The Comedy of Errors
Tue 10 – Sat 14 Jun
All-male Shakespeare company Propeller set out to provide more engaging ways of expressing Shakespeare. Exploring the relationship between text and performance, they mix a rigorous approach to the text, with a modern physical aesthetic.
In Shakespeare’s smartest and most farcical play, they bring the two sets of estranged twins to the same city, 25 years after their separation. A series of mistaken identities, assumed personas, and wild mishaps bring hilarious consequences. In fact it’s a family crisis so complicated that time itself loses the plot. Fortunately the audience is always one step ahead of the characters.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Wed 11 – Sat 14 Jun
Playing to packed houses across the world, Propeller’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is fresh, funny and beautifully lyrical.
Themes of love, passion, magic, mistaken identity and even theatre itself collide in Shakespeare’s most surreal play. Two pairs of lovers become entangled in fairy mischief on the eve of a Royal Wedding.
Malevolent fairies, squabbling lovers and some fellow called Puck feature in one of The Bard’s best works. Dreams and reality become interchangeable within the romantic chaos that ensues and misplaced passions are ignited as appearances become ever more deceptive.
Entertaining Mr Sloane
14 May – 22 June
Fifty years since Joe Orton’s domestic drama first outraged West End audiences, and it’s still shiners as edgy as ecer. Its themes of murder, blackmail and delicious deviance are just as shocking, titivating and darkly hilarious as they were then.
Containing nudity, violence and scenes of a strong sexual nature, the piece tells of lusty landladies and leather-clad psychopaths.
The attractive Sloane becomes the Kemp’s lodger. Both Kemp and her brother then fall for his charms, but is there a sinister secret yet to be revealed? Directed by James Weisz and designed by Gary Blair, anyone who is easily offended will find plenty to shock them here.
Under Milk Wood
Tue 17 June
Come to Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea, that’s filled with eccentric characters and wonderful places. This new production, directed by Terry Hands, marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth and the 60th anniversary of the play’s British première.
Both a play and a poem, written from the heart, it offers an unforgettable journey into the roots of language and the soul of Wales. Ripe with vitality, rich in humour and populated by sublime, eccentric, enchanting characters, Under Milk Wood explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and the rhythm of a day.
Tue 17 Jun
Tim Whitnall’s Olivier Award winning play, starring the Olivier nominated Bob Golding as the comedy icon, comes to Brighton. Directed by Paul Hendy, the show covers the moving, often hilarious tale of Eric Morecombe, one of Britain’s best loved entertainers. Moving from Morecombe’s humble beginnings in Music Hall, to his pulling 28 million viewers on Christmas Day, it’s the heart warming, tear jerking, laughter inducing story of the man what brought us the sunshine. What do you think of it so far? Brilliant!
Terry Gilliam and the ENO – Benvenuto Cellini
Tues 17 June
Duke Of York’s Picture House
Benvenuto Cellini is being broadcast from the London Coliseum and presented, in breath-taking, cinematic HD, at cinemas around the country.
Netter Known for directing ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and ‘Twelve Monkeys’, Gilliam received praise for his last collaboration with the English National Opera, when he directed ‘The Damnation of Faust’ in 2011, another Berlioz work.
Unseen in London for many years, and never previously at the ENO, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini is forged anew, with its stunning visual and musical set pieces. Berlioz’s first completed opera is based on the autobiography of 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini.
This tale of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise, mistaken identity, secular merrymaking and sacred ceremony, is set to some of Berlioz’s most vibrant, swashbuckling and tender music.
The Herbal Bed
Fri 20 – Sat 28 June (ex Mon)
New Venture Theatre
Written by Peter Whelan and directed by Tamsin Fraser, The Herbal Bed is set in Stratford upon Avon in the summer of 1613. Susanna, William Shakespeare’s eldest daughter, is accused of an affair with friend and neighbour Rafe Smith. Her husband, respected physician John Hall, is desperate to clear the family name and pushes her to sue for slander. But how can they avoid the fact that one summer’s night while her husband was away, Rafe Smith was seen secretly leaving their herb garden?
Three people’s private lives are subjected to the glare of intense public scrutiny in this tale of passion, loyality, independence and religion.
BARELY HUMAN PUPPETS – ADULTS WORKSHOP
Sat 21 June
The Dukebox Theatre
The company, who brought their sell-out hit Beowulf to Brighton Fringe, return with an afternoon of learning puppetry and story-telling techniques.
The audience are encouraged to develop their own narrative in response to the puppets, guided by director and puppeteer Jessica Cheetham and puppet-maker Daisy Jordan. Wear clothing you can move around in, bring a sense of adventure and succumb to the allure of a well told story.
Exploring the relationship between puppet and puppeteer, the workshop encourages the audience to embrace fantasy and implant a living soul into a inorganic object.
Fri 27 June 2014
Marlborough Pub & Theatre
Pink Fringe presents a story about how rivalry and love can both better us and destroy us.
Epitomising tennis cool in the 70s, Bjorn Borg was everything Jamie and his brother wanted to be. Then John McEnroe came along and Jamie was beaten, along with Borg.
Thirty years of torment and self-questioning later, Jamie is ready to face his greatest opponent. Beating McEnroe is a new solo show from award-winning theatre maker Jamie Wood. With the help of his audience and vivid, surprising images, Jamie performs a cathartic ritual, in a sjow that’s out of the ordinary.