Fri 15 – Sat 23 Jan
New Venture Theatre
Steven O’Shea directs Joe Orton’s ‘Loot’ in New Venture Theatre’s revival of the farcical 1960s play. When Hal’s mother dies, he and opportunistic undertaker Dennis decide to rob the bank next door – they can hide the proceeds in her coffin! But this leaves no room for the body…
Attempts to hide the evidence of their crimes soon spiral out of control, as psychotic Inspector Truscott arrives on the scene. ‘Loot’ illustrates the misfortunes of the two young criminals in a morbidly existentialist, Ortonesque approach, confronting preposterous conventions and British cultural beliefs concerning power, religion and death.
Tues 29 Dec – Sat 16 Jan
The Old Market
Arriving at The Old Market straight from the West End, ‘Golem’ appears like a giant graphic novel injected with life, inviting its audience to view the world through the lens of an extraordinary man in its dark and fantastical fable built for the 21st Century.
The follow up to the multi-award winning, critically acclaimed ‘The Animals’ and ‘Children Took To The Street’ is here. ‘Golem’ blends theatre company 1927’s signature composition of hand-made claymation, live music and performance, unfolding in a dystopian universe that intelligently holds control of our technologies.
WANTING THE MOON
Fri 8 – Sat 9 Jan
The Marlborough Theatre
Upon being offered a role as eccentric medium ‘Madame Arcati’ in Noël Coward’s comical play, ‘Blithe Spirit’, Clemence Dane – eminent author, artist, playwright, journalist and Oscar-winning screenwriter – reflects on their lingering personal and professional relationship that spanned the early-to-mid 1900s.
‘Wanting the Moon’, written and performed by Rose Collis, explores memorable episodes from Dane’s irregular career. As well as this, her experiences in both World Wars, adventures in Tinsel Town and, most memorably, in penning the controversial lesbian novel ‘Regiment of Women’. Journey the numerous roles of this remarkable woman and the stories of her beloved circle of friends (including Ivor Novello, Joyce Grenfell and Coward himself) in this new play.
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Jan
Theatre Royal Brighton
39 years after its debut on Broadway, the world’s favourite family musical, ‘Annie’, springs into Brighton to warm hearts this winter season, starring ‘Birds of a Feather’ star Lesley Joseph as its authoritarian antagonist.
Set to live a life of misery under the tyrannical rule of orphanage caretaker Miss Hannigan, Annie’s fortune looks primed for change when she’s chosen to spend Christmas at the wealthy Warbucks residence. Her hopes for finding her parents are dashed by the devious Miss Hannigan however; who will do whatever it takes to spoil young Annie’s happiness. Includes the unforgettable songs ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’.
Mon 25 – Sat 30 Jan
Globally-acclaimed, and the longest running show in theatre history, Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ celebrates its record-breaking 60th anniversary this year with a production starring ‘Doctor Who’s Louise Jameson as Mrs Boyle.
Stranded in a country house by the snow, a sinister scene materialises as a group of people discovers there is a murderer amongst them. But who can it be? Mystery entwines itself around each suspicious character as they reveal their secrets one by one in an intricate plot weaved by the illustrious Dame Christie. Until, at last, the gripping moment the identity of the killer and their motive is uncovered.