Shakespeare’s classic tragedy – set in a pub.
Landlord Mr Lear announces his retirement. He must divide his pub – The Kingdom – between his daughters. Mr Lear imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. In so doing he unleashes a tide of pent-up frustration and jealousy.
WHY? Physical theatre, clowning and vibrant storytelling combine in this hilarious and heart breaking adaptation
£14 (£12 conc)
An encore screening from The Bridge Theatre in London. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
WHY? Directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Ben Wishaw and Michelle Fairley
A live screening from the Royal Opera House (Wednesday). Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Verdi’s opera on Shakespeare’s tragedy. Macbeth sees Verdi at his most theatrical – it bristles with demonic energy.
WHY? Conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series.
David Benson and Jack Lane present favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of vocal impersonation! Based on the classic BBC sitcom by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.
WHY? ‘Benson and Lane’s impersonations are peerless, the show an absolute treat from start to finish. Wonderful stuff!’ Daily Mail
£17 (£15 conc)
Join Hardeep as he gives his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick witted patter’ ★★★★ The Skinny.
Hardeep is a BBC Radio 4 favourite, BAFTA winner and regular on BBC1’s Question Time, This Week and Daily Politics. His new show had a critically acclaimed run to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
WHY? ‘Immensely Funny’ Daily Express
In 1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated. Why? A misunderstanding or order of the King? We don’t know. But this modern play offers an insight. The assassins retreated to Knaresborough Castle and spent a year there under siege.
A baudy, irreverent comedy of the blackest variety.
WHY? Historical drama for the Tarantino generation!
£14 (£12 conc)
Please note this production contains adult themes and strong language.
Grammy Award winning singer Jacqui Dankworth is joined by an all star line-up.
They are: award winning composer and jazz pianist David Gordon; Ben Davis, whose group Basquiat Strings have been Mercury-nominated; and Christian Garrick, widely recognised as the UK’s leading jazz violinist. They perform seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal.
WHY? 'The most expressive voice of her generation' The Observer
£16 (£14 conc)
Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.
A handpicked selection of bespoke theatre workshops for keen amateur actors, students and semi-professionals. All sessions are practical in nature and encourage meeting new like-minded friends and potential colleagues. Topics this season include The Audition Process, Improvisation and Filthy Shakespeare.
Tues 9 Jan – 20 Mar (exc 13 Feb)
8.30pm – 10pm
£8 per class or £72 for 10 week course
9 Jan - Pantomime
16 Jan – Armed Combat
23 Jan – The Audition Process
30 Jan – Slapstick Comedy
06 Feb – Improvisation
20 Feb – Vocal Technique
27 Feb – Devising 1 (objects as inspiration)
06 Mar – Devising 2 (music as inspiration)
13 Mar – Filthy Shakespeare
20 Mar – Acting for Camera
Suitable for 18+ years.
Norden Lights led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.
Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!
Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!
Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you’ll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.
Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.
Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or performance.
'I started with Troublemaker at 10yrs old, although acting wasn't for me but offered many opportunities. From that followed a scholarship to drama school and many jobs, of which Troublemaker are still always a key part of interview chat. I continue to wear their t shirts with much respect and love. Please ask me back soon' Hilary Williamson, Head of Stage at Young Vic Theatre
£67 per term
School Year 2 & 3
Photography credit Luminous Photography.