Following their smash-hit success with a fresh take on Patience,
"the masters of G&S in small spaces" (CNJ) celebrate their ten
year anniversary with a brand new 'Hammer Horror' production of
Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore or The Witch's Curse. The
most celebrated writers of comic opera's quirky spoof on
melodrama, with mad damsels, villainous barons and a picture
gallery of ghosts, is given a spark of electricity and plenty of
punch in the way that only CCO can do. Expect "a sparklingly
fresh package of pathos, foolery and high-class music
making" (Opera Now), as well as the unexpected.
A stalwart of London's off-west-end, Charles Court Opera
have been producing opera, music theatre and pantomime in
London and on tour for 10 years, garnering rave reviews in the
national press, described as "a must-see" by The Telegraph,
and winning Broadwayworld's "Funniest show of the year" last
season for their 'Boutique Panto' at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. Featuring a first-rate cast of nine CCO favourites, this special
anniversary production is not to be missed.
"wickedly funny" THE GUARDIAN
on HMS Pinafore
18 February - 14 March
After huge success in Dublin, Cape Town, Brighton and
Edinburgh, and a sell-out Summer season at The King's Head
in August, the sexy South African returns for a limited season
The play is a edgy, fast paced and visceral exploration of male
sexuality. It follows three intertwining story lines: an acting
instructor as he coaches a young student through the delivery of
Shakespearian Sonnets, childhood friends discovering sex
and sexuality, and a couple who have grown apart sexually.
“This beautiful play is an engrossing insight into two gay men
and how their relationship develops from school children with
the twists and turns that puberty and lust create.”
The British Theatre Guide
“Between ranks as one of the best theatre experiences I’ve ever
had, and one I could not stop discussing for hours after.”
24 January - 14 March
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Join Frank Goldenboy and his two children, Paris and Antwerp, in a time-travelling romp back to 1731. Re-live the 1980s through references to kids' television, experience echoes of classic Carry On movies and sing along to a melee of chart hits from back in the day as Frank attempts to follow his dream of becoming a highwayman.
15 February - 15 March
Following a critically received and a near sell out run at the 2014 Edinburgh festival, In your face are proud to revive “Trainspotting” the 21st anniversary production of Harry Gibson's adaptation; of Irvine Welsh’s cult generation defining novel for an exclusive run of performances.
17 March - 11 April
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first publication of Oscar Wilde's seminal novel, Another Soup are bringing their award-winning immersive new musical to the King's Head Theatre. Having debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe alongside a new immersive version of the classic Sweeney Todd tale, Another Soup are now flinging their doors open wide to a waiting London audience.
22 March - 12 April
A man, a tape recorder and thirty years of pain, frustration and deep seated insecurity.‘One’ is a middle age man still trying to come to terms with his crippling insecurity, the residue of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted and idolized teacher. An articulate and well-read man, he has gone through every form of therapy to relieve himself of the daily anxiety but none of it has worked, because he doesn’t trust anyone with his secret.
22 March - 12 April
In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London, to visit US troops, and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping. Granted special permission to use Eleanor's writings, Alison Skilbeck's one-woman show explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.
14 April - 9 May
17 April - 6 June
The World Stage Premiere of the Equal-Sequel to Richard O’Brien’s world-famous THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. With music by Richard Hartley and lyrics by Richard O’Brien add to that Jim Sharman’s original book, now adapted for the stage by Tom Crowley, the laughs – and shocks – come thick and fast.
Hot on the tail of their 10 year anniversary Ruddigore, Charles Court Opera "the masters of G&S in small spaces" (CNJ) present this special treat for CCO and King's Head opera fans - a one act comedy from Bolton Rowe and Sullivan, set in a tumultuous London Zoo, with a suicidal chemist and a Peer in disguise, and Gilbert and Sullivan's parody of the British judicial system. Both are given a CCO treatment that will leave your sides splitting as you roll down the aisle.
19 April- 10 May
The Glee Club Award Winning Writer Richard Cameron’s tough new play takes an uncompromising look at love and violence in a shattered community, with The Flannelettes providing a bitter sweet sound track of sixties soul.
13 May - 6 June
Cracking Up Productions presents 'Not a Game for Boys' by Simon Block. Once a week three cabbies seek small respite from their daily lives in a local table tennis league. Tonight they must win or face the unthinkable oblivion of relegation but can the team survive the pressures on its individual members?
10 June - 4 July
When two nice ladies from the Hampshire Womens’ Institute, Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels, decide to campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution and to improve conditions for Working Girls, brash, witty Portsmouth Brothel Madame, Holly Spencer, contacts them. Holly has the ‘perfect brothel’ that these WI ladies could be looking for. Her tidy brothel is health and safety checked and the Police and Town Councillors know they are there – ‘They’re our best customers!’ quips Holly.
28 March - 9 April
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