Theatre

 

 

Richard Wilson's recent directorial work in theatre includes (click for more information):

 

Rainbow Kiss

East_Coast_Chicken_Supper

The_Woman_Before

Playing_the_Victim

Under_the_Whaleback

A_Day_in_Dull_Armour/Graffiti

Where_Do_We_Live

Nightingale_and_Chase

I_Just_Stopped_By_to_See_the_Man

Mr_Kolpert

Toast

Four

Four_Knights_in_Knaresborough

Tom_and_Clem

Simply_Disconnected

The_Lodger

Women_Laughing

Imagine_Drowning

Inspector_Calls

A_Wholly_Healthy_Glasgow

 

 


 

Rainbow Kiss (Royal Court)

By Simon Farquhar

Synopsis

In his Aberdeen flat, a young man stakes everything on a one-night stand. But does she give a fuck?
RAINBOW KISS is a play about life in the Granite City, a world where work is meaningless and emasculating, where drink an drugs are the only painkillers, and where cheap sex can cost you everything.
This is Simon Farquhar's first play for the Royal Court.

 

 

COMING SOON !!!!!!

JERWOOD THEATRE UPSTAIRS

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

 

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East Coast Chicken Supper (Traverse)

By Martin J Taylor

Synopsis

In a small Fife town, something's cooking in the cottage at the end of the estate. Gibby's back from London and he's got some explaining to do. AWOL for over a year from the small business selling drugs that he and his childhood friends Fred and Stew set up, Gibby has no idea what he's been missing out on, just as his pals have no idea what he's been up to. With the whisky in, the drugs out and the chicken stir-fry on, the boys do their best to get to the bottom of things. But time's running out and the clock's ticking on this small cottage industry. Will this fraught reunion end up a final fling? Where cookery and cocaine meet, East Coast Chicken Supper is a vibrant, humorous look at young enterprise in modern Scotland.

 

 

"What's striking... is the sheer energy and inventiveness with which Taylor spins out his variations on this single comic idea"

Joyce McMillan

The Scotsman

 

 

Awards

Best Newcomer at the inaugral The List and Writers' Guild Awards.

Reviews

Edinburgh-festivals.com

Other Links

www.doollee.com

 


The Woman Before (Royal Court)

By Roland Shimmelfenwick

Synopsis

Synopsis to follow.

 

 

 

"Nigel Lindsay is beautifully bemused and tempted as Frank, while Saskia Reeves is very clever casting as the wife"

Paul Taylor

Independent

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

independent.co.uk

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Playing the Victim (Royal Court/Traverse/tour)

By

Synopsis

A young man drops out of University and goes to the police.
He's done nothing wrong, he just wants a job.
He gets one.
Playing the victim in murder reconstructions.
Maybe by getting close to death he can manage to cheat his own?

From the writers of the acclaimed hit Terrorism ("What is startling is the surreal humour that these two brothers bring to their task" The Guardian) comes a superb, unsettling, and shocking new work, where philosophy collides with farce.

In this unique show, the skill and tradition of Britain's leading home for new writing will be fused with the theatrical, anarchic spirit of 'Britain's barmiest theatre ensemble'.

 

 

"The company's spontaneity, eccentric theatricality and unexpected ways of opposing language and image - will make itself manifest at the Traverse"

Brian Logan

The Guardian

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

Brian Logan Preview

Other Links

www.toldby.dircon.co.uk

 


Under the Whaleback (Royal Court)

By Richard Bean

Synopsis

The life of Darrel Ascough, a Hull trawlerman, is played out in three acts in the crew's quarters of a distant water trawler: First, at sixteen, Darrel is a deckie learner on the Kingston Jet. Here he meets Hull's "one man circus" Cassidy, and is introduced to his legacy. On the James Joyce, and as a young but skilled trawlerman, Darrel is the only survivor when the trawler capsizes when heavy with ice. In the final act, on the heritage museum ship the Arctic Kestrel, Darrel meets the confused and rootless youth Pat, and is forced to address the meaning of his legacy and his true heritage.

 

 

 

"The Royal Court has found another winner in Richard Bean and, with the help of director Richard Wilson, there is a real period feel "

Phillip Fisher

The British Theatre Guide

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.curtainup.com

www.britishtheatreguide.info

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A Day in Dull Armour/Graffiti (Royal Court)

By Richard Leighton/Chloe Moss

Synopsis

Synopsis to follow.

 

 

 

"…Chloe Moss's 50-minute play, A Day in Dull Armour, depicts a nasty case of assault, it is remarkable for the restraint and subtlety with which she vividly characterises two ill-suited fantasists who are drawn together by loneliness and similar personality traits. …

 

A six-minute curtain-raiser, Graffiti, by 15-year-old Richard Leighton, delves into the world of schoolboy bullying and briskly displays signs of real theatrical talent "

The Evening Standard

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.royalcourttheatre.com

www.britishtheatreguide.info

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Where Do We Live (Royal Court)

By Christopher Shinn

Synopsis
In an apartment in lower Manhattan, Stephen spends most of his time writing, looking out of his window and noticing his neighbours. He knows that the black family across the hall survive off benefits and drugs, but now there seem to be more mysterious comings and goings from their apartment. Across town his friend Patricia, works part-time in a bar where she serves right-leaning stockbrokers looking for the next break in the market. A political argument blows up when Stephen's boyfriend Tyler chats up white trash Billy in a club and brings him back to Stephen's party.

Set in a post-September 11 world, this searching play asks to what extent is New York's liberal multicultural society under threat and how much should we care about the state in which our neighbours live.

 

 

 

"As in his other plays Where Do We Live, reveals an author with a genuine concern for important social and personal issues. "

A Curtain Up Review

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.royalcourttheatre.com

www.britishtheatreguide.info

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Nightingale and Chase (Royal Court)

By Zinnie Harris

Synopsis

"Played this game. Inside, with the other girls. The 'he is going to meet you' game. The he is going to meet you with flowers game. The he is going to turn up in a limo game. The he is going to bring champagne game. The he is going to cover you in kisses, or cum, or bloody Belgian chocolate, doesn't matter but when you walk out of those gates. He is going to be there, that is the game."

Chase is waiting to be released from prison. And Nightingale is there to meet her. Everything is under control, and they're both going to get it right. This time.

 

 

"Harris's play certainly shows how the odds are stacked against the newly released female prisoner. "

Michael Billington

The Guardian

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.royalcourttheatre.com

www.guardian.co.uk

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I Just Stopped By to See the Man (Royal Court)

By Stephen Jeffreys

Synopsis

Jesse Davidson, last of the Delta blues singers, died fourteen years ago. But legends continue to surround him - like the story about him selling his soul to the devil so that he could play guitar. And the story that he isn't dead at all. When an English rock band hits town, their leader comes looking for the truth and triggers a confrontation of mythic proportions.

 

 

"Stephen Jeffrey's new play I Just Stopped by to See the Man is a rare pleasure "

Lizzie Loveridge

A Curtain Up Review

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.albemarle-london.com

www.curtainup.com

 

Other Links

 

 

 


Mr Kolpert (Royal Court)

By

Synopsis

Synopsis to follow.

 

 

 

"Director Richard Wilson, well known as an actor and comedian, knows what makes audiences laugh and nurtures the sense of the ridiculous. "

Lizzie Loveridge

A Curtain Up Review

 

 

Awards

Richard won the TMA Best Director Award in 2000

Reviews

www.curtainup.com

Other Links

www.royalcourttheatre.com

 

 


Toast (Royal Court)

By Richard Bean

Synopsis

Seven men come together to bake enough bread to feed the population of Hull. It's just another Sunday. Nellie's so worn down from a lifetime making dough, he loses his vest in the mix. First, Owen Man's on a promise. The ovens are cranked up and running, and the wholemeal's pleasingly big going in. But there's a spanner in the works which threatens bread production in Hull for good, and life as they know it for the men on the shift.

 

 

 

"The story had me on the edge of my seat, and as the shadow of death haunts the comedy, one begins increasingly to admire the generosity and richness of Bean’s vision "

The Daily Telegraph

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.royalcourttheatre.com

www.cix.co.uk/~shutters

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Four (Royal Court)

By Christopher Shinn

Synopsis

Synopsis to follow.

 

 

 

"A faltering dance of attraction and repulsion… Ambiguities abound in Mr. Shinn’s world of blurred sexual and ethnic identities...a smart, broken-hearted play. "

Ben Brantley

New York Times

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.curtainup.com

Other Links

www.royalcourttheatre.com

 

 


Four Knights in Knaresborough (Tricycle at the New Vic)

By Paul Webb

Synopsis

Synopsis to follow.

 

 

 

"This is an amazing first play with great ambition and scope "

Phillip Fisher

British Theatre Guide

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.britishtheatreguide.info

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Tom and Clem (West End/tour)

By Stephen Churchett

Synopsis

It's the mid 1940's and Britain's Prime Minister, Clement Atlee, is in negotiations regarding the future of Europe after the Second World War, and Tom Driberg, the radical Labour MP is threatening to cause problems....
Michael Gambon plays Tom Driberg, the radical Labour MP, and Alec McCowen plays Clement Atlee, the Prime Minister.

 

 

"With stunning performances from Gambon and McCowen, Tom and Clem proves to be a winner"

The Times

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.albemarle-london.com

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Simply Disconnected (Chichester)

By Simon Gray

Synopsis

Synopsis to follow.

 

 

 

"Bates – under the direction of Richard Wilson – never remotely begins to bore "

Financial Times

 

 

Awards

 

Reviews

www.cix.co.uk/~shutters

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The Lodger (Hampstead Theatre/Royal Exchange, Manchester)

By Simon Burke

Synopsis

Somewhere in the bleak anonymity of suburbia, Andrew Wise has a room to let. When the enigmatic Lois turns up an awkward bargain is struck which leads them into a brutal, tender and darkly comic relationship.

 

 

 

"'Simon Burke, a television playwright, makes his theatre debut with this harsh, edgy, indignant play....Richard Wilson directs with a remorseless sense of tension.

"

John Peter

The Sunday Times

 

 

Awards

first prize in the 1992 Mobil Playwriting Competition

Reviews

 

Other Links

www.royalexchange.co.uk

 


Women Laughing (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Royal Court)

By Michael Wall

Synopsis

Couples Colin and Stephanie, and Tony and Maddy meet for dinner al fresco. In the garden the husbands make awkward attempts at men's talk but are disconcerted by raucous women's laughter from indoors. What is the reason for such hilarity? We soon discover things are not as they seem. There is a disturbing secret about the men. The plot unfolds with a surprise twist, as the men's anguish is exposed with hilarious dialogue and dark humour, culminating in a wild musical comedy finale. Studio

 

 

"shows what the theatre lost when Wall died last year aged 45...Richard Wilson's meticulously toned production responds superbly to the cruelty of the writing as well as to its compassion, and the acting has the shocking eloquence of picture postcards in acid.

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John Peter

The Sunday Times

 

 

Awards

winner of the Manchester Evening News Best Play and Writers’ Guild Award for Regional Theatre

Reviews

 

Other Links

www.royalexchange.co.uk

 

 


Imagine Drowning (Hampstead Theatre).

By Terry Johnson

Synopsis

Imagine your husband
disappearing without trace.

Imagine walking on the moon.

Imagine never walking.

Imagine Drowning.

 

A journalist disappears while covering a protest at Sellafield. When his wife sets out to find him two weeks later, she stays at the same guesthouse and encounters the same bizarre collection of characters including the wife of a mass murderer, an ex-astronaut beach bum and a wheel-chair bound activist.

 

 

 

"A highly entertaining evening of dark and bilious comedy, mystery and suspense "

The Sunday Times

 

 

Awards

Richard won the John Whiting Award

Reviews

www.geocities.com

Other Links

 

 


Inspector Calls

By J B Priestly

Synopsis

Written at the end of the Second World War, and set before the First, An Inspector Calls is a brilliantly compelling and haunting thriller. It is also one of the country's most popular plays which, in Stephen Daldry's superb production, has now been hailed by The Daily Mail as a modern "masterpiece."

When Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the properous Birling family, his startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives, but challenge us all to examine our consciences

 

 

"...Seeing it again, it is clear that this was the defining production of the 1990s, a work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency... "

The Daily Telegraph

 

 


A Wholly Healthy Glasgow

By Iain Heggie

Synopsis

In the award-winning A Wholly Healthy Glasgow, smooth operator Charley Hood and seedy masseur Donald Dick's scams at the Spartan Health Club are jeopardised by the arrival of an idealistic new instructor who aims for a wholly healthy Glasgow.

 

 

 

"The funniest play I have seen for months"

The Times

 

 

Awards

Mobil Prize Winner

Reviews

www.methuen.co.uk

Other Links

www.royalexchange.co.uk

 

 

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