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    Baal

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    BAAL by BERTOLT BRECHT translated by PETER TEGEL With an insatiable appetite for sex and booze, Baal lives his life for the moment. From stage to sewer he leaves a trail of devastation and recklessly dispensed lyricism in his wake. Bertolt Brecht's first full length play, Baal, rages with the fire of youth. Nothing escapes young Brecht's burning wit and self-immolating irony here. An anti-hero and cult artist at odds with the world, Baal indulges in fleshy decadence spewing surreal poetry and bawdy libretto. Drunken and depraved, he strips romanticism bare and throws it onto the shit-heap. The secretions that stain Baal's world glisten to reveal the excesses of youth and blind idolatry of creative genius. Baal tells the story of a travelling musician who wrecks the lives of anyone and everyone he comes into contact with, sleeping around and drinking himself into oblivion. Whilst Baal’s many sexual relationships and his use and abuse of power could portray his as the stereotypical bloke, this production explores gender and sexuality politics, through androgynous casting. Featuring a soundtrack of rock classics, performed live by an actor-musician ensemble, the music will take you into the world of the rock star; where the cult of Baal’s celebrity is more important than the actions he takes and the lives he ruins. By creating a wild environment on stage that reflects the degradation of Baal, from debauchery to infamy, through the use of the elements, director Robert J. Stanex is bringing the didacticism of Brecht’s writing to the forefront, writhing in dirt, drowning in fluid and revelling in the birth of Epic Theatre. This is Sedos’ first venture into Brecht, however we are no strangers to tackling difficult subject matter or complex theatrical conventions. We are excited to present this interpretation of such an iconic writer and titan of theatre. Baal contains strong language, nudity and scenes of a violent and sexual nature. This amateur production of Baal is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. Tuesday 22 January to Saturday 26 January 2019 Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets: £11.50-£20 Gala Night: Friday 25 January Tickets £15.50-£20. Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a late bar.
  2. The award-winning musical Urinetown, The Musical plays at the Bridewell Theatre from 21 November to 1 December in a new production staged by Sedos, the City of London’s premier amateur theatre company. Urinetown is a hilarious send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The original Broadway production was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won three — Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Ryan Macaulay, Musical Director of Sedos’ production, said: “Urinetown is a hilarious show full of fantastic musical numbers which have been great fun to work on in the rehearsal room." The show takes us to the not-so-distant future, when a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by Urine Good Company, a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it's not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place of no return — the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero... however unlikely they may be. Director Yojiro Ichikawa, who returns to work with Sedos for a second time after directing Ordinary Days last year, said: “It has been an enjoyable challenge to bring the satire and humour to life while staying true to the serious underlying message that this musical delivers.”
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    Our Country's Good

    Thirty years after its professional premiere at the Royal Court in London, the Bridewell Theatre hosts the amateur London premiere of Our Country’s Good from 23-27 October, staged by Sedos, the City of London’s leading amateur theatre company. Our Country's Good is a modern classic, exploring themes of crime, punishment and the unifying and civilising power of theatre. Set in 1787, it tells the true story of a group of convicts transported to Australia who, faced with the appalling realities of life in a penal colony, come together to rehearse and perform a play. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s script has been written with the idea of doubling in mind, needing only ten actors for over twenty roles, and this is a big part of why director Chloë Robertson has been chasing the amateur rights for the play so doggedly. “The opportunity that Our Country’s Good gives not only the cast, but also the director and wider production team, really makes this a play to get your teeth into,” she says. “Doubling characters challenges us all to let go of how we may normally approach a play and to consider characterisation, scene changes, direction and how everything fits together in a different light.” “But that’s not the only reason I love this play and have been wanting to direct it for Sedos for such a long time. The humanising, therapeutic and life-changing power of theatre is something I believe in wholeheartedly and Our Country’s Good encapsulates that so perfectly with its play within a play.” “Although set in the 18th century I think that audiences recognise the lessons that the characters learn and the relationships they build with the theatre and their fellow ‘thespists’ are very relatable today.” Box office: sedos.co.uk Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ 23-27 October 2018 at 7.30pm, Saturday matinée at 2.30pm Tickets £11.50-16
  4. Urinetown, The Musical Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis Tomorrow will not stink! Urinetown is a hilarious send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In the not so distant future, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by Urine Good Company, a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it's not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place of no return - the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero... however unlikely they may be. Box office: sedos.co.uk Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ 21 November-1 December 2018 Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm No show on Sunday 25 November or Monday 26 November Tickets £14.50-23
  5. Our Country’s Good By Timberlake Wertenbaker 30 years on from its premiere at the Royal Court, Our Country’s Good is a modern classic, exploring themes of crime, punishment and the unifying and civilising power of theatre. Set in 1787, it tells the true story of a group of convicts transported to Australia who, faced with the appalling realities of life in a penal colony, come together to rehearse and perform a play. Box office: sedos.co.uk Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ 23-27 October 2018 at 7.30pm, Saturday matinée at 2.30pm Tickets £11.50-16
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    Urinetown, The Musical

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    Tomorrow will not stink! Urinetown is a hilarious send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In the not so distant future, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by Urine Good Company, a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it's not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place of no return - the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero... however unlikely they may be. Box office: sedos.co.uk
  7. Fredrika

    Urinetown, The Musical

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    Tomorrow will not stink! Urinetown is a hilarious send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In the not so distant future, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by Urine Good Company, a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it's not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place of no return - the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero... however unlikely they may be. Box office: sedos.co.uk
  8. Fredrika

    Urinetown, The Musical

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    Tomorrow will not stink! Urinetown is a hilarious send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In the not so distant future, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by Urine Good Company, a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it's not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place of no return - the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero... however unlikely they may be. Box office: sedos.co.uk
  9. Fredrika

    Urinetown, The Musical

    until
    Tomorrow will not stink! Urinetown is a hilarious send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In the not so distant future, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by Urine Good Company, a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it's not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place of no return - the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero... however unlikely they may be. Box office: sedos.co.uk
  10. Fredrika

    Our Country's Good

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    30 years on from its premiere at the Royal Court, Our Country’s Good is a modern classic, exploring themes of crime, punishment and the unifying and civilising power of theatre. Set in 1787, it tells the true story of a group of convicts transported to Australia who, faced with the appalling realities of life in a penal colony, come together to rehearse and perform a play. Box office: sedos.co.uk
  11. Fredrika

    Our Country's Good

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    30 years on from its premiere at the Royal Court, Our Country’s Good is a modern classic, exploring themes of crime, punishment and the unifying and civilising power of theatre. Set in 1787, it tells the true story of a group of convicts transported to Australia who, faced with the appalling realities of life in a penal colony, come together to rehearse and perform a play. Box office: sedos.co.uk
  12. Fredrika

    Earthquakes in London

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    From the writer of Doctor Foster and King Charles III, Mike Bartlett's Earthquakes in London is set in the politically charged post-election summer of 2010. Combining a strong sense of humanity with epic ambition, this production staged in traverse at the Bridewell Theatre, presents a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes and decades, as three sisters attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves, while their dysfunctional father, a brilliant scientist, predicts global catastrophe. ‘The theatrical equivalent of a thrilling roller-coaster ride.' (The Telegraph)
  13. 5* reviews for Pippin - 6 performances left Sedos' production of Pippin at the Bridewell Theatre has received excellent reviews, with every reviewer awarding 4 or 5 stars to the production. There are six performances left this week. Wednesday is sold out, but tickets are available for all other shows at: https://sedos.co.uk/secure/boxoffice/production.phpView dress rehearsal photos hereREVIEWS*****‘Pippin has it all’ – LondonTheatre1https://www.londontheatre1.com/reviews/review-pippin-returns-the-bridewell-theatre-london/ ***** ‘The show is good enough to transfer West, half a mile up the road’ – Sardineshttp://www.sardinesmagazine.co.uk/reviews/review.php?REVIEW-Sedos-Pippin-&reviewsID=3204 ‘Terrifyingly relevant, darkly disturbing and brilliantly entertaining… the company is enthusiastic throughout, the staging ambitious and clever, the choreography on point…’ – London Callinghttps://www.londoncalling.com/features/pippin-at-bridewell-theatre ****‘It was not good. It was very good… joyful, energetic and modern… a great night out!’ – London Theatre Reviewshttp://www.londontheatrereviews.co.uk/post.cfm?p=303 ****‘Sedos promise at the start of the show they have Magic to Do and boy do they deliver. With honeyed-vocals and sublime design, their production of Pippin pleases on every level… all the energy and ingenuity that only the best kind of amateur performance can bring’ – Broadway Babyhttp://broadwaybaby.com/shows/pippin/724394 ****‘Chris Adams’ compelling production, especially at the end, cuts through the tricks and the whimsy to achieve a genuinely moving piece of drama’ – Remote Goathttps://www.remotegoat.com/uk/review/13861/deliciously-dark-stephen-schwartz-revival/ ****‘A triumph… this comes highly recommended’ – The 730 Reviewhttps://www.the730review.co.uk/2018/05/11/pippin-sedos-review/ ‘A wonderful piece of theatre’ – InfoBarrelhttp://www.infobarrel.com/Pippin_-_A_Sedos_Production_at_Bridewell_Theatre ****‘More polished and entertaining than many professional shows’ – Fairy Powered Productions bloghttp://fairypoweredproductions.com/pippin-review/ ‘Joe Thompson-Oubari and Corin Miller are a tour de force, excelling in vocals, acting and dance’ – Musical Theatre Musingshttp://musicaltheatremusings.co.uk/pippin-sedos
  14. The award-winning musical Pippin returns to the Bridewell Theatre from 9-19 May in a new production staged by Sedos, the City of London’s premier amateur theatre company. Ambitious young man Pippin is ready to change the world. But things are never that simple. Setting out to make his mark, Pippin dabbles with the horrors of war, the lure of sex and the sordid world of politics, failing at every turn. But there is someone Pippin can rely on. Someone he can trust. Someone who can help Pippin be remembered forever… in one final, extraordinary blaze of glory. With its infectious and unforgettable score from four-time Grammy and three-time Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden) and its iconic choreography by Bob Fosse, Pippin has delighted audiences across the world since the original production in 1973. The most recent Broadway revival swept the New York awards circuit, including winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The Sedos team are delighted to bring Pippin back to the Bridewell, a theatre that holds a special place in the history of the show. The now widely used “Theo ending” was first staged at the Bridewell exactly 20 years ago. “It has been a pleasure exploring this deliciously dark show with such an incredibly dedicated and talented company, who have managed to put a new spin on such a well-loved story,” said Chris Adams, director of Sedos’ production of Pippin. “As well as being packed with memorable, fun show-tunes, Pippin has a really intriguing darker edge, and we've taken inspiration from contemporary stories like Black Mirror and The Handmaid's Tale in our design. Our choreography combines modern twists with nods to the original routines created by Bob Fosse. “I think audiences will be surprised by the show and will enjoy coming up with their own ideas about what it all means. Despite being developed in the 1970s, it really does feel bang up to date.” Pippin Book by Roger O.Hirson Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Box office: sedos.co.uk 9-19 May 7.30pm, plus Saturday matinees at 2.30pm Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8EQ Tickets: £14.50-21 CAST LEADING PLAYER | Corin Miller PIPPIN | Joe Thompson-Oubari CHARLEMAGNE | Kris Webb LEWIS | Paul Nicholas Dyke FASTRADA | Vicky Terry BERTHE | Annie Houseago CATHERINE | Charlie Welch PLAYERS Siobhan Aarons Toby Churchley Will Emery Tim Garrad Eloise Horton Clarissa Lonsdale Hannah Parker Smith Mark Siddall Becky Sweeney Vaughan Watts (dance captain) Sean Westwood CREATIVE TEAM DIRECTOR | Chris Adams MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Sophie Wright CHOREOGRAPHER | Paul Brookland-Williams ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Ed Curry CO-PRODUCERS | Lizzie Drapper and Pippa Kyle LIGHTING DESIGNER | Oliver Levett SET | Steven King SOUND DESIGNER | Adrian Jeakins COSTUMES | Clare Harding TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER | Giles Burden IMAGE AND FLYER DESIGN | Rebecca Pitt COMMITTEE LIAISON AND COMPANY STAGE MANAGER | Rebecca Chisholm Photo caption: Leading Player (Corin Miller) at the forefront of the company Photo credit: Michael Smith/Sedos
  15. Iconic 1930s American Comedy Opens at the Bridewell Theatre Sedos presents a revival of the award-winning 1930s comedy You Can’t Take it With You at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street, from 10 - 14 April 2018. Written by popular comedy writing duo, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, the play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was then adapted for the screen, winning the 1938 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. The play had a Tony award-winning revival on Broadway in 2014 starring James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne. Set in the summer of 1938, New York City, You Can’t Take it With You introduces you to the Sycamores, an eccentric family who live life to the fullest by pursuing their passions – no matter how bizarre. Their routine is disrupted when their daughter Alice wants to bring her new fiancé and his ultra conservative Wall Street family home for dinner. The brusque Sycamores must straighten up to meet the new in-laws and despite all best-laid plans, mishaps and mayhem ensue. Director Nick Mouton said: “You Can’t Take it With You is a good insight into American life in the 1930s, post the Great Depression. Wall Street is working hard to stabilise the market, there’s an increase in Russian emigration following the Revolution, and Franklin D Roosevelt has implemented his New Deal plans. This is then mixed with the fun-loving and unpredictable ways of the Sycamore family to create a madcap, idealistic and raucous comedy. “The play is a strong statement about the dangers of being obsessed with making money, which ultimately led to the crash in 1929, and that you should live your life to the fullest rather than be held down by the mighty dollar.” Since 2012 Sedos has been the resident theatre company at the Bridewell Theatre. You Can’t Take it With You Written by | MOSS HART and GEORGE S. KAUFMAN Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 April 2018 Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Bridewell Theatre Bride Lane, off Fleet Street London EC4Y 8EQ Tickets: £11.50 - £18.50 Box office: www.sedos.co.uk No booking fee. Gala Night - Friday 13 April Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a box of Essie Carmichael’s sweets.

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