NT Live: King Lear

By William Shakespeare
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Photography (Ian McKellen) by Andy Gotts

“Intensely moving” ★★★★★ THE STAGE

“Smart, lucid, superbly detailed” ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“Ian McKellen’s detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph”
★★★★★ EVENING STANDARD

Vikki Stone

We are very excited about having the utterly fabulous Vikki Stone at The Quarry Theatre this autumn season!

As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, BBC One’s John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast, award winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone, is popping a piano in the back of the car, and heading out on tour with a mixture of songs and stand-up you have seen her do on the telly, and some brand spanking new ones.

“One hilarious lady” COSMOPOLITAN

“Musical comedy genius” ABSOLUTE RADIO

★★★★★ THREE WEEKS

★★★★★ SCOTSGAY

★★★★ SUNDAY HERALD

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

Not About Heroes

By Stephen Macdonald
Directed by Tim Baker
Designed by Oliver Harman
Lighting by Kevin Heyes
Sound by Dyfan Jones

Stephen Macdonald’s Fringe First winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry.

This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role here as Sassoon alongside Owain Gwynn as Owen. The show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play, and of the Armistice. The show is presented by acclaimed Welsh company Flying Bridge and Olivier Award winning producers Seabright Productions.

“Tim Baker’s production creates an engaging delineation between two entirely different personalities united by a common vocation and some truly hellish experiences.” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

Production photos by Richard Davenport of 2017 cast

The Trench

Olivier Award nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War epic, The Trench ; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.

Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems.

The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?

From the creators of The Terrible Infants, Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Vaudevillains.

“Exciting, slick and evocative.” ★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Comedy Legend Tony Slattery reveals all in conversation with comedy historian Robert Ross.

After playing to packed houses at last year’s Edinburgh Festival with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Tony Slattery is back with a no-holds-barred reflection on his life and work. From the Cambridge Footlights to the demons that have consistently dogged his success.

As you would expect of the King of Improvisation, this is an unstructured and unpredictable gallop through several lifetimes worth of poignant and hilarious anecdotes. Anything can happen, and it probably will…

Tricky Teddy’s Galactic Magic Show

Lots of tickets still available in both the stalls and the circle!

A show for all the family, Tricky Teddy’s Galactic Magic Show features mind boggling Magic, knockabout comedy and great fun with audience interaction. Award winning Krisgar and sidekick Tricky Teddy are back at the Bedford Quarry Theatre by popular demand, for the third year running to bring you this intergalactic spectacular.

Produced by Krisgar Entertainments especially for the Quarry Theatre, you won’t want to miss this show, it is going to be out of this world!

Winner of (WAM) children’s entertainer of the year
Winner of (WAM) stage magician of the year

Quarry Comedy Festival SELL OUT show 2017

Bedfringe SELL OUT show 2016

Airplane! (CANCELLED)

Due to reasons beyond our control, the his film screening has been cancelled. We are sorry for any disappointment this might have caused. Gate closed.

“Surely you can’t be serious?!” Airplane is the epitome of spoof comedies.

Taking shots at the slew of disaster movies that were released in the 70s, there aren’t many people who don’t know a line or two from this film. In many ways the story takes second place the constant nods to films of the time, but simply serves as a vehicle for writers Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker to simply have a load of fun and take us along for the ride.

But we probably should tell you what happens anyway… when the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot with a drinking problem must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe landing.

“Surely, this is essential. Maybe, but don’t call me Shirley, etc” ★★★★★ EMPIRE

Ventoux

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.

It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

“It may sometimes leave folk who don’t have much prior knowledge hungry for more information, but there’s not a pedestrian moment in this vividly suggestive hour-long show about the rivalry between cycling superstars Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani.” ★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

“You must see this show” ★★★★ FRINGE GURU

“A piece to be enjoyed by both cycling fans and non-fans in equal measure.” ★★★★½ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

Under Milk Wood

By Dylan Thomas
Performed by Guy Masterson
Directed by Tony Boncza (with original direction by George Dillon)
Original music and Soundscape by Matt Clifford

Celebrating a day in the life of ‘Llareggub’ – a small seatown somewhere in Wales – all 69 ebullient inhabitants in Dylan Thomas’ timeless masterpiece are hilariously recreated in an amazing feat of memory and virtuosity.

Complemented by a stunning original soundscape, it’s bawdy and beautiful, sad and sensual and, through the music of language, leaves indelible, unforgettable images of humanity.

Made famous by Richard Burton’s legendary recording in 1954, Guy Masterson (Burton’s nephew) brings the entire work it to vivid life on stage. This astonishing solo performance premiered in 1994 and has played over 2000 times all over the world from Swansea to the West End, Trinidad to New Zealand, Hong Kong to Calcutta over 23 years, enchanting audiences wherever it has played.

“It’s a feat of multiple characterisation impeccable timing, vocal dexterity and precise physical control, performed with tremendous sensitivity and panache!” ★★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“Absolutely wonderful, intensely therapeutic, intensely uplifting! Guy Masterson is something exceptional!” ★★★★★ BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

Nominated: Stage Award, Best Solo Performance, Edinburgh 2003

Snow White Rose Red Bear Brown

Snow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were Babes in the Wood.  Not as worldly wise as their Mother would have liked, they are nonetheless, kind, caring and sometimes a little over enthusiastic in their deeds!

When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins.  But why has the bear chosen them as playfellows?  Why is there sadness in his eyes?  And who on earth is that rude little man with a ridiculously long beard that they keep bumping in to?

All questions will be untangled in this new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest.

Suitable for ages 5 and up