Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest, it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But as each season brings about a new and devastating change, it becomes clear that life never works out as planned.
Thought to have been first performed in 1606 as a response to the Gunpowder Plot against James I, and William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is a story of power, ambition, witchcraft and murder.
Much Ado About Nothing, believed to have been written in 1598, is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, and takes its defamed woman plot from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso.
Exploring the relationship between four generations of the same family, Keatley's play interrogates the changing position of women in society throughout the 20th century.
In a 1950s Italian-American neighbourhood, a stone's throw from the Brooklyn Bridge, live Eddie and Beatrice, with their orphaned niece Catherine. The depth and darkness of Eddie's feelings towards the girl set in motion a chain of events that propels one of Miller's most iconic tragic heroes towards his undoing.
Meera Syal’s debut novel, considered to be semi-autobiographical, provides a unique insight into growing up during a time of significant social change in 1970’s Britain.
The story follows nine-year-old Meena, a British Punjabi girl living in a fictional English mining village, and the relationship she develops with the outrageously sassy Anita Rutter. Exploring issues of racial tension and immigration, Syal’s novel highlights the importance of friendship, compassion and belonging as Meena attempts to find her place between two clashing cultures.
Orphaned Jane journeys from a harsh childhood to become the loving caregiver of a child at the mysterious manor of Mr. Rochester. Jane is drawn to her enigmatic employer, but as dark secrets emerge, she must choose between her newfound security and the uncertainty of a life lived for oneself.
William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is believed to have been written in 1599. Despite the title, the play focuses more on Brutus and the conflicting demands on him of honour and friendship.
The skies over ancient Rome blaze with terrifying portents, and soothsayers warn Caesar of approaching doom. As conspiracy swirls through the city, Shakespeare explores the deep repercussions of political murder on the human heart.
Counted among William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello draws on contemporaneous works about Venice and Turkey, as well as Giraldi Cinthio’s Gli Hecatommithi, and explores themes of race, jealousy and hatred.
Othello has secretly married Desdemona for love, much to the displeasure of her father. The jaded and malicious Iago harnesses the jealousy both enacted upon and harboured within Othello to sew the seeds of debilitating doubt in his marriage, with devastating consequences.
The sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honourable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen.
William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is notable for its portrayal of the Jewish moneylender, Shylock. There were few Jewish characters in drama before this time, with the significant exception of Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta.
Bassanio wishes to woo the wealthy Portia, but to do so must borrow money from his merchant friend Antonio, who in turn must borrow from the Jewish usurer, Shylock. If Antonio fails to repay, his bond will be a pound of his own flesh.
The Tempest is thought to be one of William Shakespeare's final plays and, with its self-conscious theatricality, is widely acknowledged as something of a swan-song.
Prospero, once Duke of Milan, has become master of an island full of magic and now enslaved native inhabitants. When his treacherous brother washes ashore through a storm of Prospero's devising, the great director of the scene sets about enacting his revenge.