dance pieces, and explored equality and freedom with excerpts from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. We hope you will leave the theatre transported and uplifted, but with a little food for thought.

Flanders & Swann

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

Tim FitzHigham has been performing this award-winning homage to the extraordinary comedic talents of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann to packed houses for over a decade. Accompanied by Duncan Walsh Atkins*, he is extremely proud to on a Spring Tour in 2019.

Tim, Duncan and the Hippo are celebrating the much-loved words and music of Flanders and Swann, those internationally acclaimed musical comedy legends of the 1950s and 60s. With their own unique style and humour, the boys present F&S’s classic songs and traditions interspersed with a few of their hidden and yet ever-sparkling gems. Fans and the uninitiated alike will ‘wallow’ in this unique take on the work of two of Britain’s most iconic comedy songsmiths. Songs include: The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gas Man Cometh, The Gnu Song, Omnibus (or A Transport of Delights), and Madeira M’Dear.

Tim FitzHigham is a Perrier Award nominated, multi award-winning comedian who has performed on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5, toured lots and appeared frequently on TV and in films in the UK and Europe. He starred in his own CBBC show Superhuman Challenge and was recently the star of two seasons of BBC Radio 4’s The Gambler.

Duncan Walsh Atkins is a stalwart of BBC Radio 4, runs a busy London music studio and has also toured lots. As well as providing the music for BBC TV’s Fast And Loose he opened his first musical, The Tailor Made Man, at London’s Arts Theatre and is the musical director for the Olivier Award Winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Best Entertainment and Family Show 2016).

“Classic…joyously frivolous” SUNDAY TIMES (CRITICS’ CHOICE)

“Wallowing in a muddy marvellous revival” EVENING STANDARD (CRITICS’ CHOICE)

“You’ll love this show” ★★★★★ THREE WEEKS

The Carole King & James Taylor Story

Following critically acclaimed sell out runs at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival The Carole King & James Taylor Story comes to a theatre near you to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the six-time Grammy Award winner and twenty-time platinum hit maker Carole King and five-time Grammy Award winner & American folk legend James Taylor.

This new “show-umentary” format gives a fascinating insight into the lives behind the music. Featuring passionate renditions of Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and many more this astonishing back catalogue is realised with authenticity by Phoebe Katis and Dan Clews, both well established artists in their own right.

 “Wow, what an experience” BBC KENT

An Evening of Speech and Drama

An evening celebrating Speech and Drama at Bedford School. With highlights from the Upper School and the best of our LAMDA entries.

RSC LIVE: As You Like It

Join us for our very first Royal Shakespeare Company live broadcast!

Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.

Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.

RADIO ACTIVE with ANGUS DEAYTON, PHILIP POPE, MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS, HELEN ATKINSON WOOD

★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH★★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE★★★★★ THE EDINBURGH GUIDE

Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show on the road following a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Among other classic characters expect to catch up with long suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor, and the accident-prone Martin Brown, as well as the cast’s original musical creations, responsible for such parody bands as The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Status Quid.

Based on the sketch show created during their years in the Oxford Revue, ‘Britain’s first ever national local radio station’ was written by Angus alongside Geoffrey Perkins, and ran for seven series before transferring to television in the form of BBC2’s KYTV. All surviving members of the original cast reunite for this tour marking 40 years since its stage debut including:

Angus Deayton is best known for hosting the first 23 series of BBC One panel show Have I Got News For You, along with the first 3 series of Hell’s Kitchen and Would I Lie To You. He’s also presented the BAFTA Awards and Comedy Awards, and starred in sitcoms One Foot in the Grave, Pramface and Nighty Night. More recently he’s appeared in Waterloo Road and Bake Off: Creme de la Creme.

Michael Fenton Stevens co-founded The Hee Bee Gee Bees and performed Spitting Image’s number one hit single The Chicken Song. His television credits include roles in My Family, Nighty Night, Outnumbered, Action Team,  Ballot Monkeys and Benidorm.

Helen Atkinson Wood played Mrs Miggins in Blackadder The Third. Twice nominated Best Female Comedy Performer by The British Comedy Awards she also appeared in OTT, The Young Ones and Your Cheatin’ Heat. In addition to her acting work, Helen has been a guest on QI and Have I Got News For You.

Philip Pope starred in Who Dares Wins and Chelmsford 123, as made memorable guest appearances in a number of shows including Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses. More recently Philip has appeared in BBC’s Brian Pern and Channel 4’s Ballot Monkeys. As a composer he wrote hit songs for The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Spitting Image (notably The Chicken Song), as well as for TV shows including Not The Nine O’Clock News, Whose Line is it Anyway?, and The Fast Show.

Tom Neenan: It’s Always Infinity

Quarry Theatre Director’s Edinburgh Fringe 2018 pick! Highly recommended.

Tom’s girlfriend has vanished… So he has done what any right-minded man (and “theatre-maker”) would do in this situation, and turned his search for her into an “important” piece of “art”. Come “witness” it. (Nobody went missing in the creation of this show).

In reality… It’s Always Infinity is a narrative-driven character comedy show about toxic masculinity and the questionable role of the male creator, presented by a version of Tom who sees himself as ‘one of the good guys’ but is anything but. It combines projection, storytelling and character comedy to tell a story where ‘Tom’ reveals what an awful person he is.

Tom Neenan is the writer of The Mash Report, A Girl’s Guide to TV, Mock The Week (BBC2), The Last Leg (Channel 4), Spotlight Tonight, The News Quiz, The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). He’s also the writer & star of Tom Neenan’s The Hauntening (BBC Radio 4)

“A razor-sharp hour of character comedy” ★★★★ THE LIST

 “It’s difficult to argue against a full room of people laughing at Tom’s amazingly skewered idea of a perfect date” ★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

 “Intelligent, witty writing combined with a confident character performance”  ★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

 “As ever with a Neenan show, there are more elegant gags and word-play packed into the first fifteen minutes than are often seen in an hour” ★★★★ FRINGE REVIEW

 “Hilarious… Neenan is proving himself to be a fantastic comic actor” ★★★★ CULTURE VULTURES

 “I am crying with laughter… painful to watch in the best possible way” THE F WORD

 “Smart, sharp and assured work from an accomplished writer/performer, fusing slick presentation with an engaging story and plenty of solid laughs” BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE

RSC Live: The Taming of the Shrew

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder.

Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.

Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.