In 2018, we are presenting a season of exciting work across art forms, including theatre, dance, music, and literature. This includes eight major UK premieres from Europe and beyond, from new productions of classic 20th-century plays to innovative new writing. A thread of cultural and theatrical transformation runs throughout, linking prescient writing from Ibsen to Beckett to the issues playwrights are grappling with in the twenty-first century, and mirroring the changes that our beautiful theatre, built in 1898, has seen.
Tue 11 – Thu 20 December 2018
Our eclectic programme of music, poetry, comedy and drama includes the world premiere of Rhapsody In You / Wrong Songs for Christmas by comic genius Richard Thomas; celebrated actor Clive Francis’ spellbinding A Christmas Carol; contemporary poetry from Jean Sprackland, Mark Ford and Zaffar Kunial; and a sublime dramatised reading of James Joyce’s The Dead
Tue 18 – Thu 20 December 2018
Funny, universal & almost unbearably moving, Dead Poets Live‘s dramatised reading of Joyce’s superlative short story takes place during a party on a snowy night in Dublin, 1904. More info
8 February – 9 March 2019
We join forces with the Norwegian Ibsen Company for a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s timeless story of self-determination. With creative teams from UK and Norway, this new staging brings with it a deep connection to the Norwegian culture in which Ibsen lived.