the lesson

writer: EUGENE IONESCO (translation: DONALD WATSON) / director: MATTHEW PARKER
25 Sept - 13 Oct
7.45pm
£15/12
Tues to Sat only. No show Sun/Mon.

“Note this carefully, and remember it ‘till the day you die…”

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 bursts on to The Hope Theatre stage this autumn under the direction of its award-winning Artistic Director, Matthew Parker

More than 50 years since its UK premiere , Eugene Ionesco’s dark comic-drama still packs one hell of a punch. The French playwright’s radical views on education, life and death are laced through this funny, disturbing and gripping look at the tyrannical nature of power, the dangers of enforced education and how words can be used as weapons. With broad comedy jutting up against scenes of horror, THE LESSON is a theatrical experience you will never forget.

Reviews of this show: –

★★★★★ “A first-class, riveting revival. Highly recommended” Act Drop
★★★★★ “Gripping… A masterclass in absurdity” The Review Chap
★★★★★ “Theatrically wonderful… Another stunner from The Hope” IThankyou Theatre
★★★★★ “A great play and an incredible experience” National Student Magazine
★★★★★ “I strongly recommend this eternally relevant play” Theatre Box Blog
★★★★ “A watertight new production by director Matthew Parker” The Stage
★★★★ “Gripping… A high-grade lesson in theatre making” Spy In The Stalls
★★★★ “Unmissable opportunity to see absurdist classic done well” British Theatre
★★★★ “Moments of sheer brilliance.” London Pub Theatres
★★★★ “Packs an almighty punch” Close Up Culture
★★★★ “From peculiar to downright disturbing” Breaking The Fourth Wall
★★★★ “A breath of icy, harsh air. Highly recommended” Unity Arts London
★★★★ “Matthew Parker’s clever new production of Ionesco’s play” Broadway World UK
★★★★  “A dramatic, concordant production.. Vicious and playful” Miro Magazine
★★★★ “Gruesome, accessible and highly accomplished” Views From The Gods

Nominated for 4 Off West End Awards

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 70mins without interval and contains scenes of violence. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. 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 and exchanges are not available.

starved

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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

the house of yes

8-26 Oct

There’s a storm brewing at the Pascal family home. Jackie-O is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Twin brother Marty’s headed home bringing a surprise. Younger brother Anthony only has one thing on his mind. And mother’s self-medicating (again). Let the games begin!
The award-winning Hope Theatre team present a rare revival of this deliciously dark comic-drama about a family living in the shadow of the Kennedy clan.

booking:
telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)