her aching heart

writer: BRYONY LAVERY / director: MATTHEW PARKER / composer: IAN BRANDON
29 Nov - 23 Dec 2016
7.45pm
£15/£12
Tues to Sat. No shows Sun & Mon

Part of our GOTHIC SEASON; Autumn/Winter 2016

A bodice-ripping musical full of gothic silliness and sapphic tomfoolery

EXTRA SHOW ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND. THURS 22 DEC AT 2.30PM. 

Grab a bonnet, lace up your corset, and prepare to swoon, as this tongue-in-cheek musical whirlwind parodies the best in bodice-ripping romance. Innocent maidens and haughty aristocrats ardently pursue each other through a tempestuous, gothic landscape, replete with murder, elopement and heaving bosoms a-plenty as two heartbroken women jump between the pages of the same bonk-busting paperback – and play all the parts between them!

“Oh what a day! Oh what a wind of hope blows through the echoing corridors of my breast! Rattling at the knobs and knockers of the doors to my dry and dusty emotions!”

★★★★★ “Totally irresistible” Musical Theatre Review
★★★★★ “Superb gothic silliness” West End Wilma
★★★★★ “Silly, challenging and touching” Carn’s Theatre Passion
★★★★★ “A feel-good hit” Female Arts
★★★★★ “Riotous rom-com romp” Grumpy Gay Critic
★★★★★ “Downright hilarious” Views From The Gods
★★★★★ “Fantastic” London Box Office
★★★★★ “Exceptional theatre” IThankyou Theatre
★★★★★ “Imaginative and hilarious” Planet Nation
★★★★★ “Funny, frisky, frantic, fabulous“ Art Speak, Soho Radio
★★★★ “Such glorious heart” Jonathan Baz
★★★★ “Hysterically funny” Plays To See
★★★★ “Funny, slick, risque & racy” London Theatre1
★★★★ “Brilliant” The Upcoming
★★★★ “Unmissable” Broadway World
★★★★ “Excellent” Everything Theatre
★★★★ “Go see it!” The Spy In The Stalls
★★★★ “Tremendous fun“ Boyz Magazine
★★★★  “Belly laughs and clever wit” Islington Gazette
★★★★  “Bonkbusting success” Stage Review
★★★★  “A magnificent revival” Pocket Sized Theatre
PLUS 3 Off West End Award nominations.

Bryony Lavery’s wonderful pastiche of the Mills and Boon genre is joyfully peppered with torch songs and is revived at The Hope Theatre in a 25th Anniversary production, featuring original music by Ian Brandon (Notes From My Shelf, Big Bruvva, On Our Street) and directed by Matthew Parker; The Hope’s Off West End award-nominated Artistic Director.

Writer: BRYONY LAVERY
Director: MATTHEW PARKER
Composer: IAN BRANDON
Designer: RACHAEL RYAN
Lighting: TOM KITNEY
Sound: PAUL FREEMAN

Harriet: COLETTE EATON
Molly: NAOMI TODD

Photo credit: Roy Tan

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.

WORKSHOP: inside the audition process

23 June & 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?

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…

0 days without crying

8, 9, 15 & 16 Jul

Goblin. Troll. Pathetic. These are some of the ways Jess describes herself. This 50-minute solo tragicomedy follows Jess over the course of three months as she makes ill-advised and embarrassing attempts to “love” herself. It’s rip-your-heart-out-sad and wet-yourself-funny, and for anyone who’s ever looked in the mirror and wanted to vom.

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.

route

29 - 30 Jul
Having parents that migrated on the Windrush in 1948 from Jamaica, a young British black girl finds herself embarking on a journey of self discovery in a mirrored experience of isolation during her time at a predominantly white middle-class university. ROUTE originated from verbatim and poetry, playing with the journey of self acceptance and the meaning of home.

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?

clown, clown and pigeon: the lamentable comed-ilogy

19 - 20 Aug

‘Clown, Clown and Pigeon’ proudly present their biggest (second) production to date! The Tragic Comed-ilogy sees them tackle three stories from Ovid’s metamorphoses, with the promise that they will not burn the theatre down… again. There will be romance, gore, but most importantly there will be NO PIGEONS!

the dog / the cat

4 - 22 Sept

From Brendan Cowell (Star of Yerma) and Lally Katz One of Australia’s finest playwriters comes THE DOG / THE CAT, a hilarious reinvention of the rom-com for the stage in a way that is completely beguiling and very, very funny.

and then they came for me

9 & 10 Sept

What happens after The Diary of Anne Frank ends…a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg with live actors recreating scenes from their lives as teenagers. Ed was Anne’s first boyfriend.  Eva lived across from Anne in Amsterdam.

the lesson

25 Sept - 13 Oct

When an enthusiastic young student arrives at The Professor’s house for her lesson, she is wide-eyed and ready to learn. But no amount of studying can prepare her for the odyssey that lies ahead. This unflinching and dreamlike comedy-drama from the leading French absurdist Eugene Ionesco bursts on to The Hope Theatre stage this autumn under the direction of its award-winning Artistic Director, Matthew Parker.

jericho’s rose

16 Oct - 3 Nov

London. Tel-Aviv. Paris. Baghdad. English. Hebrew. French. Arabic. Two writers. Two generations. Searching for home.

This innovative and beautiful show invites the audience on a breathtaking journey into the past and present. Fusing new writing, movement, live music and loop pedalled sound to create a unique tapestry of fragmented memories.

gilded butterflies

6 - 24 Nov

A 6ft x 9ft cell in Florida, USA. A young woman, Maggie, prepares for the end but is she alone?
Based on real events, witness how the human spirit can stretch in order to survive in this new play about the glimmers of hope, even in the darkest of hours.

head-rot holiday

27 Nov - 22 Dec

In a special 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).

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