Foxfinder

Dawn King is an exciting new voice in theatre.  A multiple award winning play. A gripping and unsettling parable, Foxfinder is a dark exploration of belief, desire and responsibility, set in a world both strange and familiar.

William Bloor, a Government inspecting ‘foxfinder’, arrives at Sam and Judith Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected contamination by foxes. Hunted down, foxes have become a symbol of menace and potential anarchy promulgated by a government anxious to exert complete control over its people through fear. The Foxfinder is driven by his education and belief that the fox threatens man’s civilisation, but is it a scapegoat for other failures? As his investigations proceed, the events that follow change the course of all their lives – forever; a clever, compelling play with an original and disquieting script.  Unmissable.

“Dawn King’s play shines out like a beacon. Winner of the Papatango playwriting competition, it may display the influence of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and have echoes of Kafka, but it remains an arresting and individual work that haunts the mind long after you’ve seen it.” – Michael Billington, The Guardian

Ghosts

‘The sins of the father are visited upon the child’

Ghosts is a scorching examination of claustrophobic family life in a small town in Norway in the 1890s; a harrowing portrait of a family coming to terms with its past.

Mrs Alving’s husband died ten years ago, and tomorrow she will dedicate an orphanage in his honour. The return of her son Oswald after years living as an artist in Paris, and the arrival of her old friend and priest Pastor Manders, open the door to unwanted revelations and long-held family secrets being revealed. This powerful play is one of the first naturalistic dramas based on psychological truth.

‘Grabs you by the throat and never releases its grip’. – Michael Billington

 

Handbagged

by Moira Buffini

Handbagged is the West End comedy by the British playwright Moira Buffini. A playful examination of the relationship between Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher, it is a widely acclaimed fresh, exciting and intelligent piece of theatre, which moves from comedy slapstick to moments of almost unbearable pathos.

The God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza; translated by Christopher Hampton

In the Main House

“Glorious knock about fun – one of the comedy greats”

The God of Carnage premiered at the Gielgud Theatre, London, in March 2008 and won the Tony Award and Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2009. Christopher Hampton’s translation has been praised as a triumph.

The God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, who meet to discuss a playground incident between their sons. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the evening wears on, the cracks show and the polite veneer breaks down. The French entente cordiale collapses and all hell breaks loose.

Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is a bitter domestic comedy, in which two couples are reduced to squabbling infants.

Gypsy

Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.

Directed by Tim Willis

Musical Direction by James Suckling

In the Main House

“You’ll be swell, you’ll be great, gonna have the whole world on a plate”

Gypsy is a 1959 musical loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life.

The show contains many songs that have become popular standards, including “Everything’s Coming up Roses”, “Together (Wherever We Go)”, “You Gotta Get a Gimmick”, “Let Me Entertain You” and “All I Need Is the Girl”. The show has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, and was famously revived in the West End to critical acclaim in 2015 in a production featuring Imelda Staunton as ‘Rose’.