Theatre: 21st Century Merchant of Venice
The Drayton Theatre have put on a provocative and dare I say it, controversial adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s finest.
Antonio, a Muslim, enters into a bond with Shylock, a high-flying Jewish woman working in the world of finance, for the sum of 3,000 ducats so that Bassanio, the man he secretly loves, can marry rich heiress, Portia.
Meanwhile, Portia, along with her companion, Nerissa, devises a plan to thwart her late father’s scheme to pick a suitable husband worthy of his daughter and instead marry a man of her choosing. As Portia and Bassanio exchange vows, word reaches them that a financial disaster has left Antonio penniless and owing ‘a pound of flesh’ to the vengeful Shylock.
However, only a pair of good-looking young strangers can save Antonio from Shylock’s knife…
Welcome to a very modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy-drama. Staying true to the original text, the Bard’s themes of cultural and racial prejudice, the insecure nature of investment, and the empowerment of women, are given a 21st-century spin.
Thursday 12 June 2014 until Saturday 14th June
Thursday to Saturday 8pm, plus Saturday 3pm Saturday matinee 14th June at 3pmThe Drayton Arms Theatre 153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
Theatre: Yesterday’s Tomorrow
Drayton Arms Theatre & PostScript Theatre present the World Premiere of Yesterday’s Tomorrow, a serviceman’s love at war by Gene David Kirk. The play is based on actual events and is directed by Hamish MacDougall with movement directed by Anna Morrissey.
Coming to the end of their peacekeeping tour of duty, Ian and John grow desperate to realise their unlawful and unacceptable feelings for each other. Closeted and cloistered, they carry out their duty as professional and proud servicemen in the knowledge that this is their last tour. Their final duty. An end to a secret.
Gene David Kirk – writer. Gene’s first play Where & When was staged at The Cockpit in 2001. His second play All Alone was staged at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 where it received The Stage: Best of the Fest and Attitude: Pick of the Fringe. At the International Dublin Gay theatre Festival 2006 Gene’s All Alone was nominated for The Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding Achievement in New Writing for Theatre 2006. It was then staged in London, August 2007, before it moved to New York at the Soho Playhouse, off-Broadway. For theatre voice and Theatre503 he wrote Hillingdon for the Urban Scrawl on-line drama series. All Alone played again in London in 2014 at the Drayton Arms Theatre to sold-out performances and four-star reviews. Gene is currently developing a new play on human trafficking called Slagheap.
Hamish MacDougall – Director. Hamish is an Associate Director of The Kings Head Theatre and an Associate Artist of The National Youth Theatre. As a director, Hamish directed the World Premiere of I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sundays by Tennessee Williams and worked closely with Edward Bond on a rare revival of his play, The Under Room (Both at The Cock Tavern Theatre) the World Premiere of new farce, The Upstanding Member by Gregory Skulnick (Old Red Lion Theatre) The UK Premiere of, Below The Belt by Richard Dresser starring comedians Mike Wozniak, Tom Golding and Graham Dickson (Pleasance, Edinburgh) the first UK revival of ‘The Lights’ by Howard Korder (Spring Warehouse, Vauxhall) The 24 Hour Plays and Shuffling Off (Old Vic New Voices) Happiness (Kings Head Theatre) SUBS by RJ Purdey and Nightsongs by Jon Fosse (Cock Tavern Theatre). As an assistant director, Hamish has worked for companies such as Complicite, The Old Vic Theatre, Immersive specialists Coney and The Trafalgar Studios.
Showing nightly at 8pm until 31st May 2014
153 Old Brompton Road
SW5 0LJ 020 7835 2301
Theatre: The Last Laundress of Queensway
The Drayton Arms is putting on yet another musical extravaganza for your enjoyment:
In 1949 a lone laundress established Britain’s first ever self-service Laundrette on London’s Queensway. She thought she’d seen it all: scrubbed smalls, bright whites and all the stains that colour a life well-lived…until an encounter with a clotheless man of no-fixed-abode puts her in a spin.
Fully calibrated and coin operated, take a tumble into a show crammed full of good humour, live music and bold images. Between lathering up the drab and dirty, and rinsing away the glitz and greasepaint, the last laundrette finds herself asking whether clothes really are what maketh the man, and whether all spots and spoils come out in the wash…
Wednesday 26 March 2014 until Saturday 29th March
Book your tickets NOWThe Drayton Theatre 153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ 020 7835 2301
Theatre: The Golden Dragon
The Drayton Theatre has announced a new production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s dark modern tale of immigration, identity and…insects.
The life of a chef isn’t easy…
Join the company, as they tell you a very strange tale!
Come along to the Golden Dragon – you’ll find the whole world squeezed into our tiny kitchen. Men playing women, the old becoming the young, a tooth that tastes a little bit like Thai soup and a little bit like blood… A fast and frenetic food-fight of a show starring a quick journey back and forth to China, an air stewardess fascinated by teeth and a very twisted take on an old fable…
Directed by young directors Tom Brocklehurst & Elena Liutkute, this is a rare chance to see Schimmelpfennig’s work performed in the UK. As with much of his other work, it’s an experimental, complex and witty piece that explores some darker aspects of society and human nature – in this case the treatment and stigmatisation of immigrant workers…
Using the Chinese restaurant setting as a base, Schimmelpfennig draws you into the lives of various people living in the same apartment block. At first their stories seem quite normal, but it turns out there is more to these characters than first meets the eye…Tuesday 28th Jan – Saturday 1st Feb Tuesday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 7:30pm General Admission £ 10 (Friday / Saturday) The Drayton Theatre 153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ 020 7835 2301 firstname.lastname@example.org