foul pages

writer: ROBIN HOOPER / director: MATTHEW PARKER
20 Feb - 17 Mar
7.45pm
£15/£12
Tues to Sat only

“We’re going to get it up the arse by the new King of England…
Thank God we rehearsed.”

It’s 1603, the plague is ravaging London, scattering the court to the rural countryside of Wiltshire and disrupting the coronation celebrations of King James I. In this outrageous comedy, while actors rehearse, despite backstage squabbles and sexual politics, Shakespeare and the Countess of Pembroke struggle with the rewrites of ‘As You Like it’ which must appeal to the new king’s merciful nature and seduce him into releasing the condemned Sir Walter Raleigh. A rollicking romp full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare?… Think again!

Following five critically acclaimed and award-winning in-house productions, The Hope Theatre (Fringe Theatre of the Year nominee, The Stage Awards 2016) presents the world premiere of FOUL PAGES by Robin Hooper (Ex Literary Manager of the Royal Court and Paines Plough). Directed by Matthew Parker; The Hope’s Off West End award-winning Artistic Director, it follows Matthew’s hugely successful ★★★★★ productions of LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR (winner of 2 Off West End Awards; transferred to West End 2015), SEA LIFE (4 Off West End Award nominations), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Winner of 2 Break A Leg Critics Choice Awards inc Best Off West End Production), HER ACHING HEART (Best Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards and 3 Off West End Award nominations) and BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE (2 Off West End Award nominations and 3 Break A Leg Nominations).

Praise for Matthew Parker’s previous in-house productions at The Hope:
★★★★★ “Silly, challenging and touching”  Carn’s Theatre Passion on Her Aching Heart
★★★★★ “Riotous rom-com romp” Grumpy Gay Critic on Her Aching Heart
★★★★★
“This is pure theatre!” IThankyou Theatre on Brimstone & Treacle
★★★★★ “Uniquely brilliant” Views From The Gods on Steel Magnolias
★★★★★ “Heartwarming and funny” West End Wilma on Steel Magnolias
★★★★★ “Utterly fantastic from start to finish” London Theatre1 on Sea Life

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts approximately 90mins without interval and contains strobe lighting, strong language, partial nudity and sexual themes. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. 

LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm. 

Refunds are not available. In extreme circumstances tickets purchased may be exchanged for another performance if adequate written notice is provided. 

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booking:
telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)