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We're incredibly excited and very proud to announce that our first show in 2016 is going to be the multi-award-winning Broadway and West End musical, HAIRSPRAY! And we're thrilled to be one of the first amateur companies in the UK to be granted a licence to perform this show! Performing at the London Oratory School Theatre in February 2016, this will be a wonderfully feelgood show for cast and audience, packed full of brilliant tunes and fantastic characters. In Hairspray, it’s 1962, the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, ‘The Corny Collins Show’ and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can an unlikely trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the programme’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do? Only in Hairspray! Welcome to the '60s everyone... You Can't Stop the Beat, because Good Morning, Baltimore, here we come!
Set in a hospital, It Runs in the Family contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else,
as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish daughter and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture in an international conference.
Venue: Winslow Public Hall, Elmfields Gate, MK18 3JA
Box Office: For Tickets: Phone our Hotline 07745 223365 or Call into Divine Diva Fancy Dress, High St, Winslow or buy on the door £6.00 - Thursday 4th eve and Saturday 6th Matinée £8.00 - Friday 5th and Saturday 6th eveningBeauty and the Beast
Author: Ben Crocker directed by Andrew Baker
Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 February 2016 Thursday, Friday at 7.30pm Saturday matinée at 1pm and Saturday evening at 8pm.
Box Office: Tickets £8 available from the Museum 01933 276838First Things First
Author: Derek Benfield
February 4th-6th 2016
Pete and George are old friends. In fact, such good old friends that George has been Pete's best man at both of his weddings.
Pete, now happily married to Sarah, is appalled when George arrives with the news that his first wife Jessica was not killed in a climbing accident as they had thought but is alive and well and keen to resume her life with Pete! This unexpected revelation leads to a series of hilarious situations as Pete and George try to find a way out of his desperate plight without upsetting either of Pete's wives or his second wife's powerful mother.
Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th February 2016
An energetic fusion of Warwickshire’s two favourite theatre traditions: Panto meets Shakespeare.
With panto season fast approaching (oh yes it is!), The Grange Players are preparing a modern twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy romance. Bottoms Up! includes the usual panto capers, characters, slapstick and British humour which lend themselves perfectly to Shakespeare’s galloping story of love, envy, trickery and unrelenting optimism. Toe-tapping songs ranging from musical classics to modern chart-toppers keep the performance moving swiftly along and provide a fun evening of family entertainment and the lightest experience of the magic of Shakespeare. There’s a royal couple, whose impending marriage provides the chance for some bumbling manual labourers to prepare wedding entertainment in the hope of earning their fortune. Meanwhile, four star-crossed lovers, in a feuding love-quadrangle, run into the nearby woods and stumble into the world of the fairies. A villainous fairy king and his mischievous sidekick use love potions to twist the young lovers’ affections further. The fairy queen, the pantomime dame, falls in love with one of the labourers whose group is busy rehearsing in the forest until they flee in fright from him after he is magically transformed to having a donkey’s head. With a witty pantomime adaptation, the plot remains broadly true to its source while weaving in audience participation, modern references like popular soaps, detective dramas and a comedy double act that will seem strangely familiar to any fans of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Bottoms Up! Panto meets Shakespeare
Box Office: 01206 241048 or at Ash's Store from 16th Jan Adults £7 Children £5Jack and the Beanstalk
Author: John Morley Directed By: Peter Cox
29th Jan 2016 (7:30pm) 30th Jan 2016 (2pm and 7:30pm) 5th Feb 2016 (7:30pm) 6th Feb 2016 (2pm and 7:30pm
Jack is a young boy living with his widowed mother and a cow who is their only source of income. They are so poor that Jack's mother tells him to take the cow to the market to be sold. On the way, he meets an old woman who offers "magic beans" in exchange for the cow and Jack makes the trade. When he arrives home without any money, his mother becomes furious, throws the beans on the ground and sends Jack to bed.
A gigantic beanstalk grows overnight which Jack climbs to a land high in the sky. There he comes to a house or a castle that is the home of a giant. Jack breaks into the house. When the giant returns, he senses that a human is nearby: Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he alive, or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread. When the giant sleeps, Jack steals a bag of gold coins and makes his escape down the beanstalk. Jack returns up the beanstalk twice more. He learns of other treasures and steals them when the giant sleeps: first a hen that lays golden eggs, then a harp that plays by itself. However, the giant is woken when Jack leaves the house with the harp. The giant chases him down the beanstalk and Jack calls to his mother for an axe. Before the giant reaches the ground, Jack cuts down the beanstalk, causing the giant to fall to his death. Jack and his mother then live happily ever after with their riches that Jack stole from the giant. The earliest surviving written version is The History of Jack and the Bean Stalk, a book printed by Benjamin Tabart in 1807, but the story is certainly older. A burlesque entitled The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean was included in the 1734 second edition of Round About Our Coal-Fire. In the classic version of the tale, the giant is unnamed, but many plays based on it name him Blunderbore. (One giant of that name appears in the 18th-century "Jack the Giant Killer".) The giant's cry "Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman" appears in William Shakespeare's early-17th-century King Lear in the form "Fie, foh, and fum, I smell the blood of a British man." (Act 3, Scene 4), and something similar also appears in "Jack the Giant Killer".
Box Office: 07500 908 331 Tickets £8The Last of the Haussmans
Author: Stephen Beresford Directed by Malcolm Jones
Monday 8th – Saturday 13th February 2016, 8pm
Anarchic feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast.
After an operation, she's joined by wayward offspring Nick and Libby, sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family's crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months as they alternately cling to and flee this louche and chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure. Stephen Beresford's The Last of the Haussmans examines the fate of the revolutionary generation and offers a funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family full of longing that's losing its grip.
Author: Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy, music by Matthew Skylar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin.
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th February 7.30pm (with an additional Saturday Matinee Performance at 2.30pm)
An Amateur Production Presented by West Cliff Youth Theatre It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart, who still lives in his grandmother’s basement, is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer.
He’s the life and soul of the party until his fiancée, Linda, leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie is so distraught that he makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia, an admiring young waitress, Robbie falls madly in love. The only trouble is that Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever! With a score that will have you dancing in the aisles and digging out your leg warmers. “The Wedding singer” based on the 1998 film wowed Broadway in 2006 and had a hugely successful UK tour in 2008. Let us take you back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just have been the coolest guy in the room. WARNING: CONTAINS SOME STRONG LANGUAGE
"What cloying meat is love when matrimony’s the sauce to it?”
Sir John Vanbrugh’s second comedy is an outspoken portrayal of sex, marriage, temptation and revenge in the 18th century. Lady Brute, the provoked wife, is hell bent on escaping the clutches of her brutish, gambling, drunken husband – a task that is becoming more and more attractive as she is pursued by the handsome young gentleman, Constant. Meanwhile, as Lady Brute’s niece is falling in love with Heartfree, a professed woman-hater, the bond between aunt and niece is growing stronger. Director Lynne Parker Set and Costume Design Bláithín Sheerin Lighting Design Eamon Fox Sound Design Ivan Birthistle
Author: Music by Franz Lehár Original book and lyrics by Victor Leon and Leo Stein English Version by Christopher Hassall This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Glocken Verlag LTD
12 February - 20 February 19:00
The McGill Savoy Society proudly presents our 2016 mainstage production of Franz Lehár's classic operetta: The Merry Widow. We've got romance! We've got waltzing! We've got frenchmen!
The Merry Widow tells the heart-warming love story of Anna Glawari and Count Danilo, and how they prevent the complete bankruptcy of the fictional country of Pontevedro. Our merry widow, Madame Anna Glawari, shockingly inherited the entire financial wealth of Pontevedro from her late husband the court banker. Pursuing her old flame, the count, she visits Paris where nobility from around the world attempt to sweep her off her feet at the Pontevedran embassy. The ambassadors, attempting to prevent a foreign marriage, call the playboy count back from his night out carousing to marry the widow posthaste. But Danilo has no intention of wedding the wealthy widow! Join us in Moyse Hall for a musical event full of singing, dancing and luxury!
Box Office: 0876332169 or Online Tickets: All tickets 10 euro with promo code "early" till Feb 5th Mon, 15 Feb 2016-8:00pm Friends of the Society night - Selection of Hot Food and Wine served 7pm-8pm followed by admission to the show
The Addams Family Musical
Sun Mat 14th Feb 3:00pm Tue, 16 Feb - Sat, 20 Feb 2016 8:00pm
15 February - 20 February Evening Performances: Doors at 7pm with performances starting at 7:30pm. Saturday matinee: Doors at 2pm, starts at 2.30pm.
Kipps and Ann were childhood friends who parted as children. Kipps cut a sixpence in half and gave half to Ann to remind her of him.
Years later, Kipps is working in a draper’s shop in Folkestone; Ann arrives, looking for him; they meet and re-kindle their childhood friendship. Everything changes when Kipps finds out that he has inherited a fortune. This new version has all the familiar storylines and characters but has been re-imagined for today’s audiences. Don't miss our out on seeing our award winning cast in their next brilliant show!!!
The Swashbuckling Pantomime Adventure
One evening when Peter Pan flies into the Darling Childrens’ nursery, they could never guess that he would whisk them away by fairy dust to Neverland where adventures and grave danger await. In this swashbuckling family pantomime adventure there’s pirates, Indians, mermaids and more as we journey through Neverland and past the second star on the right. Featuring a boo-worthy baddie ‘Captain Hook’, a hapless right hand woman, the dame ‘Mrs Smee’ and all your classic Pantomime ingredients plus a little sprinkle of fairy dust in the form of Pan’s best friend Tinkerbell, this swashbuckling adventure is not to be missed. As with last year’s sell-out run of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Peter Pan’ will feature chart topping hits from the likes of Little Mix, One Direction and Rachel Platten. Coupled with award-winning set design and award nominated chorus singing, ‘Peter Pan’ is the highlight of family entertainment in Honiton. Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children as prices have been held from last year. We also have the exclusive offer of 25% off children’s tickets before 1st January 2016 so grab them while you can. The show will be performed in the evenings of February half term which is the 16th to 20th February 2016 with a matinee on Saturday 20th February which is perfect for younger children and first-time theatre goers.
A soldier on the run climbs into Raina's bedroom.
She shelters him, but then discovers that, unlike the heroic officer to whom she is engaged, he despises war and carries not ammunition, but chocolate. When the 'chocolate cream soldier' reappears after the war, the consequences for Raina and her family are unexpected and amusing.
Box Office: Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: In person from The Point. By telephone - 02380 652333 Online - The PointFootloose The Musical
16th - 20th February 2016 - 7:30pm nightly (2:30pm Sat matinee).
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for is a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.
Venue: The Lund Theatre, UCS, Frognal, London NW3 6XHCabaret
Author: Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb Book by Joe Masteroff Director: Nick Hastings
Cabaret is based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. Set in Berlin in 1931 as the Nazis are rising to power, it follows the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy and kitsch establishment, and revolves around English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and her relationship with the young American writer, Clifford Bradshaw. Inside the Kit Kat Klub, 'life is beautiful, the girls are beautiful, even the orchestra is beautiful'. In the real world, life is very different as the shadow of oppression deepens and darkens inexorably. A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing all the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. The club serves as a metaphor for the ominous political developments in the late Weimar Germany.
Tuesday 16th February 2016, 7:30pm Wednesday 17th February 2016, 7:30pm Thursday 18th February 2016, 7:30pm Friday 19th February 2016, 7:30pm Saturday 20th February 2016, 2:30pm Saturday 20th February 2016, 7:30pm
Thoroughly entertaining, this deceptively profound comic play surprises and delights with its ability to shake preconceptions As a vicar's wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly what she pleases. The return of Grace's eccentric missionary sister Ruth prompts some disturbing revelations, which force her to confront Bardy's ghost and the truth of their marriage. Set in a vicarage garden after the old vicar has died and before the new vicar takes over, 'Angels' is a gentle, quintessentially English comedy with depth.
17 - 20 Feb 2016 7:30pm Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Come and watch this funny and warm hearted pantomime and follow the adventure as Snow White is taken in by seven delightful dwarfs after she avoids being murdered by the hapless Bogwort and Stinkwort, sent to kill her by her evil stepmother, the diabolical Queen Caligula.
Will Snow White get to marry her beloved Prince Frederick, or will the wicked queen win? It will be up to the royal housekeeper, Dame Dolly Dumpling and her son, Danny Dumpling, to save the day...
Box Office: Ticket prices: Weds: Adults £15, Conc. £12. Thurs: Adults £15, Conc. £12. Fri: All Seats £16 Sat Mat: Adults £15, Conc. £12 Sat Eve: All Seats £16 CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE or by phoning 01706-643543 for any ticket information
A TALE OF TWO CITIES THE MUSICAL
Author: Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jill Santoriello Originally produced by the Asolo Repertory Theatre Michael Edwards - Producing Artistic Director, Linda DiGabriele - Managing Director An Amateur Production by arrangement withSamuel French
Weds 17th – Sat 20th February 2016 at 7.15pm (including Sat Matinee at 2.15pm)
Hot Mikado is a tantalising musical as seen on the West End. Based on the wonderful Gilbert & Sullivans "The Mikado", fuelled with jazz, swing, soul and gospel, this Musical is bound to lift the roof on a cold February Evening.
Don't miss out on a night of laughter, joy and jazz for the whole family. First produced in Washington USA in the 1980’s, the show was a hit in the West End and is now a staple in the musical theatre repertory. With great songs, ample scope for dance and comedy and with the backing of a fine seven piece band, expect a fantastic show in the February half term. John Hoskyns is Director and MD aided by Pippa Revell, Tina Burns producing, Frankie Swann and Pippa Harris sharing the choreography.
"He is coming. Faster. Faster. Faster. Remember, first you have to invite him in...."
The fabled figures of Jonathan Harker, the archetypal innocent abroad; Mina Westerman, his anxious fiancee and her carefree sister, Lucy; the insane Renfield with his foretellings of terror; the dedicated psychiatrist Arthur Seward, pitched into an adventure far beyond his professional experience; the implacable vampire hunter Van Helsing and, of course, Count Dracula himself are brought brilliantly to life (or the undead) in this adaptation for the stage which sticks refreshingly close to Bram Stoker's original while grounding the whole story in a believable reality. First staged at the Edinburgh Lyceum in 1985 this is a thrilling adaptation of madness, sensuality and Gothic horror from one of Britain's leading poet/dramatists.
Box Office: Tickets are available from Larne Visitor Information Centre from Monday 1st February - Tel: 02828262495 There is no online booking for this production Tickets £7
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
Author: A Comedy by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. Directed by Alison McCubbin
17th - 19th February 2016, 7:30pm
Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different!
Their motto should be "If it can go wrong, it will go wrong!" Despite collapsing scenery, missed cues, forgotten lines and errant sound effects, the group go on to present the evening's entertainment - the cunning whodunit, "Murder At Checkmate Manor" - an Agatha Christie style mystery set in a country house. Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group (played by Beth Alexander), Thelma, the reigning Miss Farndale (played by Heather Murray), ever helpful Felicity (played by Louanne Purdy), Audrey - what can we say but everyone loves a trier?! - (played by Joy Hunter), last-minute replacement Gordon (played by Simon Hunter), and the most ill-fated backstage team in the history of AmDram (played by Members of the Circle) aim to bring a production more ambitious than anything seen at the Old Vic or in Stratford-upon-Avon to the stage. In the 'play-within-a-play', the audience are introduced to a series of characters played by the society members. Who'll make it to the end? Who'll inherit Reggie Bishop's fortune? And most importantly... Whodunit? And just in case the audience should get bored, there's a Film, a Fashion Show and a Murder Mystery Quiz! Join us as we transport you back to the 1980's for an evening of hilarity, mayhem and the odd murder thrown in for good measure!
Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February 2016 at 7.30pm with a matinee performance on Saturday 20th February at 2.30 pm.
Written by Tim Firth, who is famous for plays such as Neville's Island and Calendar Girls, it features the songs of Madness including some of their well known hits such as "Baggy Trousers", "Embarrassment", "Driving In My Car", "Night Boat to Cairo", "It Must Be Love" and, of course, "Our House".
On the night of his 16th birthday Joe Casey breaks into a building development overlooking his home on Casey Street as he tries to impress his girlfriend Sarah. The arrival of the police presents a dilemma for Joe - the Good Joe wants to stay and give himself up, the Bad Joe to flee leaving Sarah to face the police. Our House follows the two paths that Joe's life could take . . . Bar/Free car parking
Author: Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall Directed by Sean Duxbury
Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th February, 7pm Comic story about a boy working in an undertakers in Yorkshire, who dreams of a life in the big city. Billy lies compulsively to everyone he comes across, whether it's the claim that his father is a retired naval captain, or telling his parents that his best mate’s mother has broken her leg. He is engaged to two girlfriends, and in love with a third and constantly refers to a vague job offer writing scripts in London for "Danny Boon", a comedian. Sooner or later, the lies unravel and Billy must face reality and the future.
Venue: Pump House Theatre, Local Board Road, Watford WD17 2JP
Author: Amy Rosenthal (Daughter of Maureen Lipman)
We are introduced to a pair of unmarried sisters who share a London Flat - Nina is brisk, dynamic and gainfully employed whereas Nancy is plump, self-conscious and has been made redundant. Urged to find a hobby, she stumbles into modelling for eccentric art students and their philandering teacher. Initially horrified to discover that life models pose in the buff she gradually and unexpectedly feels liberated by the experience. Nancy keeps this activity quiet as her newfound confidence unsettles Nina. As the play unfolds Nina faces her less than perfect past and Nancy glimpses a possible future. Amy Rosenthal's Sitting Pretty is beautifully written with many humorous twists and turns.
Wednesday 24th February - Saturday 27th February 7.45pm Matinee Saturday 27th February 2.45pm
Box Office: Booking at Purcell's Shop, Cashel 062-62120 Eileen Hally 087-633381 or 052-7462353 Tickets €15
Author: John B. Keanes
24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th February 2016
Loughmore Drama Group
Venue: Loughmore Community Hall
Box Office: Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children.
The Factory Girls
Author: by Frank McGuinness and directed by Susan Troy
Thursday February 25th, Saturday February 27th and Sunday February 28th at 8pm
We will depict the story of Ellen and her co-workers, who face redundancy unless they work faster to meet the quotas in a Donegal shirt factory. The girls take take a radical step against management and union, and discover that through humour and nobility, "Factory Girls never grow old - and they don't fade away". This is a not-to-be-missed production of a wonderful story
26th February - 5th March 2016 7.45pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm
This hilarious play centres on Mrs Piper, a cleaning woman who finds a body in the office building she cleans. By the time the police arrive, there is no body and no evidence. Is the company owner staging his own murder? Or did he kill his wife’s lover? Where do the two female assistants fit in? What is the wife withholding?
Inch Drama Group
Author: A.J. Stanley
Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th & Monday 29th February
Venue: The Brindley, High St, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1BG
Following their success with 'The Importance of Being Earnest', Consensus return with the classic comedy of a socialite novelist haunted by the ghost of his first wife. A hilarious nights entertainment from an innovative company.
Author: A Farcical Comedy Thriller adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book by Steven Canny and John Nicholson
29th February – 5th March 2016
A fog-shrouded moorland, whispers of a fearsome, supernatural beast stalking the land, a dead body found with an expression of horror on his face, actors frantically changing trousers in the wings... The great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned to unravel the mysteries surrounding the death of Sir Charles Baskerville, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Three actors attempt to tell this classic tale using nothing more than a few props, hats and sheer ingenuity. A production packed full of verbal and visual ingenuity and offering abundant opportunities for silly comedy and slapstick.
“Wonderfully barking spoof” – The Telegraph Read more....
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