The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde's comedies. It's the story of two bachelors, John 'Jack' Worthing and Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre characters to be found on the modern stage.
One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian's stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood - the UK's 'National Children's Dramatist' (The Times). Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follow sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.
Stella Wild, MBA, Rosemary Adams, JD, MBA, Linda Robertson, M.D., Ph.D., and Beth Ziegler, MBA, have a few things in common. Besides being educated, successful, professional women, they also share the same address. Not a swanky high rise apartment block or a beachfront condominium, but the Delaware Valley Federal Correctional Facility.
With the Warden in one pocket and their Corrections Officer in another, these Divas continue to indulge their lavish and luxurious lifestyles, until Beth is prematurely released, the Divas are forced to room with a murderess, and the Department of Corrections has announced its intention to close the Delval facility and relocate inmates to the less than glamorous Black Rock Federal Prison.
Private Hamp is a nonentity, a simple minded Lancashire man who has endured four years of the carnage of war. When one day he walks away from the battle, the army takes notice and Hamp is court-martialled for desertion.
His guards, the officer defending him and the Padre all try to make Hamp realise the court could impose a death sentence but Hamp has utter faith in his counsel and that the army will not bother with the likes of him.
With themes of the consequences of battle on an individual and the overwhelming logic of the rule of martial law, John Wilson's powerful and tragic play, including a classic courtroom drama, will leave audiences stunned and deeply moved.
"Bette and Joan" depicts the two stars in adjacent dressing rooms between takes on the set of Baby Jane. While Joan manages her anxiety by lacing her Pepsi with vodka and signing photographs for her beloved fans, Bette chain smokes and muses on her lovelife and her ability to ‘pick a good script’, but never a decent man. Behind the bitching and practical jokes we see each woman’s insecurities and regrets; their rivalry is revealed to be underpinned by grudging respect as they both attempt to identify their new roles in life as well as in their careers.
Shakespeare's masterpiece of war and conflict tells the story of King Henry's invasion of France with his rag-tag 'band of brothers'. Joined by a host of vivid and memorable characters - from courtiers to commoners - the charismatic King of England is forced to make terrible choices as he grapples with the horrors of war. Triumph at the Battle of Agincourt secures victory for England, but at what cost to Henry, the great warrior king?
"The Odd Couple" is set in New York in the mid nineteen-eighties. Olive, Florence, Vera, Renee, Sylvie and Mickey meet on Friday evenings to play Trivial Pursuits. Florence is late this week and when she eventually arrives she announces that her husband has thrown her out. Olive invites her to move in with her. Unfortunately they are like chalk and cheese. Whereas Florence likes neatness, cleanliness and gourmet cuisine, Olive likes untidiness and take-away meals; she is, no other word for it, a slob! They cannot co-exist! To the rescue come two Spanish brothers who live in the apartment above. This is Neil Simon at his wittiest with brilliant comic dialogue and stagecraft. Be prepared to laugh throughout the performance.
The year is 1913 and war with Germany is imminent. Rudyard Kipling’s determination to send his son to war triggers a bitter family conflict which leaves Britain’s renowned patriot torn between his own greatest passions: his love for his children and his devotion to King and Country. David Haig’s acclaimed play was filmed for television in 2007, with Daniel Radcliffe as Jack, Kim Cattrall as his mother, Caroline, and David Haig himself as Kipling. My Boy Jack is a powerful and moving account of anguish at the heart of a man, single-minded in his belief of the virtue of a righteous, glorious and just war.
Set in the 1920s, the play revolves around the transformation of four English women who for different reasons are at an unhappy period in their lives. Lotty Wilton spots an advertisement in the Times for a month’s let in an Italian villa that promises “wisteria and sunshine”. Seeing her chance to escape dreary, rain-lashed England and regenerate her life, she joins forces with an acquaintance, Rose Arnott, who Lotty senses is also in need of a respite from marital woes. To fund their expedition, they advertise for additional companions and are joined by the elderly and formidable Mrs Graves and the troubled society beauty Lady Caroline. During their enchanted month in Italy, all four fall under the spell of their idyllic, sun-drenched surroundings and rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find the romance they long for.
On the eve of the First World War the young men of Accrington hear Kitchener’s call for a New Army and become the smallest town in England to raise a Pals Volunteer Brigade. When they arrive in France, the brutal reality of the trenches is beyond anything they were prepared for. And back home amongst the women they leave behind – their mothers, wives, daughters, lovers – nothing can ever be the same again.
A Neston Players Original. Spanning two-hundred years; this heart warming, tear jerking and incredibly funny play centers around the 200th anniversary of the Neston Female Friendly Society and the annual Ladies Day Walk in Neston. A completely sold out show that will forever be one of the proudest moments of the Neston Players.
This definitely bad-taste comedy is "Abigail's Party" transported to the realms of the well-heeled middle classes. Acerbic and caustic comments fly like poisonous darts across the dinner table leaving a trail of carnage in their wake ... and what is the real identity of the sinister waiter?
This tongue-in-cheek celebration of all we love about the Eurovision Song Contest was described as one of the most exuberant and joyous musicals to have appeared on stage in recent years. Eurobeat was conceived in Australia and has toured extensively - in the UK the show was a sell-out hit at the Edinburgh Festival, in the West End - and in Neston, 2013!
In the heart of the nation's capital, in a courthouse of the U.S. government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honour, and one will stop at nothing - to uncover the truth.
Grown women, aching feet and heaving bosoms! The 'Cheshire Cats' team speedwalk their way to fund raising success in the London Moonwalk. A girls' weekend away with a difference - trainers and decorated bras are in, high heels and designer labels out. But a last minute substitute to the team doesn't seem to meet the physical criteria. . . . The 'Cats' put their best feet forward in this comic tribute to all those who participate in The Moonwalk and other fund raising walks up and down the country.
Prescription for Murder
There is never a dull moment for busy Dr. Richard Forth. He has an awkward yet close friendship with his ex-girlfriend while his wife, Barbara, is chronically and mysteriously ill. Richard believes her symptoms are psychological, but when a stranger claims to have known Richard's second fiancée, a woman Richard says does not exist, Barbara's health worsens and it becomes apparent somebody is out to kill her and anyone else who gets in their way.
Lord Arthur Saville's Crime
Based on the witty short story by Oscar Wilde, a delightful and marvellously funny picture of Victorian upper class morality is revealed in the planning of Lord Arthur's wedding to the lovely Sybil.
The wedding day draws ever nearer, but in a world of toffs and ladies, butlers and maids, mysterious strangers and the odd - very odd - anarchist, the bridegroom must first commit a murder!