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Come one, come all, and join us at THE STAR this Christmas, as we re-open the doors for your enjoyment and delight, with a magical, mammoth, marvellous and mesmerising Music Hall ENTERTAINMENT! Celebrate the 150th birthday of the Playhouse Theatre in its original incarnation as The Star Music Hall in a story of onstage magic, backstage deception, new (and old) love, a DASTARDLY plot and all manner of drama and mayhem in the wings. Michael Wynne returned to the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse with The Star in December 2016 after the sell out success of Hope Place, 2014.
Patrick Marber's blackly comic play about a hard-nosed and successful Jewish showbiz agent dealing with a mid-life crisis follows his Dealer's Choice and Closer to complete a loose trilogy set in contemporary London.
In the drawing room of the Rawlinson's late Victorian villa in Kent, life as it was lived before the war is quietly resuming. The family's son, Leonard Rawlinson, is among the British delegation sent to Versailles to draw up the treaty that will come to define Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world. With the ghost of a fallen loved one still haunting him, Leonard perceives that the choices made in Paris will shape the fate of millions for centuries to come. Versailles premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in February 2014.
This collection brings together the four plays that feature Ionesco's everyman protagonist Jean Berenger. In `The Killer', he comes across a radiant city , an ideal civilization which is unfortunately being terrorized by a killer, whom he decides to track down and dissuade from committing any further crimes. In `Rhinoceros', he is the only person in a provincial town who is resisting rhinoceritis , an affliction that turn its victims into the eponymous horned beasts. In `Exit the King', he is the powerful King Berenger the First, who refuses to acknowledge that he is dying. And in `Strolling in the Air', he acquires the capacity of flight and discovers that the celestial vault is held up by a gigantic pink pillar. While each play in the Berenger cycle is unique, they are all prime examples of Ionesco's conception of the theatre of the absurd, and touch on themes that preoccupied Ionesco throughout his career, such as mortality, alienation, freedom and the evils of Fascism. This volume constitutes a perfect introduction to one of the twentieth century's most original and influential playwrights.
This unique selection of plays by Luigi Pirandello contains some of his best-known works, such as Six Characters in Search of an Author - an absurdist piece in which the characters, actors and Pirandello himself interact during the rehearsal of a fictional play within the play - and Henry IV - a tragicomic tale of a man who falls from a horse and believes himself to be the eponymous Holy Roman Emperor. Preoccupied with the nature of truth and delusion, and treading dangerously on the borderline between sanity and madness, Pirandello's plays are a daring exploration of human actions and the dark motives lying behind them, and the culmination of the naturalistic school of theatre inaugurated by authors such as Ibsen and Chekhov.
With its fantasy of magical travel and inexhaustible riches, Thomas Dekker's Old Fortunatus is the quintessential early modern journeying play. The adventures of Fortunatus and his sons, aided by a magical purse and wishing-hat, offers the period's most overt celebration of the pleasures of travel, as well as a sustained critique of the dangers of intemperance and prodigality. Written following a period of financial difficulty for Dekker, the play is also notable for its fascination with the symbolic, mercantile and ethical uses of gold. This Revels Plays edition is the first fully annotated, single-volume critical edition of Old Fortunatus. It offers scholarly discussion of the play's performance and textual history, including attention to the German version printed and performed in the early seventeenth century. It provides a long overdue critical reappraisal of this unjustly neglected play. -- .
Creating a Profession: Disparate Voices of Indian Women Playwrights is a collection of plays demonstrating a broad variety of contemporary perspectives as told through the eyes of the women who created them. The anthology is enhanced by significant interviews between each writer and the editor and an introduction filled with information about the profession of playwriting throughout India. Details include the challenges of multiple languages throughout the country, the lack of funding and rehearsal spaces, the role of censorship, the need for specific training, and the influence of gender upon these writer's ability to find what one woman called brain space given the continuation of traditional gender expectations.