Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk promises all the laughter, sparkle and excitement you’ve come to expect from the seasonal show that just keeps breaking box office records!

When Jack Trott and his family find themselves down on their luck, Jack’s mother sends her poor son to market to sell their beloved cow ‘Daisy’, but when she learns that he’s exchanged the cow for a few measly beans, she’s furious and throws them out into the garden to rot.

Little does she know that those beans are magical, and when the family awake next morning and find a great beanstalk soaring high into the sky, their lives will never be the same again, for the land is ruled over by a terrifying Giant who lives in a castle high up in the clouds and, being an adventurous lad, Jack vows to climb the beanstalk and face their Fi, Fi, Foe.

Will Jack make his fortune? Will he make his Mum proud of him again? And will the family ever be reunited with poor Daisy? Find out when you join Jack and friends for ‘a tale as magic as beans’ in our sky-high Mercury pantomime.

Starring panto favourites Antony Stuart-Hicks, Dale Superville and Carli Norris (Nurse Nellie, Muddles and the Enchantress in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), and packed full of music and dancing, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a glittering Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy!

Last year’s Mercury panto was nominated for no less than five Great British Panto Awards, including Best Pantomime, Best Script and Best Dame, so don’t miss out this year!

Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

England’s green and pleasant land.

St George’s Day. It’s the day of the Flintlock Fair and the day Kennet and Avon Council want to see the back of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron for good. The new estate want the maverick local boy evicted, but Johnny has other plans.

At his ramshackle caravan kingdom, the charismatic hellraiser entertains his band of ‘undesirable’ scallywags with outlandish tales, unbelievable antics and an ample supply of booze and drugs. Infamous for holding the most riotous parties this side of the Wiltshire border, Johnny is a hero to many but a villain to others. Pursued by the authorities, threatened by the local thug and reprimanded by his ex, Johnny is not a man to be beaten down.

Inciting his own special brew of anarchy, Johnny fights against the hypocrisy of modern suburban life and embodies the spirit of England’s legendary giants of myth. A raucous, earthy contemporary classic, Jerusalem paints a rebellious alternative vision of the idyllic English countryside.

Following enormous success in the West End and Broadway, Jez Butterworth’s startling, multi award-winning play is brought to life in its first major revival since its London premiere.

This production contains especially strong language throughout. Age guidance 16 and upwards. Parental discretion advised.

‘A wonderful, rollicking, dark comedy about contemporary life in rural England’ Financial Times

‘Fantastic, shocking and fresh’ Daily Mail
Jerusalem in the West End, 2011.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pity the fool who falls in love…

Following the great success of last year’s Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet, the Watermill Ensemble return with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.

Four lovers escape the decorum of the royal courts, eluding tradition and etiquette on one fateful, intoxicating night in the Athenian woods.

Secrets, love and mistaken identities collide with a fusion of rich and beautiful music inspired by the hedonistic soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.

Hermia is to be married to Demetrius.But she actually loves Lysander and after the lovers runaway to marry in secret, pursued by Demetrius, who has been told by Helena of their plan, all respectability begins to unravel.

Enter an enchanted world of dreams and passion, where the powerful spirits of a midsummer’s night will put a spell on you.

‘This highly talented company… creates many magical and inventive theatrical moments’ British Theatre Guide

‘A fresh and richly coloured take on a timeless tale’ The Stage (Romeo + Juliet)

The Rivals

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Adapted by Beth Flintoff

Bath 1775.

Lydia Languish is passionately in love with a dashing but penniless soldier with whom she plans to elope.

Mrs Malaprop, her guardian, commands she ‘illiterate him’ from her memory and marry the rich and handsome son of a friend who is ‘the very pineapple of politeness’.

Little do they realise that both poor Beverley and the wealthy Captain Absolute are one and the same young man. Cue confusion, romance, misunderstanding and a twilight duel.

Taking place over one hilarious day, this classic comedy of desire, intrigue and romantic delusion, bursts onto The Watermill stage. An energetic ensemble perform a fresh, funny and fast-moving new version directed by Jonathan Humphreys whose previous credits include The Mighty Walzer (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible).

Heritage Financial Advisers are Principal Sponsor of The Rivals.

Aladdin

Festive fun for all the family as Writer/Director Richard Gauntlett returns to star alongside Ben Langley.
Genie’s magical offer: Bands A – D £3 off if paid before the end of February 2018. Applies to all performances on top of published discounts.

Cilla the musical

CILLA – THE MUSICAL is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black, by BAFTA award winner, Jeff Pope (Philomena, Little Boy Blue).
The story follows the extraordinary life of the ordinary teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame. The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60s, including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had A Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, The Beatles’ Twist And Shout, California Dreamin’ by The Mamas And The Papas, and many more.
Kara Lily Hayworth plays Cilla. Following weeks of open auditions countrywide, Kara fought off thousands of hopefuls to be cast as Cilla in the first ever musical about the star’s life. Executive Producer and Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, said of Kara:
“I knew she was the one my mum would have wanted!”. In the role of Brian Epstein is TV and stage favourite Andrew Lancel, best known for his portrayal of Frank Foster in Coronation Street.

Miss Littlewood | Sam Kenyon

Joan Littlewood was the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre. Born into poverty, she raged her way to have a lasting influence on British culture. Anti-establishment, communist, visionary, rude and glorious, Joan fired the imagination of a generation. Her unique Theatre Workshop was responsible for a raft of successes including Oh What A Lovely War!, and breathed new life into the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

This new musical of Joan’s life story, told with her own uncompromising candour, reveals a mighty love story at its heart.

The Duchess of Malfi | John Webster

In an attempt to prevent the fiercely independent Duchess from marrying the man she loves, her corrupt brothers go on a disturbing quest to destroy her.

Remarkable for its inventive and grotesque violence, yet full of dark humour, this violent revenge tragedy asks how anyone can survive in a world where masculinity has become toxic.

In 2016, Director Maria Aberg’s stylish modern dress production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus received rave reviews and transferred to London’s Barbican in the winter. The Daily Telegraph described it as ‘pacy, eerie and full of trickery’ while The Times called it ‘soul-scouring theatre’. We are excited to welcome Maria back to tackle this gory tale of revenge in her own distinct style.

The Merry Wives of Windsor | William Shakespeare

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

David Troughton returns to the Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear.

The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live to cinemas on 12 September 2018.

King Lear | William Shakespeare

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age overtakes him, he divides his kingdom amongst his children.
Misjudging their loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power that had defined him.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran’s critically-acclaimed production returns to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for three weeks only, with Antony Sher reprising his role as King Lear, one of the greatest parts ever written by Shakespeare.