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

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alternativity

9, 10, 16 & 17 Dec

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
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8 - 26 Jan 2019

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19 Feb - 9 Mar 2019

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