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Orange Tree Theatre : Winter Solstice

Christmas Eve.

Bettina and her husband Albert aren't happy.

Bettina's mother is staying for the holidays.

Which is awkward.

Not least because Bettina's mother met a man on the train.

And now she's invited him around for drinks... Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through the UK premiere of 's razor-sharp comedy.

Previous plays include and both presented by .Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany and one of the country's most exciting original voices, with productions of his work worldwide in over 40 countries."ATC produces work that inspires me to reconsider what a play can be and what theatre can do. Magical."

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

Jan-Feb
12-11
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Weir

by Conor McPherson, directed by Harry Medawar

An isolated rural bar in a farmhouse in the West of Ireland. The regulars drift in from the cold and the wind outside for the company and an evening drink or two. Each has his own reason to be there. They discuss the weather and what they did during the day, and they tell stories of the ghosts and fairies and angels that abound in the Irish countryside.

However, this night will be different because among them is a stranger, who also has a story to tell...

Richly atmospheric and wonderfully funny, Conor McPherson's unforgettable play is a modern classic and has won multiple awards in Britain, Ireland and the United States.

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Mary Wallace Theatre

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Richmond Shakespeare Society

January
21-28
   

Teddington Theatre Club : A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

By Tennessee Williams

Passionate. Electric. Unsettling. A timeless theatrical masterpiece With no money, no job and nowhere else to go, Blanche arrives in rundown New Orleans to visit her sister. Here she comes face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. A turbulent and violent confrontation ensues between the traditional values of Blanche's upbringing and the rough-edged, aggressive, new world. One of the finest plays of the 20th century, Streetcar takes us on a journey to a tragic and explosive climax.

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  • Performance times: Sunday 4pm, weekdays 7.45pm
  • Ticket prices: £12.00 & £14.00
  • Box office: Telephone: 0845 838 7529 (10am - 8pm) or www.ttc-boxoffice.org.uk

Venue

Hampton Hill Theater

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Teddington Theatre Club

Jan-Feb
29-4
   
A Streetcar Named Desire

Orange Tree Theatre : Twelfth Night

Bruised egos, broken hearts and drunken relatives.

Gender and class politics combine to create fizzing tensions and fraught encounters.

Get tangled up in Shakespeare's darkest comedy.

Playing in under 90 minutes, 6 actors bring Shakespeare's feisty language to life in a fast-paced and intimate production.

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

March
18-25
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : THE HISTORY OF CARDENIO

by William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor directed by Gerald Baker for Cutpurse

The UK premiere of the most authentic vision of the lost Shakespeare play The History of Cardenio. Leading scholar Gary Taylor has made a lively, credible, theatrically viable reconstruction of Shakespeare and Fletcher's 1612 play. Close to the poetry and passion of late Shakespeare and restoring the comic subplot, his script has the feel, breadth and variety of a real Shakespeare (and Fletcher) play. This production will be as close as any of us will ever come to a new Shakespeare play.

Cardenio loves Lucinda. When he tells his friend Fernando about her, Fernando loves Lucinda too. But Fernando is already as good as married to Violenta, a farmer's daughter. So, to marry Lucinda, Fernando must be doubly false and betray the two people who are dearest to him. One will come close to death, another will go mad.

Quesada, the old schoolmaster, has read too many stories of chivalry and determines to become a wandering knight. With his houseboy, Sancho, as his squire, he madly takes to the road to kill dragons and save damsels.

Everyone meets in the mountains: there will be confrontations, absolutions: but will everyone come out happy? Will everyone come out sane?

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

March
18-25
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts, directed by Susan Conte

As summer guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde play, artistic temperaments ignite to reveal a more entertaining drama behind the scenes. Romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of personal happiness take centre stage in The Seagull, the first of Chekhov's great works.

Torben Betts has created a radically funny new version of this classic and the play becomes a fresh, free-flying adaptation. It will break your heart but rock you with laughter.

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Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

April
22-29