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. 

head-rot holiday

27 Nov - 22 Dec

In a secure hospital for the ‘criminally insane’, three women prepare for the Christmas disco and ask: ‘in such a topsy-turvy world, who are you to say that I’m insane?’ An irreverent dark comedy from one of the most important feminist voices of her generation, Sarah Daniels (Masterpieces, The Gut Girls).

alternativity

9, 10, 16 & 17 Dec - ALL SOLD OUT

It’s Christmas in Billericay. The boys are back from uni, Mum’s been on the
wine and Dad’s dozing off when there’s a knock at the door… This is a very
untraditional EsseXmas story.

in conversation with graham norton

8 - 26 Jan 2019

Mark has a problem. Mark has so much to say. Mark has nobody to talk to. Mark is 17 and lonely. Mark has a photo of Graham Norton. Graham knows how to listen. Graham knows what questions to ask. Graham looks kind. Graham won’t judge. Graham is just a photo.

the ruffian on the stair

29 Jan - 16 Feb 2019

The heart is situated just below this badge on my pullover. Don’t miss, will you?

Joyce spends her days alone while Mike is out at work. One day she has a visitor. Incest, murder, homosexuality and goldfish prove a tasty mix in Joe Orton’s classic comedy of menace and goldfish in a new revival from the award-winning Hope Theatre team.

little echoes

19 Feb - 9 Mar 2019

London: Now, Last year, Next year. A young girl meets her idol and disappears. Shajenthran’s brother has acid thrown in his face, and Shaj is out for revenge. June is a fixer for the super wealthy but her latest task is a step too far. A kaleidoscopic tale of loss, grief and loneliness in our dangerous, modern world.

the grenfell project

12 - 30 Mar 2019

THE GRENFELL PROJECT is a devised verbatim theatre piece investigating issues surrounding the fire of June 2017. It’s a collective demonstration of the issues shown at Grenfell through powerful spoken word, physical theatre and interview re-enactments. Experience the loss, heartbreak and controversy more than a year on.

grav

17, 18, 24 & 25 Mar 2019

Gareth J Bale reprises the role of ‘Grav’ in this remarkable one-man show exploring the life and times of one of Wales’ most loved sons, Ray Gravell.

Whether you are a Rugby fan or not, only the hardest of hearts would fail to enjoy this production…

thrill me: the leopold & loeb story

2 - 20 Apr 2019

Relationships can be murder!
Chicago, 1924. Richard Loeb is obsessed with crime. Nathan Leopold is obsessed with Richard. Together they forge a pact signed in blood. They become the Thrill Killers.
From award winning writer Stephen Dolginoff and award winning director Matthew Parker comes this thrilling and dark, true crime musical.

uncle vanya

23 Apr - 11 May 2019

Tales Retold presents Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. An abridged version based on Brendan Murray’s adaptation directed by James Stone. When Vanya’s brother-in-law returns to the family home, his new wife becomes an unwitting, destabilising influence. A passionate crescendo of domestic turbulence ensues, plunging the estate into a bitter existential crisis.

testament

14 May - 1 Jun 2019

In the beginning God created the heavens and earth and… Max! After a car crash, Max questions what happened to Tess. Answers appear as apparitions of biblical characters, aiding Max in his discovery or tempting him away. His only hope of recovery lies in the hands of his brother Chris.

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