Things I Know to Be True

Andrew Bovell
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.
Production
(2016)
2017

The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a partially fictionalised telling of the Salem witch trials of 1692/3. Accusations of witchcraft following a game played by the daughters of a Massachusetts village spiral out of control and many must choose between their reputations and their integrity.
Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible (© Jay Brooks)
Production
(2014)
LA Theatre Works
(1988)
Audio Theatre
1953

The Government Inspector

Nikolai Gogal
Played out through the folly, opportunism, and greed enabled by an official's visit to a small Russian town, The Government Inspector is a comedy of errors devoid of sympathetic characters, and a scatching indictment of what Gogol saw as the corrupt political machinations of Imperial Russia.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1863

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Shakespeare combined theatricality, Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work.

 

On the eve of the wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta, four lovers find themselves at the mercy of the fairies in the Athenian woods. Interconnecting with a ramshackle group of players rehearsing a play for the celebrations, the stories and confusions interweave and finally resolve.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
British Council
(2016)
Production
LA Theatre Works
(2013)
Audio Theatre
1595

Death of a Salesman

In 1949 New York, Willy Loman, a travelling salesman the wrong side of middle-age, returns home from another fruitless trip, to a loyal but depleted wife and two fully-grown sons who seem destined for lives of similar disappointment. Arthur Miller's tragic Twentieth-century drama is a damning indictment of the American Dream, relentlessly peddled to a nation wilfully and desperately blind to its fallacy.
Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman
Broadway Digital Archive
(1966)
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1949

Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck
With a libretto based on the Brothers Grimm story, this classic opera features a host of characters including the Sandman, the Dew Fairy, and the Witch.
Hansel (Angelika Kirchschlager) and Gretel (Diana Damrau) © ROH/Bill Cooper
Royal Opera House
(2008)
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1893

Kindertransport

Diane Samuels
As conditions deteriorated in 1930s Germany, a British humanitarian effort saw about 10,000 Jewish children relocated to live with families in the United Kingdom, without their parents. This passage to freedom became known as Kindertransport.
LA Theatre Works
(2013)
Audio Theatre

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1995

The Tempest

William Shakespeare

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.

BBC Studios
(1980)
Production
British Council
(2016)
Production
Tempest - RSC 2015
RSC
(2016)
Production

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1611

The Thirty-Nine Steps

Patrick Barlow

This stage adaptation is based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film and 1915 John Buchan novel of the same name. 

 

After a shooting at a theatre show, Richard Hannay is approached by a mysterious woman who is desperate to stay with him for safety. Upon revealing secrets relating to Britain’s security, she is murdered, leaving Hannay as the main suspect and forcing him to travel across the country in order to solve the case.

Patrick Barlow - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

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2005

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night is probably the last of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, and has affinities with several other plays such as the twin plot, as in The Comedy of Errors, and cross-dressing, as in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and As You Like It.

 

When she washes up on a strange shore, the only known survivor of a devastating shipwreck, Viola must disguise her true identity to survive as she enters the employ of the island's Duke Orsino.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
British Council
(2016)
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