CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
Part two of The Divide - an extraordinary new work by one of the UK's greatest storytellers, Alan Ayckbourn. The Divide is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly examines a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection. A century from now, England has been decimated by a deadly contagion. Contact between men and women is fatal. They are forcibly separated by a divide. Men wear white as a mark of their purity and women - still infected -wear black as a sign of their sin. Brother and sister Elihu and Soween grow up in a small town devastated by disease, learning the ways of the closely monitored society around them. But when Elihu falls for the daughter of two radical mothers, he risks not only fatal disease but also igniting a bloody revolution. Spread across two separate Parts, The Divide is a hugely engaging and constantly surprising story of a society that segregates - but is still recognisable. It is a vastly ambitious project, teeming with richly imagined detail that recounts the work of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and even Nigel Kneale's Quatermass films. Performers Lucy Briggs-Owen (Hork), Jake Davies (Elihu), Buffy Davis (Older Soween), Erin Doherty (Soween), Thusitha Jayasundera (Kest), Richard Katz (Rudgrin), Joanne McGuinness (Axi), Sophie Melville (Sassa), Clare Lawrence Moody (Desollia), Weruche Opia (Giella), Martin Quinn (Fergo), Letty Thomas (Grosh), Flinty Williams (Chayza). AuthorAlan Ayckbourn.ProducerOld Vic.DirectorAnnabel Bolton.MusicChristopher Nightingale (songs).LightingDavid Plater.SoundBobby Aitkin.DesignLaura Hopkins.