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Brits Off Broadway Now Through January 4 at 59 E 59

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britsoffbroadwaylogoThere are plenty of British on Broadway – Jude Law in “Hamlet,” for example. For the sixth year in a row, there is also Brits Off Broadway, seven shows by British playwrights as celebrated as Alan Ayckbourn, at the 59 E 59 Theaters (which are on 59 East 59th Street). Ticket prices are no more than $25, and student rush is $10, less than the cost of a movie ticket even for an English film.
Here is the line-up:

My Wonderful Day
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Produced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre Company
Featuring Ayesha Antoine, Terence Booth, Ruth Gibson, Paul Kemp, Petra Letang and Alexandra Mathie
Nov. 11-Dec. 13
“Winnie lives in a world full of adults. She’s off school for the day and has an essay to write, ‘My Wonderful Day.’ What better time to write it than today? What better opportunity than quietly seated unnoticed in a corner, while mother busies herself around the house? What better source of material than the bizarre and increasingly frenetic comings and goings of adults in the weird household in which she finds herself?”

Red Sea Fish
Written by Matt Wilkinson
Directed by Frank McCabe and Matt Wilkinson
Now through November 22

Wolves at the Window
By Toby Davies after Saki
Directed by Thomas Hescott and produced by Arcola Theatre
Nov. 10-Dec. 6
“Enter the offbeat world of Saki – one of the twentieth century’s greatest satirists. It’s a world full of macabre, acid and very funny characters, a world that drives a knife into upper class Edwardian life.”

Merrick, The Elephant Man
Written by Mary Swan and Saul Jaffé
Directed by Mary Swan, starring Saul Jaffé and produced by Proteus Theatre Company
Nov. 24-Dec. 13
“Merrick, The Elephant Man, is the moving, poetic and ultimately uplifting story of the life of Joseph Merrick. Fusing burlesque, new circus and physical theater, Merrick… is a highly physical, one-man tour-de-force version of this classic story recharged for the 21st century. Often the most remarkable stories are the true ones, and the story of Joseph Carey Merrick is certainly that. The journey of this astonishing man, from an object of curiosity and social revulsion to celebrity, Merrick’s life and tragic destiny is as relevant today as it ever was.”

A British Subject
Dec. 9-Jan. 3, 2010 Written by Nichola McAuliffe
Directed by Hannah Eidinow
Produced by Pleasance Theatre Productions
Featuring Tom Cotcher, Kulvinder Ghir and Nichola McAuliffe
“At the age of 18, Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British Subject, arrived in Pakistan. 24 hours later a taxi driver was dead and Tahir was tried for his murder. Condemned to hang in the Criminal Court, he spent 18 years on Death Row. Don Mackay of the Daily Mirror was the only journalist to visit him in that time. A British Subject is an extraordinary true-life tale of international politics and the media colliding with justice, civil liberties and, ultimately, faith.”

Simon Green
Dec. 15-Jan. 4, 2010
“Simon Green returns to 59E59 Theaters for a stylish and sophisticated evening of cabaret, featuring classic music from both classic and contemporary British lyricists and composers.”

Fascinating Aida is Absolutely Miraculous
Dec. 16-Jan. 4, 2010
” Imagine ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ meets Noel Coward as sung by the Puppini Sisters.”