LAMDA Summer 2014 plays - Pleasance and Greenwich


The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) will present a season of classic plays at both the Pleasance Theatre in Islington, north London and the Greenwich Theatre in south east London. Performed by members of their acting courses, each production highlights students currently studying at the school.

At the Pleasance Theatre... On The Razzle by Tom Stoppard will be performed on 22, 24, 28 May at 7.30pm and 27 & 29 May at 2.00pm. The play follows the proud provincial shop owner, Herr Zangler, as he heads to Vienna to meet his fiancée. Along the way he is troubled by a distinct sense of foreboding. What do his two assistants and lovesick niece do in his absence? Go on the razzle of course!

This will be followed by a revival of Nina Raine's 2006 Evening Standard Award winning play Rabbit, which will be performed on 23, 27, 29 May at 7.30pm and 24 & 28 May at 2.00pm. The play is described as "bristling with ideas about gender, sex and mortality", and won Raine the title of Most Promising Playwright Award at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.

At the Greenwich Theatre...

George Farquhar's play Love and a Bottle will be performed on 9th and 14th July at 7.30pm and 12 July at 2.00pm in a new version by Stella Feehily. The drama has been developed in collaboration with LAMDA’s graduating actors, as part of their New Writing Programme. It follows wild Irish playwright George Roebuck as he arrives in London in 1698 with nothing in his pockets but his first play. His mission is to be the toast of Drury Lane and to seduce as many fine ladies as he can along the way...

Something Cloudy, Something Clear by Tennessee Williams will be performed on 9th and 14th July at 7.30pm and 12 July at 2.00pm. This largely autobiographical play about love, loss and growing up was first performed posthumously in 2006 and follows fledgling playwright, August, who is battling with penny-pinching producers on his Broadway debut, when sexually ambiguous Kip catches his eye...

Their final production is Martin Crimp's play Attempts on Her Life, which is performed on 11th and 15th July at 7.30pm and 14 July at 2.00pm. Described as a "mind-bending postmodern masterpiece" the audience is taken through a number of scenarios that attempt to reveal the life Anne has been leading, but as they unravel, her identity becomes less solid.

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