Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

Wed 4 Dec • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Closer Each Day Company

Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This December join Closer Each Day Company for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised.
Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.” ★★★★ Stage Talk
“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!” David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter
“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.” Visit Bristol

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Dead Men’s Eyes: Two Ghost Stories by M R James

Thu 5 & Fri 6 Dec • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Nunkie Productions

“Put it down, you fool! Do you want to look through a dead man’s eyes?” 

Two chilling and thrilling tales from M R James, the master of the English ghost story.

In A View From a Hill a pair of binoculars reveal the grisly history of an idyllic stretch of English countryside. In The Treasure of Abbot Thomas a treasure-seeker comes face to face with unspeakable horror at the bottom of ancient well.

Dead Men’s Eyes is one of a series of one-man shows that seek to revive the tradition of supernatural storytelling perfected by Montague Rhodes James.

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And Then They Came For Me

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

And Then They Came for Me is a unique experience…a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg with live actors recreating scenes from their lives as teenagers during WW ll.
Ed was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend. Eva was the same age and lived across from Anne in Amsterdam until she and her family were arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. More than 1.25 million people were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau where Eva and her family were sent.
Part oral history, part drama action, part remembrance, this play by James Still brings to life what happened after The Diary of Anne Frank ends. The ensemble-driven play breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions.

“After the war, people said it would never happen again, and people didn’t want to talk about it—it was something that happened, let’s forget about it, now we live in a different life. What’s happening now in Bosnia and what’s happening in many other places…we’re still doing the same thing and again the world just looks on.” Eva Schloss
“one of the most important events I have seen…” 
Damian Todres, Wells Cathedral School
“it was stunning and has left an incredible impression on me. I’ve been to Auschwitz twice and to Anne Frank’s house twice too and yet your production added a new layer of emotion and connection to those unimaginable events.” 
Peter Kyle, MP Hove & Portslade

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There’s Nothing There

Fri 15 & Sat 16 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Professional Theatre

Written by Russell Eccleston
Presented by Apricity Theatre and Black Dog Productions 

What is there to do when you’re stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods? Read a book? Play some Scrabble? Hide from the monsters lurking outside in the dark?

When their holiday becomes a living nightmare, six friends find themselves fighting for their lives. With night closing in and paranoia tightening its grip, even familiar people begin to feel like strangers. When fear twists everything out of recognition, what do you believe? Who can you trust?

Join critically-acclaimed Black Dog Productions and Apricity Theatre for this chilling, heart-stopping new show. Sometimes night is darkest with the lights on.

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Cracking

Thu 14 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £10 • Professional Theatre

Written by Cally Hayes
Presented by Alright Mate?

A frank and heart-warming play about love, loss and parenthood from a father’s perspective. What happens when you survive the worst but now risk losing everything?

Inspired by interviews with couples who’ve recovered from postnatal illness, Cracking is a tender & deeply relatable look at a relationship under pressure.

Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past and Sam in real danger of losing his footing.

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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. 

Times and Prices Vary – Please click Book Now for details

 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. 

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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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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.

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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. 

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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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