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

flycatcher

7 Nov - 2 Dec

“Needy.  Spiteful.  Ruthless.  And these are a few of her good points.”

Flycatcher is a darkly comic thriller, which follows a web-woven world, where no one is seen for who they really are:

a curmudgeon’s guide to christmas round robin letters

5 - 23 Dec

A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Christmas Round Robin Letters is adapted by Scott Le Crass from the book The Cat That Could Open The Fridge by Simon Hoggart.  It’s a warm, witty and sometimes weird look at a collection of real life Christmas round robin letters. Think Mrs Merton meets Talking Heads. Simon Hoggart was a political sketch writer, diarist and columnist for The Guardian.

my gay best friend

9 - 27 Jan

Racquell (Louise Jameson) has locked herself in the ladies, furious because her gay best friend Gavin (Nigel Fairs) isn’t there to support her karaoke debut; he’s sitting in a walk-in wardrobe with a yoghurt pot and a turkey baster! A heady mixture of high camp, melancholy and haunting childhood drama.

moments & empty beds

30 Jan - 17 Feb

Award winning company PENNYWORTH PRODUCTIONS present a double bill by critically acclaimed emerging writer Julia Cranney.
MOMENTS | EMPTY BEDS are two funny, frank and touching one-act plays which explore modern loneliness, family tension and missed connections.
★★★★ Fest, Three Weeks, Scottish Daily Mail, Spy In the Stalls, Views From the Gods

foul pages

20 Feb - 17 Mar

Raleigh’s condemned, Shakespeare’s desperate and the Countess of Pembroke has a plan! It’s 1603, and a new play has been commissioned to seduce the King into a merciful mood. FOUL PAGES is a fruity farce is full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare? Think again!
Directed by The Hope Theatre’s award winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker. 

our big love story

20 Mar - 7 Apr

4 teenagers, 1 Teacher, 1 Terror Attack, Post July 2005
5 people’s lives intertwine in OUR BIG LOVE STORY; a tale of faith, prejudice, love & healing looking at radicalisation of young people and the struggle to keep faith in modern Britain.

pig

10 - 28 Apr 2018

Three gay couples explore the boundaries of their relationships in the quest for intimacy. Through emotional domination, sexual submission, compulsion and violence, they delve into the space where lines between love and obsession cease to exist. A provocative account of contemporary sexuality, which asks what love is, and what the lengths we’ll go to get it are.

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