The next few weeks at The Crescent
Crescent Theatre Productions
Nick Dear’s 2011 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel is a thrilling, deeply disturbing gothic tale.
Cast out into a hostile world, meeting cruelty wherever he goes, Frankenstein’s creature – childlike in innocence, grotesque in form – learns the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase and finally, how to lie. A moving exploration of scientific responsibility and of the very nature of good and evil.
Edmundson’s compelling drama deals with an episode in the early life of Mary Shelley. Exploring her meeting and elopement, aged 16, with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the consequences for her dysfunctional family – particularly her father, radical philosopher William Godwin. The play examines key issues of early 19th century society and provides a context for her writing of the remarkable 'Frankenstein'.
Agatha Christie’s most celebrated courtroom drama. In this 1953 classic, Leonard Vole stands trial for the murder of his wealthy, elderly benefactress. His innocence seems clear - until his wife takes the stand. Typical Christie ingenuity ensures even further twists in a plot already laden with suspense.
A lively evening of acoustic music of all types and styles including folk, pop, jazz, rock 'n' roll, soul and even light classical.
As one of the greatest icons of Jazz, vocalist Ella Fitzgerald had a unique sound that embodies the sound of Jazz music. Her influence on jazz singing and her journey to become one of the most important jazz female singers is one of dedication to her craft and the art of music. Jazz vocalist Annette Gregory and her band will be celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald. She will be reflecting on Ella's early career, moving through the decades and the various songbook albums that Ella created.
Set in 1896, 'Blue Stockings' charts the formidable and often harrowing struggles of a small group of women at Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women.
The horrors and futility of war are brilliantly captured in the intensely moving Not About Heroes.
The Crescent Theatre's very own folk festival.
Ballet Theatre UK
Join Ballet Theatre UK with their passionate and innovative recreation of the world's greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet.
As the nation celebrates 400 years of William Shakespeare's legacy, Ballet Theatre UK create a new production to tell the tragic tale fo star-crossed lovers with astonishing grace and herat-breaking intimacy.
During the opulent Capulet's ball our lovers meet, sparking a fateful series of events. We follow the young couple as they experience the greatest of romances to their tragic final embrace.
A rare performance of Schoenberg's seminal, disturbing and hugely influential music theatre masterpiece "Pierrot Lunaire", performed by students from the Birmingham Conservatiore and directed by Julian Jacobson, whose connection with the piece dates back to the 1970s. The performance will be complemented by students from the jazz department.
Alive and Brel
The finest songs from the iconic master of the modern chanson, Jacques Brel, come to life when this trio of singers perform their cabaret revue, 'Alive and Brel'. Brel's songs, famed for their emotional power and ironic wit, have been recorded by international stars ranging from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie. After sold-out performances in Hereford, Bristol and Cheltenham, 'Alive and Brel' is bringing these songs, laced with dark and passionate observations which paint a tableau of imperfect humanity, to the intimate setting of the Crescent Studio Theatre.
Final Call Productions
And There Was War is a Biblical narrative that is deeply entrenched in the concepts of the immense controversy between good and evil.
Direct from Viva Blackpool - A Celebraton Of The Amazing Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
Hurn Davey Productions
To celebrate over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, James Hurn – a talented actor and impressionist – will be performing three classic episodes of Hancock’s half hour, voicing the entire cast.
Sunday afternoon at home
The 13th of the series
The missing page
James will be performing the episodes in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.
The original recordings were performed by Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams. With a fabulous array of colourful characters James Hurn is one man, many voices. Don’t miss him!
"Utterly Masterful and quite quite superb" Jon Culshaw - impressionist
"You have Tony Hancock's pitch and tone so much better than I" Kevin McNally - Actor
"Absolutely Marvellous, you have such an outstanding talent" Neil Pearson - actor and producer of The Missing Hancocks.
Lying Lips Theatre Company
Inspired by the true story of Delfina and Maria de Jesús González known as "Las Poquianchis", two sisters owners of a Mexican brothel, who killed prostitutes they recruited and became the world's most infamous sibling serial killers in history.
For many people Le Nozze Di Figaro is the quintessential, perfect opera.