Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants is the musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s long-running animated children’s sitcom of the same name. We find ourselves in the undersea city of Bikini Bottom, inhabited by happy-go-lucky and ever-optimistic yellow sea sponge SpongeBob SquarePants and his equally quirky circle... read more

Spy Actually: A Bi-Polar Express

With enemies like these, who needs friends?One a snowy night, somewhere in Switzerland, former spy Peter is completing one last job before he officially retires. On the roof the of the train, he finds himself pursued by Sylvestro, his long-serving nemesis who he has confronted many times before.... read more

The Stars are Made of Concrete

When 39-year-old Bev is made redundant from an admin job in the NHS she begins to face the same struggles as her 24-year-old son Adam - who has never had a job. We see their conflicts with each other played out through both perspectives. While the play is primarily a drama, there is comic relief... read more


Pen and Neil are at the end of a difficult breakup. Neil lived away from home for a year because of work, and the only thing Pen could talk to him about was their dog, Sam. She updated him on every minute detail of the dog’s life and sent him weekly postcards from the dog. Neil, who couldn’t take... read more

Stones In His Pockets

Stones In His Pockets takes place in a scenic spot near small town in County Kerry which has been taken over by a Hollywood film crew. Charlie Conlan and Jake Quinn have been employed as extras on the film and tell the story of the impact this movie set has upon the local community. Charlie claim... read more

Stop the World - I Want to Get Off

This innovative, symbolic musical examines the birth, life, and death of the clownish Littlechap. He is born into a circus-like world and struggles to make his way in life working as a tea-boy. One day, he falls in love with Evie, his boss’s daughter. When Evie becomes pregnant, the couple get ma... read more


In a packed New York City coffee shop, Jocelyn seats herself beside a stranger who is also reading the book “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. They begin a dialogue dissecting the book and how it does and doesn’t map to a valid philosophy for living their own lives. In the process a romantic connect... read more

Subways Are for Sleeping

‘Subways are for Sleeping’ concerns Angie McKay, a magazine writer assigned to write a story about a certain group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in the New York subway. The leader of this group of well-dressed drifters is Tom Bailey, a one-man employment agency who finds other drifte... read more

The Summoning

Circe and Morgan are college roommates, and tonight they're planning something strange. All they need to set their dangerous plan in motion is that final touch: a virgin vessel. Enter Lily, the last virgin on campus, for a night of bloody slapstick, dark comedy, and perhaps even a brush with the... read more


‘Sunny’ is a love story focusing on three couples. Sunny is trying to escape a forced marriage with Mr. Wendell-Wendell and stows away on a ship heading to New York. On the ship, Tom is traveling with his fiancée Marcia. Realizing that she will be refused entry into America, Sunny convinces Tom’s... read more