Plays

In our full season of main stage plays, staged readings, National Theatre Live screenings and other programming, you’ll leap into a unique adventure every time you walk through our doors. Read on to discover all of the exciting things we have in store for you.

“Word is out that Amphibian always delivers.” – Mark Lowry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Main Stage
Thursday, July 14, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016

directed by Melissa Crespo

Thursdays - Saturdays, 8PM | Sundays, 2PM

When a relaxing afternoon walk turns into a wacky international crisis, lovebirds Arthur and Olivia have no choice but to play by the absurd rules. The two must closely rely on each other to escape the consequences of a ridiculous policy, but a comically by-the-book government official may push them to the brink of breaking up. Crossing the Line is a hilarious play about the physical and emotional lines we draw and how they divide and define us. 

"Both a clever shot at the bureaucratic chains of command that plague our lives, and a genuinely funny piece of writing." Time Out

 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27, 2PM and 7PM

For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. 

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today's meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. 

Nominated for three Tony Awards, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award win for the same role in The Queen. 

*This is a broadcast, not a live performance. 

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Staged Reading
Sunday, August 21, 2016 to Monday, August 22, 2016

 

Sunday, 2PM | Monday, 7PM - SOLD OUT

TJ and 23 are two young songwriters with big dreams that their music will pave the way to better lives. They meet and fall in love at a gritty Nashville club, but  things spin out of control when TJ borrows money from the wrong guy to record a demo. Romeo and Juliet meets Cabaret in this exciting Texas developmental premiere with music by JT Harding, which includes the smash country hits “Smile” (made famous by Uncle Kracker), “Somewhere With You” (a hit for Kenny Chesney), "Somewhere in My Car" (made famous by Keith Urban), "Sangria" (performed on The Voice by Blake Shelton), and "Different for Girls" (which was recently performed on The Late Show by Dierks Bentley and Elle King). Music City, USA explores the risks you take to bet on yourself.

 
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Special Event
Monday, August 29, 2016 to Saturday, September 3, 2016

Monday - Saturday, 8PM

The breakout star of the popular Netflix series Grace and Frankie, Baron Vaughn brings his absurdist take on such subjects as race, relationships, Cocoa Puffs and credit scores to Fort Worth for a one-week residency to work on new material. Be among the first to hear his latest routine and give feedback to help craft his new set. 

Vaughn is known for an act as energetic as it is intelligent, with finely-crafted ramblings that shoot off into pop culture references. Case in point: a commentary on failed relationships rapidly devolves into a medley of early-90s cartoon theme songs - DuckTales, TaleSpin and Gummi Bears included. 

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National Theatre Live
Saturday, September 10, 2016 to Wednesday, September 14, 2016

 

September 10, 1PM | September 14, 2PM and 7PM

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014.

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

*This is a broadcast, not a live performance. 

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Special Event
Saturday, September 24, 2016

7-10PM

Event Chair: Brad Alford

Event Hosts: Becca & Mark Stupfel

When it comes to Guilty Pleasures we rarely let ourselves go, but when you're with Amphibian the fun is guilt-free! On September 24 say yes to calories, booze, shopping sprees and more of those secret joys we won't make you admit. Join us for an evening of indulgence benefitting the creation of daring and unforgettable theater in Fort Worth. 

"Amphibian makes Fort Worth an even cooler city than it already was" - Jimmy Fowler, Fort Worth Weekly

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Main Stage
Thursday, October 20, 2016 to Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thursdays - Saturdays, 8PM | Sundays, 2PM

People say that there is someone for everyone, but when fate sends a letter to every person on Earth revealing their one true love, Meg is left alone without a match. Confused and hurt while her boyfriend flies across the world to meet his new love, she turns to her family and finds that she may just be better off without a soul mate. Smart Pretty Funny is a provocative and captivating comedy about love, loneliness, motherhood, and the idea that life never turns out the way you planned. 

"Ms. Culebro is clearly a writer of promise" - The New York Times

 

 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 to Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 26, 2PM and 7PM | October 29, 1PM

Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) and Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years a Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. 

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. 

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. 

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. 

*This is a broadcast, not a live performance. 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 to Saturday, November 5, 2016

November 2, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM | November 5, 1:00 PM

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion set in post-war West London.

*This is a broadcast, not a live performance. 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 16, 11AM and 7PM | November 19, 1PM

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. 

The running time is approx. 3 hours and 20 min. with a 20 minute intermission. 

*This is a broadcast, not a live performance. 

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Staged Reading
Sunday, December 4, 2016 to Monday, December 5, 2016

Sunday, 2PM | Monday, 7PM

When Rachel and Callie start clinical trials on their new female libido enhancement drug willing participants come out of the woodwork looking for an internal revolution. Quickly after the first dose, the effectiveness of the medicine is undeniable, but the overwhelming pressure for its success may corrupt the experiment and everyone involved. The Pleasure Trials is an insightful and entertaining examination of women, sexual desire, and the burden of meeting expectations. 

"Saltwick's prose is bold, gorgeous, and challenging." - The Austin Chronicle

 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

11AM and 7PM

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of millions of people around the world. 

Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who brings breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. 

*This is a broadcast, not a live performance. 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 to Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 14, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM | December 17, 1:00 PM

A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. As London's East End scrubs up for the coronation, Mr. and Mrs. Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business. Keeping tight control of the city's underground—and their daughter’s whereabouts. Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.

*This is a broadcast, not a live performance. 

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