Coming Soon at the New Venture Theatre


Friday 21 April - Saturday 29 April

Studio Theatre

A double bill of One Act Plays

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Hughie by Eugene O'Neill

directed by Dan Walker

New York is on the cusp of the Great Depression; in its seedy underbelly, small-time gambler Erie is crawling back into his hotel after days of drunken mourning. The Night-Clerk would rather be somewhere – and someone – else, but to his horror he finds that Erie has many tales to tell about his lost buddy. ‘Hughie’ is Eugene O'Neill's completely honest exploration of a friendship between two people, one of whom is an inveterate liar, and the struggle to make new connections when we feel alone.

The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard

directed by Mary Allen

The Real Inspector Hound is a wildly funny, surreal comedy.  The action is set in a theatre, where it’s the first night of an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. The play is watched by two critics, who make ponderous - and very funny - pronouncements about it.  A character is killed.  Inspector Hound comes onstage to try and solve the mystery.  Gradually the critics are drawn into the action, with catastrophic consequences.  Only at the end do we learn who is the Real Inspector Hound.

Thursday 18 May - Saturday 27 May

Theatre Upstairs

Lulu by Frank Wedekind

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directed by Scott Roberts

“Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.” Friedrich Nietzsche

A brand new adaptation of Frank Wedekind's seminal classic.  This controversial German play was originally written in 1895 and at the time considered so depraved that the writer's own publisher refused to release the last two acts.  There have been dozens of interpretations since, including a silent movie and an opera.

The story follows the life of a passionate young woman whose true nature - one of sexual candour and freedom - leads her on a journey into the moral hypocrisy of bourgeois society and, ultimately, to her tragic destruction.

In a world where a sexual predator can be elected President, there is no better time to highlight this new breed of misogyny, and the double standards confident women face every day.

Friday 16 June - Saturday 24 June

Studio Theatre

Proof by David Auburn

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directed by Claire Lewis

One of the most acclaimed American plays of the century.

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a young woman who has cared solely for her brilliant, but unstable father, Robert, must deal not only with his death, but with the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s.

As Catherine confronts Hal’s affections and Claire’s plans for her life, she struggles to solve the most perplexing problem of all.  How much of her father’s illness – or genius – will she inherit?

Friday 21 July - Saturday 29 July

Theatre Upstairs

Short Play Festival

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A selection of quality new writing over six new and diverse plays.

Six new writers were selected to each produce a 15-20 minute long play.  Michelle Donkin, Sarah Charsley, Amy Onyett, Charly Sommers, Sam Chittenden and Nick Richards were all guided through an editorial process by two experienced and professional writers and when their plays had reached the required standard they were passed on to six selected first time directors.  Erica Fletcher, Sabrina Giles, James Macauley, Jeremy Crow, Emmie Spencer and Tom Slater-Hyndman were also offered support from experienced colleagues as they worked with actors to bring these plays to the stage.   All the writers, directors and their mentors have strong connections with the New Venture Theatre.



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