Shows & Exhibitions : Theatre

The White Bear Theatre, as part of its current Lost Classics Season which opened with ‘Madness in Valencia’ (Time Out’s Critics Choice and transferring to Trafalgar Studios in January), now presents ‘A Yorkshire Tragedy: not so new as lamentable and true’, part of the Shakespeare Apocrypha and produced by Tough Theatre.

Random Accomplice, in association with Tron Theatre, will present the Word Premiere of 'Promises Promises', the tense new thriller written by award-winning Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell this February. Inspired by true events, 'Promises Promises' is a gripping one-woman show revolving around the cynical character of Maggie Brodie.

This stunning trilogy by award-winning playwright, screenwriter and film director Neil LaBute combines the British premiere of his latest piece The Furies, with Dialogue Productions’ critically acclaimed sell-out hit at The Bush Theatre – Helter Skelter and Land of the Dead, at the Mercury Theatre Colchester on 22 and 23 January before touring to 12 venues across the UK.

For one exciting night only Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre welcomes Rafael Bonachela with The Land of Yes and the Land of No on Tuesday 26 January. In a new collaboration with composer Ezio Bosso, and since being appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company in November 2008, Rafael Bonachela is presenting the first new work for his UK based company.

The full cast has been announced for Richard Bean’s The Heretic at the Royal Court Theatre from 4 February, with a cast including James Fleet, Johnny Flynn, Adrian Hood, Juliet Stevenson, Leah Whitaker and Lydia Wilson. Richard Bean’s new black comedy tackles the divisive issue of climate change, questioning what we think we know and whether the science really is settled - “I’m a scientist. I don’t “believe” in anything.”

Full casting is today announced for The David Hare Season at Sheffield Theatres. Patricia Hodge and Isla Blair perform in The Breath of Life and Hattie Morahan, Jack Ryder and Laura Carmichael perform in Plenty. Jane Wymark and Matthew Cottle will perform in Racing Demon. In February and March 2011, Sheffield Theatres will produce their most ambitious project to date where all three performance spaces will be given over to the work of one playwright. The Season runs from Thursday 3 February to Saturday 5 March.

Lidless, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's devastating first play, transfers to the Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall after a sold out run at this year's Edinburgh Festival, where the production was awarded a Fringe First. This production reconfigures Trafalgar Studios 2 into an in-the-round auditorium for the first time, placing the audience deep within the world of the play. It is HighTide's first production in the West End and will be directed by their Artistic Director, Steven Atkinson.

A powerful and uplifting children’s story is brought to the stage in a brand new adaptation, thanks to a partnership forged to develop high quality theatrical work for young people. Michelle Magorian’s compelling Goodnight Mister Tom is adapted by writer David Wood, described by The Times as the UK’s ‘national children’s dramatist’, and directed by Chichester Associate Angus Jackson.

The Tron Theatre announces the first Changing House production of the spring season as The Ushers, presented by Raindog. Written by Simon Crowther and directed by Stuart Davids, the play is the latest addition to the acclaimed production company’s impressive back catalogue of work, which includes The House of Bernarda Alba, Love Lies Bleeding and A.D, as well as television and film productions Wasted and the award-winning Tinsel Town.

The Tron Theatre is announces Abigail Docherty, winner of their 2010 Open Stage Playwriting Competition as the recipient of the prestigious Pearson Playwrights' Bursary. The Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme is one of the most important awards for new writing in British theatre, with only five awards made each year to writers of outstanding promise.

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