Next Stage continues its fourth successful season with Frank Marcus' The Killing of Sister George - a classic portrayal of female loneliness and self-destruction. June is "bumped off" her starring role in radio soap-opera and dumped on the scrap heap of children's TV as a comic cow. A powerful tale with a true poetic quality.
Two of Next Stage's leading talents - Michael Taylor and Joanna Bowman - lead a strong production of this poignant and gently humorous love strong of the Oxford don/author C.S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman through to the tragic, yet spiritually uplifting ending.
A huge challenge for any company, six of Next Stage's finest actors will be presenting Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden in a delightful feast of vintage Ayckbourn. The trilogy of plays explores the events of one weekend as the unfortunate Norman wreaks a trail of havoc through an ordered family life. Set in different parts of the family home the plays give tantalising insights as to events unfolding throughout a Saturday and Sunday in the different rooms and between the different protagonists.
Next Stage produces this brilliant and disturbing modern masterpiece. David Dunn returns in another challenging leading role as Dysart, the child psychiatrist who is equally incapable of solving his own inadequacy or helping a boy cope with the impotency that led him to blind 6 horses. Innovative staging with the horse masks from the 1973 National Theatre production.
Private Lives is, possibly, the best known and loved of Noel Coward's plays. The leading parts of Elyot and Amanda were originally created by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence abd their chemically charged portrayal of these two lovers made Private Lives an overnight success.