FRIEND (The One With Gunther)

Written and performed by Brendan Murphy
Directed by Hamish MacDougall

Direct from sold-out Edinburgh Fringe premiere. 

One man, 10 seasons, one hour! The entirety of classic sitcom FRIENDS as seen by chief barista Gunther, and reimagined by acclaimed comic Brendan Murphy (recent credits include the Las Vegas season of Olivier Award nominee hit ‘Potted Potter’, Best of Edinburgh winning parody ‘The Crown Dual’ and improv comedy classic ‘Battleacts’).

It’s been twenty-five years since the FRIENDS pilot was filmed and still it looms large as one of the most successful television shows of all time. Translated into various languages and airing in over 50 different countries, rarely has a show had such global appeal. After it arrived on Netflix on New Year’s Day 2018, it became the most-streamed show on the internet.

​An hour of life changing entertainment from your new best FRIEND.

“Riotously funny! Expressions as malleable as putty” THREEWEEKS

“Perfect night with Friends… quite remarkable… a lot of laughs!” SCOTTISH FIELD

“Murphy interplays beautifully with his audience” THE FOUNTAIN

NT Live: Cyrano De Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

“funny, thrilling and deeply moving.” ★★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE

“this re-reading of Rostand works beautifully” ★★★★ GUARDIAN

“James McAvoy gives a stunningly powerful performance in this piece of pure theatre” ★★★★★ EVENING STANDARD

“James McAvoy shines as the lovelorn cavalier in this post-‘Hamilton’ take on the iconic French rhyming play” ★★★★ TIMEOUT

“I defy anyone not to fall in love with it.” ★★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps: Travel & Comedy In The Danger Zone

Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. And now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live.

Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he’s visited some of the most unusual places on the planet.

Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger.

The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.

The Trial

Written by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Steven Berkoff

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) wrote most of what we know as The Trial in 1914 during the first months of World War I. But he never finished the novel, regarding it as hopelessly “bungled” and leaving it unpublished at his death. Steven Berkoff adapted the novel for the stage and it was published in 1981.

Joseph K. has been arrested and is awaiting trial, but he has no idea why. As he attempts to discover what is behind his situation, he sinks deeper and deeper, flailing as he tries to escape. This darkly metaphysical play employs humour and reveals a deep sense of the human psyche when put under extreme pressure.

Set in 2036- an underground district of Prague. The ensemble cast will employ Berkovian physical techniques during this production and proves to be a though-provoking show.

Performed by students of Bedford School & Bedford Girls’ School

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny

Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle!  If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty.  But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up.  He is helpful yet demanding; secretive yet nosy; short yet owning a name as long as his beard.  Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time!

Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale.

Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science

Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza!

Magicians, time travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now are bring their love of enlightenment to the stage!

Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science!

On TV Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC).

Please note: Morgan & West take full responsibility for any horizons broadened, passions enflamed or minds blown during the course of the show.

“superbly crafted” ★★★★ THE STAGE

NOCTURNE: The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin

Scripted by Lucy Parham
Lucy Parham, piano
Patricia Hodge, narrator
Alex Jennings, narrator

Unfortunately, due to filming commitments in Morocco, Alex Jennings will not be appearing as the Narrator in Lucy Parham’s Chopin recital ‘Nocturne’ at The Quarry in February. The good news is that the wonderful Robert Glenister has stepped into the breach and will be performing with Patricia Hodge and Lucy Parham instead.

Apologies for any disappointment, but Robert will be a terrific replacement.

The third programme of words and music scripted and adapted from letters and diaries by Lucy Parham chronicles the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano – Frédéric Chopin.

The narrative follows his turbulent relationship with the controversial literary figure George Sand, their time together in Majorca, his fragile health and his ultimate demise in poverty in Paris at the age of 39.

The readings are interspersed with some of his most loved and poignant compositions.

Nocturne was chosen by The Times as “The Best Chopin of the Year” in 2010

100% Simon Brodkin

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

Fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Simon takes his debut stand-up show 100% Simon Brodkin on a nationwide tour.

One of The Guardian’s ‘Top Shows At The Fringe
One of The Evening Standard’s ‘Best Comedy Shows at The Fringe’

“Sky-high gag rate” METRO

Dr Faustus

Splendid Productions present a new creative adaptation of an all-time classic. The brilliant scholar Dr Faustus uses his fabulous intellect to summon the actual devil to grant his every wish! But the devil has a price: it will cost Faustus his soul. Is this the best deal in history – absolutely everything for absolutely nothing? Or… is it perhaps the other way round…?

Splendid’s devilish cast of three pack a timeless tale into a thrilling hour of laughter, music, magic and amazement. Morality meets mortality in this ingenious reinvention of an Elizabethan drama that couldn’t be more contemporary.

“a joyous celebration of humanity, and a triumph of physical theatre”  ★★★★ THE LIST (EVERYMAN)

For school group bookings:
Box Office: 01234 362337
or email:
dbaxter@bedfordschool.org.uk / mleven@bedfordschool.org.uk

The Wind in The Willows

Prep School Drama presents Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of friendship and adventure, set against a backdrop of the gentle English countryside of yesteryear.

We are delighted to announce that the Saturday matinee performance of this show will have BSL interpretation.