Upcoming Shows

Ghosts

A Poignant Period Drama by Henrik Ibsen, newly adapted by Richard Eyre

4th - 9th June 2018


"I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts… and we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us”

Helene Alving is determined to escape the ghosts of her past having spent her life in an emotional void following the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She resolves to tell her son the truth of his father and achieve the emotional freedom she yearns for. But have the sins of the father become the sins of the son and will some ghosts ever be laid to rest?

A fresh, powerful adaptation of a classic story about duty, family, deceit and liberation.

 

Booking opens 14th May 2018

Barnaby - New spaces, familiar faces.

Come join us for an evening of classic theatre with a twist. Delve into hidden areas of the theatre as we take the action off stage and produce scenes from classic theatre in new and unexpected spaces. As you journey through the theatre you will come across pop-up performance vignettes. These mini-dramas will be closely connected to spaces often overlooked in the theatre. From dressing room to fly gallery, walk around MADS Little Theatre and enjoy a different type of drama.

 

Please note this production will require you to walk round the theatre including staircases and may involve standing to watch some parts.

Contains some strong language

Private Lives

A Classic Comedy by Noël Coward

10th – 15thSeptember 2018

“Beast, brute, swine, cad, beast, beast, brute, devil…”

Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with their new spouses, meet by chance, rekindling the old spark, and impulsively elope. It’s not long however before their fiery romance reignites intense passion, veering between love and anger. A uniquely humorous play where strong emotions and stronger personalities set the stage for a highly entertaining battle of the sexes.

 

Booking opens 20 August 2018

The Real Inspector Hound / The Fifteen Minute Hamlet

A Pair of Comedies by Tom Stoppard

18th – 20th October 2018

Two drama critics arrive to watch the performance of a new detective play, a parody of the conventional stage thriller. However the private lives of the critics become inextricably mixed with those of the play's characters. And just who is the real Inspector Hound?

The most famous and best loved lines from Shakespeare's play condensed into a hilarious thirteen minute version taking place at an abridged Elsinore Castle; followed by an encore - a two minute version!

 

Booking opens 1 October 2018 (Not included in Season Ticket)

Gaslight

A Suspenseful Thriller by Patrick Hamilton

3rd – 8thDecember 2018

“I may be going mad, but if I am mad you have to treat me gently.”

In Victorian, fog-bound London Bella Manningham is troubled; her husband frequently and inexplicably disappears from the house refusing to tell her why; she alone hears footsteps in the empty apartment above; and the gaslight in the room dims but no one else can see it. Is she truly going insane, or is there something more sinister at work? This classic thriller will leave you gripped to the last.

 

Booking opens 12 November 2018

Nicholas Nickleby

A Comical Heartfelt Drama adapted from Charles Dickens’ timeless novel by Jonathan Holloway

11th – 16thMarch 2019

“How can you capture the sympathies of the audience unless you have a small man, fighting against a bigger one”

One of the best loved of Dickens’ classics features some of his most memorable characters. Expect virtuous heroes, kindly heroines, dastardly uncles, cruel school masters, dithering mothers and altruistic strangers as Nicholas ventures out into the world to find his fortune and ultimately reunite his family.

 

Booking opens 18 February 2019

The God of Carnage

A Chaotic Comedy by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton

29th April – 4thMay 2019

“Morally, you're supposed to overcome your impulses, but there are times you don't want to overcome them.”

What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse – much worse. Incisive observations, acerbic wit and shrewd humour abound in this sharp-edged play.

 

Booking opens 8 April 2019

The Cripple of Inishmaan

A Dark Comedy by Martin McDonagh

17th – 22nd June 2019

“If he had a nice personality you'd say all well and good, but all Billy has is he goes around staring at cows.”

On the remote Irish island of Inishmaan, where the biggest news concerns the fate of farm animals, word arrives that a Hollywood director is coming to the neighbouring island to film his next picture. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of daily life; mostly spent staring at cows. A strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling.

Booking opens 27 May 2019