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

Special Event
Friday, May 20, 2016 to Saturday, May 21, 2016

8PM

Ryan Singer believes that aliens built the pyramids and by the time that he finishes his set, you probably will too. He's the creator and host of Me and Paranormal You, the twice-weekly podcast featuring interviews with people who've experienced paranormal phenomena and has been named a top emerging comedian by LA Weekly and New York Magazine. For a special two night engagement Singer will delight audiences with his comically analytical perspective on a range of topics from the hypocrisy of Tyra Banks to his mother's recent decision to install a stripper pole in her home's exercise room. 

"With his high energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there's not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer... a comic's comic who electrifies audiences" - LaughSpin

 

 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 to Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 25, 2PM and 7PM | May 28, 1PM

Following a sell-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster's award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. 

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey - The Walking DeadState of Play) is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging?

Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd (Andy Nyman - Peaky Blinders, Death at a Funeral) and the peculiar Mooney (Johnny Flynn - Clouds of Sils Maria) lurk with very different motives for their visit. 

 

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Special Event
Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016

8PM

Hailed by LA Weekly as the next Carol Burnett, Emily Maya Mills has been a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles since 2006. She's appeared on Parks and RecreationConan, and Key and PeeleGod Hates Figs, her critically acclaimed one-woman show, played to sold-out audiences over a six-month run. Don't miss this powerhouse performer when she brings her hilarous act to Fort Worth! 

"Let's add Mills to that group of next-gen femmes helping to obliterate the women aren't funny cliché." - LA Weekly

 

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National Theatre Live
Saturday, June 4, 2016 to Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saturday, 1PM | Wednesday, 2PM and 7PM

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire). In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. 

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others' hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed. 

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Special Event
Friday, June 10, 2016 to Saturday, June 11, 2016

8PM

Jackie Kashian's comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. Her quippy routines craftily draw connections between disparate subjects like the plight of Native Americans and the frozen food aisle at the grocery store that will make you think and keep you laughing. A fast talker, Kashian captivates audiences with intelligent commentary and a surprising ability to stay one step ahead of the laughs. 

"Her comedy is that rare, wonderful combination: smart and funny." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 to Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 22, 2PM and 7PM | June 25, 1PM

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the uproarious One Man, Two Guvnors was a runaway hit both in London's West End and on Broadway. 

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect $6,000 from his fiancé's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister posing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at the Cricketers' Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. 

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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. 

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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 next comedy special. 

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.

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Special Event
Saturday, September 24, 2016

7-10PM

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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