The Story of Christmas

Thu 12 Dec – Sun 23 Dec •  Prices Vary • Professional Theatre

By Ian McGlynn

The Story of Christmas is long and complicated and hotly debated by serious historians. Luckily, this Yuletide, you can experience the short, simple and seriously funny version! 

The Rondo presents a family Christmas show packed full of songs, jokes, silliness and Festive frivolity, as we take a rip-roaring comedy ride through history to look at the weird and wonderful origins of some of our barmy Christmas traditions – and meet some of the whacky characters who invented them! 

So come along to The Rondo this Christmas and celebrate mistletoe, mince pies, turkey, presents, tinsel, crackers, Father Christmas (or is it Santa Claus?), Christmas carols, Christmas pudChristmas cards, Christmas Trees, Christmas cake – in fact, EVERYTHING Christmassy in the whole world ever! (Except Brussel Sprouts. We’re a Sprout free zone.) 

The Story of Christmas – the most fun you can have south of the North Pole. 

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 Relaxed Performances  

Christmas shows should be for everyone – and The Rondo is committed to accessibility, with several Relaxed Performances of The Story of Christmas. Relaxed Performances are for everyone, but lighting is less harsh, house lights remain on and audience members are free to make noise and move around the theatre. A breakout area will be available in the foyer. The only rule is: no shushing! 

Big Scream!  

Big Scream performances accommodate very young children – these performances will operate a ‘Babes in Arms’ policy which means that a child of 18 months or younger does not need a ticket providing they can be held by a parent/guardian. 

Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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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

Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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Drip Drip Drip

Sat 22 Feb • 7.30pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Written by Jon Welch
Presented by Pipeline Theatre

Encountered on a ward round: Daniel, a refugee from Eritrea, now a trainee nurse; Rahmiya, a second generation immigrant Muslim doctor; and David, elderly white cancer patient and discredited academic, fretting about his cat, Roger… Just another dysfunctional NHS ‘family’.

But as life ebbs, reality splinters. Glimpsed in the cracks: the Nazi euthanasia programme, a burns clinic in Africa, a cross-Channel human shipment. And drip by drip David’s far-right ideology seeps out, poisoning Daniel and Rahmiya’s sense of belonging…

Pipeline Theatre, known for indelible characters and immersive design, dissects care and cruelty with dark humour, busting taboos while offering its love-letter to the NHS.

Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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Savage

Thu 23 Jan & Fri 24 Jan • 7.30pm • Full £12 • Professional Theatre

 

Presented by Black Dog Productions 

By Russell Eccleston

 

‘When it comes down to it, most people are savages, they just need a little push and all sense of right and wrong goes out the window. They see nothing but the desire to survive. ‘ 

 A thief, a good thief, but stealing from the wrong people. Trapped in a swanky office guarded by hired muscle with no way out, Apollo is given a proposition that will set her and her sister free from their office block prison. If Apollo does what their captors say, will they truly be let free? Or is this just the beginning? 

 Join us in a whirlwind of power struggles, money making and drug fuelled dirty dealings. Business can be cut throat. Sometimes literally. 

Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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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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Testament of Yootha

Fri 7 Feb • 8pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Burns Unit

Solo performer Caroline Burns Cooke – creator of And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet (Argus Angel, Brighton Fringe and Outstanding Individual Performer at Prague Fringe) and Proxy (Infallibles Award nominee and Ike Award winner for Best Solo Show) – returns to examine the life of glamorous sitcom legend Yootha Joyce: adored by friends and fans alike, hiding acute alcoholism from those closest to her, and dying at 53.
Could have been worse. Could have been a wet Wednesday at Rhyl Rep.

“Burns Cooke is a superb actress…a play that transcends its subject” ★★★★ Wee Review
“A warm and interactive performance that tugs at the heartstrings” ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
“A consummate performer and a fitting tribute to an icon” ★★★★ One4Review

Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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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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Scream Phone

Wed 6 May • 8pm • Full £15 Concs £13 • Professional Theatre

Swipe Right present their deliciously dark 80’s musical Scream Phone – directed by Pappy’s Tom Parry!

The girls are having a sleepover and you’re like, totally invited! Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hairbrushes, and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong? As long as they don’t answer the over-sized pink phone… dun dun duuun! Based on the retro game Dream Phone, they’ll take you on a killer journey back to the 80’s with an infectious original soundtrack. Scream meets Clueless in this hilarious spoof horror musical!

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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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Many Moons

Wed 19 Feb • 7:30pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Rocket Box Theatre

Written by Alice Birch 

“And it Felt like Love” 

Ollie. Falling. 

Robert. Shy. 

Juniper. Hopeful. 

Meg. Resigned.

All are plummeting towards one blistering afternoon in July. 

Many Moons by acclaimed writer, Alice Birch, follows four lonely Londoners as they tell stories, weave lies and confessions, reveal and conceal desires and regrets.

Through innovative storytelling, Rocket Box presents an award-winning production that interrogates the terrifying dark matter at the heart of their interconnected stories. Many Moons encourages audiences to consider loneliness, connection, and the importance of sharing problems. As a company, Rocket Box draw on stand-up, circus, live music, spoken word, slam poetry, dance and cinema. 

Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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