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Author: By Jessica Swale, music by Nigel Hess Directed by Jenny Curzon
1-4 March 2017 3:00pm & 7:30pm
“…It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.” Neil Cheesman Following critical acclaim and a sell-out run at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Apollo Theatre London, Bedford Drama Company are thrilled to present Jessica Swale’s play Nell Gwynn with music composed by Nigel Hess. In her childhood Nell Gwynn served brandy in a brothel, was known to hawk oysters on the streets and collect cinders to sell as cheap fuel. In the following years she was employed as an orange girl then rose from her humble beginnings at Coal Yard Alley to become a star actress for the King’s Company. Nell was one of the first women to appear on the London stage. The play won the Best New Comedy Award at the Olivier Awards 2016 starring Gemma Arterton. It is funny, entertaining and “…an apt homage to a woman incredibly ahead of her time.” Time Out.
Author: by Jessica Swale Directed by Maggie Smales
1 - 11 March, 2017 7:45pm Sat Mat 2:00pm
Premiered at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in 2013, Jessica Swale’s vibrant play follows four young women at Cambridge in 1896 through a tumultuous year. A vote will determine if they will be allowed to graduate and change the future of education for themselves and those who will follow.
Venue: Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, Austin
Box Office: Tickets coxandbox.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006 Tickets $15 for General Admission, $10 for Students. VIP tickets, available for $50, include reserved seating of your choice, recognition as a sponsor in playbill, and reserved parking. All tickets subject to a service charge. Tickets at the door: $20 General Admission - $15 Students
Cox and Box
Author: Arthur Sullivan
Saturday March 4 at 7:30, and Sunday March 5 at 3:00
First performed in 1866, it was Arthur Sullivan's first comic opera, and this may be the first full-length production ever in Austin of this little gem. Sullivan cut his comic-operatic teeth on "Cox and Box" several years before he was introduced to W. S. Gilbert, and enlivened F. C. Burnand's libretto with operatic parodies, a sendup of Victorian drawing-room songs, and other memorable musical nonsense. It makes clear that the young musician's destiny was in composing for the comic-operatic stage. The cast includes Julius Young as Cox, Andy Fleming as Box, and David Fontenot as Sergeant Bouncer. Ralph MacPhail, Jr. is Stage Director, with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona Music Director. Accompaniment is on the grand piano by the esteemed Jeanne Sasaki.
Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a love triangle: the ill-mannered American Grandmaster, the intense Russian champion who plans on defecting to the West, and the Hungarian-American female chess second, who arrives at the international championships with the American but falls in love with the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.
Neath Little Theatre is proud to present the play that formed the basis for the much loved film. This is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at a small town American Beauty Salon. They share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. Hilarious and poignant, Steel Magnolias is a heart warming portrait of friendship and love.
Box Office: Tickets will be released in late 2016 but why not join us on the big red bus and perform with us on The King’s Theatre Stage. Entry is by audition only and you can find out more by clicking here.
Author: Director – Alan C Jones Musical Director – David Fisher Choreographers – Marie McElhinney & Jonathan Parsons
Tues 7th - Sat 11th March 2017
From the company that brought you Dolly Parton’s 9to5 Musical, Lyric Club Glasgow are proud to present Summer Holiday. Join Don and his fellow London Transport bus mechanics journeying through Paris, the Alps, Italy and then Greece, along the way picking up three young girls in a clapped-out Morris Minor and a young American pop star on the run from her domineering mother, and all to the strains of a hit-filled score featuring In the Country, I Could Easily Fall in Love with You, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones, On the Beach and of course the title song Summer Holiday. A real taste of Great British nostalgia we know you will love.
Director: James Nelson Musical Director: Peter Fines Choreographer: Hannah Osgood
7th – 11th March 2017
Set in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Sherrie Christian who arrives in Los Angeles from her home in Oklahoma, hoping to make it as a singer. Sherrie lands a job as a waitress at the famous Bourbon Room (Rock Club) and this forms the backdrop for the majority of the show. A love story with a few twists and turns along the way, Rock of Ages is packed with well-known rock numbers such as “Paradise City”, “Juke Box Hero/I Love Rock and Roll”, “More than Words”, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, “Here I Go Again”, “We Built This City” and “Don’t Stop Believin”. Rock of Ages is a show that will have people reminiscing about the 1980’s rock era and give audience members too young to remember, a glimpse of how the world rocked back then !!
Venue: Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS
Box Office: email@example.com, 01992 531500 (box office) www.hertfordtheatre.com Tickets: £14 - £17 Groups of 10 or more for the same performance can receive £2 off each full price ticket Under 16s on any performance can receive a £1 discount on Full Price ticket
Chess the Musical
Author: Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus formerly of ABBA fame with Lyrics by Tim Rice
7th-11th March 2017, 7.30pm plus 2:30pm on Saturday the 11th
Join the award winning cast of Ware Operatic as they perform the legendary musical, Chess. Featuring the iconic songs ‘I Know Him So Well’, ‘One Night in Bangkok’, and ‘Someone Else’s Story’. Who are the pawns and who are the players? Lovers, politicians, and spies all play their part in this story of passion and betrayal set amidst a backdrop of the Cold War. The volatile American, the troubled Russian, and the vivacious Hungarian: when human lives are just pieces on a political chess board, can anybody truly win?
Box Office: 01787 374745 or from the Quay's website
Author: by Amanda Whittington
A play couldn't have two more different settings; some scenes take place in a fish packing factory while the rest takes place during the fabled Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot races - although this particular year is 2005 when they moved to York Racecourse while Ascot was being refurbished. ...Perhaps we should subtitle it 'Fish 'n' Horses' So our intrepid female foursome swap hairnets and plastic aprons for posh hats and dresses when they decide - on impulse - to see if they can get tickets for the big day. Follow Pearl, Jan, Linda and Shelley as they - armed with cheese and pickle sarnies and the odd fascinator or two - sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la * their way round the racecourse getting up to some high jinks, revealing a secret or two and having a flutter on the accumulator backing horses with names related to Tony Christie songs. * Did I mention Linda is a big Tony Christie fan? Men aren't forgotten. There are actually more men than women in Ladies' Day (six) but we've got three actors playing two roles each..... Get ready to meet, amongst others, Joe the girls' affable supervisor who one of the ladies might just be carrying a torch for, Patrick the jockey who is befriended by Linda, Jim the TV presenter who Shelley thinks might make her a star, and Barry - a blast from Pearl's past.
Box Office: 0845 4636638 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets: £10, £8 concessions (60+, Under 12s, Students, ADC members) Group Bookings: Groups of 10 and over All tickets £8 (£8.55 when booked online - Just select the concession rate ticket and choose the number you require) Please get in touch if there are any problems with your booking.
Author: By Noel Coward Adapted by Emma Rice
Wed 8th - Sat 11th March 7:30pm
Brief Encounter is a romantic drama about British suburban life, centring on Laura, a married woman with children, whose conventional life becomes increasingly complicated because of a chance meeting at a railway station with a stranger, Alec. They inadvertently but quickly progress to an emotional love affair, which brings about unexpected consequences.
Wednesday 8 March 2017 19:00 Thursday 9 March 2017 19:00 Friday 10 March 2017 19:00 Saturday 11 March 2017 13:00 & 16:00
What if Alice didn’t go to Wonderland as a child like she was supposed to? What if life dealt Alice with a harsh blow such that she let go of dreams, fantasies and adventures for hard work, studies and a career? And what if Alice, in later life, has become so work-obsessed that she has completely forgotten about the truly important things in life, friends, laughter and play? Well, turn your back on Wonderland and Wonderland has a habit of creeping up on you just when you least expect it, and for dull, miserable Alice, who is about to have the job interview of her career, Wonderland arrives - and not a moment too soon! Prepare to be wowed by Wakefield Little Theatre’s original adaptation of an old classic and meet all the usual characters as Wonderland embarks on its mission to get a grown up Alice to throw caution to the wind and let go of her gloomy existence! With drama, music and plenty of excitement brought to you by an exceptional cast, this feel good family show will have the audience grinning from ear to ear...not unlike a certain Cheshire Cat!
Box Office: Tickets for the production priced at £8.00 each are on sale now at Stewarton Library or can be reserved by emailing the Group at email@example.com
Author: by Amanda Whittington directed by Nancy McPherson
Thu 9th & Fri 10th March 2017 at 7.30pm
SDG first performed this play in 2009 to great reviews from local audiences, and news that the Group are staging this hilarious show again has already sparked a rush for tickets in the town !
Recently commended by national theatre critics as ‘an exuberantly up-to-the-minute comedy’, the play broke all box-office records when it was first performed professionally in 2005 by Hull Truck Theatre Company.
When the curtain rises the audience soon see that work, life and love are just one long hard slog for fish factory workers Pearl (Caren McLean), Jan (Denise MacColl), Shelley (Alison Barr) and Linda (Laura Mundell).
Friends together through the gills, the guts and the guys, these likely lasses’ fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. After years of fish-filleting the pals are ready for a spot of filly-fancying, but the question is …… is Royal Ascot ready for them?The foursome, who are themselves fish out of water, are absolutely determined to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity to mix it with the aristocracy …… but it turns out that they spend more time mixing with dubious ticket tout, Fred (Craig McLaughlan), suicidal Irish jockey, Patrick (Jim Goldie), drunken punter, Kevin (also played by Craig McLaughlan), lost love, Barry (David Robertson) and sleazy tic-tac man, Jim (also played by Johnnie McPherson) - who bears an uncanny resemblance to Channel 4 racing pundit, John McCririck ! There are also some heart-tugging emotional scenes as each of the foursome reveals struggles, hopes and dreams that we can all identify with in some way.
Director of the show, Nancy McPherson said: “Ladies Day’ is a sparkling, contemporary comedy which offers adventures and startling revelations and most importantly is guaranteed to have the audience smiling from start to finish. You could say it’s a real winner in its field! “The perfect play for a ‘girls night-out’, and just as enjoyable for couples and families, it’s the ultimate feel-good show which really does have something for everyone." “So if you’re looking for an evening of wonderful entertainment, with a bundle of laughs along the way, this really is the show for you. Make sure you’re first past the winning post in the queue for tickets!”
This comedy is based around the battle of wills between a hard-headed cobbler called Hobson and his daughter Maggie. Maggie defies Hobson by marrying his most talented worker -the timid and downtrodden Will. She helps Will to develop his potential and together they turn the tables on Hobson.
11th – 18th March 2017 2017 (No performance Sunday night)
BROS is excited to take part in the prestigious Barnes Music Festival with ‘Songs from the Shows’.
Come along to this lunchtime review, enjoy some light refreshments while you are entertained by our talented cast as they take you a worldwide tour. You will be transported from the golden age of musical theatre in the first half of the twentieth century to the modern day. Hit musical numbers from both sides of the pond will take us from Anatevka to Oklahoma, from Beverley Hills to London Town with perhaps a brief stop in Paris and the Cote D’Azur.
Don't miss the chance to see BROS in action at one of the company's original performance spaces, Kitson Hall, Barnes.
Venue: The Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth LN11 0BX
Box Office: 01507 600350 Tickets: £8.50, Under 18s £5.00, Theatrecards £7.50, Under 18s £4.00
Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Directed by Mike Gibson
Monday 13th - Saturday 18th March 2017 Time: 7.30pm
Holmes’s most spine chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version with suspense, humour and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse... death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry’s romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work?
Venue: Droylsden Little Theatre, Castle Close, Droylsden, Manchester, M43 7AS
Author: A Comedy by Peter Quilter Directed by Dorothy Wilkinson
The Actress dramatises the events backstage as a colourful, complicated actress makes her emotional farewell performance. Various people from her life invade her dressing room to say their goodbyes, declare their love, roar with laughter, spit insults, grab a final embrace, and renew old battles.
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th March 2017
Box Office: Booking commences 2nd March 2017 0161 370 7713
Trinity Amateur Operatic Society’s next production is the award-winning hit musical ‘Rock of Ages’ a seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands, big egos, big guitar solos & even bigger hair! This multi Tony Award – nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Starship & many others… It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, The Bourbon Room. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip – and themselves – before it’s too late? Only the music of hit rock bands Styx, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Poison, and more hold the answer. For anyone whose youth coincided with the time period in question, the siren call of those screaming guitars and singalong choruses may be impossible to resist
The Gondoliers is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operettas. Set in Venice and the kingdom of Barataria , problems surrounding the king’s identity provide the basis for its topsy –turvy plot. Tickets will be available from January 2017, and we will send out booking details nearer the time. Meanwhile here’s a picture showing what it might have looked like if it had happened in our own Gas Street Basin – don’t forget Birmingham has more canals than Venice!
Tuesday 14th March until Saturday 18th, all performances at 7.30
We will transport you to the Grand Canal in Venice, and onward to the south sea island of Barataria! Our gondolieri, and the ladies they are pursuing – the contadine – are preparing to sing and dance their way through a typically Gilbertian topsy-turvy plot, involving a stolen royal child, mistaken identity and republican politics, all accompanied by Sullivan’s wonderful music.
Box Office: www.manifesttheatre.co.uk or 07444 724 271 Members £7.00 (& under 16's) Non members £9.00 (incorporating your £2 associate membership)
The Lady in the Van
Author: by Alan Bennett and Directed by Kerry King
Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th March 2017 7:30pm
Alan Bennett draws from his memoirs to offer a dramatized account of the genteel vagrant, Miss Shepard, who parked her van in his driveway for fifteen years. Maggie Smith starred in London's West End.
Swansea Amateur Operatic Society
Venue: Dylan Thomas Theatre, SA1 1 Swansea
Box Office: www.dylanthomastheatre.org.uk Tickets : £10 Tuesday 7.30pm 14 Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm 14 Full - £10 Concessions Saturday 2.30pm ( over 65, under 16 and full time students with card ) Credit/Debit card fee £1 online booking £2 Any disabilities please ring 01792 473238 to book tickets
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS The Musical
Tuesday 14th March 2017 19:30, Wednesday 15th March 2017 19:30, Thursday 16th March 2017 19:30, Friday 17th March 2017 19:30, Saturday 18th March 2017 14:30, Saturday 18th March 2017 19:30
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels A warm welcome back to SAOS as they bring this hilarious comedy to life. A big hit as a film with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, there are no lengths or shady deals these two will not stoop to! Who will come out on top? A not-to-be missed fun packed event
Sunshine on Leith follows the highs and lows of Ally and his friend Davy as they search for nomality after returning from a tour in Afghanistan. Families, friendships and life are not all plain sailing in this funny and moving story about love and life. Ally's marriage proposal is rejected by his childhood sweetheart, a nurse disillusioned with the part-privatised NHS, moves to the US to seek career fulfilment instead. Meanwhile, Davy gets a job in a call centre while his parents war over the discovery, years on, of father's infidelity. Sunshine on Leith is a vibrant, energetic piece of musical theatre, loved by audiences and critics alike which had a successful film adaptation released in 2013 starring Jane Horrocks.
Author: a fast moving comedy by Marc Carmoletti, adapted by Robin Hawden
Weds 15th- Sat 18th March - nightly 19:30
Bernard is planning to entertain his chic Parisian mistress, Suzy, at his French farmhouse for the weekend, having sent his wife, Jacqueline, off to visit her mother. He has arranged for Suzette, a cordon bleu cook to provide the gastronomic delights and his best friend Robert to provide the alibi. What could possibly go wrong? Well, suppose Robert doesn’t know why he was invited and Jacqueline and Robert are secret lovers, so she decides to cancel her trip to her Mother’s, then the cook gets mistaken for the mistress and the mistress can’t cook! Mix all this together and you have the perfect recipe for an evening of hilarious confusion as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.
Yerma, written in 1934 by the acclaimed Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca, tells the story of a childless woman who becomes increasingly isolated as she is rejected by her husband. She is tormented by her own friends who appear to have fulfilling relationships and so gravitates to the couple’s friend, Victor. Living in a time when society expects a wife to bear children, her desperation soon becomes an obsession that eventually drives her to commit the ultimate crime of passion. Yerma is a powerful yet poignant play which explores isolation and jealousy as well as the struggle for identity. Performed in the round to bring audience and characters closer together, we will be presenting a new adaptation in English.
Venue: Abbey Centre Chapel, 10 Overslade Cl, East Hunsbury, Northampton NN4 0RZ
Box Office: Adults £7.00 For tickets: Call Abbey Centre office on (01604) 767568 ext.1; or text or call 07531286241; or book now using PayPal here www.abbeycommunitytheatre.co.uk
A Kiss on the Bottom
Author: A comedy by Frank Vickery Directed by Nicky Bunting
Thu 16th to Sat 18th March 7.30pm
It’s the early 1980’s and three women are in East Glamorgan Hospital receiving treatment. Grace is old and world-weary, nearing death. Lucy is foolishly self-deluding. And then there’s Marlene, hopelessly optimistic. Each woman must cope not only with the uncertainties of her health, but with the inevitable secrets and half-truths which are maintained by relations and nursing staff. It’s up to Marlene, the strongest and most outspoken of them all, to keep the atmosphere in the ward cheery. It’s a task that comes easily to her – you could say she has the gift of the gab – and soon she is forcing herself into the private lives of Lucy and Grace. Her activities are sometimes maddening, although her heart’s always in the right place, making her bedfellows’ time in hospital somewhat more interesting than it would have otherwise been! This heartfelt and bitter-sweet Welsh comedy from one of Wales’s most prolific and respected playwrights is the prequel to Loose Ends.
Theatre 282 are pleased to present an evening of one act plays from both our Youth and adult members:
On Hold at 30,000 Feet by Kitty Burns Harvey is taking his first airplane flight. This is the fourth time he’s been on an airplane, but the first time he has stayed on board after the airplane door was shut. He is deathly afraid of flying and is taking no chances of anything going wrong. He has brought with him every good luck charm imaginable, and puts David, the unwilling passenger next to him, in charge of keeping his neurosis at a minimum. When David gives up and abandons his task, Harvey telephones his psychiatrist to talk him through the flight. Harvey is furious about being put on hold and hangs up and calls his psychic to finish the job. She does, and makes a few predictions with both settling and unsettling results.
The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley by David Tristram This completes the Little Grimley trilogy with a cock-eyed confidence that will delight the faithful. Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard are back to tackle yet another threat to their survival - this time in the shape of a rival am-dram, newly-formed in their village, determined to upstage them with an award-winning musical. The querulous quartet pull together to devise an ingenious military-style plan that doesn't, well, go quite to plan. When their subterfuge is discovered by the rival society's psychopathic front-of-house manager, he's none too pleased. Add in a few emotional complications for Gordon, and things look a little grim for Little Grimley. Could this finally be the end of their society? Don't be so sure. It's never over ... until the fat lady sings.
Dreamjobs by Graham Price Five teenage girls waiting for interviews with an employment service dream of the romantic, exciting jobs they would like-- derived from television series and films. The dreams are enacted by all the girls together. In each case there is a rude awakening. Finally, Beverly, the clearest sighted, brings them down to earth, forcing them to realize that their characters and abilities will fit them for only the drabbest of occupations.
Fri 17th & Sat 18th March 2017 7:30pm
Box Office: Ticketsource to book now. Tickets only £7 (£6 for concessions)RDoors open at 7pm, to ensure good seats make sure you get there on time ready to begin at 7.30pm
Box Office: Tickets £8 – £17.50 with the usual concessions. Order yours through any member of Leeds G&S Society or from the City Centre Box Office on 0113 376 0318. purchase.tickets.com
Kiss Me Kate
Author: Cole Porter
21st - 25th March 2017
Welcome to a sizzling Baltimore where we experience another opening, another show. This is Taming of the Shrew, a story that appears to be playing out backstage, as well as in front of the audience… Take a love triangle that’s more of a love hexagon, throw in a couple of gangsters chasing the wrong man and a show that’s got to succeed or close, and you have the tremendous toe-tapping tale that is Cole Porter’s legendary musical, Kiss Me Kate!
To be directed by Mike Poole. Mike is the current Chairman of the North Essex Theatre Guild and is a very experienced Actor and Director, and a past member of CADS. He has directed this play before and we are very pleased to welcome him on board! This is the best known and best loved of Oscar Wilde’s comedies, first performed in 1895. It is the story of two bachelors, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two young women, Gwendolen and Cecily, who both claim they could only love men named Ernest. Jack and Algernon struggle to keep up with their own stories and become entangled in a web of deception, disguise and misadventure, with hilarious results.
Venue: GAIETY MAIN AUDITORIUM, CARRICK STREET, AYR KA7 1NU
Box Office: Here's where to get your tickets. ayrgaiety.co.uk Tickets: Premium: £14.00/£16.00 Standard: £12.00 / £14.00 Economy: £8.00/£10.00 Online bookings are subject to a £2 booking fee per transaction
City Lights – The Life and Death of Willie Melvin
Wed 22, Thurs 23, Fri 24 and Sat 25 March at 7.30pm
In its 30th Anniversary year, the Ayr Fort Players are delighted to bring to the Gaiety the stage version of the iconic series, City Lights – The Life and Death of Willie Melvin. Willie, bank teller at Strathclyde Savings Bank, finds himself in hospital after a fire at the bank with all the characters in his chaotic life in the beds around him: his mother, Mr McLelland the Bank Manager, Brian, Chancer, Tam and some of his many love interests………… As ever he uses the opportunity to attempt to get his book, My Life Up A Close, published with hilarious results!
Venue: St Peter's Hall, 41 High St, Wilburton, Ely
Box Office: Wilburton Post Office, (01353 740321), 34 High St, Wilburton, Ely, CB6 3RA www.wilburtontheatregroup.com Adult ticket: £10 Concession ticket: £8 (over 60, under 16)
Bonnie & Clyde
Directed by Emily Starr Musical Direction by Maria McElroy
23rd/24th/25th March 2017 7:30pm
At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country. Now, the most notorious couple of the twentieth century takes on a whole new adventure: the stage. When BONNIE AND CLYDE meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers’ thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run from every southern state’s police force, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo’s fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer. BONNIE AND CLYDE is a thrilling and sexy musical with a non-traditional score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. Posted 07/02/2017
Box Office: 02392 542448 Tickets cost £8.00 which includes a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and the French delicacy of bread and cheese all served to you by the Artois Family, Yvette and Mimi. Tickets can be booked on line at www.sultantheatre.org.uk or call 02392 542448 (phone monitored twice a week).
Author: Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
23rd – 28th March
“Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once” – HMS Sultan’s Theatre Group present their Spring Production ‘Allo ‘Allo . The show is based on the hugely successful British television series and is an uproarious comedy relating to the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, Rene, in occupied France. You can see all of your favourite characters, including Rene's tone-deaf wife Edith, the master of disguise Le Clerc and the Gestapo officer Herr Flick! Rene’s Café is open for business 23rd to 28th March 2017 with performances beginning at 1930. All guests are encouraged to come dressed as French peasants to help create the ambience of Wartime France. Performances will be held at HMS Sultan’s Waves Club, Military Road, Gosport, Hants, PO12 3BY. Please note, the theatre is located on the 1st floor and there are no lifts available at this venue.
Box Office: Adults £12 Concessions £10 Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online via Booking Office. By calling 01555 667999 or visiting the Lanark Memorial Hall Box Office.
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th March 2017, 7.30pm
Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Set in the swinging 1960’s New York, this is a bright and sophisticated show in every sense – it’s also a comedy in every sense of the word with lots of fantastic dancing and singing, too! Wonderful musical numbers include Big Spender, The Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Too Many Tomorrows, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This, I’m a Brass Band and Baby, Dream Your Dream. All of the hugely talented cast have a ‘tingle in their fingers and a tingle in their toes’ with excitement to take you back to the swinging 60’s to enjoy this highly entertaining show. *** Look out for our ‘Lucky Programme’ competition each night where everyone who purchases a show programme will be in with a chance of winning a range of fantastic prizes including an overnight stay at the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel! ***
Step forward John Brown, future leader of the Green Party. A man with vision. A man with charisma. But a man with a problem. Forced by a mystery illness to quit his beloved politics, John decides to give one, last blistering farewell speech at the annual conference. The party faithful rise as one to greet their hero. The press cameras crackle and flash. And John stands to deliver his final, stark message to the waiting world. “Go green…or die.” Little could he know just how profound those words would be.
Venue: Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT
Box Office: Book online at www.headgatetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01206 366000. Tickets: £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)
A Kind of Alaska + The Collection
Author: by Harold Pinter
Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm
Directed by Andrew Hodgson and Sheila Foster, two of Pinter’s most acclaimed plays: "A Kind of Alaska&", winner of several Best Play awards, was inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks' book "Awakenings" and is a personally emotional and dramatic work dealing with memory and loss. Written in the early 60s,"The Collection" is a cool and stylish comedy, layered with Pinteresque ambiguities and implications of threat. A stimulating evening of theatre celebrating one of the most influential of modern British dramatists.
The concert will showcase members old and new with performances from the children, teens and adults. The concert will include numbers from shows currently showing in the West End and Boradway as well as numbers we have never had the opportunity to sing before. The society has many, many fantastic voices and this concert will showcase just how talented they all are. Throw in some detailed and roof-raising harmony singing and ” what do you know, we got a show!”
Venue: Sat 25th March 3:00pm & 7:30pm Tollesbury Comunity Centre, East Street, Tollesbury CM9 8QD Sun 26th March 3:00pm Mersea Community Centre, 38A High Street, Colchester CO5 8QA Sat 1st April 7:30pm Manifest Theatre, 2 Oxford Road, Manningtree CO11 1BP Tickets for the above venues: £10 Adults, £8 Conc./Members Ticketsource or 033 666 33 66 (£1.50 booking fee includes postage) Sun 2nd April 3:00pm & 7:00pm Headgate Theatre, Chapel Street North, Colchester CO2 7AT Tickets £10 Adults, £8 Conc. Ticketsource or 01206 366000
The choir and guest soloists will perform an intimate concert of favourites from across the world and new material at St Mary’s Garforth, in Leeds as the choir build towards their first international tour in over thirty years. Featuring classical pieces, choral favourites and songs from the shows.
Author: David Arnold, Richard Thomas & Richard Bean
28th March to 1st April 2017
Dagenham, Essex 1967. Rita is a working mother within the car industry where women are treated and paid unfairly. She becomes drawn into an industrial dispute and finds herself taking a leading role in what will become a historic turning point for the nation. Can Rita fulfil her obligation to her colleagues and rescue her relationship with her husband and children who feel neglected by her new found focus. Made in Dagenham the Musical is based on the 2010 film of the same name which was itself based on real events of the Ford sewing machinist strike of 1968. The arena of industrial relations in 1960’s Britain is a world of conniving employers, outrageous colleagues and scheming politicians. This is all presented with moments of high comedy and drama in inventive musical numbers like “Everyone Out”, “Busy Woman”, “We Nearly Had it All” and “Stand Up”.
Box Office: 0115 947 6096 or online at nottingham-theatre.co.uk Tickets £12 adults / £10 consessions / School and group rates available.
Author: Written by Arthur Miller Directed by Jessica Mclean
Wednesday 29th March through to Saturday 1st April. Matinee at 2pm Saturday 1st April as well as 7.30pm performance.
"The Crucible" is a play about the Salem witch trials in 1692. Several young girls claim to be afflicated by witchcraft, starting with Reverend Paris's daughter Betty. Abigail, the minister's neice, accuses several local women of witchcraft, and a witch hunt ensues. The play focuses on the inconsistancies of the Salem with trials and the extreme behaviour that can result from dark desires and hidden agendas.
Box Office: Tickets £10.00, Concessions £9.00 Become a Member and get 50p off! Call 01932 561971 or book online Ticketsource
In the seemingly quiet town of Bere Knighton there is never a dull moment for Dr. Richard Forth. Not only does he have a hectic work schedule and an awkward friendship with his ex-girlfriend, but his wife, Barbara, is continually ill and nobody knows what is wrong with her. When Eric Dawson, a stranger, claims to have known Richard's second fiancee - a woman Richard claims does not exist - Barbara's health worsens and she isn't the only one. With bad luck spreading almost as quickly as bad news, it seems somebody is out to kill Barbara, and anyone else who gets in their way.
Wednesday 29th, Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April, 7:45pm with a Saturday matinee 2:30pm
Box Office: To book call 01702 351135 or book online HERE
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
29th March - 1st April 2017
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels springs to life in a bustling casino on the French Riviera. Among the glitz and glamour of the Casino, Lawrence, a con artist and general smooth talking tyke, is working a crowd of wealthy women with the intention of tricking them out of money. Freddy Benson is much humbler in his approach, swindling women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress, Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town. Based on the ever popular 1988 cinematic classic starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, a hilarious battle of cons promises to keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!
Over the past year a wide variety of our members have been involved in crafting this exciting new piece of theatre. Set at an after show party, it explores the fears and dreams of a group of teenagers. A relationship in peril; someone on the run; and a house that may or may not survive. This is the first stage work completely devised and developed by our group.
First performed in 1963, this tragi-comic tale of London lothario Alfie Elkins and the many women in his life was famously adapted for the big screen in 1966 and made a star of Michael Caine. Alfie swaggers & philosophizes his way through a succession of conquests, but as his girlfriends come and go, he’s about to have a brush with reality that may just force him to change his ways. Alfie will run from March 30 to April 2 2017 and will be the final production at the Commemoration Hall before it closes for a major refurbishment. What’s it all about? Book your tickets now and find out!
Having lost both her home and her job, fading Blanche Du Bois moves to New Orleans to seek solace and live with her younger sister Stella and her brutish brother in law Stanley. As Blanche desperately clings to a fantasy world, Stanley strips her of her illusions and her fragile reality crumbles around her. Temperaments clash, fireworks fly and secrets are revealed in this passionate drama
Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham explores the movement that caused a significant law reform. Rita O'Grady (a fictional character) leads the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, where female workers walk out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay. This strike causes a lot of public attention around the world and was seen as out of the ordinary to many because it was not in a woman's nature to do anything else other than the traditional family roles. The strike is successful and leads to the Equal Pay Act 1970.
Friday 31st March, Tuesday 4th, Thursday 6th & Saturday 8th April, all 7.30
Stanley Opera in their new fully-staged production of Verdi's gripping and explosive thriller. With great tunes and a haunting plot, this promises be a memorable show from a company with a reputation for its staging of operas by Verdi. Stanley Opera's stunning production performed by such high-quality singers: La Traviata, 2015 A wonderful Verdi score in the hands of such an accomplished company: Macbeth, 2013 A feast for the eyes as well as the ears: Rigoletto, 2011
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