James Beedham will be appearing in Edward Bond’s Dea – World Premiere.

“To be sane or not to be sane, that is the question – and if not, then be mad and all that follows.”

In his new play Edward Bond takes from the Greek and Jacobean drama the fundamental classical problems of the family and war, to vividly picture our collapsing society.

The war is raging, Dea, a heroine, has committed a terrible act and has been exiled. When she meets someone from her past she is forcefully confronted by the broken society that drove her to commit her crimes

Edward Bond is internationally regarded as the UK’s greatest and most influential playwright. He is the author of some sixty plays, among them Saved (1965), the production of which was instrumental in the abolition of theatre censorship in the UK.

His other plays include The Pope’s Wedding (Royal Court Theatre, 1962),Early Morning (Royal Court, 1968), Lear (Royal Court, 1971), The Sea (Royal Court, 1973), The Fool (Royal Court, 1975), The Woman (National Theatre, 1978), Restoration (Royal Court, 1981) and The War Plays (RSC at the Barbican Pit, 1985). To this date, his plays have been produced in more than 60 countries. He has formed particular relationships with French theatre (which led to The Paris Pentad) and the Birmingham Theatre Company, Big Brum, for whom he has written ten plays.

Edward Bond on his new play:

“In the coming days we will be tested as never before. Our weapons are now so powerful we cannot win wars as we did in the past. The defeated will simply recover and press the button. The boundaries between countries and people are broken. We must learn to live together or it is certain we will die together. Like great societies of the past we have outgrown our situation in the world. We will be tested everyday, and it may come to seem every moment.  The media are heard everywhere but their hubbub drowns the truth. Can drama show us our situation and what strengths we have to survive in it? If it cant, nothing can. We will be tested.”

Read Edward Bond’s interview for Sutton Guardian. 

Directed by Edward Bond

Stage design by Maira Vazeou
Costume design by Lucia Conejero Rodilla
Lighting design by Ana Vilar

Nicholas Limm will be playing Hamlet at the Cockpit Theatre –


The 1st Version Of Shakespeare’s Masterpiece




Produced and presented by Ilissos

Hosted by The Cockpit


It’s the Hamlet you may never have heard of: compact, active, and the first version printed in Shakespeare’s name.

It vanished for two centuries, until a copy turned up in a broom cupboard, causing a sensation.

Is it Shakespeare’s first draft, a pirate forgery, or the play that enthralled audiences four hundred years ago?

Leave your certainties at the door, as you meet Hamlet in a startling new dramatic light.

Tuesday 5th to Saturday 30th April 7.30pm (excluding Sundays & Mondays)

plus Saturday matinees at 2:45pm

Hamlet Pre-Show Discussion

A discussion about Hamlet, hosted by the British Library.

As the rare first quarto takes centre stage in the ‘Shakespeare in Ten Acts’ exhibition, curator Tanya Kirk comes to the Cockpit to discuss the mysterious text with director Charles Ward.

Friday 8th April – 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Lasting for approximately forty minutes, with time for questions afterwards.

Ruby In The Dust present


Music & Lyrics by Joe Evans
Book by Linnie Reedman


6th to 30th April 2016
Tuesday – Saturday @ 7.30pm | Saturday/Sunday @ 2.30pm
Tickets: £20 (Concessions £17)
Limited number of cabaret table seating: £25

Ruby In The Dust presented their first show at the Union Theatre in March 2006. To celebrate their tenth anniversary they are returning with their iconic production of “Gatsby”, specially tailored to suit the seductive environs of the Union Theatre’s intimate space

We find Meyer Wolfshiem in his favourite ‘Speakeasy’ having received the ‘shock of his life’.
“When a man gets killed – I keep out!”
But this time there’s something else; something – or someone – that draws him into Gatsby’s world.

Watch the characters of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby come to life as they weave their way through the famous story and unravel the mystery that is Jay Gatsby. They may even share some of the gossip with you.

“Evokes the decadent rush of the jazz era, and its seedy underbelly”
Time Out – Show of the Week


In alphabetical order by first name:

Blair Robertson, Emma Whittaker, Ferne Mccann, James Rallison, Joanna Brown, Kate Marlais, Katie Beudert, Lewis Rae, Mark Townsend, Nicolas Fagerberg, Paul Dubois, Samantha Louise Clark, Zed Josef.

Joseph Blunt will be touring the UK in As You Like It.

Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando. When she is then banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Rosalind takes on the appearance of a boy, calling herself Ganymede. She, her cousin Celia and jester Touchstone, travel to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile. Will Rosalind ever marry her Orlando? Will the Duke change his ways?

This wonderful Shakespeare comedy about life, love, betrayal, faith and death will be filled with Folksy’s touch of bold characters, audience interaction and plenty of laughs. A perfect tribute to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.



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