Following a sell out revival in 2012 this stunning musical received 7 Olivier award nominations and more five star reviews than any other musical in West End history.
Stephen Sondheim’s semi-autobiographical musical follows the story of a talented Broadway composer who abandons his friends for Hollywood fame and pays the high price of success. It is in turns funny and heartbreaking.
Starting in 1980 and travelling backwards in time, the story takes an emotionally charged journey through the life of three close friends, featuring some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs.
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world.
200 years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cécile Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has already targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel.
While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
In the attic at the top of an empty four storey house full of junk, Davies, an ageing, filthy down-and-out, is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston. He quickly settles in, calmly making himself at home until Mick, Aston's brother, a far more menacing character, arrives. A battle of wits begins as the brothers seek to manipulate the old man to their respective ends. But Davies has his own agenda and not everything is as it seems. .. Mischievous, scary and brutally funny this play is a landmark of twentieth century drama. From its first performance at The Arts Theatre in London in 1960, The Caretaker is Pinter's most performed play.
From the producers of the UK tours of The Goon Show and Hancock's Half Hour comes another radio comedy classic live on stage. From 1965 to 1968 there wasn't a bigger radio programme in Britain than the ground-breaking Round the Horne. For half-an-hour every Sunday afternoon, audiences of up to 15 million people would gather around the wireless to listen to Kenneth Horne and his merry crew get up to all sorts of mischief. With its infamous movie spoofs and hilarious regular characters such as Rambling Syd Rumpo, Charles and Fiona, J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, and Julian and Sandy, Round the Horne was one of the biggest and best radio comedy shows of all time, and still endures today, 50 years on. So come and take a step back in time to the BBC's Paris Studios and experience this comedy classic live.
Lucy Kirkwood's play The Children premiered at the Royal Court, London, in 2016 and moved to Broadway winning Best Play at the 2018 Writers' Guild Awards, confirming this as a quite remarkable piece of writing by a young and gifted playwright.
Two ageing nuclear scientists live in an isolated cottage on the coast, as the world around them crumbles. Then an old friend arrives with a frightening request and the implications are shattering. These are very real people in a very real, seemingly simple, domestic situation, facing life-changing choices.
Howard Brenton's award-winning play moves away from the popular image of Anne Boleyn as a doomed siren to offer a compelling portrait of a great English heroine contentiously described by James I as "the whore who changed England". Specially commissioned for Shakespeare's Globe, it premiered to great acclaim in 2011 and won the WhatsOnStage Best Play Award. This vibrant and clever play celebrates the life and legacy of Anne Boleyn - the second wife of Henry VIII who helped change the course of our nation's history.
One of the best known and most outrageous comedies of the 1960s, this is classic Orton, full of wickedly sharp one-liners and caustic put-downs. Irreligioius, anti-establishment and still shockingly laugh-out-loud funny. Much of its savage wit turns out to have a ring of truth. After opening in the West End in 1966, it was a massive hit, winning numerous awards for best new play of the year. There's a body in a cupboard, a vicious policeman thinly disguised as a man from the Water Board, a nurse on the make and no moral compass whatsoever! Unmissable and gloriously funny.
Rattigan's plays are timeless, The Winslow Boy being the most recently revived in 2018 of six of his plays at Chichester. Based on a real-life case, this classic play is a legal drama, but without the courtroom, wigs, and gowns, set entirely in the living room of the Winslows' home in London between 1912 and 1914. Fourteen-year- old Ronnie Winslow arrives home having been expelled for theft from the Royal Naval College where he was a cadet. HIs father sets about trying to clear his name. First performed in 1946 this play still resonates today. It charts the suffering caused by an injustice and then by an obsessive search for justice. In the hands of this most special of playwrights, Rattigan deftly tells you what you need to know about unchecked power, law, luck, and how they can knock lives off course.
Few writers caught the American mood of the 20s so well as F Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby; his portrait of the rich and restless on Long Island, and the impossible glamour of fabulous parties and beautiful people. Published in 1925, four years before the catastrophic collapse of the American stock markets, Fitzgerald's novel portrayed a society being destroyed by money and the pursuit of wealth. Jay Gatsby, a young man in the summer of 1922, is hopelessly in love trying to win back the woman he adores, but finds himself fighting against this brittle society. Peter Joucla's dazzling new stage version marries a dramatic storyline against a backdrop of frivolous fun, song and dance, anchored in the stylish hedonism of the well-heeld 1920s age of jazz. For the centenary of the roaring twenties you are invited to the party at the Loft's decadent speakeasy.