You Never Can Tell was originally born out of a bet that Shaw couldn’t write a “seaside comedy”, a popular theatrical genre at that time. The result is perhaps the most surprising of Shaw’s plays, complete with marital mayhem, tangled romance, and even doubtful dentistry. Despite the play’s lighthearted tone, it’s really another of Shaw’s brilliantly observed social treatises, this time in the guise of a light comedy.
Yerma translates as 'barren'. Lorca's tragic heroine is a woman on the edge, driven to dark and desperate depths by her unfulfilled, aching desire for a child. Amongst the spaniard's greatest works, the story is haunting, harrowing and timeless.
Georg Bucher's tragic tale follows the decline of his anti-hero, Woyzeck, as he is sacrificed to powers so much greater than himself, amidst a penetrating ethical and philosophical examination of war, medicine, science, social conscience and self.
The breathless pace and convincing details of H.G. Wells' classic radio thriller make it clear why the 1938 broadcast of an "eyewitness report" of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic.
Verna, a kindhearted - but not particularly talented - member of a performing troupe in World War Two Belgium, is convinced that an international USO tour is the route to superstardom.
In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth. But Vanya is enchanted by the professor’s new wife, while Sonya has fallen for the town’s melancholy doctor.
10by10 is a project developed and produced by Eclipse Theatre - Britain's leading black-led national touring company. 10 writers. 10 cities. 10 films. Wolverhampton: Ash and Raj pass the time smoking and swapping small talk.
Neither the love he has sworn to Julia, nor the lifelong friendship he holds with Valentine, can curb Proteus' disastrous infatuation with the beauteous Silvia. Broken hearts and promises lead to all sorts of mischief and adventure in Shakespeare's bawdy and convoluted comedy of first love, first lust and cross-dressing.
When she washes up on a strange shore, the only know survivor of a devastating shipwreck, Viola must disguise her true identity to survive as she enters the employ of the island's Duke Orsino, disguised as a boy named Cesario. A classic yarn of cross-dressing and crossed purposes, Twelfth Night is counted among Shakespeare's High Comedies.
Set in China, a mysterious Prince must solve three riddles posed by the cold and defensive Princess Turandot if he is to win her heart and avoid public execution. Turandot contains one of opera's most famous arias, 'Nessun Dorma'.
Screenwriter Austin has sold a script to a Hollywood producer, who his brother Lee convinces to ditch Austin’s love story for his own trashy Western. Now they must work together to secure the deal. A modern classic by one of America’s most renowned living playwrights, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.
With the Trojan War at a stalemate, the city of Troy besieged by squabbling Greeks and the inhabitants themselves disillusioned with the cause, the prince Troilus is distracted by his love for the beauteous Cressida. The mythically inspired tale, featuring the legendary likes of Ulysses, Achilles and Helen, is Shakespeare's reworking of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.
Wagner’s poetic and musical realisation of this familiar tale has been hailed as a landmark moment in the development of Western classical music.
Written by Susan Glaspell in 1916, Trifles is a one-act play about a woman accused of strangling her husband. Based on an actual murder case reported by Glaspell for the Des Moines News, the play represented an early exploration of gender relationships in a time when women often were considered to be mere "trifles."