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Upcoming performances at the Merlin Theatre

A NEW play by Tom Stoppard live from the National Theatre and a stunning triple bill of cinematic dance theatre are coming to the Merlin Theatre over the next couple of weeks.

On Thursday 27th January at 7pm National Theatre Live presents Leopoldstadt, A new play by Tom Stoppard, directed by Patrick Marber. Filmed live in front of an audience at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London.

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (Times), Academy and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play, Leopoldstadt, is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. 

We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play.

All tickets £16, certificate 12A tbc, running time is 2hrs 30 mins with no interval. 

The multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company presents Phantoms – a stunning triple bill of cinematic dance theatre – on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th February.

Green Apples: Bruce’s highly popular commanding work choreographed to music by The White Stripes. A visceral and immediate live experience as two dancers perform within the confines of a rope circle, creating a space of powerful physical intensity and magnetic energy.

Folk Tales: Characters from the myths of our past dance to the evocative music of Martin Simpson, including renditions of Beaulampkins, Soldier’s Joy and Betsy the Serving Maid among others. A collection of life affirming pieces; at once mysterious, fiery and celebrational.

Phantoms:  A stunning dance theatre tale of love, tragedy and revenge in a land where our phantoms roam free. Mark Bruce Company presents its trademark cinematic vision; a carousel of dream-like characters in a beautifully savage world falling into chaos, culminating in a surreal, classic showdown on the road. Phantoms features the creative team that brought you Dracula, Macbeth and Return to Heaven, and an originally composed score. 

Tickets: Adults £19, concessions £15, running time: 80 mins plus interval. Recommended: 11+.

To book tickets, call the Box Office on 01373 465949 or visit

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