Rent

Wed 26 – Sat 29 Feb • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Community Theatre

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Presented by Not Another Theatre Company

Set in New York’s East Village in the early 90’s, Jonathan Larson’s musical masterpiece follows a year in the life of a group of artists and musicians struggling to survive and create under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking piece of theatre. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon which, 25 years after opening on Broadway, still continues to teach us about life, love, finding your voice and living for today.

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Buzzing

Wed 4 Mar • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Written and performed by Debbie Bird
Directed by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

When did you last feel alive?

Fifty, frumpy and full of inhibitions, newly-divorced Julie is searching for the sex life she once had, declaring: “I’m not ready to be put out to pasture yet!”. Hurling herself into the modern dating scene, Julie shares her experiences with raw humour and engaging honesty, introducing us to the range of characters who help (or hinder) her attempted transition into empowered woman living her life and having that elusive fun.

But what does it take for Julie to truly become herself, and does she have the inner courage? What is required of any man or woman to live their truest life in a world that wants us to settle for ‘fitting in’? Expect tears, truth and revelations aplenty in this warm and witty solo play which made a sparkling Edinburgh Festival debut in 2019, and now tours in this specially-extended version.

“Nothing is off limits in this frank, open, honest and heartfelt story”  Theatre and Arts Review
“Audacious and incredibly relevant”  Three Weeks
“Bird is a brilliant performer…a joy to watch”  The Scotsman

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Aftermirth

Thu 5 Mar • 12pm • Full £10 • Comedy

The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one, so what better way to cope with it than through stand-up comedy! AFTERMIRTH is an adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to.

Each week we’ll have 3 top circuit comedians delivering their usual club routines so the material is mature and sweary with the odd birth story flash-back…. The only difference is it’s during the day. Babies under 18 months are welcome, but please don’t bring older toddlers because they tend to heckle!

This special afternoon gig has reduced amplification and a dimmed room so no one will notice those red eyes from sleepless nights. You’re encouraged to bottle, breast or Haribo feed and you can walk about or shake Mittens the Special Rabbit in order to soothe your offspring and no one will moan or mutter if your little one cries or screams.
The gig is also open to parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grans, carers, in fact anyone who needs some afternoon comedy and doesn’t mind some cute babies in attendance.

AFTERMIRTH is lovingly curated and compered by Angie Belcher, and will recur throughout the Rondo’s Spring Season.

Please note! There’s limited space, so ditch the buggy and bring a sling if you can. 

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Jess Fostekew: Hench

Thu 5 Mar • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Comedy

Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat but funny.
In preview, Hench was nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
You’ve seen Jess in BBC sitcoms Motherland and Cuckoo and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls.
She’s also in forthcoming feature films: Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets and Michael Winterbottom’s Greed. She writes for 8 out of 10 Cats.
Best Show Dave Comedy Award Nominee 2019
“She finds a new fiercely funny strain of comedy that’s her own”
“Consistently hilarious” Fest
“Wears her smarts on her sleeve, great” Guardian

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Fagin?

Fri 6 Mar • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Kick In The Head Productions
Written by Simon Downing

Dickens failed to provide a backstory to Fagin, so who was he and who was the real man that Dickens based his character on?

Join Fagin reviews his situation during his final night in prison before being hanged. As madness envelops him, he is ‘visited’ by some old acquaintances. Find out who he really was and how he ended up as one of the
best known, yet unknown, of Dickens’ characters.

“This powerful new play gives a fresh twist on Dicken’s criminal Fagin.”  

Think you know Fagin? Think again.

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Jamali Maddix: Strip Club Einstein

Sat 8 Mar • 8pm • Full £13 Concs £11 • Comedy

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Vice’s Hate Thy Neighbour and Channel 4’s Adventures in Futureland, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour again after his incredible 2018 World Tour. The new show reflects on tales from the front line of social change and uncomfortable home truths.
As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats (More4), Dara O’Brien’s Go 8-Bit (Dave).

“Something to offend everyone” ★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★ Chortle
★★★★ Fest

18+ Age restriction

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Dirty Bath

Wed 11 – Sat 14 Mar • 8pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by the Natural Theatre Company

The City of Bath has been famed since the beginning of time (or since a man and some pigs stumbled across it) for its healing waters, beautiful Georgian architecture and wholesome countryside surroundings. The Romans loved it, the Georgians couldn’t get enough, and modern-day pleasure seekers are still flocking to the city by the coachload to take in its rich history and… well, its Christmas Market.

Little do they know that, behind its beige façade, Bath is hiding a past that it is riddled with tales of debauchery, villainy and depravity. The Natural Theatre Company invite you to join them on a voyage through Bath’s murkier waters as they throw a light on the less virtuous aspects of the city’s history. It won’t be plain sailing, but it will be very, very funny.

Trigger warning: this show will NOT feature Jane Austen.

The Natural Theatre Company have been making people laugh for 50 years. An award-winning interactive theatre company born and bred in Bath; they produce delightfully comic, charmingly absurd performances guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.

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Stephen Bailey: Can’t Be Bothered

Wed 18 Mar • 7:30pm • Full £15 Concs £11 • Comedy

Proudly Presented by Phil McIntyre Live Ltd

“An outrageous, hilarious hour of comedy. Stephen Bailey is a superstar in the making”.  British Comedy Guide

Stephen Bailey has made a name for himself for being a little gossip – but this year he’s grown up and decided to have a conversation with you (but a funny one – he’s still Channel 5’s darling) – about everything that is going on in the world.
Host of Channel 5’s Celebs on the Farm and off of shows such as ITV’s Coronation Street, ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, BBC2’s Live at the Apollo & The Apprentice: You’re Fired, it’s been a very big year for Stephen, he’s even bought a new microwave.
He’s the best mate you want to chat to at the pub and he thinks the world has gone mad. This show is bit of storytelling, some inappropriate anecdotes and more sincerity than he’s ever dared have! What more do you want? He’s basically Holly Willoughby.
Trigger warning – he does NOT mention Brexit. The government don’t know what to say so he certainly doesn’t. Radio 4 listeners still welcome.

“Stephen’s show was hilarious from the first line, and for the whole performance I don’t think a single joke died”   Voice Magazine
★★★★★ – Voice Magazine, Fringe Guru, One4Review
★★★★ – Sunday Express, The Herald, The Skinny, Scotsgay

16+ Age Guidance

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Ex-Batts and Broilers

Thu 19 Mar • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

By Haste Theatre

Gail and Gemma are two delightful chickens in a cage, discovering life as it comes. Join them on a touching, egg-citing and cut-throat journey through friendship and chickenhood. Heroically saved by Jimmy from battery and broiler farms, watch them compete for your affections, and decide on your favourite to vote out of the cage to pastures new!! A refreshingly light-hearted and unexpectedly moving story of female friendship and industrial meat farming told through dark comedy, clown, physical storytelling and live music. Haste is a multi-award winning, all female, physical theatre company and this is their fifth, original, devised show.

★★★★★ “Genuinely can’t remember the last time I laughed so much” Stagedoor
★★★★★ “A show so ridiculous shouldn’t be so moving – but it is” London Box Office

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Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Fri 20 Mar • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Written and Performed by Mark Farrelly
Directed by Linda Marlowe

Fresh from its Off-Broadway debut and milestone 100th performance, Mark Farrelly’s hugely acclaimed solo play comes to The Rondo.

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for his refusal to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day. Naked Hope is a glorious, uplifting celebration of the urgent necessity for all of us to be our true selves.

Mark Farrelly’s West End credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly. He is directed by EastEnders star Linda Marlowe (Berkoff’s Women).

★★★★ “Brilliant”  Time Out
★★★★ “A masterclass”  Broadway Baby 
★★★★ Metro
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ British Theatre Guide

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