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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

From 2 March to 25 April (Touring)

A modern classic of Irish theatre. The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, director of the Oscar winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, ageing mother. Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

The Graduate

16 - 18 May, The Deco

Benjamin Braddock is a confused young man. Having spent four years achieving a brilliant scholastic record, upon graduation he finds himself adrift, uncertain about his future, disconnected from his purpose, and increasingly alienated from the upper-class, suburban, “plastic” world of his parents. Fighting panic and boredom, he is deeply conflicted but ultimately willing when Mrs. Robinson, the unhappily married, alcoholic, and dangerously charismatic wife of his father’s business partner, tempts him into an affair. Benjamin’s tenuous existence of lazy days and stolen nights falls apart when he falls in love -- with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s upbeat, optimistic daughter. Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation of The Graduate, based on the novel and the iconic 1967 film, is a bitterly hilarious dark comedy, full of rapid fire dialogue between fascinating and horrifying characters. This play explores family dysfunction, parental expectations, crumbling marriages, and the naive, yet disillusioned, dichotomy of youth, against the shiny backdrop of affluent Southern California in the 1960s.

Twelfth Night (outdoor performances)

June & July - more dates and venues to be added when confirmed

30 June - Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Theatre

7 July - The Courtyard, Pitsford Stables

12-14 July - Delapre Abbey Walled Garden

20 July - Benthall Hall (National Trust Property), Broseley