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.
The story of Gregor Samsa, who awakes one morning to find himself transformed into an insect, is one of Kafka's best-known works. Adapted by Steven Berkoff for performance in 1969, the text remains a key examination of the human condition.
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.
Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.
Barbara is a major in the Salvation Army and the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, who's made millions selling weapons of war. Battle rages between devilish father and idealistic daughter as they ask the question: does salvation come through faith or finance?
From Michael Frayn, author of Copenhagen and Noises Off. A comedy-drama about a door manufacturing company and a fateful convention in Frankfurt.
The price of accidental fame is hashed out in this comedy about a famous bank robber and the clerk who foiled his biggest heist. Alan Ayckbourn's 1988 play anticipates the popularity—and absurdity—of reality TV.
Elizabeth I of England is threatened by the survival of her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart. Wrestling with her own conscience, the Queen agonizes over Mary's fate, amidst fears for her own life.
The humourous and heartbreaking story of the friendship of Harold, a 17-year old white boy in 1950's South Africa, and the two middle aged black servants who raised him. This absorbing and affecting coming of age play was originally banned in South Africa.
One of William Shakespeare’s ‘problem plays’, Measure for Measure alludes to the Jacobean preoccupation with ridding London of its brothels. The play explores the darker side of human nature: hypocrisy, depravity and betrayal.
When Juilet finds herself pregnant by her lover Claudio ahead of their nuptials, the young man is sentenced to death by the pernicious and puritanical Angelo, who has assumed temporary control of Vienna.
Sondheim's time-hopping tale follows hotshot Hollywood producer, Franklin Shepard, and the talented duo he once called friends, as we travel backwards through time to see how dreams are abandoned along with friendships. The musical Merrily We Roll Along is based on George S. Kaufman's 1934 play of the same name.
Wendy Kesselman's drama in which Michael and Anna, best friends and next door neighbors during childhood, accidentally meet again as adults. In an all-white room, they reenact their childhood fears, fantasies and mutual love as a chilling secret is revealed.
This orchestral work by Henri Dutilleux was commissioned by the conductor George Szell in 1959 to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Cleveland Orchestra. Composed between 1963 and 1964, it was first performed by Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra on 14 January 1965.
HiBROW interviews the clarinettist Michael Collins about the 20th century British composer Gerald Finzi.