Theatre

COMING SOON AT THE SPREAD EAGLE

The Complete History of the BBC - Abridged

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 19th-20th September - 7:30pm

Five Rounds Rapid brings The Complete History of the BBC (Abridged) to Croydon following a series of sell-out shows at the 2014 Brighton Fringe and the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.

Terence loves the BBC; in fact he loves it so much, he’s set up his own museum to the Corporation in his garden shed. Filled with artefacts and memorabilia from its history, Terence is just waiting for the day that the BBC will finally visit.

Ably assisted by his long-suffering wife, Ingrid, you are invited to join us at The Cathode Ray Museum of Broadcasting (East Cheam), as they tell the story of the BBC from foundation to the present day, and reveal more than a little about their own relationship along the way. Can their marriage take the strain as Terence grows ever more frantic in his devotion and Ingrid worries about the missing Charlie?

'…utterly sublime with a great balance of comedy and pathos.’ - The Cult Den

‘What a delight! …the smile never left my face. Very clever segue ways across the decades, this is a very humorous take on the BBC. A must see!’ - ***** lovefringe.com

‘…upbeat and fun…’ **** - British Theatre Guide

Fri 19th Sep - BOOK HERE
Sat 20th Sep - BOOK HERE

Tree-Sides

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 2nd - 4th October - 7:30pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jurassic Park and The Wizard of Oz; three beloved books turned films and the latest collective target for a relentless creative blugeoning from award winning, comedy-theatre three piece Sleeping Trees.

Join the trio as they deliver three fast paced, hilarious and drastically inaccurate versions of these well known stories. So whether it's disappointing chocolate factories that tickle your fancy, argumentative munchkins or dinosaurs with severe digestive issues, there's something for everyone at this first London outing for the Sleeping Trees 'Tree-Sides'.

"Perfect comic timing, razor sharp writing and the most dynamic and talented performers I have seen in a long time." ***** Broadway Baby

'I would defy anyone not to be laughing out loud with this original, hilariously funny, superbly technically skilled, memorable, piece of physical comedy' ***** Fringe Review

"It was utterly impossible not to enjoy every single moment." ***** - Fringe Guru

Thurs 2nd October - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - BOOK HERE
Fri 3rd October - Jurassic Park - BOOK HERE
Sat 4th October - The Wizard of Oz - BOOK HERE

The Goon Show

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 8th - 11th October - 7:30pm

Relive the lunacy of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe as Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok and Minnie become embroiled in the  case of the heinous Phantom Head Shaver (of Brighton), and tell a terrifying tale of family greed and murder in (pause for dramatic effect), The Canal! Old  Joint Stock Theatre Company and Birmingham Comedy Festival present a rare chance to see two classic Milligan radio scripts performed on stage, complete with live sound effects and jazz band.

The Goon Show re-wrote the rules of British comedy during the 1950s, attracting radio audiences of nearly two million and paving the way for Monty Python, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan and The Mighty Boosh - and they can still be heard on BBC radio today, 60 years later!

'For sheer ambition, creativity and commitment this young company cannot be faulted' ***** What's On Magazine

Wed 8th Oct - BOOK HERE
Thur 9th Oct - BOOK HERE
Fri 10th Oct - BOOK HERE 
Sat 11th Oct -  BOOK HERE

This Was The World and I Was King

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 23rd – 25th October - 7:30pm

Rediscover the unbridled imagination of childhood in this transporting story of courage, kindness and bravery set during the First World War.

A family friendly folk-musical featuring the enchanting poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses.’ With their father in peril at the Front, the Connor children turn to their imagination for comfort and distraction from reality. Their make-believe kingdom comes to life with rousing folk music and
hand-carved puppets as they set sail on impossible adventures.

‘A triumph of originality…Enchanting at every turn’ ***** ThreeWeeks
 
‘This is a remarkable little show’ **** The Scotsman

‘An absolute treat; sheer exuberant joy from start to finish’ ****Fourth Wall Magazine

Thurs 23rd Oct - BOOK HERE
Fri 24th Oct - BOOK HERE
Sat 25th Oct - BOOK HERE

Albert Einstein Relativitively Speaking

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 12th - 15th November - 7:30pm

Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever attended.

The eccentric theoretical physicist is accompanied by his two wives and mum on the piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared, as he quantum leaps us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs.

Warning: features the wurst sausage joke ever.

'The clearest – and certainly the funniest – explanation of the Theory of Relativity I know.' John Lloyd (creator of QI)

'Here’s a treasure.' ***** The Times

'Hinton expertly makes the most complicated of concepts easily intelligible...This really is delightful and comes strongly recommended.' ***** British Theatre Guide

'This man can really work an audience...We're convulsed in laughter and then very quickly we're almost in tears. Hinton gave us the complete Einstein - the emotional lover and husband, the analytical theoretician, the moralist, the philosopher.'  Fringe Review

'Something close to brilliance.'  ***** The Times

Wed 12th November - Book here
Thu 13th November - Book here
Fri 14th November - Book here
Sat 15th November - Book here

The Lasting Sense of Sudden

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 27th - 29th November - 7:30pm

The Lasting Sense of Sudden is a 90 minute roller coaster ride across the diverse landscape of human sexuality and relationships. It’s a bitter-sweet exploration of self-discovery, gaining acceptance, and learning to accept oneself in the twenty-first century.

The play encompasses stories from a full spectrum of society. These are universal tales of love, loss and loneliness, but also of self-discovery and celebration, through family, friends and partnerships that can resonate with everyone.

By Fred Theatre, directed by Robert F. Ball and written by Jonathan Ap Emrys.

‘Exquisite….moving, immediate, believable, and infinitely human.’ Lichfield Online

‘A brave and revealing (in every sense) performance.’ **** One Stop Arts

Thur 27th Nov - BOOK HERE
Fri 28th Nov - BOOK HERE
Sat 29th Nov - BOOK HERE

Choose Your Own Documentary

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 21st – 22nd November - 7:30pm

A forgotten diary falls out of an old book. What would you do?

Follow Nathan Penlington and a team of filmmakers as they embark on an epic and emotional quest to find the author of the diary and unravel the mystery of its pages. A true story of obsession, childhood sweethearts, friendship, loss and adventure.

But there is a twist. You, the audience, decide Nathan’s fate by using remote controls. With over 1,500 paths and multiple endings, his destiny is in your hands. Choose wisely. CYOD is a unique live experience where the audience is in control.

‘Deeply nostalgic and dazzlingly modern’ The Independent

‘A love letter to the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books’  New York Times
 
‘A truly lovely show’ **** Evening Standard
 
‘Enough intrigue, excitement and decision making to keep you glued to your seat’  **** Official London Theatre

Fri 21st Nov - BOOK HERE 
Sat 22nd Nov - BOOK HERE 

Ghost Stories for Christmas

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 3rd December - 7:30pm

In the macabre tradition of the BBC's classic 1970s programme, Ghost Stories for Christmas is a theatre show featuring new adaptations of classic spine-chillers. An evening of vengeful revenants, restless spirits and malevolent ghouls is guaranteed for those brave enough to join us!

The Victorian and Edwardian eras' finest chillers and thrillers are alive again! Don't Go into the Cellar! theatre company perform new adaptations of nineteenth century literature's greatest ghost and horror stories. Combining innovative use of multi-media technology and a plethora of exciting acting talent, Don't Go Into The Cellar! remains the British Empire's finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein.

‘Sublime...a must-see.’ ***** The Public Reviews

‘Suitably haunting...a splendid evening's entertainment.’ Behind The Arras 

Wed 3rd Dec - BOOK HERE

Foghorn Funnies

Tickets: £10 - Dates: 6th December - 7:30pm

Foghorn Improv presents Foghorn Funnies; an evening of non-stop laughter served up with a generous helping of Improvised games and jokes so you can enjoy a good old-fashioned night of fun.

You, the audience, are the puppet masters and the fate of the performers is in your hands. Welcome to the silliest, funniest comedy show on the Costa del Impro. Make your suggestions as we conspire a crazy mix of impossible situations and shenanigans for our unlucky bunch of performers!

‘The whole evening had the audience roaring with laughter... the talent on display is simply superb.’ ***** The Public Reviews

Sat 6th Dec - BOOK HERE

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