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.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
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2017

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
Digital Theatre
(2009)
Production
BBC Studios
(1983)
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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)
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Production
L.A. 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
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Production
L.A. Theatre Works
(2001)
Audio Theatre

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1980

The Entertainer

John Osborne
Focused on its titular character, disillusioned music hall performer Archie Rice, The Entertainer premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre as a reflection of a sombre contemporary Britain.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1957

The House of Bernarda Alba

Federico García Lorca
An ageing matriarch, Bernarda Alba imposes an eight-year mourning period on her household of five daughters after the death of her second husband. Prevented from finding meaningful relationships outside of the home, the four youngest daughters' resentment grows as their elder sibling alone seems exempt from their claustrophobic situation.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1945

Thérèse Raquin

Èmile Zola
Adapted from Zola's earlier novel of the same name, the play is widely considered a leading example of naturalism on stage.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1867

Tartuffe

Molière .
Initially banned in France by King Louis XIV, Molière's celebrated social satire Tartuffe exposes hypocrisy in the Catholic Church. When a pious fraud worms his way into a wealthy family and manipulates the patriarch into giving up his fortune, it's up to his family to expose the truth before they end up in the poorhouse!
L.A. Theatre Works
(2010)
Audio Theatre

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1664

The Red Lion

Patrick Marber

The Red Lion portrays more than just a passion for football, as Patrick Marber examines the clash between community and business which is apparent not just in the game but in the country. 

 

Set in the changing room of a non-league football club, kit-man and local legend Yates and ambitious manager Jimmy Kidd go head-to-head over the promise and potential of a young player. Marber’s play examines the dynamics of male interaction as each character shares their view on how the game should be played.

Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

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2015

The School for Scandal

Richard B. Sheridan
Beware the gossips! Lady Sneerwell and her hireling Snake are certainly up to no good in this timeless send-up of hypocritical manners. Thanks to their scandal-mongering, the comely Lady Teazle must fend off the slanderous barbs that have caught the ear of her elderly husband―as well as every other gossip in London.
L.A. Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre

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1777

The Seagull

Anton Checkov
Chekhov's masterful exploration of the meaning of artistry and the artist follows the tense, theatrical and borderline incestuous interactions of an ephemeral lake-side dwelling family, all struggling with their own apsirations to greatness.
Broadway Digital Archive
(1975)
Production
L.A. Theatre Works
(2012)
Audio Theatre

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1895

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)
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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)
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

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2005

The Trojan Women

Euripides .
Produced in 415 BC, during the Peloponnesian War, The Trojan Women is the third tragedy in Euripides' trilogy concerning the Trojan War. Four Trojan widows learn the lamentable fates that are to befall them, as their city's walls crumble, leaving them standing alone as the spoils of war.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

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