Coming Soon at the New Venture Theatre
Some Recent Productions
Thursday 07 December - Saturday 16 December
The Messiah by Patrick Barlow
"Ridiculously funny yet gloriously exhilarating” wrote the Guardian about the National Theatre of Brent’s efforts to enact the entire Christmas story. Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God, and many, many more are all performed by the self admiring Desmond Olivier Dingle (Artistic Director, Auteur, Master Thespian) and his entire company of one - the helpful (but not always) and willing (but not always) Raymond. All spasmodically accompanied by the wayward Mrs Flowers, opera singer.
An inspired satire that sends up theatre’s epic pretensions and yet can still evoke the momentous.
Friday 19 January - Saturday 27 January
True West by Sam Shepard
Austin, a successful screenwriter, is working on a movie project for a Hollywood producer, Saul, while house sitting for his mother who is vacationing in Alaska. When his estranged older brother Lee, a drunken petty thief, unexpectedly arrives to stay, the two engage in a lethal battle of wills. Sam Shepard remains one of the most celebrated, prolific and important playwrights of his generation. A coruscatingly funny and violent portrayal of sibling rivalry, True West stands at the forefront of his outstanding body of work.
Friday 16 February - Saturday 24 February
Our Lady of Sligo by Sebastian Barry
From her room in a Dublin cancer ward, Mai looks back across her tempestuous life - her disastrous marriage, the loss of her child, the alcoholism and the hoped-for Ireland that lost its way in all the politics of division. She does so, however, without the least self-pity but rather with a savage quick humour, sparing no-one but the idolised Dada and the motherly Maria, both long-dead, whom she conjures from within her morphine-troubled mind. This is a fast-moving play full of humour, love and the most tender, heart-breaking pathos.