The Unicorn Theatre introduces their first production of 2019; Icarus. “WHERE THE WATER ENDS AND THE SKY BEGINS, THAT’S WHERE I’LL FLY.” By Katrin Lange Translated by Purni Morell Directed by Cressida Brown His family is falling apart and he feels powerless to help. His father is far away across the sea, forced to work for the tyrannical King Minos, and is unable to return. Icarus makes a decision: it’s time to take control of their fate. But what can one boy do against injustice? Can he save his family or will he crash and burn? With epic storytelling and spectacular stagecraft, Icarus is a modern, fun and adventure-filled retelling of the ancient myth. Tickets
Three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney makes her London debut as Lucy Barton in The Bridge Theatre’s June production. Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel, a haunting dramatic monologue, captivated readers in 2016. “Deeply affecting, heartbreaking. A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships, weaving family tapestries with compassion, wisdom and insight.” The Observer Book tickets.
Joanne Froggatt and Richard Glenister star in Alys, Always, premiering at the Bridge Theatre on 25th February. Lucinda Coxon, the writer behind 2015 film The Danish Girl, adapts Harriet Lane’s debut novel in this gripping psychological thriller. Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player? Book tickets
Quay Players Musical Theatre is a community-based charity that puts on two high-quality productions a year at The Greenwood Theatre. Their festive production this year is Alice in Wonderland. Book tickets here.
By Filskit Theatre During the long, cold winter, Mr Penguin carefully guards his egg. Now this new dad needs to look after his newly born chick on his own and he’s not feeling confident. How will father and baby work it out together? A gorgeous, engaging and highly visual show by Filskit Theatre, the makers of Breaking the Ice (2015), whose signature style features playful and innovative projection and sound. This is a heart-warming tale about a child and parent learning how to thrive in spite of the odds. This is a deaf-friendly and autism-friendly show. Ages 2-5
Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s two most infamous and iconic plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet – at one of London’s most historic pubs. The Three Inch Fools will perform at historic London Bridge pub: The George Inn (just down the road from Shakespeare’s local, The Globe!). The George Inn is London’s last remaining galleried inn; its cobbled courtyard making a unique backdrop for this infamous and iconic duo of plays. The Fools will perform for four nights only in September (8, 9, 15 and 16th). Dates and shows: 8 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream 9 September – Hamlet 15 September – Hamlet 16 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Book tickets
The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street. Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food and fashion to take-away poems at the Poetry Take Away Van.
Coming to the Unicorn Theatre from November 13th 2018; the most delicious selection of Philip Pullman’s favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, re-told and re-worked for Christmas. Enter a world of powerful witches, enchanted forest creatures, careless parents and fearless children as they embark on adventures full of magic, gore, friendship, and bravery. But beware, these gleefully dark and much-loved tales won’t be quite what you expect… Book Tickets
‘The best thing about the show was that he made it about us’ – Young audience member Polarbear makes things up: stories, jokes, adventures – he’s a master maker-upper. But where did it all begin? Coming to Unicorn Theatre from September 18th 2018, Mouth Open, Story Jump Out is about the moment that started it all, and how one little decision set off a chain reaction that changed his life forever. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors and more emerge when a father disappears and a boy discovers a talent for telling tales. An inspiring show about the creative potential inside all of us by one of the UK’s most respected spoken-word artists. Book tickets
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 NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, 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 (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale). Alan Bennett’s new play is as sharp as The History Boys and as funny as The Lady in the Van. Ticket information