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

Hamlet

William Shakespeare

Hamlet, William Shakespeare's longest and most famous tragedy, was written some time between 1599 and 1602. It is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential works of literature in history.

 

Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his beloved father's death at the hand of his uncle Claudius, who has married the Queen and seized the crown. But Hamlet's spiral into grief and madness has permanent and immutable consequences for the Kingdom of Denmark.

Royal Exchange Theatre
(2014)
Production
BBC Studios
(2009)
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Production
The Prince of Denmark: a story vaguely inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet
British Council
(2016)
Production
Hamlet - RSC 2016
RSC
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre

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1600

A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen
Based on the life of Laura Kieler, a close friend of Henrik Ibsen’s, and first performed in 1879, A Doll’s House initially met with controversy over the way it criticises nineteenth-century marital norms. Ibsen confronts the problems with an exclusively male society, and a woman’s place within that.
A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen
Production
(2012)
BBC Studios
(1992)
Production
1879

All My Sons

All My Sons is Arthur Miller's Twentieth-century classic play about social responsibility set against personal gain. When Joe Keller places the prosperity of his family above the lives of others, there are consequences for all. Set in post World War II America, All My Sons sees a family in mourning torn further asunder by secrets and lies.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller with David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker
Production
(2012)
LA Theatre Works
(2000)
Audio Theatre
1947

As You Like It

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's only pastoral comedy, As You Like It introduces a heroine who is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest female character and speaks a quarter of the play’s total lines.

 

Banished from court, Rosalind follows her exiled father into the untamed Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, her great wit and good nature show through her male trappings as she engages with fools and philosophers adrift in the woods, and ultimately falls in love.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Production
(2009)
William attempts to woo Audrey in Shakespeare's As You Like It
Shakespeare's Globe
(2009)
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BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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As You Like It, LA Theatre Works
LA Theatre Works
(2016)
Audio Theatre
1599

Into the Woods

Stephen Sondheim
The popular tales of Red Ridinghood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his Wife. This re-telling, though, goes beyond 'happily ever after' as the characters find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
Production
(2010)

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1986

King Lear

William Shakespeare

King Lear, first performed in 1606, is considered by many to be William Shakespeare’s finest tragedy. It draws on many of the same sources as the history plays, but also contains elements of classic fairy tales.

 

Lear is dividing his kingdom between his three daughters based upon their flattery when telling of their love for him. Cordelia’s honesty leads him to banish her from his kingdom, and madness descends upon the ageing king.

King Lear at the Almeida with Jonathan Pryce
Production
(2012)
BBC Studios
(1998)
Production
James Earl Jones as King Lear
Broadway Digital Archive
(1974)
Production
British Council
(2016)
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Talawa
(2016)
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BBC Studios
(1982)
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King Lear - RSC 2016
RSC
(2016)
Production

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1606

Lovesong

Abi Morgan
Lovesong intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness.
Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Production
(2012)

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2011

Macbeth

William Shakespeare
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.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Production
(2011)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre
1606

Private Lives

Noël Coward
Glamorous divorcées, Elyot and Amanda, find that their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses five years later.
Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens drape their arms over each other in front of a green background.
Production
(2013)
LA Theatre Works
(1994)
Audio Theatre

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The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors is William Shakespeare’s shortest play and conforms to classical ideas of unity, with the action taking place in one location and on one day.

 

In a frenzy of wives, sisters, merchants and encounters with the law, Antipholus of Syracuse arrives in Ephesus with his sidekick Dromio, only to find himself in a whirlwind of confusion upon being mistaken for his long lost twin brother.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and produced by the RSC and Told by an Idiot
Production
(2009)
BBC Studios
(1978)
Production

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1594

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

True West

Sam Shepard
Often hailed as Sam Shepard’s masterpiece, True West deconstructs the damaged relationship between two estranged brothers who are striving for success.
Eugene O'Hare and Alex Ferns on the set of True West
Production
(2014)
LA Theatre Works
(2001)
Audio Theatre

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1980

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols
Sheila and Bri's marriage is fraught and fraying, their violently opposed opinions on the best way to care for their daughter are threatening to tear the family apart. Peter Nichols' mid Twentieth-century examination of Britishness, marriage, mental health and attitudes towards disability, asks probing and confronting questions about the meaning of family, the value we place on existence and what constitutes 'a life worth living'.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1967

A Servant of Two Masters

Carlo Goldoni
Played out through mishaps, misfortunes and mistaken identity, Goldoni's play is an exploration of classic archetypes from the school of commedia dell'arte. Featuring one of theatre's greatest 'stock characters' in manservant Truffaldino, A Servant of Two Masters descends into farce via a series of intricate set-pieces.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1746