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In 1980s Sheffield, a group of bright and unruly sixth formers prepare for their Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams. They are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by an eccentric older teacher and a young more cynical and ruthless supply teacher.
CTC is thrilled to bring ‘The History Boys’, a classic by Alan Bennett to Castle's Senate Suite.
Meet Kevin Brook. Self confessed fanatic of all things Lord of the Rings. On the eve before ‘Gandalf’ signs the official movie companion to the The Two Towers, he sits outside Fenwick’s waiting. He talks about his life-long devotion, friends who don’t understand him – and the family who never had time for him.
But what’s the real reason for his obsession with Tolkien? Why must he take his mind away from the harsh realities of life? A long-held secret is about to be revealed…
Waiting for Gandalf is produced by Mankind, a Sussex-based charity that provides confidential support services and works with men who have been affected by unwanted sexual experiences, as part of its Community Squared programme. Written by Adrian Marks, it was originally directed by Teresa Hagger for the 2016 Brighton Fringe.
For the return to this year's Brighton Fringe, Mankind has worked with acclaimed writer and theatre director, Patrick Sandford, to contextualise the narrative within a wider consideration of the issues at play in today’s society. This builds on the award-winning success of Patrick’s one man show, GROOMED, extending Mankind’s portfolio of plays and performances that challenge traditional stereotypes around masculinity.
Elysium Theatre Company present
the Northern Premiere of
JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN
by Stephen Adley Giurgis
Directed by Jake Murray.
Cast includes Alice Frankham, Faz Singhateh, Danny Solomon,
Angel Cruz is standing trial for shooting the Reverend Kim in the ass (Reverend Kim later died). Lucius Jenkins is on appeal, a paranoid schizophrenic serial killer who has found God, trying to avoid the death penalty for the murder of eight people. For one hour each day, both men share adjacent cages on Rikers Island, New York’s top security prison. Then one day they get talking.
’Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train’ is a funny, powerful, adrenalin-fuelled drama of good and evil, penalty and redemption, God and the Devil by award-winning American playwright Stephen Adley Giurgis (‘Our Lady of 121st Street’ (Broadway, NY), ‘The Motherfucker With The Hat’ (National Theatre) and ‘The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot’ (Almeida).
Elysium TC is a new theatre company dedicated to bringing the best of world theatre to the North. Their debut production, 'Days Of Wine And Roses', received rave reviews when it played at the Assembly Rooms in Durham and 53two in Manchester last year. This is their second premiere at the Assembly Rooms, where they are Resident Company.
The Durham Revue present: North of the Wall ft. The Leeds Tealights & The St. Andrew's Revue
North of the Wall is Durham’s first and only showcase of student sketch comedy from universities of The North. Three become one, as The Durham Revue invite friends of funny, The Leeds Tealights and The St. Andrew’s Revue, to meet for one huge night of student wit. Expect variety, panache and certified silly fun; this will be sketch comedy at its most Cooplands.
Hild Bede Theatre's critically acclaimed production of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche will return to the Gala Theatre for one night only.
Buy your tickets here: www.galadurham.co.uk/galapost/5-lesbians-eating-a-quiche
It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast, but will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town?
This show promises to be a side splitting, surprisingly emotional, hysterically funny, cult hit.
Respect The Egg!
This showcase will consist of performances of songs from your favourite Tony award winning musicals performed by some of the best musical talent in Durham, along with improvised musical theatre performed by the DIM troupe.
Dress Code: Black Tie.
You turn eighteen and life seems full of possibilities. It stretches out like an endless road in front of you. It is probably the best moment in your life. But for some people, they never get this moment. For some people their life has just two paths. ‘Aaron’ explores the life through the eyes of Aaron, an eighteen-year-old boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome, to show that nothing is as simple as it seems.
The supply of souls has been drying up. Death urgently needs to rebrand, and enlists the help of a marketing guru to make the whole dying business seem… a bit more palatable to the public. A dark comedy about life, death, and the weird space in between.
HERMIT is a creative-hyphen-celebrity known for the things he did Before. He now chooses to live a life of solitude, only emerging for the purpose of collaboration, innovation and socio-political demonstration(s). Since his metamorphosis however, he has never spoken directly to the public. Until tonight. This is a once in a lifetime event [HERMIT reserves the right to repeat the event given its commercial success] to exist in the same room as the self-titled Visionary and witness his process. CRITICS ARE BANNED.
Durham Festival of the Arts presents it's first Open Mic night held in the black box theatre.
Aboard the HMS Pinafore, the Captain's daughter, Josephine, and the seaman, Ralph, desperately want to marry but are prevented by Josephine's father, due to Ralph's lower social standing. But will the Captain change his mind about loving across social boundaries when Buttercup, a nanny, declares her own love for him?
Elysium Theatre Company presents
TWO BY BECKETT: FOOTFALLS and KRAPP’S LAST TAPE
A double bill of short plays by the master of modern drama, Samuel Beckett, each a haunting meditation on life, love and longing.
KRAPP’S LAST TAPE
Every year a writer, Krapp, celebrates his birthday by making a recording of the year’s events. Now an old man, this year he prepares by listening to one he made thirty years before. In so doing he confronts his younger self, his dreams, his hopes and the women he loved…
A woman paces endlessly, measuring our her life in footfalls, revolving the past in her mind until she can make sense of it. As she paces, the presence of her mother watches, a memory, a ghost, longing to reach out.
Award-winning playwright Samuel Beckett transformed world drama with his surreal, poetic plays. Most famous for Waiting For Godot and Endgame, his work is presented all over the world. Elysium Theatre Company are proud to bring these two short masterpieces to Durham for the first time.
Elysium Theatre Company is Durham’s only independent professional theatre company. Currently resident company at the Assembly Rooms, our goal is to bring the best of world theatre to the North.
The Durham Showcase is a collection of monologues and duologues performed by a troupe of Durham's most talented finalist actors. The Showcase is previewing in Durham at The Assembly Rooms Theatre before moving on to London where it will perform at The Tristan Bates Theatre in July. Come along to see some quality acting and show support!
Tickets are free. To reserve tickets in advance please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org