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
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(2014)
LA Theatre Works
(2001)
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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'.
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(2016)
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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.
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(2016)
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1746

Earthquakes in London

Mike Bartlett
Describing the relationship between three sisters, their partners and their estranged father, Earthquakes in London is a sprawling chaotic portrait of modern politics and growing environmental concern.
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(2016)
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2010

Girls

Ikoko
Focused on three best friends who are kidnapped and held captive, Ikoko's fiercely contemporary portrait of the consume-and-discard nature of modern society was created through the support of the Talawa Writer's Programme.
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(2016)
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2015

Jerusalem

Jez Butterworth
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2009

Live Like Pigs

John Arden
Set in a 1950s council estate, Live Like Pigs follows the conflicts of three families who find themselves unwilling neighbours.
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(2016)
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1957

London Road

Alecky Blythe, a playwright specialising in verbatim theatre, wrote London Road for the 2011 National Theatre production, later adapting it for the 2015 film. The text, taken from real-life accounts, follows the impact felt by the Ipswich community after a string of murders in 2006.
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(2016)
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2011

Metamorphosis

Steven Berkoff
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.
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(2016)
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1969

My Mother Said I Never Should

Charlotte Keatley
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.
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(2016)
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1985

One Man, Two Guv'nors

An adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's 1743 Commedia dell'arte Servant of Two Masters, One Man, Two Guvnors transplants the action to Brighton 1963, and the exploits of Francis Henshall in his attempts to attend to two employers at once.
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(2016)
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2011

Red Velvet

John Logan
A play of imagined experiences based on the true story of successful 19th-century black actor Ira Aldridge, Red Velvet explores a vivid life that had disappeared from public consciousness and theatre history.
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(2016)
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2012

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim
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(2016)
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1979

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.
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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.
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(2016)
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1957