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A Tender Thing

by Ben Power
directed by Simon Bartlett

A Tender Thing is a moving account of age, memory and humanity. Freely adapting the text of Romeo and Juliet, Ben Power has created a very contemporary tale of love and sacrifice, weaving Shakespeare's original into a delicate and haunting meditation on the forces that hold a relationship together. Focused upon a much older couple than Shakespeare's original impulsive Veronese teenagers, the play is an elegiac, yet ultimately uplifting, account of the human capacity to love.

RSS is delighted to be giving the London premiere of this RSC commission, first performed by them in Newcastle and Stratford. Our production provides a unique opportunity to explore Shakespeare's timeless love poetry in a different context and marks the start of our 2014-16 Shakespeare anniversary celebrations.

Book tickets for A Tender Thing

Please note that the performance lasts approximately 80 minutes with no interval.

Sunday 26 January to Saturday 1 February 2014
Sunday 26th January 2014 at 4pm • Wed 29th Jan - No performance

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen
  2. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  3. Journey’s End - R C Sherriff
  4. Larkin with Women - Ben Brown
  5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  6. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  7. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  8. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  9. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  10. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  11. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  12. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  13. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  14. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  15. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  16. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  17. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  18. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  19. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  20. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  21. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  22. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  23. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  24. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  25. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  26. Collaborators - John Hodge
  27. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  28. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  29. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  30. The White Devil - John Webster
  31. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  32. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  33. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  34. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  35. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  36. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  37. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  38. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  39. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  40. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  41. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  42. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  43. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  44. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  45. Othello - William Shakespeare
  46. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  47. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  48. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  49. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  50. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  51. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  52. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  53. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  54. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  55. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  56. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  57. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  58. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  59. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  60. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  61. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  62. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  63. In the Club - Richard Bean
  64. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  65. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  66. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  67. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  68. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  69. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  70. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  71. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  72. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  73. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  74. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  75. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  76. King John - William Shakespeare
  77. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  78. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  79. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  80. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  81. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  82. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  83. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  84. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  85. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  86. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  87. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  88. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  89. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  90. Iron - Rona Munro
  91. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  92. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
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Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
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