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THE SHERMAN… TOP QUALITY AUTUMN DRAMA     

This Autumn The Sherman will play host to a variety of the UK’s top theatre companies, including a welcome return to the capital for the Royal National Theatre Company, Theatre Centre London, Forkbeard Fantasy and The Reduced Shakespeare Company. As well as producing two of its own productions this Autumn, The Sherman is delighted to welcome some of Wales’s other leading theatre companies in Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Hijinx Theatre and Clwyd Theatr Cymru.

The season kicks off in style with ‘An Audience With’ Dr Who writer Russell T Davies as part of the Mardi Gras Fringe Festival. This show takes place on Tuesday 6 September and includes performances from comic Clare Summerskill and actor David Benson.

The award-winning National Youth Theatre of Wales will be performing Greg Cullen’s new play Botticelli’s Bonfire on Friday 9 – Saturday 10 September and top class youth theatre continues with the annual Sherman Summer School presenting an up-to-date version of Macbeth from Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 September at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursday and Friday at 2pm.

Hijinx Theatre make their seasonal visit to The Sherman from Friday 23 – Saturday 24 September with Spinning The Round Table, a play which takes the love triangle from the heart of the Arthurian Legend and sets it firmly in the cut-throat political world of the 21st Century. The quality Drama continues in September with Forkbeard Fantasy’s wild and wacky take on Edgar Allen Poe’s gothic horror The Fall Of The House Of Usherettes, playing from Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 September. This production is part of a Drama Multibuy Deal which includes Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s production of Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October, and The Royal National Theatre’s revival of Brian Friel’s timeless play about language, love and politics Translations (Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 2 November).

The Sherman continues its reputation as the stage for Welsh language drama in the capital with a brand new, large scale musical from Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Hen Rebel, which relives the remarkable life of Evan Roberts and the 1904/05 Religious Revival. This plays from Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 October, with a Learner’s Session and School Workshops available.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company, who have already had a bash at the history of America, all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays and the Bible return to The Sherman with Completely Hollywood (Abridged), a brand new show which romps through Tinseltown’s masterpieces in just 2 hours from Thursday 13 – Saturday 16 October.

The strong season of drama concludes with The Boy Who Told Tales – a play with many Hans Christian Andersen favourites in one lavish production from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October, Trashed, a drama about two girls whose lives collide as a consequence of the events of September 11th on Wednesday 23 – Thursday 24 November, and The Art Of Silence, a real life drama about Paraguayan actor Emilio Barreto on Saturday 26 November.

Theatre for children once again takes pride of place at the heart of The Sherman’s Autumn programme with events every Saturday from September 10 2005 to Saturday 14 January 2005. Highlights include James Campbell’s Stand-Up Comedy for Kids on Saturday 24 September, Theatr Iolo’s 18th Birthday performances of Snail Woman Flower Star and The Room on Saturday 15 October, and Paddy The Clown, who returns with his wacky antics on Saturday 29 October. In November, Nuffield Theatre present It Was A Dark And Stormy Night on 12 November and Monster Productions bring Hogwash on Saturday 19 November. The Sherman Theatre Company round off the Saturday Young Scene with The Sherman Sherbet Dips – which this season take a look at the stories of Oscar Wilde.

Dance, Comedy and Cabaret complete the visiting company programme with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company bringing Flicker & Transtep, two striking works of contemporary dance on Tuesday 25 October. On Wednesday 12 October the weirdly wonderful Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players will perform their pop-songs inspired by vintage slide shows collected from car boot sales and charity shops. The surprise hit of the Edinburgh Festival in 2004, and following a four-week sell-out season at London’s Soho Theatre – this is a “must-see”. There’s stand-up comedy a-plenty with The Edinburgh and Beyond Comedy Tour on Saturday 22 October and then Mark Thomas returns, this time with his sidekick Rob Newman, on Wednesday 30 November.

The Sherman will be presenting two spectacular Christmas shows again this year with Merlin and The Cave of Dreams for the over 6s (Friday 18 November 2005 – Saturday 14 January 2006). For the under 6s The Sherman Theatre Company will produce a new piece, written and directed by Phil Clarke, which is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant. This will open at The Sherman on Thursday 13 October and then tour Wales in October and November before returning to The Sherman for its Christmas run from Tuesday 6 – Saturday 31 December.
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