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Theatre Schedule Spring 2008

With Critic Michael Billington 

We have a varied and exciting lineup of theatre productions for the spring semester theatre class.  Click the title links below to find out more about the plays, their authors, the cast, and other aspects of each production.

Students are expected to make their own way to the theatre on the night of a performance; please arrive 30 minutes before the show is to begin. Latecomers are usually not admitted to performances.  In most cases, you will have your ticket already, but if you need to get your ticket from Jim or John, it's imperative that you not arrive late.  If you are delayed, we will leave your ticket at the ticket desk under the name "Penn."

You can find directions to the various playhouses by visiting their websites via the links below.  In most cases, the theatres are a short walk from a Tube station, but leave enough time in your schedule to accommodate delays in the Underground or the bus. 

When time allows, we will gather post-performance for refreshments, and to discuss upcoming events, excursions, and activities.

Spring 2008


Jan 15      The Woman Hater at Orange Tree Theatre 7:30 PM.  Amazingly, this is the world premiere of a play written in1802, by the great novelist Fanny Burney.  Allow plenty of time to get to Richmond Station, which you can access via the District Line on the Tube, or (faster) via Southwest Trains (from Waterloo toward Reading or Shepperton).  Students living in Hampstead could also take the Overground from West Hampstead directly to Richmond. The theatre is very close to the station.   Please buy the program for this production, as it will be used in class. 


Jan 22       Let There Be Love at the Tricycle.   8:00 PM.  This is a new play by the award-winning playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah.  Tickets will be available for us at the theatre, which is a few blocks south of the Kilburn station on the Jubilee Line (or a few blocks north of Kilburn Park on the Bakerloo.)  General Admission -- so arrive by 7:30 for a good seat. 


Jan 29      The Vertical Hour at the Royal Court   7:30 PM (downstairs, in the Jerwood).  This play by the renowned David Hare was seen on Broadway last year. 


Feb  5       The President's Holiday at Hampstead Theatre.  7:30 PM.  This is a new play by Penny Gold, about the abortive Soviet coup of 1991.  The theatre is very near the Swiss Cottage stop on the Jubilee Line.


Feb 12       Reading Week -- no play


Feb 19     Scarborough at the Royal Court (upstairs).  A new play about teacher-pupil relationships.  Let us hope it is instructive!


Feb 26    The Homecoming at the Almeida.  7:30 PM.  One of the great, classic plays by one of Britain's several recent Nobel Prize winners, Harold Pinter.  First performed in 1965, then North London -- which is also the locatin of the Almeida Theatre.  Allow some time to get there, as it is a good 10-minute walk from the nearestd=1543">Lyttelton

Dec 4        The Seagull at the New London Theatre

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January 16: Ghosts at the Gate Theatre 7:30 pm

January 23: Antony and Cleopatra at the Novello Theatre

January 30: The History Boys at the Wyndhams Theatre

February 6: The Seagull at Royal Court 7:30 pm

February 13: Reading week (no theatre)

February 19: Ramayana at the Lyric Hammersmith 7:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE--this is a MONDAY Performance)

February 27: The Tempest at the Novello Theatre

March 6: The King of Hearts at Hampstead Theatre 7:30 pm

March 13: The Entertainer at Old Vic  7:30 pm

March 20: Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Round House 7:30 pm

Fall 2006

Sept 26: Piano/Forte at the Royal Court 7:30 pm

Oct 3:  Galileo at the Olivier (National Theatre) 7:30 pm 

Oct 10:  The Alchemist at the Olivier (National Theatre) 7:30 pm

Oct 17:  Caroline, or Change at the Lyttelton (National Theatre)  7:30 pm

Oct 24: Metamorphosis at the Lyric Hammersmith (Lyric)         7:30 pm

Oct 31:  A Moon For The Misbegotten at the Old Vic  7:30 pm

Nov 7: Reading Week 

Nov 14:  Orestes at the Tricycle  7:30 pm 

Nov 21:  Drunk Enough To Say I Love You at the Royal Court 7:30 pm

Nov 28:  Whipping It Up at the Bush 8:00 pm  NO RESERVED SEATS; DOORS OPEN AT 7:30.

Dec 5:   The Glass Room at Hampstead Theatre 7:30 pm