NT LIVE: The Tragedy of King Richard II

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.

This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

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.

Early bird tickets available for £17.00 up to end of December 2018!

SK Shlomo: ‘Surrender’ Album Tour

“The beatboxer turns electronic singer-songwriter on the gloriously melancholic first single from his forthcoming album.” THE TIMES

“Dangerously energised performance” THE TELEGRAPH

The record-breaking beatboxer and collaborator with Ed Sheeran, Bjork and Damon Albarn turns electronic singer-songwriter on his album tour, blending his innovative live-looping and breathtaking beatboxing with epic synths, crushingly honest lyrics and lush electronic layers.

Massive Attack meets James Blake.

Simon Shlomo Kahn knows how it feels to be on top of the world. For over a decade, the genre-defying, award-winning, recording-breaking beatboxer, producer and live-looper has set new standards for his craft.

As Shlomo, he burst in to the mainstream collaborating with Björk and performed with famous fans from Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Jarvis Cocker to Imogen Heap, Martha Wainwright and Rudimental. As the first ever World Looping Champion, he taught his friend Ed Sheeran some tricks. He was Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre for years, played the main stages at Glastonbury more times than he remembers, won rave reviews for his autobiographical one-man shows and even had a feature film made about him.

The Giant Jam Sandwich

We are very excited to announce that our 2.00pm show will have BSL interpretation.

Dear parents: We encourage children to come to the 5.00pm show in their pyjamas!  After the show we will be handing out toothbrushes and tooth paste so the little ones can clean their teeth before leaving the theatre! Hopefully you should be home in time for In The Night Garden followed by bedtime stories. 🙂

Quarry Theatre Director’s Edinburgh Fringe 2017 highlight!

What a to-do!

One hot summer’s day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea…

Following successful tours of Farm Boy and The Butterfly Lion (Michael Morpurgo), Not Now, Bernard (David McKee) and The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories (Ted Hughes), we bring one of the most loved picture books to life on stage to enthral a new generation.

Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day, in a fun-packed feast for 3-8 year olds and their families.

“Musical theatre for children at its finest…if you have children, see this show!” ★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

“Kazoos, helicopters, wasps and of course lots and lots of jam – this show packs it all in and is one sandwich that’s well worth tasting!!!” ★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FOR KIDS

“I would recommend it to anyone with small children” ★★★★ THREE WEEKS

“Engaging and interactive production that makes for the best kind of children’s theatre” ★★★★ THE STAGE

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

Blue Monday

A combination of post – Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills …yes, it’s the third Monday of the year!  Bedford Poetry Company present their own original poems to share the gloom and lift the spirits!

 

 

Luke Jermay: Intuition

Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show ‘Sixth Sense’ entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show jam packed with phenomenal jaw dropping demonstrations of intuition, telepathy and prediction; your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed.

This will be a unique experience that is funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting and insightful that you will never forget!

“This new show brings my passions for the mysteries of the mind, divination, telepathy and magic together to create something really unique and amazing. The show is all about you! Your thoughts, your past, your present and your future! If you have enjoyed my previous show I know you will love my new show “Intuition” which takes things to the next level.” LUKE JERMAY

“Jermay is one of my favourite performers! See his show!” DAVID BLAINE

“Jermay is a genius of modern mind reading. See his amazing live show!” DYNAMO, MAGICIAN IMPOSSIBLE

“Jermay is different…to gain power like his he must be in league with the Devil. Utterly astonishing in the extreme.” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

“Jermay is the Devil, pure and simple…he is spookily accurate, which left us wondering whether to applaud or run screaming in terror…go see Like Jermay right now!” THE VOID

Please note: No spirit mediumship will be presented in “Intuition” and the show is suitable for those 14 years and older.

Kite

Access Bedford will be providing us with a BSL interpreter on March 11th, for the ‘meet the puppets session’ after the show!

Stuck in her Grandma’s obsessively tidy flat, a recently orphaned girl discovers a kite, which comes to life and takes her on a wild adventure. Little does she know that Grandma has her own brand of magic and the wind will bring them together in ways they never would have imagined.

Inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying and stories such as The Snowman and The Red Balloon, Kite is a play without words, with originally composed music, dance, puppetry and of course kites.

From acclaimed theatre company The Wrong Crowd, creators of inventive, playful and compelling new theatre (Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon, Swanhunter, Hag, The Girl with the Iron Claws). Kite is for audiences of all ages. A poignant love-song to the wind, freedom and the joy of play.

“Will delight audiences of all ages” ★★★★★ EVERYTHING THEATRE

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.

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