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Theatre

Friday 27th March - Thursday 16th April

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

SPECIAL OFFER: Free glass of wine or hot drink included in the ticket price.

As part of the Poly’s new digital cinema programme, we are proud to present Maxine Peake starring in HAMLET.

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by The Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Hamlet is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.

Running Time: 195 minutes

Ticket prices: £14 / £12 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

1st screening on Friday 27th March @ 18:30 with Encore performance on Thursday 16th April @ 2pm.

Sunday 5th April 3:00pm

Royal Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labour’s Won

SPECIAL OFFER: Free glass of wine or hot drink included in the ticket price.

As part of the Poly’s new digital cinema programme, we are proud to present the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON.

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins the day.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Running Time: 180 minutes

Ticket prices: £14 / £12 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

Saturday 25th April 7:30pm
Theatre

Blackfish Theatre presents: Alaska

ALASKA, a desolate wasteland at the borderline of civilization… A place where you can easily lose your way, your bearings and your very mind!

One man goes in search of adventure, freedom and “a piece of the good life”, but soon finds that the reality is no picnic.

Plummeting temperatures, technical disasters (and a severe lack of any practical skills) soon plunge our hero into a nightmarish world of extreme survival, haunted by all things living, dead and Athabaskan.

Blackfish Theatre’s highly acclaimed show boldly follows in the intrepid footsteps of Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. This masterful trio; Giles King, Craig Johnson and Ian Ross (Kneehigh Theatre) use film, firelight, live music and a whole host of forest wildlife to cleverly transport you into the unknown; ALASKA is a tragi-comic riot of Pythonesque dottiness guaranteed to leave you spellbound.

Blackfish returns for a second tour with their sell-out original comedy written by Carl Grose (Soho Theatre, BBC TV and Radio, Kneehigh, RSC, National Theatre and o-region) and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, Cscape Dance, O-Region and Theatre Damfino).

‘From the fur-coated singing of the “good ol’ boy” nutty commercial to the audience helped entry of various cuddly beasts of the wild, from its superb soundtrack to its high level of performance and production values, it is faultless and very funny’

West Briton

‘Alaska’s comedy and charm have captivated for the entirety of its duration. And, beneath its frozen surface, it has an uplifting message which will melt even the most frozen of hearts’

York Post

Watch the trailer here:

Friday 8th May 8:00pm

Open Road Theatre presents: Dinner

OPEN ROAD THEATRE COMPANY invite you to Dinner a satirical chiller for the broadminded by Moira Buffini

Deliciously macabre and very funny, this is an imaginative  performance of Moira Buffini’s brilliantly constructed dark comedy. Five friends gather on a foggy night for a celebratory dinner party, joined by a sinister waiter and a mysterious stranger. The carefully planned menu will stun the audience as much as the guests – as will the evening’s events – in this story of secrets, lies, class, relationships and betrayals.

Primordial soup is first on the menu. – Let the dinner from hell begin.

FOR ADULTS ONLY

Wednesday 3rd June 8:00pm
Theatre

Rhum and Clay present: A Strange Wild Song

In northern France in the Second World War, three children encounter a lost American soldier in the ruins of their village. Decades later, the soldier’s camera is unearthed and his grandson tries to solve the mystery of the photographs inside. He discovers a world of childhood, imagination and hidden courage, as fragments of war explode into the present day.

Accompanied by an original, award-winning musical score, Rhum and Clay present a new version of their critically-acclaimed hit show. Fusing cinematic imagery, absurdist humour and a mischievous sense of joy, this is an unforgettably touching story about finding light in the darkest of places.

‘Irresistibly daft … oddball comedy and genuine pathos’ The Herald

http://www.rhumandclay.com/strangewildsong.html

Thursday 11th June - Saturday 20th June

Falmouth Theatre Company presents: The Wedding Singer

THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, THE WEDDING SINGER’S sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s.

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

http://www.falmouththeatrecompany.com/
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Tickets: £10 (Adults) £7 (concessions) + £1 Poly Fund per tickets