Coming Soon at the New Venture Theatre


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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