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The Accrington Pals

Accrington was the smallest community in England to raise a full brigade of 'Pals' who volunteered for war service in France. Peter Whelan's epic and deeply humane play dramatises the lives of ordinary people caught up in the maelstrom of history: the men who encountered the brutal reality of life and death in the…

The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Tue 15 Jul

£12.50 (£10) / 0191 265 5020

  • 19:30

Wed 16 Jul

£12.50 (£10) / 0191 265 5020

  • 19:30

Thu 17 Jul

£12.50 (£10) / 0191 265 5020

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 19 Jul

The Priory Theatre, Kenilworth

Wed 10 Sep

Phone for prices / 01926 863334

  • 19:30

Thu 11 Sep

Phone for prices / 01926 863334

  • 19:30

Fri 12 Sep

Phone for prices / 01926 863334

  • 19:30
…and 7 more dates until 20 Sep

Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Fri 11 Jul

£10; £5 Ages 16-25 (£7) / 01924 211311

  • 19:30

The Trojan Women

Dixie State University (Utah). Their city destroyed and their husbands slaughtered… Held in a ruined courtyard, the captive Trojan women wait to learn their fates. Will Hecuba, Cassandra and Andromache reconcile their faith in the gods who failed to save them with their new-found lives as concubines and slaves? Direct…

theSpaces on the Mile, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 23 Aug

Lotty’s War

  • Directed by: Bruce Guthrie
  • Written by: Giuliano Crispini

A thriller set on the occupied Channel Islands during the Second World War, based on a collection of unpublished diaries discovered in Guernsey.

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Tue 4 Nov

£10–£28; £5–£23 early bird discount; £35 meal deal ( £19; £76) / 01322 220000

  • 19:30

Wed 5 Nov

£10–£28; £5–£23 early bird discount; £35 meal deal ( £19; £76) / 01322 220000

  • 19:30

Thu 6 Nov

£10–£28; £5–£23 early bird discount; £35 meal deal ( £19; £76) / 01322 220000

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 8 Nov

The Woman In Black

  • Written by: Stephen Mallatratt (adaptation)

Combining the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir, prepare to be transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Based on Susan Hill's acclaimed novel.

Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Mon 27 Oct

£8–£25 / 01270 368 242

  • 19:30

Tue 28 Oct

£8–£25 / 01270 368 242

  • 19:30

Wed 29 Oct

£8–£25 / 01270 368 242

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 1 Nov

Acting Up Drama Workshops

Fun drama workshops aimed at building confidence and creativity and leading towards an annual performance devised by the kids themselves. Children with additional needs from 10.30am; ages 4–9 from 11am; another block from 1pm for ages 8–12 and ages 13–18 from 2.30pm.

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

£6 for trial session; £55–£65 for eight-week block / 07974 270053

  • 10:30 – 14:30

Sat 3 May

£6 for trial session; £55–£65 for eight-week block / 07974 270053

  • 10:30 – 14:30
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A Chorus Of Disapproval

  • Written by: Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn's comedy drama set in the excitable world of amateur theatre, where an inexperienced cast member finds himself propelled into reluctant stardom via a series of mishaps.

Thameside Theatre, Grays

Thu 22 May

£10 / 0845 300 5264

  • 19:45

Fri 23 May

£10 / 0845 300 5264

  • 19:45

Sat 24 May

£10 / 0845 300 5264

  • 19:45

Summer Performance Projects: Create a Play in Five Days

Work with actors, directors, writers, dancers and musicians to explore your creativity and create a play in just five days. A performance for family and friends takes place on the final day of the course at 3pm.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

Mon 30 Jun

£99 for full week (bursaries are available) / 0131 629 0292

For ages 8–10; final performance Fri at 3pm.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Tue 1 Jul

£99 for full week (bursaries are available) / 0131 629 0292

For ages 8–10; final performance Fri at 3pm.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Wed 2 Jul

£99 for full week (bursaries are available) / 0131 629 0292

For ages 8–10; final performance Fri at 3pm.

  • 10:00 – 16:00
…and 7 more dates until 11 Jul

Southend Film Festival

The sixth Southend Film Festival continues their focus on British independent films, which this year will be supported by film shorts for the first time. The programme includes classics, world cinema and new documentaries as well as an official big screen premier of two 1950s comedy shorts by Peter Sellers, long thought…

Various venues: Southend-on-Sea

Thu 1 May

Times & prices vary

Fri 2 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 3 May

Times & prices vary

…and 2 more dates until 5 May

Unsolved Festival

The Unsolved Festival is the National Trust for Scotland's tribute to the great Scottish crime writing tradition, taking place in various venues across Aberdeenshire. Wannabe detectives, budding crime writers, CSI aficionados and those who just like a good old fashioned mystery can enjoy writer talks, films and…

Various venues: Aberdeenshire

Wed 15 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2179

Thu 16 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2179

Fri 17 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2179

…and 2 more dates until 19 Oct

Family Secrets

On the surface, the Matthews family seems fine. Ruth is looking to start a family with her husband of four years, Naomi is preparing to marry the man of her dreams and Zach has just graduated from university. But beneath the surface of this happy Christian family lurks a darker, reality.

The Broadway Theatre, Barking

Fri 23 May

£18; £15 adv; £13 before 23 Apr (£13) / 020 8507 5607

  • 19:30

Sat 24 May

£18; £15 adv; £13 before 23 Apr (£13) / 020 8507 5607

  • 19:30
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No Naughty Bits: Barn Theatre

  • Directed by: Keith Thompson
  • Written by: Steve Thompson

A gloriously funny study of the nature of comedy, censorship and the Anglo American relationship As a series of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on American network TV for the first time, it emerges that all the naughty bits have been cut. Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin take on the networks and the American courts, as…

Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City

Fri 13 Jun

£11 advance booking required / 01707 324300

  • 20:00

Sat 14 Jun

£11 advance booking required / 01707 324300

  • 20:00

Sun 15 Jun

£11 advance booking required / 01707 324300

  • 20:00
…and 6 more dates until 21 Jun

Antigone

  • Written by: Jean Anouilh

Something Wicked presents an exciting production of European Theatre in the original: the modern French classic by Jean Anouilh.

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Tue 11 Nov

£12 ( £8) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Wed 12 Nov

£12 ( £8) / 01227 769075

  • 13:30
  • 19:30

Thu 13 Nov

£12 ( £8) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 15 Nov

Babylon

Inspired by real-life stories and the experiences of a cast growing up in the care system, The Big House returns with BABY/LON, a new play that explores the harsh realities a young parent faces when their child is taken away.

Hackney Downs Studios, London E8

Mon 21 Apr

£10 (£5) / 07832 105854

  • 19:45 – 21:45

Tue 22 Apr

£10 (£5) / 07832 105854

  • 19:45 – 21:45

Wed 23 Apr

£10 (£5) / 07832 105854

  • 19:45 – 21:45
…and 9 more dates until 3 May

Before The Leaves Fall: Sticklepath School Community School

  • Written by: Carolyn Hinton

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Sticklepath School and the Centenary of the First World War, local writer Carolyn Hinton has written a play based on the real life story of her Great-Uncle Mac who was a stretcher bearer with the 8th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.

Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

Thu 10 Jul

£8 ( £25) / 01271 327357

  • 19:00

Death Of A Salesman

  • Directed by: Dick Hebbert
  • Written by: Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller's celebrated play that revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

Nantwich Players Theatre

Fri 23 May

£7.50 / 01270 624556

  • 19:45

Sat 24 May

£7.50 / 01270 624556

  • 19:45

Sun 25 May

£7.50 / 01270 624556

  • 19:45
…and 6 more dates until 31 May back to top

The Disappearing Dido

The second instalment of the hilarious Roman Romp series, best described as The Adult Panto meets Up Pompeii. Our heroine Frigella comes up with an ingenious plan to escape her life of sexual frustration within the temple of the Vestal Virgins.

The Market Theatre, Hitchin

Fri 1 Aug

£14 / 01432 433553

  • 19:30

Sat 2 Aug

£14 / 01432 433553

  • 19:30

Thu 7 Aug

£14 / 01432 433553

  • 19:30
…and 32 more dates until 18 Oct

Doctor Scroggy's War

  • Directed by: John Dove
  • Written by: Howard Brenton

Teenager Jack Twigg enlists in the London Regiment, and meets the pioneering doctor, Harold Gillies, who saves not just his life but his sanity. A mystery is perplexing Twigg's mind, however, namely who is the 'Doctor Scroggy' who comes to Gilles's hospital at night time, handing out champagne to the patients. Howard…

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Fri 12 Sep

£15–£42; £5 standing / 020 7401 9919

  • 19:30

Sat 13 Sep

£15–£42; £5 standing / 020 7401 9919

  • 19:30

Mon 15 Sep

£15–£42; £5 standing / 020 7401 9919

  • 19:30
…and 9 more dates until 10 Oct

A Doll's House

  • Directed by: Carrie Cracknell
  • Written by: Simon Stephens (translation)

Ibsen's classic 19th century drama on morals, translated by Simon Stephens and featuring Hattie Morahan reprising her role as Nora.

Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

Sat 8 Nov

£15; £9 under 25s (£12.50; £8; £10) / 01271 327357

  • 19:29

F.E. Young VC

The true story of Frank Young, who was killed in action during the Great War and posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918.

The Market Theatre, Hitchin

Fri 11 Jul

£12.50 (£10.50 Thursday's only) / 01432 433553

  • 19:30

Sat 12 Jul

£12.50 (£10.50 Thursday's only) / 01432 433553

  • 19:30

Thu 17 Jul

£12.50 (£10.50 Thursday's only) / 01432 433553

  • 19:30
…and 6 more dates until 26 Jul

The Glass Menagerie

  • Directed by: John Dawson
  • Written by: Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams's evocation of loneliness and lost love. Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain, when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'.

Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth

Mon 19 May

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30

Tue 20 May

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30

Wed 21 May

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 24 May back to top

The Hallowed Turf

A drama telling the story of Walter Tull, a professional footballer until the outbreak of the First World War, when he became the first black officer to serve in the British Army. Written by Phil Vasili.

The Broadway Theatre, Barking

Thu 2 Oct

£8 (£5) / 020 8507 5607

  • 14:00

The Last Days Of Troy

  • Directed by: Nick Bagnall
  • Written by: Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage's dramatisation of Homer's The Iliad, telling the story of an ancient battle between two countries, as seen through the eyes of Achilles. Lily Cole stars as Helen of Troy, and the production is directed by Nick Bagnall.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Thu 8 May

The Theatre

£8–£36 / 0161 833 9833

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Fri 9 May

The Theatre

£8–£36 / 0161 833 9833

  • 19:30

Sat 10 May

The Theatre

£8–£36 / 0161 833 9833

  • 15:30
  • 20:00
…and 24 more dates until 7 Jun

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Tue 10 Jun

£15–£42; £5 Standing / 020 7401 9919

  • 14:00

Thu 12 Jun

£15–£42; £5 Standing / 020 7401 9919

  • 19:30

Fri 13 Jun

£15–£42; £5 Standing / 020 7401 9919

  • 14:00
…and 8 more dates until 28 Jun

Lovesong

  • Directed by: Sarah Campbell
  • Written by: Abi Morgan

A drama that intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness.

Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth

Mon 13 Oct

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30

Tue 14 Oct

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30

Wed 15 Oct

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 18 Oct

My Boy Jack

  • Directed by: Chris Carpenter
  • Written by: David Haig

David Haig's first play about Rudyard Kipling and his determination to send his myopic only son, John, to fight for his country in the trenches of the First World War. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards: their patriotic dream but mother's and sister's nightmare. Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers…

Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth

Mon 10 Nov

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30

Tue 11 Nov

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30

Wed 12 Nov

£7; £8.50 (£8; £7) / 01926 856 548

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 15 Nov

The Seagull: A Bancroft Players

  • Directed by: Rory Reynolds
  • Written by: Anton Chekhov

This brand new translation of Chekhov's most famous play brings a classic story to a modern audience. Constantine loves the beautiful Nina, but she has fallen hopelessly in love with a famous writer. Here is the most famous triangle in stage history and you'll be taken with them on their amazing emotional journey.

Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

Mon 23 Jun

£6; £8; £10 / 01462 455166

  • 19:45

Tue 24 Jun

£6; £8; £10 / 01462 455166

  • 19:45

Wed 25 Jun

£6; £8; £10 / 01462 455166

  • 19:45
…and 3 more dates until 28 Jun back to top