Sutton Arts Theatre

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In the heart of bomb-blasted London stands La Vie en Rose, a Soho den in the hangover from World War II. Where members gather to drink into the darkness, night after night and variously escape, dream, seek, bitch, mock and destroy. These lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future; lying, fighting and seducing. Absolute Hell is an extraordinarily provocative play, an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing.

The ultimate game of cat-and-mouse is played out in a cosy English country house owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke’s love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. Revenge is devised and murders plotted as the two plan the ultimate whodunit. Ingenious skulduggery replete with skilful suspense and inventive tricks that will keep the audience guessing until the end.

Join Dorothy and her dog Toto, as they meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their journey through the magical land of Oz, to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires; but watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West along the way! Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, with much-loved timeless and instantly recognisable classic songs from the Oscar winning movie score, including We’re Off To See The Wizard, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!, If I Only Had A Brain and Over The Rainbow. Slip on your ruby red slippers, click your heels together and join us as we follow the yellow brick road on over the rainbow to the Emerald City!

Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. The “lower class” but very much up and coming Hopcrofts are in their bright new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbour. Next there are the architect and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat. Then the bank manager and his wife are in their large, slightly modernized, old Victorian style kitchen. Running like a dark thread through the wild comedy of behind the scenes disasters at Christmas parties is the story of the advance of the Hopcrofts to material prosperity and independence and the decline of the others. In the final stages the little man is well and truly on top, with the others, literally and unnervingly, dancing to his tune.

An ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern, seems confident of his smooth political ascent to the top, until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery, that is! An Ideal Husband is Wilde’s sharp and witty exploration of the corruption, blackmail and honour that ensues when political sin enters the heart of the English home.

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer burns a brutal sense of loss and desire in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece.

It’s modern day New York and Bobbie is turning 35. Surrounded by best friends, who are all “happily married” or soon to be; this is a time to contemplate the future. This hilarious musical comedy provides a sneaky peak into other people’s marriages, the pros and cons of relationships and commitment and asks us to consider what life is really about, without love.