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

cuttings

4 - 22 June

YouTuber turned actor Arthur Moses wins an Olivier Award, and goes onto drunkenly deliver the most offensive, outrageous and profanity laden speech in the ceremony’s history.
His publicists have quite a morning ahead of them.
CUTTINGS is a satirical look at fandom, fame and being ‘sorry’ in the 21st Century.

the censor

25 Jun - 13 Jul

Female-led RoundPeg Theatre brings Anthony Neilson’s controversial play to London for the first time in 15 years. A female pornographer comes face to face with a censor – the man whose job it is to determine whether her work can see the light of day.

A tender, graphic exploration into sex, pleasure and taboo.

*a great big sigh*

7 & 8 July

The world outside is (probably) falling apart. Walter has no friends and Tina desperately wants to survive: nothing could possibly be spookier. In this riotous comedy we see these two strangers trapped with nothing but a few clues they must solve together in order to escape this flabbin’ heckin’ basement!

starved

16 July - 3 Aug

Lad and Lass are on the run. They’re squatting in a bedsit on one of Hull’s roughest estates and living hand to mouth on a diet of roll-ups, vodka and Cup-a-Soup. Caged by circumstance and warped by their own toxic relationship, will they ever be able to escape and survive?

river in the sky

6 - 24 Aug

Jack and Ellie wanted a family. Then one day, they lost their child and their reality changed forever. Whilst one hides in a caravan, the other visits them and together they tell each other magnificent stories. But will these stories spiral them further into grief or somehow bring them back? 

blood orange

11 & 12 Aug

When fiercely independent female doctor Amy receives a case of a boy with cancer, it propels her back to her childhood and past traumas. She’s confronted by her loss and wants her career to provide the answer, but is it time to take a great leap and fight her demons?

it’s a playception

8 & 9 Sept

Elise and Sirenna have written a play! They have nabbed a great space! They have secured financial backing! They have written a marketing blurb!

They are still not taken seriously.

A play about two women writing a play about two women writing a play about two women writing a play.

call me fury

17 Sept - 5 Oct

“The fire of fear is the only flame that burns bright.”

CALL ME FURY is about The Salem Witch Trials. Sort of. A feral scream of rage, this play is a commentary about sexual politics and feminism today – set to live folk music.

Like a spell: a good spell.” Lyn Gardner

booking:
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