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”

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


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

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

By Jon Brittain

Co-produced by Hull UK City of Culture. With Support from New Diorama Theatre, Hull City Council, Hull Truck Theatre and house. With thanks to Little Mighty

A hilarious cabaret musical about depression, that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK.

Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish).

It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression.

Funding Credits

This project is co-produced by Silent Uproar, Hull UK City of Culture. With thanks to New Diorama Theatre , Hull City Council, Hull CHCP and house.

“You’ll be hard-pushed to find a better musical at this year’s Fringe”

“This show certainly meets the Silent Uproar company brief of commissioning writers, in this case Jon Brittain, to create playful and provocative work to help make the world a little less crappy.” ★★★★★ MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW

“A Super Happy Story is as good as it gets in Edinburgh”

“Humour that’s as warm as a hug” ★★★★ FEST

“A mix of wit and low-key emotion that suddenly grips your heart” LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN


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

The Isle of Brimsker – SOLD OUT

A new multi-sensory story from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

Where the waves meet the rock

A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. Until one day a runaway lands on the shore and together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects.

How do you survive when faced with the biggest decisions of your life? Would you change the world or change yourself?

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse, The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon, The Key Theatre, Peterborough.  With support from Arts Council England, house, The Garage Norwich, and The Point Eastleigh.

National Theatre Live: Allelujah!

By Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is “just what the doctor ordered” (★★★★ DAILY TELEGRAPH). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this “rousing chorus line for the NHS” (★★★★ OBSERVER) at The Quarry Theatre.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

Letterpress graphic by Alan Kitching, art directed by Michael Mayhew.

Note that this performance has been filmed live in front of an audience and is an encore screening (not a live broadcast).

Echoes From The Trenches: 100 Years On

The English, Art and Drama departments have worked collaboratively to commemorate the end of 1st World War

Students will be performing devised pieces inspired by 1st World War poetry, as well as some reading of entire poems from this fascinating period of History.

This will be a thought-provoking evening and will enable the audience a time to reflect on the events of 1914-1918.

There will be a gallery of Art work that will be displayed before and after the performances.

Only Fools And Boycie: An Evening with John Challis

An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis.

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.

Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.