Performances are Tuesday 5th of February to Saturday 9th at 8pm, with a matinée at 2pm on Saturday the 9th at Theatral Espace Scarabaeus (map).
Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is a wonderful and complex piece of theatre which confronts such current human issues as love, hate, prejudice, and above all, religious intolerance, the fear and distrust of the “other”. Money and debt are central themes in this play.
The plot revolves around a Venetian merchant who can’t repay a loan from a hated moneylender. Bassanio needs money because he has spent all his fortune and is in debt everywhere especially to Antonio, who has bailed him out on more than one occasion before. He asks Antonio again for more money (a business deal, an investment, a way to recoup his losses) to finance his pursuit of the rich Portia. If he wins her he can restore his fortunes and pay off all his debts.
Antonio’s own wealth is tied up in ships heading back to Venice. He raises the money for Bassanio by borrowing from Shylock, a Jewish merchant he has previously refused to do business with. Shylock loans the money because he wants Antonio above all people to be indebted to him because for once he will be on an equal basis with him.
Antonio’s fleet is wrecked at sea and the once-rich man becomes unable to repay this debt. Shylock is contemptuous of him as well as furious – Antonio’s superiority over Shylock is at an end. On discovering the elopement of his daughter with a friend of Bassanio’s his hatred for Antonio and all Christians, and his desire for revenge, turns him to the bond – the ‘security’ he demanded for Antonio’s loan – a pound of flesh to be taken from Antonio.
This production is set in late 1920’s Venice and Belmont and the main characters are all in some way connected to the Mafia. The Duke being the head of the mafia and the ultimate dispenser of “justice”. Setting it in the late 1920s gives an opportunity to reflect on the very
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Calendar Girls is based on the film of the true story of a remarkable group of women who decided to raise £500 to replace the sofa in the visitors’ room of the cancer ward of their local hospital: by producing a calendar with a difference. Instead of a calendar of spectacular local views, they produce a calendar with spectacular views of the locals!
This funny, but very moving play follows the changes this modest plan brings to the lives of these women. We follow them as they confront their fears and deal with the consequences of their success.
In fact, to date, the ladies have raised over £3 million for Leukaemia Research in the UK, and many other charities have benefited by following their lead.
The English Comedy Club is proud to follow their example and will be donating at least €2 from each ticket sold to Fondation contre le Cancer in Brussels.
Time: 8 pm , 12-16 March 2013, 3 pm 16 March 2013
Ticket Price: €16
To book go to: http://ecc.theatreinbrussels.com
Maison Blanche, 506 Chaussée de StJob, Uccle/Ukkel
A three-part evening of drama, comedy, good food and drinks!
Part One: “Ted, Rose” – a one-act play by Matthew Snoding (Winner of the ATC Playwriting Competition 2012)
It’s been a surprise party for Rose’s 10th wedding anniversary, but more surprises lay in store when she and her husband clean up the mess . . . Is it time to re-evaluate the past, and question the future?
Proudly presenting the Brussels Singers!
Improv Comedy – laugh until it hurts!
3-4 May 2013 – Warehouse Studio Theatre
Williams wrote over 70 one-act plays in addition to such full-length classics as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
27 Wagons Full of Cotton, “a Mississippi Delta comedy”, was his twentieth one-act play, written in 1946 and set in 1934 against the background of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “good neighbour” policy.
It follows the story of a cotton gin owner, Jake Meighan (Andy Blumenthal), and his young wife, Flora (Peyton Cimino). When there is a fire in the neighbouring plantation suspicion falls on Jake and the plantation superintendent, Silva Vicarro (Gareth Lewis), comes looking for his own special brand of vengeance.
Tickets: €10 (including one free drink) – Click here to buy 27 Wagons Full of Cotton tickets
The Irish Theatre Group are very excited to announce that the Box Office is now open for our next show, The Importance of Being Earnest, at Palais des Beaux-Arts Studio, running from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May. Tickets can be purchased directly from the from the BOZAR website, by telephone (02/507.82.00) or in person.
Everyone knows (or thinks they know) Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Some of the lines and situations are among the most well known in the theatre world – Lady Bracknell, Algernon, the Honourable Gwendolen Fairfax have become reference figures for artifice, style and snobbery.
Andrew McIlroy’s exciting new take on Oscar Wilde’s classic sparkles, while never losing sight of the dark satire behind the façade of comedy. While the play is certainly a glittering social comedy – it is much more; it is filled with anger, deception and a biting criticism of morals and attitudes. It’s this – this darker underbelly of a much loved classic – that the forthcoming ITG production will seek to explore. It will be fun, noisy, energetic and alternative, Wilde would hopefully have approved.
Our shows normally sell out so book early to avoid disappointment.
We look forward to seeing you there!
This production is supported by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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