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Durham University

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Theatre Performance

All the world's a stage and no where is this more obvious that at Durham University, home to a wealth of performing talent, with colleges and student societies presenting a wonderful range of comedy, drama and music, both old and new. Durham Student Theatre group incorporates many different production companies including DULOG, Durham Shakespeare Company, Castle Theatre Company, as well as several companies based at the individual colleges, offering a lively programme, showcasing performing talent and developing backstage skills.

The recently refurbished Assembly Rooms Theatre plays host to live performances every week of term and is available as a venue for public performances out of term time.

Saturday 25 January 2020

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Mark Hillery Arts Centre (Collingwood College)

The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster's acclaimed play of 1606, is a heart-wrenching tale of demonic jealousy, an empowering femme fatale and tragic self-reinvention. This modern production will shed new light on the traditional tale.

Contact olivia.j.swain@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


DULOG Presents 'Oklahoma!'

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Durham University Light Opera Group (DULOG) are proud to present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, smash-hit Oklahoma! which tells the whirlwind story of two young couples fighting for their lovers in the crossfire of cowboys and farmers. The Western-Indian territory of Oklahoma makes for a much-spirited rivalry between local cowboys and ranch-hands. The perfect backdrop for a love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl.

Contact dulog.secretary@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 26 January 2020

The Durham Revue presents: The Good, the Bad & The Durham Revue

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Mark Hillary Arts Centre - Collingwood

Join award-winning sketch comedy troupe, The Durham Revue, as they venture into the Wild West in search of 'The Comedy Gold'. Will they find it? Probably not. But with an hour of outrageous and original sketches to be enjoyed along the way, you don't want to miss it.

Contact william.allen@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 28 January 2020

The Durham Revue presents: The Good, the Bad & The Durham Revue

8:00pm to 9:00pm

Join award-winning sketch comedy troupe, The Durham Revue, as they venture into the Wild West in search of 'The Comedy Gold'. Will they find it? Probably not. But with an hour of outrageous and original sketches to be enjoyed along the way, you don't want to miss it.

Contact william.allen@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 2 February 2020

Durham Drama Festival 2020

10:30am to 9:30pm, Various venues across the city

Durham Drama Festival (DDF) This year's annual festival features 9 new plays and a scratch night of work all written by students from Durham University.
Come along to enjoy the best new writing and performances from our talented students!

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 13 February 2020

Castle Theatre Company presents: Measure for Measure

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

In the high-powered world of Vienna, Angelo begins to enact a reign of terror and brutality. Can Isabella prevent his atrocities without sacrificing her soul? A modern twist on one of Shakespeare's most famous problem plays, Measure For Measure explores the shockingly familar story of blackmail, social unrest and the imbalance of power.

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 16 February 2020

Don't Bother by Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

A stand-up poetry show about dead rabbits, chocolate and nostalgia.

Multi-award winning performance poet and alumnus of the Durham Revue, Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin presents a semi-coherent exploration of nothing in particular using some words that rhyme and some more that don't. Blending surreal humour with storytelling and spoken word, 'Don't Bother' is a unique hour of comedy that is not to be missed.

Bróccán is a comedian and poet from Hartlepool. He is the winner of the Manchester Slam 2018 and the Huddersfield Literature Festival Slam 2019. He was runner up in the Manchester Champion of Champions Slam and a Hammer and Tongue National Finalist 2019.

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 20 February 2020

Going Postal

7:30pm to 7:30pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre

Moist von Lipwig is a con artist, a fraud, and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged or get Ankh-Morpork’s ailing postal service back up and running. Whatever happens, through lightning or fire, the mail must get through.

Ooook! Productions present their annual Pratchett spectacular. Going Postal, is sure to be an enjoyable evening of fantasy and fun.

Contact oook.theatre@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Ooook! Productions presents: Going Postal

7:30pm to 10:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Moist von Lipwig is a con artist, a fraud, and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged or get Ankh-Morpork’s ailing postal service back up and running. Whatever happens, through lightning or fire, the mail must get through. Ooook! Productions present their annual Pratchett spectacular. Going Postal, is sure to be an enjoyable evening of fantasy and fun.

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 23 February 2020

We'll Have Nun of It by Finola Southgate

2:30pm to 7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

After its sell out, five star run in July, Finola Southgate’s original musical ‘We’ll Have Nun of It’ returns to Durham’s Assembly Rooms Theatre after a series of development workshops.

Through a melange of choral, pop and soul music, We’ll Have Nun of It follows four convent school students as they navigate growing up in the restrained and confusing world of 1967. Based on personal experiences, the production seeks to bring to life real stories of Irish immigration, faith, homosexuality and sisterhood.

'Don’t miss this ‘beautiful, touching experience’ (Palatinate)

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 27 February 2020

Durham Opera Ensemble presents: Eugene Onegin

7:30pm to 7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Eugene Onegin, originally set in 1820s St Petersburg and its surrounding countryside, follows the story of a selfish hero who lives to regret his rejection of a young woman’s love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend. Adopted from Pushkin's novel-in-verse, this Tchaikovsky masterpiece (in translation) is a stunning example of lyric opera.

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Feather Theatre Company Presents... 'Grease' by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Caedmon Hall, Hide Bede

It's 1959, and the T-Birds and Pink Ladies are ready for their senior year at Rydell High School. During the summer vacation, greaser Danny Zuko fell for Sandy Dumbrowski in a whirlwind romance that neither of them thought would last. When they unexpectedly discover they're now attending the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their relationship or is Danny more worried about maintaining his tough-guy reputation?

Contact mildarts@mildert.co.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 1 March 2020

Never Give Up: A Variety Show for Suicide Awareness

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Join performers from Durham University alongside RTProjects for an evening of entertainment and a celebration of life. Performed in aid of raising money for suicide prevention in the North East. Acts to be annouced soon...

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 4 March 2020

DULOG presents ‘Dogfight’

7:30pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre

Based on the critically acclaimed film, Dogfight sets its beautiful story in 1963, where a group of young Marines set out for one final night of debauchery and merriment amidst the conflict in Southeast Asia. A cruel bet entwines the lives of these young men with an awkward, yet tender waitress, Rose. Through the games they play, Rose grows into the heroine we all need. She teaches the men compassion, love, and acceptance.

Contact dulog.secretary@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 12 March 2020

Choral Society and Durham Opera Ensemble present: Mendelssohn's 'Elijah'

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RL

Durham University Choral Society return to Durham Cathedral to present Mendelssohn’s Elijah, in partnership with Durham Opera Ensemble, under the leadership of Nathan Smith. We are thrilled to collaborate on Mendelssohn’s ever-popular oratorio, of which will be an exciting opportunity for both societies to showcase one of the greatest pieces in the choral repertoire. Undoubtedly the composer’s most famous and adored choral work, its delightful charm and rousing choruses never fail to bring joy to all those who experience the beauty of this irresistible work.

Contact choral.society@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Lion Theatre Company presents: Mercury Fur

7:30pm to 7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

In a dystopian London ravaged by lawlessness, a gang of youths survive by fulfilling their clients’ wildest fantasies. As events spiral out of control, the gang must question how far are they willing to go to save the ones they love. Called Phillip Ridley's 'masterpiece', this disturbing production has polarised critics and audience alike since its birth.

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 13 March 2020

CTC presents: 'Mrs Dalloway'

7:00pm to 7:00pm, Bishops Dining Room in University College

It’s June. It’s June and the war is over. It’s June, the war is over and Clarissa Dalloway is holding a party. Over the course of a single day, this woman of high society encounters her own troubled past when Peter Walsh, an old flame of thirty years ago, walks back into her life. At the same time, a man she has never met still cannot escape his memories of the war, despite being diagnosed as ‘absolutely fine’. ‘Mrs Dalloway’ is Virginia Woolf’s classic story of memory, modernity and the moments that connect us.

Contact castle.theatrecompany@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 16 March 2020

Squashed Mango Theatre Company presents: It Felt Empty

7:30pm to 7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

The life of Dijana Polancec: professional romantic, eternal optimist, and accidental prostitute. "I know exactly how much I am worth. I am worth one thousand euros because that is how much Babac paid for me. To put this in easy language, that is like two-and-a-half iPhones." Lucy Kirkwood's award-winning play uses wit and tenderness to explore sex-trafficking in the modern day.

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 19 March 2020

Durham Showcase

7:30pm to 7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Durham Student Theatre proudly present the Durham Showcase 2020! The Durham Showcase is a collection of monologues and duologues performed by a troupe of Durham's most talented finalist actors. The Showcase is previewing in Durham in the Assembly Rooms Theatre before moving on to London where it will perform at The Tristan Bates Theatre in March. Come along to see some quality acting and show support!

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 13 May 2020

Look Back in Anger

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, 40 North Bailey, Durham

John Osborne's landmark drama of sex, class and marriage that revolutionised British drama in an electrifying new production created especially for the Assembly Rooms...

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 28 May 2020

Find the River Productions presents: There's Someone Coming Through

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, 40 North Bailey, Durham

A unique North East theatrical production looks set to do for celebrity psychics what Alan Partridge did for radio presenters. There’s Someone Coming Through is an affectionate look at what happens to famous clairvoyants when the entity they most need to reach is the ghost of their own career. Neville Vaughan was a once-respected psychic, but a fall from grace has reduced him to backstreet gigs as he owes the taxman thousands, his ex-wife is taking him to the cleaners, and there's that whole saga with the Puerto Rican bell boy...

Contact theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Student Theatre

Durham Student Theatre is the umbrella organisation which supports theatre at Durham University, representing 26 individual theatre companies.

Music Durham

Music Durham is the umbrella organisation for music societies. Student-led and student run, Music Durham is supported by Experience Durham with sponsorship from PwC.