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Spring Season now online!

Alan Bennett, Oscar Wilde, Northern Broadsides and Jonathan Miller, John Godber, Jules Verne and a thrilling new play about Ruth Ellis – it’s going to be a jam-packed Spring Season round the New Vic!

Alan Bennett is one of our truly great writers. And most would agree the hilarious and heartbreaking Talking Heads are his greatest works. To kick off our Spring Season, we’re presenting three of these wonderful modern classics: A Chip in the Sugar, A Lady of Letters and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee.

In February, we have a world-premiere with The Thrill of Love, a new play by Amanda Whittington, whose Be My Baby was a huge success with audiences a few years ago. Her latest play, written specially for the New Vic, is a fascinating look at the passionate life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. 

The one-and-only Northern Broadsides need no introduction; they’re firm favourites with New Vic audiences. Their latest production, Rutherford & Son, is directed by the renowned Sir Jonathan Miller no less.

As the writer of Bouncers, Up n' Under and Teechers, BAFTA-winning John Godber is one of the world’s most performed playwrights. He visits each year and, in March, is back for a fortnight with his brand-new comedy drama Losing the Plot.

Is there a funnier and more entertaining play than The Importance of Being Earnest? Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece is the third high quality and beautifully acted production brought to us by London Classic Theatre. 

And we’re taking on of our biggest challenges yet: putting the whole world on the New Vic stage. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne’s epic tale of Victorian eccentricity, romance, will be as fast-moving and thrilling as the hero’s own race around the globe. 

Britain’s premier country music legend, Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys, is making a visit in February, while the Blues Band, Pam Ayres and John Shuttleworth are also on the bill.

And rounding off the Spring, Tony Benn returns to the theatre-in-the-round for one night only in April.


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