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Belle Helene, La (Dunn) Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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The second - and equally famous - of Offenbach’s highly diverting satires on a well-known legend. The action takes place (without any regard for credibility) in unspecified ancient times in a unlikely ancient Greece, and concerns the abduction of the fair Helen by the Prince of Troy - aided and abetted by a wily oracle-worker, who outwits Helen’s much deceived husband and an assortment of royal Grecian heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies.

Belle Hélène, La (Park/Hanmer) Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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The second - and equally famous - of Offenbach’s highly diverting satires on a well-known legend. The action takes place (without any regard for credibility) in unspecified ancient times in a unlikely ancient Greece, and concerns the abduction of the fair Helen by the Prince of Troy - aided and abetted by a wily oracle-worker, who outwits Helen’s much deceived husband and an assortment of royal Grecian heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies.

Bendigo Boswell Romance View Details Compare
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On a farm in the Kentish countryside, the clash of cultures between Kentish locals, London cockneys, and a Romany gypsy tribe spells tragedy for an unlikely romance between a gypsy boy and a beautiful cockney girl. A heart-rendering examination of the dangers of prejudice, with an ending and message as powerful and poignant as West Side Story.

Betty Blue Eyes Comedy/Satire; Drama; Romance View Details Compare
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Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving Austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share. It is of course 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called ‘A Private Function’, which centred around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have brilliantly adapted and expanded this story for the stage and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold - an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – ‘She’s seventy four and ravenous’; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig.

Billy Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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The three-year smash hit at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1974, which launched the stage career of Michael Crawford. Billy Fisher lives with Mum, Dad and Gran in Stradhoughton and is an undertaker’s clerk - but in his mind he is President of Ambrosia, a film star, a scriptwriter - and anything else that happens to occur to him! However, nobody else believes him, certainly neither Barbara nor Rita, to both of whom he has promised marriage, though there is only one engagement ring! He frantically tries to lie his way out, so he can run away with Liz, the only girl who understands him, but we know he’ll never quite make it.

BILLY has a funny, fast-paced book, with songs such as "Ambrosia" and "Some of us belong to the stars".

Bird Seller, The Romance View Details Compare
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Set in the colourful milieu of Bavaria, this is a story of two young lovers - Trudie, the village postmistress, and Adam, a handsome bird seller from the Tyrol - who, at cross-purposes, become embroiled in romantic complications at the Court of the reigning Prince. The highly entertaining intrigues and misunderstandings - involving quite a number of distinctive characters - are eventually sorted out to the accompaniment of some of Zeller’s brightest and most liltingly-tuneful music.

Black Monk: A Chamber Musical, The Drama View Details Compare
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After five intense years of study in Moscow, Andrei returns home to his faithful guardian Igor and rekindles his attachment to Tanya, his childhood love. Andrei's artistic obsession thrives in the embrace of this adoring family, but the Black Monk, a spectral and charming figure only Andrei sees, threatens to lure him into the unknown. A spellbinding chamber musical inspired by Anton Chekhov's classic story, THE BLACK MONK shows us a man in the grip of genius, madness and loss, despite the enduring power of love.

"THE BLACK MONK, Wendy Kesselman's dark and dainty musical about a young painter who goes gracefully mad in his little house by the sea, is just the ticket for small art venues with refined tastes. [An] atmospheric chamber piece from a Chekhov short story delicately retooled into a musical meditation on the fine line between artistic genius and manic-depression." —Variety.   

Blitz! Comedy/Satire; Drama View Details Compare
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In 1940 the East End of London is taking a terrible pounding from Hitler’s bombs. Life, however, goes on, centring around Mrs. Blitztein and her large family, especially her petty-criminal son Harry and her beautiful daughter Carol. They all fight their own particular battles with neighbours and authorities alike, through many situations, many humorous, some tragic, and eventually find their own individual peace. Features many hit songs, including "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Mums and Dads".

Break View Details Compare
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In BREAK, two construction workers achieve new insight into their lunch hour woes when the Virgin Mary pays them an unexpected and confused visitation.

"[Michael John LaChiusa] has a heightened hothouse style reminiscent of that in Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, with everyone singing intensely about seemingly mundane matters." —NY Times.   

Breast Wishes Comedy/Satire; Fringe; Romance Australasian View Details Compare
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BREAST WISHES takes place in various locales and time periods. It follows the journey of a family and the events that have shaped their breasts. Lyn is a warm, open, earth-mother with voluptuous breasts and is married to breast-loving everyman David. Her sister Carol is flat-chested and highly strung in the midst of a mid life crisis. Their cousin Sal is young, sexy and self absorbed. Their mother Helen has embraced all things new-age. Irene – the quintessential bra-fitter is our wise overseer.

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