Pleasance Theatre Listings for April to May 2013

Pleasance Theatre Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales has annouced their listings for April to May 2013.

LAMDA Presents Summerfolk by Maxim Gorky
Tuesday 2nd April – Friday 26th April, 2pm & 7:30pm

At the turn of the 20th Century a group of Russian friends retreat for their annual summer holiday in the countryside. United by their place in history as an emergent Russian middle class, but disparate in their political views and private lives, their friendship will never be the same again come autumn.

Maxim Gorky’s naturalistic masterpiece depicts Russia as it teeters on the edge of social upheaval – exploring the dreams, fears and vanities of one group of friends as they question their value in a transient society.


LAMDA Presents Earthquakes in London
Wednesday 3rd  April – Friday 26th April, 2pm & 7:30pm

How can you live in a state of constant impending catastrophe? Is hope possible, responsible even, when scientists and politicians are predicting an environmental apocalypse? Earthquakes in London tracks the tremors of hedonism, terror and activism through the lives of three sisters and their estranged, misanthropic father.

Written by award-winning Mike Bartlett (Love Love Love), the play premiered at the National Theatre in 2010.


Angelos Epithemious and Friends
Thursday 4th April & Thursday 18th April, 8pm

The star of C4’s ‘The Angelos Epithemiou Show’ and ‘Shooting Stars’ and Dave’s ‘One Night Stand’, tries out some new material.

“Come and see me do my show called angelos epithemiou and friends, I don’t know who my friends are yet coz I’ve never met them but they’ll be good friends by the time we do the show. It’ll be jokes and stuff like that dragged out for an hour I think. Come along.”


Shaun Keaveny: Live and Languorous
Monday 8th April, 7:30pm


Join BBC Radio 6 presenter Shaun Keaveny for a comedy chat show with some fantastic special guests.

Line Up:

Tom Stade (Live at The Apollo)

Joe Lycett (8 out of 10 cats)

Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore)

Kerry Godliman (Derek)


The Boy at the Edge of the Room
Tuesday 9th April – Friday 12th April, 7:30pm

The Boy at the Edge of the Room is a gothic fairy tale for adults which has been inspired by a Victorian story by Lucy Clifford entitled Wooden Tony.

The play focuses on a character who displays many of the classic traits of those on the autistic spectrum. Using puppetry, animation and live music Forest Forge will bring this extraordinary story to life.

It is a beautiful and moving examination of difference and acceptance, love and expectations.

‘This is not a show you leave in the theatre. It continues in your thoughts for some time.’ The Stage


Mike Wozniak & Josh Widicombe: Work in Progress
Wednesday 10th April, 7:30pm 

Mike Wozniak – Take the Hit

Time Out New Act of 2008

Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award Nominee 2008

“Off-beat imaginings, clever one-liners” The Observer

“Just could be the new comedy hero” **** Time Out

“High quality silliness… underrated, but not for long” **** Metro

Star of Live at the Apollo, Stand up for the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats Josh Widicombe performs his work in progress in preparation for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.


Islington Community Theatre – The Centre
Monday 15th April – Wednesday 17th April, 7:30pm

A housing estate on the edge of Paris. Once a bold vision for a utopian future, now broken by years of neglect, home to a lost generation of young people with no hope for the future.

Until a new president arrives in a blaze of publicity and promises a brighter tomorrow: a landmark new shopping centre designed by the finest architects, boasting designer shops, cinemas and a bowling alley; offering apprenticeships, jobs and opportunity.

Islington Community Theatre creates new plays through a unique collaborative process in which young people and professional theatre-makers experiment, work together and learn from each other.


The Pin and Liam Williams: Work in Progress
Friday 19th  April, 8pm

The Pin are a 3 man sketch act. Their debut Edinburgh show last year was a total sell-out, and now they’re working on material for this year’s show.
“Perfect, cripplingly funny” The List
“Heavily tipped for future stardom” The Guardian
“Innovative, enjoyable, inventive” Time Out

Liam Williams is one third of critically acclaimed sketch group ‘Sheeps.’ He reached the final of Amused Moose and So You Think You’re Funny in 2010 and regularly plays The Boat Show, Monday Club, Invisible Dot and Up The Creek.
“Great voice, smart gags” Chortle
“The quality is maintained throughout… fast, innovative, polished” Three Weeks


Voices in Your Head: The Phill Jupitus Experiment
Friday 19th April & Sunday 26th May, 8pm

Deborah Frances-White’s fringe hit returns to London, but this time with only one special guest performer taking to the stage.

Phill Jupitus goes head to head with a disembodied Voice on a microphone who will interrogate, provoke and cajole him to create dark-hearted comedy mayhem. See the hidden depths of the human unconscious pushed to their illogical conclusions in this unforgettable, unmissable, electrifying and hilarious show. Voices in Your Head just got even freakier.

“Inventive, funny and wildly ambitious – you’ll never see anything quite like it.”’
* * * * * The Skinny

Join Rob as he tries out material in advance of a major new UK tour. Watch it evolve in front of your very eyes!

“I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman.” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman


Joe Lycett Celebrity Juice & 8 out of 10 Cats):

Join award-winning sparky stand up Joe Lycett as he workshops material for his second hour show. Expect it to be rough round the edges, interactive, potentially slightly awkward, but most of all bloody good fun. Last year’s show got nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer so it can’t be all bad.

Eleanor Thom (Lady Garden, Absolutely Fabulous & Live At The Electric)

“The BBC said to me, ‘Bev, you need a vehicle’, so I’ve got one. Inclusive of drinks trolley. Get onboard.”

‘Britain’s funniest woman’ Sunday Telegraph


Alan Davies: Work in Progress
Friday 26th April – Sunday 19th May, 8pm

Alan Davies returns to the Stagespace where, in 2011, he spent several evenings developing his last stand-up show. Life Is Pain toured throughout the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and will be out on DVD in time for the PGP (Prime Gifting Period or Xmas).

It’s now time to see whether there is any new material coming along that may be worth taking out of the borough in 2014…


The Joy of Sketch
Tuesday 30th April, 7:30pm

The glitzy sketch comedy extravaganza is back! Following a West End blow-out, two Udderbelly shows, the Bloomsbury and a bunch of Edinburgh gigs, The Joy of Sketch comes back to The Pleasance London. The finest sketch acts in the country come together for a one-off skit-heavy spectacular.

Line Up:

Brian Gittins | WitTank | Oram & Meeten | Will Franken | Robin & Partridge

So On and So Forth | Lou Sanders & Grainne Maguire | Dan Cook


The London Cuckolds
Wednesday 1st May – Sunday 12th May, 4pm & 7:45pm

Let Them Call It Mischief present

The London Cuckolds by Edward Ravenscroft

The London Cuckolds tells the story of three City boys, their bored housewives and two frisky young cads, all intertwined in a caper filled with sex and intrigue.

Calamitous and bawdy, this is a rarely performed gem from the restoration era transported to the sparkle and glamour of 1920s London.


Adam Kay and Enemies
Friday 10th May, 7:30pm

Amateur Transplants frontman Adam Kay is delighted to bring his brand new monthly residency to The Pleasance. Alongside his uniquely depraved pop music re-imaginings, Adam is joined on stage by special guests he doesn’t particularly get on with, but are funnier than him. He’ll probably do the London Underground Song.

This month’s guests are comedy superstar Ardal O’Hanlon and the supremely talented Adam Hess. 

Bracingly intelligent… enormous fun.” * * * *  Times
This made me very, very happy” Stephen Fry


Murray Lachlan Young – The Incomers
Monday 13th May – Saturday 18th May, 7:30pm

It’s Gordon and Celia’s wedding anniversary.  They’ve asked their oldest and dearest friends Zach and Jane down from London.  The only problem is that Zach and Jane aren’t Zach and Jane anymore.  Jane has gone and Julia, the twenty five year old, French burlesque dancer, has taken her place.

Written entirely in his characteristic verse by BBC 6 Music poet in residence Murray Lachlan Young it will have you gasping and roaring with laughter in equal measures!


Finding Libby
Tuesday 14th May, 7:45pm

At the heart of Finding Libby is one of the many heartbreaking stories of young women for whom the 1960s were less swinging than swingeing – a hidden pregnancy, a premature birth, the death of a tiny scrap never referred to again and a life stalled. Pauline is now in her early sixties and has been persuaded by her neighbour to take her first holiday, on a canal boat. We follow her from worrying whether anyone will meet her at the station, to the unexpected turn in the journey that forces her to face her past and to finding that it is never too late for a fresh start.


Rehearsed Reading of Making News
Wednesday 15th May, 7:45pm

Rehearsed reading of Making News the new play by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky.

It’s the start of a 24-hour news cycle and Rachel Clarke has been promoted as the BBC’s newest Head of News. When a crisis erupts, she has to confront rivals from within and without, and decide how to report on a story that could bring down the Corporation itself.

A fast-moving satire about the BBC starring Suki Webster, Hal Cruttenden, Sara Pascoe, Liam Williams, Dan Starkey and Phill Jupitus as the Director-General.


The Trench
Tuesday 28th May – Thursday 30th May, 7:30pm
After a sell-out five star run at the Edinburgh Festival Les Enfants Terribles tour the UK with their new award-winning show, The Trench. From the team behind The Terrible Infants, Ernest and the Pale Moon and The Vaudevillains, comes a new play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems as he starts to discover a new, strange world beneath the mud and death. Setting off on an epic journey of salvation, the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur as he questions what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?

‘The overall vision stays with you like a strange, significant dream.’ Times


Voices In Your Head
Friday 31st May, 8pm
Deborah Frances-White’s fringe hit returns to London as a cast of comedic performers go head to head with a disembodied Voice who will interrogate, provoke and cajole them to create comedy mayhem. Previous guests have included Phill Jupitus, Hannibal Buress, Russell Tovey, Mike McShane, Sara Pascoe, Humphrey Ker among many others.

This time the line-up includes Miles Jupp (star of Rev, The Thick Of It & Have I Got News For You) and Thom Tuck (Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee & star of Radio 4’s The Penny Dreadfuls) plus special guests.


For more information, please use the following  contact details:

Pleasance Islington, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London, N7 9EF Box Office 020 7609 1800
By Tube Caledonian Road (5 mins)
By Bus 17, 91, 153, 259, 274, 393, N91 (all 2 mins)
By Rail Caledonian Road & Barnsbury (10 mins)
Kings Cross/ St Pancras International (10 mins by bus)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare at Globe Theatre from 24th May, 2013

 A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play, categorized as a Comedy, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves  Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.

Michelle Terry won the 2011  Olivier Award for her portrayal of  Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court).  Michelle returns to the Globe having previously played the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost (2007).

This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.

The Winslow Boy (Starring Kim Cattrall, written by Tennessee Williams)

Lindsay Posner directs Terence Rattigan’s compelling play, The Winslow Boy, based on a true story of a father’s fight to clear his son’s name when he is expelled after being convicted of theft.

First staged in 1946, the battle between personal principles and conscience plus an impenetrable establishment under the media spotlight makes The Winslow Boy as relevant today as it was then.

The Winslow Boy is an English play from 1946 by Terence Rattigan based on an actual incident in the Edwardian era, which took place at the Royal Naval College, Osborne.

The play’s London premiere in 1946 featured Emlyn Williams, Mona Washbourne, Angela Baddeley, Kathleen Harrison, Frank Cellier, Jack Watling and Clive Morton. It was under the direction of Glen Byam Shaw.

The play’s Broadway premiere in 1947 featured Frank Allenby as Sir Robert, Alan Webb as Arthur Winslow, and Valerie White as Catherine Winslow.

The play was later made into a famous 1948 film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring Robert Donat as Sir Robert Morton KC, Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Arthur Winslow, and Margaret Leighton as Catherine Winslow. A 1999 version, directed by David Mamet, starred Nigel Hawthorne as Arthur Winslow, Jeremy Northam as Morton, and Rebecca Pidgeon as Catherine. The play has also been adapted for television, including a 1990 production starring Gordon Jackson as Arthur Winslow, Ian Richardson as Morton, and Emma Thompson as Catherine.

Book your tickets for The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic Theatre!

Much Ado About Nothing (starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave)

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero.

Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

While young lovers Claudio and Hero threaten to have their imminent nuptials thwarted by the resentful scheming of a Prince, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Vanessa Redgrave) and Benedick (James Earl Jones).

Redgrave and Earl Jones take on these roles for the first time. James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave recently starred in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy both in the West End and on Broadway.


Book tickets for Much Ado About Nothing at Old Vic Theatre!



Dickens’ Great Expectations comes to the Vaudeville Theatre

From 1 February, Graham McLaren’s ‘outstanding’, ‘haunting’ and ‘stunning’ production of Great Expectations comes to the West End for the first time with the beautiful Estella, the terrifying Magwitch, the manipulative Jaggers, the tragic and mysterious Miss Havisham and Pip looking back on his past – a boy with ‘great expectations’.

‘A classic tale, thrillingly re-told for the stage’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS

chronicles the life of an orphan named Pip following his encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch.

As part of the international Charles Dickens bicentenary celebrations, GREAT EXPECTATIONS comes to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for the first time in February 2013.

The popular novel has been repeatedly adapted since its publication 150 years  – the most recent film version starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes – but has never been presented as a full length play in London’s West End or on Broadway.

Book tickets for Great Expectations!

Zoë Wanamaker West End return in Passion Play – Duke of York’s Theatre

Spring 2013 sees multi Oliver Award-winner Zoë Wanamaker make her triumphant return to the West End in Passion Play, Peter Nichols’ celebrated black comedy about love and adultery.

Comfortably married for 25 years, James and Eleanor’s world is upended when James agrees to a secret rendezvous with their recently widowed friend Kate.  Fib by fib, the affair strips the marriage bare and reveals the hidden desires and secret passions that lie beneath our everyday facades.   A glorious meeting of humour, eroticism and duplicity, this triumphant modern classic and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play makes a much-anticipated return to the West End, reuniting Director David Leveaux (Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline and Through a Glass Darkly starring Carey Mulligan) with Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, BBC1’s My Family and most recently seen on stage in All My Sons and National Theatres’ The Cherry Orchard) for the first time since their award-winning collaboration in Electra (Donmar Warehouse).

Book tickets for Passion Play at Duke of York’s Theatre!

Novello Theatre – Mamma Mia! Booking Period Extension

Mamma Mia!  The Musical has been extended from Monday 29 April 2013 to Saturday 26 October 2013 at Novello Theatre, London.

Night after night, audiences are having the time of their lives at MAMMA MIA!. Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny story of love, laughter and friendship has been thrilling London audiences for over 10 years. More recently it became the biggest British hit movie of all time when the three women who created the worldwide stage smash hit adapted it for the silver screen.   Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs, from ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take A Chance On Me’ to ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’, MAMMA MIA!’s enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they last visited 20 years ago…

Over 40 million people worldwide have been dancing in the aisles to this sensational musical, and London is where it all began back in 1999. So who will you bring to experience the joy and exhilaration of MAMMA MIA! with you?

A Chorus Line is to be revived in the London West End

Auditions are underway for a new Broadway musical. For everyone present, it’s the chance of a lifetime. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed of – to have the chance to dance.

Told through captivating song, riveting drama and stunning choreography, the auditionees describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.

Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway, becoming the longest running musical in New York theatre history, breaking records, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critic’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Now for the first time since its award‐winning London season premiered in 1975, the original creators join forces to bring this legendary musical to the world‐famous London Palladium.

Boasting such classics as ‘One (Singular Sensation)’‘What I Did For Love’ and ‘At The Ballet’, A Chorus Line is an iconic musical masterpiece that should not be missed.

 Directed by Bob Avian

Age Limit 10+

Theatre London Palladium

Creative Team Music by Marvin Hamlisch

Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante

Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Conception, Original Direction and Choreography by Michael Bennett

Direction and Original co‐choreography by Bob Avian

Cast No cast has yet been announced for the show

First Preview Saturday 2nd February 2013 7.45pm

Opening Night Tuesday 19th February 2013 7pm

First Midweek Mat. Wednesday 13th February 2012 3pm

Booking Period Until Saturday 13h July 2013 (23 Weeks)

Running Time 2 hours

Performance Times Monday – Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday 3pm

Book tickets for A Chorus Line at London Palladium

New Top Hat Cast Album available to Facebook fans!

Top Hat the Musical have now released an exclusive stream of the new Cast Album on the official Top Hat Facebook page. Available solely to fans who have liked the page, the stream features samples of all 18 tracks from the sensational production. Alongside this, there is a competition to win 1 of 10 signed copies of the album, and a link to pre-order from Amazon and iTunes before it is officially released on August 27th 2012!

This will give all our followers a fantastic first chance listen to all 18 tracks from the show, featuring the outstanding London cast including Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and three time Olivier award nominee Summer Strallen. Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, stunning tap and romantic ballroom, Top Hat is a giddy, glorious celebration of 1930s song and dance that will set the pulse racing.

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Loserville: A new musical by Elliot David and James Bourne

A new musical Loserville which is created by Elliot David and James Bourne at the Garrick Theatre starring Aaron Sidwell, Eliza Hope Bennett, Stewart Clarke, Charlotte Harwood, Richard Lowe, Lil Chris and Daniel Buckley.

Welcome to Loserville! It’s 1971. Michael Dork may be a computer geek but he’s invented something that could change the world.

He’s also discovered GIRLS: a prospect (almost) as exciting as his love of binary.

Holly is THE girl: she has looks and brains and wants to be the first woman in space – well, this is 1971! But will she want Michael?

Eddie wants a fast ride to the top and doesn’t care who gets trampled along the way.

Book tickets for Loserville at Garrick Theatre!

Leia just wants Eddie. Or Eddie’s babies – well, she thinks she does.

Michael, and his sci-fi obsessed, social-misfit friends, Lucas, Francis and Marvin are all set to change the course of history, fashion and dating – in no particular order, but just as soon as possible, especially the dating bit.

Loserville is a new musical written by Elliot Davis and James Bourne (inspired by his Son of Dork album Welcome To Loserville).

Now meet the Class of 1971. This is their story and now it’s a musical.