Coming Soon at the New Venture Theatre
Some Recent Productions
Friday 10 November - Saturday 18 November
Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill
Anna was sent by her Swedish seafaring father to live with cousins in Minnesota where she was badly abused. She escaped and wrote to her father telling him it’s time to help her. They are reconciled, but whilst on her father’s barge they come across a shipwrecked sailor Matt Burke and she falls in love. Dare she tell them the truth and risk everything?
O’Neill’s Pulitzer winning play is about love and forgiveness, charting one woman’s longing to forget the dark secrets of her past and hope for salvation.
*** PLEASE BE AWARE THAT A SMOKE MACHINE IS IN USE THROUGHOUT THE PERFORMANCE, AND THAT SMOKING TAKES PLACE ON STAGE. ***
Thursday 07 December - Saturday 16 December
The Messiah by Patrick Barlow
"Ridiculously funny yet gloriously exhilarating” wrote the Guardian about the National Theatre of Brent’s efforts to enact the entire Christmas story. Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God, and many, many more are all performed by the self admiring Desmond Olivier Dingle (Artistic Director, Auteur, Master Thespian) and his entire company of one - the helpful (but not always) and willing (but not always) Raymond. All spasmodically accompanied by the wayward Mrs Flowers, opera singer.
An inspired satire that sends up theatre’s epic pretensions and yet can still evoke the momentous.
Friday 19 January - Saturday 27 January
True West by Sam Shepard
Austin, a successful screenwriter, is working on a movie project for a Hollywood producer, Saul, while house sitting for his mother who is vacationing in Alaska. When his estranged older brother Lee, a drunken petty thief, unexpectedly arrives to stay, the two engage in a lethal battle of wills. Sam Shepard remains one of the most celebrated, prolific and important playwrights of his generation. A coruscatingly funny and violent portrayal of sibling rivalry, True West stands at the forefront of his outstanding body of work.