We are OVO. We create bold, imaginative and surprising new versions of classic plays and stories. We are a theatre production company based in St Albans, 20 miles north of London, England.
OVO at Christmas
OVO at Christmas
Directed by Anna Franklin and Adam Nichols
Baby it’s Cold Outside - but why not join some well known OVO faces on our Sleigh Ride and hope for a White Christmas as we give you our ever popular evening of beloved Christmas classics, accompanied by our house band, all served up with lashings of mulled wine.
This year the evening will feature a performance of The Chimes - a haunting Dickensian tale set on New Year's Eve. Written a year after A Christmas Carol, it promises to be a delightfully dark, but ultimately uplifting Christmas treat.
Let us get you well and truly into the festive spirit – for one night only!
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Christopher Hampton | Based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos
Directed by Adam Nichols
Two former lovers come together in pre-revolutionary France to corrupt the innocent and the virtuous for selfish kicks and fresh sexual conquests.
These consummate seducers wield sex as a means to power, apply battleground strategies to affairs of the human heart and play seduction as a competitive sport.
But when he falls in love for real, she realises she is playing a game with something and someone that she can't bear to lose.
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Matthew Parker
Alice thinks she has met the devil and dreams of him nightly, wishing he’d return. Does this make her a witch?
Betty, the teenage daughter of a wealthy landowner, has refused to marry and is locked up in her room by her parents, convinced she is bewitched.
A farmer and his wife are blighted by bad luck. Convinced their neighbour Joan (along with her cat Vinegar Tom) has put a curse on them, they whip up a whirlwind of fear and fire.
Into this perfect storm of superstition and slander a renowned “witch-finder” arrives and it’s not long until almost every woman in the village has the finger of suspicion pointing at them.
By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Janet Podd
Arriving home after an extended honeymoon, Hedda struggles with an existence devoid of intimacy, excitement or enchantment. She has everything she said she wanted, and nothing she really desires.
Railing against a life of crippling convention, she turns to the lives of others; enchanting and beguiling them, bending them to her will, determined to be a woman of consequence, whatever the consequences.
Played out swiftly over 36 hours, we watch Hedda struggle to maintain her hold on life as she realises the limits of her new existence.
Trapped in her new home, the clock is ticking and the walls are closing in, and this dangerously irresistible woman rushes headlong towards a disaster that will embrace all those who have fallen fatally under her spell.
That's All for Now!
Christmas with The Herts Big Band
Join the Herts Big Band for a varied night of jazz and plenty of festive cheer with some excellent jazz arrangements of Christmas songs and carols.
Herts Jazz – Stan Tracey’s “Under Milk Wood”
As part of a two day tour (the previous night they’re in Newcastle!), we present the suite that made Stan Tracey famous in the UK, Under Milk Wood. With narrated extracts by his grandson Ben Tracey, the quartet reproduces this magical milestone of British jazz in the second half of the evening. The first half will be a performance of A Child’s Christmas, also by Dylan Thomas, composed by Stan in his later years as a follow up.
Herts Jazz – Byron Wallen Quintet
A wonderful trumpet player with an easy and fluent style, Byron is widely recognised as a seminal figure in British jazz. A creative force in the UK since the early 90s, Byron’s early career included work with Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint and Cleveland Watkiss. As his career progressed, he could be heard with artists such as Ronnie Laws, Chaka Khan, David Murray, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and George Benson. As a composer Byron’s output has been equally eclectic, with his soaring Jazz trumpet featured on a series of self-penned albums including the MOBO nominated “Earth Roots” through film music to dance and commissions for the South Bank.
Baby Broadway: Christmas Family Concert
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas at a festive Baby Broadway concert this December! An interactive Christmas performance suitable for all ages.
The whole family can sing and dance along to seasonal showtunes from hit musicals and well-known songs from Christmas films, all performed by our West End singers. Enjoy well-known numbers from Elf, White Christmas, Mary Poppins, The Snowman, Frozen and many more. Festive fancy dress is encouraged and - as well as singing, clapping and dancing along - you can expect bubbles, bells, flying babies and puppetry! Open to all ages from new-borns to school age to grandparents, concert lasts approximately 45 minutes, doors open 15 minutes before start time.
Herts Jazz – Alan Barnes “Christmas With Copperfield”
Everyone in music knows Alan Barnes as one of our greatest jazz musicians, winning many awards, playing clarinet, alto & baritone saxophones, both in smaller intimate jazz clubs and on larger concert hall stages with equal creativity, all with charismatic, engaging humour. He is also an outstanding music writer and arranger, with two previous brilliant jazz suites, evoking the wonders of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” and Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes”, playing to packed houses in the EFG London Jazz Festival at St James and at Dean Street.
That's All for Now!
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Level 2 | The Maltings Shopping Centre | St. Albans AL1 3HL
The Maltings Theatre is next to the Public Library and is easily approached by stairs, lifts or level 2 of the car park.