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. 

worth a flutter

1 - 19 May

4/1 Matt with a dysfunctional brain, heart and penis. Might need more experience
9/5 F. Paige, who is as shallow as she is devious, the bookies favourite
20/1 Helen, a few skeletons in the closet but has experience
7/2 Sam suffering from a loss/broken marriage but might have enough to take the spoils, safe hands
WORTH A FLUTTER is a dark, hard hitting comedy that covers life, love and loss.

adam & eve

22 May - 9 June

Newlyweds Adam & Eve are moving to the countryside, leaving the city behind for good. But when Adam is suspended from work, they’re forced to question how well they really know each other. Adam & Eve is a startling new play about trust, feminism and the nature of accusations from award-winning Royal Court Young Writer Tim Cook.

precisionism

3 & 4 Jun

1925. New York. A city in lust with drink and drugs, sex and jazz.

When a criminal kingpin vanishes, leaving behind an empire of vice and a tantalisingly damming tale, his top lieutenants must choose – loyalty or power.

cockamamy

12 - 30 Jun

Cockamamy. Adj. Ludicrous. Nonsensical.

Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team. They live together, eat together, watch Countdown together. But for Alice, things have started to become ludicrous. Nonsensical. Winner of the Lustrum Award for Outstanding New Play, Cockamamy is a hilarious, achingly poignant portrayal of what it means to live with dementia.

WORKSHOP: inside the audition process

16 & 23 June and 21 & 28 July

A full and frank investigation of what it’s like from Matthew’s “side of the table” when casting for theatre productions. How does he post a job? What’s he looking for in applications? How best to present yourself and behave at your audition. What makes a good audition ‘chat’? What are the regular, surprising pitfalls made at audition?

ink or swim

22 Jun, 13 Jul & 3 Aug

A brand new play reading event designed to connect new and exciting theatre creatives and develop new writing. In an ever competitive market, finding a nugget of gold early can be the difference between success and failure.

bomb sex

24 & 25 Jun

It’s the 1980s, ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland are at their height. But life goes on and some people just want to get their leg over! An explosive dark comedy examining the relationship between Ireland and England told through those trapped in their own situations. One man. Eight voices.

fat jewels

3 - 21 Jul

A South Yorkshire council estate. Pat’s having strange dreams. He can’t shake them. He’s gone round to Danny’s for a chat and some healthy advice. Lonely and dangerous, Danny insists that what Pat needs is a therapy programme of Danny’s own making, involving cricket bats and trips to the zoo…

bury the hatchet

24 Jul - 11 Aug

Andrew and Abby Borden are found dead in Fall River, Massachusetts on August 4th, 1892.
Their daughter Lizzie is the main suspect.

True crime podcast meets bluegrass musical; a fun feminist reimagining of the Lizzie Borden story.
Winner of People’s Choice Award at VAULT Festival 2018.

medicine

14 Aug - 1 Sept

‘You’ll catch your death out here.’ 

‘Well I’m not here to catch a bus, am I?’ 

One howling night in Northern Ireland, Ma discovers Moira on the edge of Warrenpoint pier, full of cheap whiskey and desperate to end it all…

Is it too late to bring her daughter home?

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