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 Accrington Pals

Peter Whelan
The Accrington Pals, based on the experiences of the East Lancashire 11th Battalion, tells the story of the young men who went to the Front in WW1 and the women they left behind.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1981

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 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

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

The Angry Brigade

James Graham

James Graham’s The Angry Brigade is based on an anarchist group of the same name that were responsible for a series of attacks in England in the early 1970s. 

 

A special police squad attempts to understand the anti-establishment philosophy of The Angry Brigade in order to plot against them, while the anarchist group themselves plan an attack against the police. However, the more they learn about each other, the more the lines blur between the Establishment and the group set on bringing them down.

Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

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2014

The Container

Clare Bayley
Enclosed in a freight container somewhere in Europe, five people huddle together with a common aim. Can they rely on each other? How far will each of them go to get there? 2007 Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award Winner.
The Container by Clare Bayley
Digital Theatre
(2009)
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2007

The Man

James Graham

James Graham’s one-man play encourages audience participation to reveal a year in the life of a young professional.

 

As Ben works through his annual tax return, he recalls both the good and bad experiences of the last year from each receipt and transaction. From moving home to failed romances, The Man delves into the struggles and challenges of growing up.

Digital Theatre
(2017)
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2010

The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

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.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Merchant of Venice - RSC 2015
RSC
(2015)
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1596

The Merry Wives of Windsor

William Shakespeare

It is thought that Queen Elizabeth I commissioned William Shakespeare to write The Merry Wives of Windsor, as she wished to see Falstaff in love. If this is true, it holds a unique position in the canon as the only play to be requested for a state event.

 

Sir John Falstaff attempts to reverse his fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy citizens. But the women discover his ruse and hatch a plan to turn the tables on the cowardly knight.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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1597

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