“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 has another exciting and diverse season lined up this summer and autumn as it is heading towards the end of itssecond year.
We continue our series of productions commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, after multiple 5 star reviews in earlier seasons, thisseason the long established Festival Players present a three-week-run of the Bard’s most famous play, Hamlet (27th September to 15th October). Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring the excitement of this great thriller; intrigue, ghostly visitations, passion, a play-within-a play, a gripping duel, and humour, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced 2-hour production. Earlier in the season Fentiman Productions also present Will’s Will by Sharon Jennings (9th to 11th August) featuring Shakespeare's last will and testament, interrupted by his family, friends, colleagues and characters.
Other highlights include LUXE bringing their UK premiere of Pablo Picasso’s Desire Caught by the Tail (17th to 20th August), a rarely produced play about misery, discomfort, anguish, hunger and passion which is caught in the impossibility of its fulfilment. One week runs this season are: Knock Knock by Floyd Toulet (23rd to 27th August), a surprising, powerful and unsettling play which takes you on a journey deep into a mind broken by the past; Bourne West Productions’ Ruby by Jonathan Stephenson (30th August to 3rd September), a story in which a woman’s past and present collide in one evening;The Lettuce Dream Theatre Company’s Our Baby by Eleonora Fusco (6th to 10th September), an eerie tragicomedy set in contemporary times; KamTheatre London’s Gallows Rope by Mamet Leigh (13th to 17th September), capturing the struggles of solitary existence in the overpopulated London in the 21st century; and the London premiere of Wanting the Moon by Rose Collis (18th to 24th September), inspired by real events in the life of Clemence Dane - author, artist and Oscar-winning screenwriter - asked by Noel Coward to revive her acting career and play the famous role he once created for her: the eccentric medium ‘Madame Arcati’ inBlithe Spirit.
As always the season also features a selection of shorter runs and one-off performances including devised piece Don’t Turn the Lights on (11th to 13thAugust), a scratch performance of Sorry, I Killed Your Cat (14th August), black comedy Thelma and Louise - and Karen (21st & 22nd August), a rehearsed reading of new musical The Curse of Love (11th & 12th September), one-woman-show Before Ariel (22nd to 24th September), improvisational shows Nighthawks (4th September & 2nd October) and C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation (9th October) as well as new writing night Spiral (16th to 18thOctober).
Furthermore, the theatre continues its support for playwrights through the Playwrights Circle (26th September) as well as the launch of The Bread &Roses Playwriting Award 2016 on which further details will be announced later in August.
On Saturday 6th August the theatre invites also everyone along to their Season Launch Party, an opportunity to meet the team and mingle with companies involved in the upcoming season, and on Monday 5th September there will be another Bread & Roses Networking Event, for those interested in bringing their work to the venue.
“We’ve started introducing regular afternoon and late-night slots into our programming this season, which means we can program more work and use our space even more efficiently.” – Artistic Director Tessa Hart
“This year so far has been extremely exciting for the theatre and the pub, proving to be one of the finest art hubs in the SW London area.” – Managing Director Rebecca Pryle