“This venue is quickly shaping up as one of the most exciting ones amongst the London pub theatres!” - RemoteGoat
The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham is going strong in its second year and launching a special Early Summer and Edinburgh Fringe Preview Season this June to early August.
The season begins with a series of one-week-runs:
· Weird Sisters Theatre Company presents Airswimming by Charlotte Jones, directed by Stephanie Goodfellow
Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th June (Edinburgh Preview). Shortlisted for the Broadway Baby Bobby Award 2016. 1924: Persephone Baker finds herself abandoned at St Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane with only 'unhinged, cigar-smoking, monomaniac transsexual' Dora Kitson to keep her company.
· SISATA presents Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - adapted & directed by Charmaine K Parkin
Tuesday 28th June to Saturday 2nd July. Four actors play multiple roles in what is an enigmatic and fast paced telling of virtue, love and injustice, but above all the impact of this on the human condition.
· Heckcelsior presents Hardcross written & directed by Dominika Visy
Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th July. When Rodney Hardcross’ death is announced, his children reluctantly gather, however, before his testament can be revealed, Rodney has one final request that outrages everyone.
· Goblin Baby Theatre Co. presents Alone Inside the Box monologues by Connor Patrick Carroll, Liam Patrick Harrison, Tessa Hart, Tom Jensen, Sian Rowland, Judy Upton & Naomi Westerman
Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th July. From comedy to tragedy, from abstract to literal, these are thought-provoking stories of characters, sometimes stuck in an actual box, sometimes in a metaphorical one, sometimes both.
Continuing events around the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (after the multiple 5 star reviewed hit-revival of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in our last season), this season Shakespeare’s women get a say!Elicit Theatre Company presents A Merry Regiment Of Women by Rae Shirley from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th July in which Lady Macbeth assembles five of Shakespeare’s most well-known female characters, however, events do not go according to plan, as three of his popular male characters arrive to shake things up; and from 2nd to 6th August Shark Eat Muffin Theatre Company presents their Edinburgh preview of Best Intentions, featuring modern adaptations of two pivotal, but often overlooked, women in Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet”.
The season also features a lot of exciting one-off Edinburgh Fringe Previews, such as Maxine Jones’ Now We Are 60 (June 26th), musical family show Babar the Little Elephant (July 4th), award-winning comedy duo Ellis & Rose (July 28th), Maddy Anholt’s Rent Girl (July 30th) and many more! From Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st July in particular the theatre is hosting a week dedicated to Edinburgh Previews, with several shows per day. For the complete line-up seewww.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/edinburgh-previews
Other events include Rock Paper Scissors’ highly topical With or Without EU (June 20th), Solace Women’s Aid’s charity comedy night Stand Up 4 Women (July 3rd); and Green Curtain Theatre Company’s Traitors, Cads & Cowards about the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising.
The in-house Playwrights Circle is back again as well on Mondays 27th June and 25th July and on Saturday 18th June thetheatre invites everyone along to their Season Launch Party, a fun and free opportunity to meet the Bread & RosesTheatre team and mingle with companies involved in the upcoming season (including a free drink per person).
“We’ve got an awful lot going on over a short period of time in the next couple of months and are really looking forward to the summertime. Last season we had a major technical upgrade, mainly funded by donations, and it’s really exciting to see the theatre’s steadily continuing growth and the support for it.” – Artistic Director Tessa Hart
“The pub downstairs has also just undergone a major refurbishment. We are so pleased to have our theatre above a beautifully refurbished pub that is still as charming as ever and better than it’s ever been before.” – Managing Director Rebecca Pryle