One of the most famous boys in children's literature returns to his roots back on the stage. Peter Pan is still in Neverland but there is danger afoot and the Darlings, now in their adulthood, know about it through vivid dreams they have. They decide to take action and take one final visit back to the place where children never grow up.
Every family Christmas production needs some adventure in it and this new interpretation of Robin Hood at the New Vic is filled with just that. Not five minutes goes by without a slick and well directed fight happening right in front of the audience’s eyes. These fight scenes add to the immense story telling that this epic production of a historic character contains.
Adultery, religious rebellion and a secret love child: you can see why this is arguably Isben’s most controversial play. Years after Captain Alving died, his son Oswald returns home to see his mother in their family home just a day before a new orphanage is opened in his father’s memory. However, not is all what it seems. As the evening unfolds, secrets of the families past start to come back and haunt them.
A local play for local people, that sums up Deborah McAndrew’s new production in 6 words. Set in an old Potteries in Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Ugly Duck invites the audience to look into the life of Kat – a young amateur artist, who decides she wants to paint a new canvas portrait of a nude working man – however, she actually decides to paint unemployed middle-aged Dennis.
A History of Falling Things centres on two lovers that are both brought together, and also separated by Keraunothnetophobia – the fear of falling satellites (This is not Romeo and Juliet). But James Graham uses fear to show more than just that.
“Keep Calm and Carry On” was the title of an unused poster in World War Two and what a play that recognises that idea. An August Bank Holiday Lark set before and during World War One shows how a rural community in Lancashire is affected by the war. As Director Barrie Rutter writes in the programme “we wanted to stay at home and absorb the impact of the world events”. And this production does just that, showing a local rural community and how the decisions made by those in power can affect them.
The New Vic are seeing spots this year with their production of TheHundred and One Dalmatians, renowned for their Christmas productions they certainly haven’t missed a trick this year with this rare staging of Dodie Smith’s classic. The Hundred and One Dalmatian shares many elements to shake your tail with excitement at and that’s only after the opening number.