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The Little Book of Brexit Bollocks

'Truly brilliant' - Matthew Parris,
Times columnist
Simon Schuster Ltd
ISBN-13: 9781471189166
Authors: Alistair Beaton / Tom Mitchelson

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Berlin, translated by Alistair Beaton

Alone in Berlin

Co-produced by Northampton's Royal and Derngate and York Theatre Royal in association with Oxford Playhouse.

By Hans Fallada
Adapted by Alistair Beaton
Directed by James Dacre

Royal & Derngate Theatre
19-21 Guildhall Road
Box Office: 01604 624811
Tickets HERE

8th February - 29th February


York Theare Royal
St. Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HD
Box Office: 01904 623568
Tickets HERE

3rd March - 21st March


Oxford Playhouse
Beaumont Street, Oxford, UK, OX1 2LW
Box Office: 01865 305305
Tickets HERE

24th March - 28th March


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Fracked! Or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word

Anne Reid and James Bolam to play anti-fracking campaigners. The Guardian article written by Mark Brown.
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David Hare imagines chancellor in crisis for West End political satire season
Along with Hare on Osborne, Arts Theatre season includes Alistair Beaton play about a plot to oust Jeremy Corbyn
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Latest News


bullet If any event in recent British history has spawned more bollocks than Brexit, it is hard to remember when. Now, in a successor volume to the perennial bestsellers The Little Book of Complete Bollocks and The Little Book of Management Bollocks, comes the definitive and hilarious insight into what politicians really mean when they talk about Brexit. The Little Book of Brexit Bollocks Paperback edition by Alistair Beaton is now released and available from all good booksellers.


bullet Hans Fallada's international bestselling novel ALONE IN BERLIN in Berlinl has been adapted for the stage by Alistair Beaton. Co-produced by Northampton's Royal and Derngate and York Theatre Royal in association with Oxford Playhouse, the play will have its world premiere in Northampton in February 2020. ALONE IN BERLIN opens on 8 February (2020) in Northampton before transferring to York (where it runs from 3 to 21 March) and to Oxford (from 24 to 28 March). (29 September 2019)


bullet Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON’T USE THE F-WORD toured the UK in 2017. You can read what the critics said HERE. A production is currently running in Nurnberg, Germany. (15 December 2017)

bullet In March 2018 FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON’T USE THE F-WORD opens in a new production in Stuttgart. 

bullet Alistair has recently been commissioned to translate and adapt for the stage an internationally best-selling novel.

bullet Alistair has been commissioned by HAT TRICK Productions to write a pilot for a new sitcom series. 

bullet A new production of Die Fledermaus, with translation by Alistair Beaton, is currently running at Opera Holland Park. The opera, which features the City of London Sinfonia, will run until 5th August.

bullet Anne Reid and James Bolam are starring as anti-fracking campaigners in a new stage play by the Alistair Beaton.  Fracked! Or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word was announced on Thursday by the Festival Theatre in Chichester.  This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power. Fracked! Or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word runs at the Minerva Theatre 8 July – 6 August and is directed by Richard Wilson.  Tickets from the Chichester Theatre website HERE. (21 February 2016)

bullet "Alistair Beaton’s contemporary translation with Mark Thomson’s direction and Claire McKenzie’s music make for a rollickingly outstanding production." (EdinburghGuide.com), and "The Lyceum's new production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle should not be missed." (The Scotsman).  These are just some of the reviews coming in for Alistair Beaton's translation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle currently at Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre. You can read more by clicking the links on the left. (23 FEBRUARY 2015)

bullet Dallas's Kitchen Dog Theater production of The Arsonists is continuing to gather excellent reviews of Alistair Beaton’s 2007 translation of the 1958 Max Frisch play The Arsonists.. "Kitchen Dog Theater’s production, crackles under Tim Johnson’s tight direction…  British satirist Alistair Beaton’s 2007 translation brings Frisch’s ideas up to date.“and "Explosively entertaining" The run continues until 13th December. You can read the full review HERE. (12 NOVEMBER 2014)

bullet Alistair Beaton's new translation of Play Strindberg by Friedrich Dürrenmatt is gathering great reviews. WhatsOnStage reviewer Kris Hallett wrote "Alistair Beaton has translated Durrenmatt without taking liberties…. the language is deliciously short and brutal, the humour as dark…" and "The Ustinov Studio is in a golden age, and 'Play Strindberg' could be its crown jewel". The play runs till 11th October at Bath's Ustinov Studio. (22 SEPTEMBER 2014)

bullet Chicago's Strawdog Theater production of The Arsonists is gathering wonderful reviews. "Strawdog has put together a set that truly comes alive with sound and fury. The experience is unsettling, by turns funny and frightening, but not to be missed."  says Stage & Cinema and Theatre in Chicago said "This elegant, witty translation of Max Frisch's 1958 absurdist comedy is part moral fable, part black farce." The production runs till 27th September. (27 AUGUST 2014)

bullet Kitchen Dog Theater’s (Dallas, Texas ) 2014-2015 season includes the regional premiere of Alistair Beaton’s 2007 translation of the 1958 Max Frisch play The Arsonists.  The play, will run 7th November – 13th December.  In addition The Arsonists is also presented at the MET – Maryland Ensemble Theatre early 2015.  Directed by Gerrard Stropnicky, the play will run 13th February – 8th March. (30 JULY 2014)

bullet The Caucasian Chalk Circle will open at The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh next year. The play by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Alistair Beaton will be directed by Mark Thomson and runs from 18 February - 14 March. More information and tickets HERE. (22 JULY 2014)

bullet Bath's Theatre Royal will stage the UK premiere of Play Strindberg by Friedrich Dürrenmatt in a new translation by Alistair Beaton.  The black comedy will run from Thursday 11th September - Saturday 11th October at The Ustinov Studio. Directed by Nancy Meckler, you can find out more on the Theatre Royal website HERE. (16 JUNE 2014)

bullet Strawdog Theatre in Chicago begins its new season with Max Frisch’s “The Arsonists”, adapted by Alistair Beaton. Matt Hawkins directs Strawdog’s production which runs from August 15th to September 27th.

bullet “The same was also true ("fresh and exhilarating...") of Alistair Beaton’s brilliant adaptation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess).” So reads Richard Jordon’s ‘Hits of 2013’ in his column in The Stage.  He goes on to say “Henry Goodman’s remarkable UI was my drama performance of the year, and to date it has disappointed me how he has been overlooked in the various London theatre awards and nominations.” You can read Richard Jordon's full article HERE. (23 JANUARY 2013)

bullet Henry Goodman "drips technical virtuosity" in Jonathan Church's production, which gives an evening of "genuinely epic entertainment", says Michael Coveney. The review of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui on WhatsOnStage.com goes on to say, "Alistair Beaton's nifty new version..." and gives the play four stars. Read the full review HERE. (1 OCTOBER 2013)

bullet The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at London's West End, is gathering great reviews. LondonTheatre gave the production five stars and The London Evening Standard said "Alistair Beaton’s revised version of the text is pleasingly sparky...", and also gave the play four stars. The BBC ran an interview with Henry Goodman who plays the central character. Click the links to read the reviews in full. (26 SEPTEMBER 2013)