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Author: Music by Harry Warren Lyrics by Al Dubin Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes Original Direction & Dance by Gower Champion Originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick Director Philippa Alford Choreographer Deirdre Browne Musical Director Sarah Lynch Barrett
27th April - 1st May 2016
Tony Award Winner for Best New Musical when it premiered, 42nd Street combines high octane choreography and one showstopping number after another with irresistible razzamatazz!
A celebration of the stuff that dreams are made of, 42nd Street is the timeless, inspiring story of small town girl Peggy Sawyer’s meteoric rise from the anonymity of the chorus line to the spotlight of the Broadway star. Deliciously uplifting and joyful, 42nd Street also has the edginess of New York City itself – sexy, glamorous, seductive. Toe-tap and foot-stomp to Lullaby Of Broadway, We’re In The Money, Keep Young And Beautiful, Go Into Your Dance and of course, the spectacular title number, 42nd Street.
Box Office: Tickets are £8.00 (£6.00 concessions) and available from the Box Office on 07500 908331 Please note: Only members and guests of members are entitled to attend our performances - we are not allowed to sell tickets to the public Kent Drama Festival Entry 2016Cider with Rosie
Author: Adapted from the novel by Laurie Lee By Nick Darke Directed by Tony Jenner
Created and produced by Dundee Rep Theatre, Sunshine on Leith (featuring the songs of The Proclaimers) follows the highs and lows of Ally and his friend Davy as they return home to Leith from the army. Families, friendships and life are not all plain sailing in this funny and moving story about life, love and Leith. Sunshine on Leith is an energetic piece of musical theatre, now a major motion picture, loved by audiences and critics alike.
Venue: The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Southampton Hampshire,SO50 9DE
Box Office: The Point £13.00 conc. £12.00RSpecial offer: 2 tickets for £20 (Tuesday only)
The Pirates of Penzance
Author: G&S directed by Jacqui Beckingham musical director Nigel Finch
Tues 3rd to Sat 7th May 2016 7:30pm Sat Mat 2:30pm
A marvellously nostalgic show, still as charming and witty today as it was when it first premiered in New York on New Year’s Eve 1879. With a plethora of memorable melodies, humorous happenings and a most ingenious paradox, this modern twist on a wonderful classic is a must-see for all the family.
Directed by Jeff Raggett and Musical Director Kris Rawlinson. From Wikipedia: “The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006. The show was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, London, and Japan, as well as two North American tours.”
Venue: Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, Local Board Road, Watford WD17 2JP
Box Office: To book your tickets now please visit www.twoguvnors.co.uk Preview 3rd May all tickets £10.00 4th - 7th May: Adults £14, conc. £11.50
One Man, Two Guv’nors
3rd to 7th May 7:30pm Sat Mat 2pm
Winner – Best Play, Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2011 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 the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has 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. Based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright Richard Bean, with songs and music by Grant Olding, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre 17th May 2011 to critical acclaim, before transferring to the West End and embarking on a successful UK tour.
4th May 2016 to 7th May 2016 Performances are at 7.30 pm each evening with a matinee show on 7th May at 2.30 pm
The East Norfolk Operatic Society present the comic opera ‘The Gondoliers’ at The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich from Wednesday 4th May 2016 to Saturday 7th May 2016. The Gondoliers is one of the most popular of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas with some of Sullivan's best loved melodies and one of Gilbert's wittiest plots involving baby swapping, an unknown price, an impoverished duke and the Spanish Inquisition! Join us for a romantic night in Venice with great tunes and lots of fun.
Venue: Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre, Walthamstow E17
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If I Go
Author: by James Lewis, Directed by David Brady and Produced by Martina Schøning
Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th May 2016 (Performances at 7.45pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.45pm)
"This thing that the two of you have, it's an illusion, and it can't be this way forever..."
It's been this way for years. Matt and Becky have lived together forever. In a parallel universe they're probably married, except Matt's going out with Danny. Then of course there's Will, who been in love with Becky for the longest time, if only she'd be nice to him long enough to notice. Can one phone call be enough for Matt to make the biggest decision of his life, and in turn, change everything for all of them forever? Proforça Creative presents a brand new comedy drama written by James Lewis and directed by David Brady about moving on, moving out, drifting apart, and the people we can't bring ourselves to leave behind. (Please note the production contains strong language and audience discretion is advised)
An artist, a scientist and a sexpot are coming to dinner. Paige, hostess extraordinaire, is celebrating the publication of her husband’s bestseller. The arrival of Mike, marooned in the foggy lane after crashing his van, provides an unexpected addition to the evening’s entertainment. A silent waiter, sourced from an obscure website, completes the picture. Primordial Soup is first on the menu. Let the dinner from hell begin.
A wonderful comedy chiller, with blood on the carpet before bedtime. Dinner was premiered at The Royal National Theatre’s Loft space in November 2002. WARNING: THIS PLAY FEATURES VERY STRONG LANGUAGE THROUGHOUT; NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN DUE TO ADULT THEMES.
Venue: Winslow Public Hall, Elmfields Gate, MK18 3JA
Box Office: Tickets 07745 223365 or Divine Diva, Winslow £6.00 Wed evening & Sat matinée £8.00 Fri & Sat evening
Don't You Know There's a War On?
Author: devised, written and directed by Chris Chapman
Wednesday 4th May 7.30 pm Friday 6th May 7.30 pm, Saturday 7th May 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm (no performance on Thursday owing to elections)
‘Don’t You Know There’s A War On?’ was written for the Winslow Players in 1995 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the end of WW2. It seemed then that the community was divided in two, those who remembered the war and those who didn’t.
Today, sadly, there will be even less people who remember those times. The play evolved after many interviews with people who were in Winslow at that time, and evoked many memories among those in the audience. The play will include projected images and songs of the period with a chance for some audience participation and there will also be an exhibition of WW2 Memorabilia. Come along and remember life of those times (if you’re old enough!) and experience a taste of life in Winslow during WW2. The play has been revised for the cast of 2016 and benefits from the enhanced sound and lighting techniques available to us to-day. The play is suitable for all ages.
Inspired by Pinter's clandestine extramarital affair with BBC Television presenter Joan Bakewell, the play integrates different permutations of betrayal relating to a seven-year affair involving a married couple, Emma and Robert, and Robert's 'close friend' Jerry, who is also married, to a woman named Judith. Critics and audiences made Betrayal one of London’s most popular plays when it premiered in 1978. Pinter has never written anything simpler, sadder or funnier. The dialogue is economical but the characters are complex, self-absorbed and deceptive. DONT MISS IT!
Venue: The Swan, Horndon-on-the-Hill on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May Saks Bar, Southend on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May. The Ship, Old Leigh on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May. Starting at 8 pm
Author: Translated into English by Jasmine Sawant from the original award-winning play in Marathi by Yogesh Soman
May 5th to May 14th 2016
Case #99 explores human ingenuity driven by greed; the actions and consequences of avarice. A young man dies – Accident or homicide? Is his attractive widow hiding something? Investigating officer, Inspector Ramesh Sawant, is on his 99th case! He is known to get his man! How difficult can this case be? But things are never what they seem to be. Set in Mumbai, India, before the invasion of cell phones, this whodunit comes with an engaging twist. This play premieres in Toronto, following its World Premiere in 2015. Case #99 features three young Toronto-based Canadian actors of Indian origin who evoke a Mumbai before the invasion of cellular phones, a hustling-bustling Mumbai that embraces long train commutes, its inevitable host of beggars and peddlars, its street foods that tempt with appetizing aromas and its grime and crime, and cops and criminals, all driven by a burning desire to make it big, walking that fine line between greed and ambition.
We met these four likely lasses from the Hull fish docks in last season’s “Ladies’ Day” - when they won a fortune at the races. Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda are now celebrating with the trip of a lifetime to the Land of Oz. While Shelley dreams of luxury and glamour, the rest of the gang decide to go native and camp out under the stars at Ayers Rock. But Shelley soon discovers there’s more on offer than posh hotels, dazzling casinos and sun-kissed surfers; and Pearl finds that she’s got a mountain of her own to climb... This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
Venue: LANE END VILLAGE HALL, CHURCH ROAD, LANE END, HP14 3JE
Box Office: 01494 880662 or Lane End Village Hall on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12pm
Shakespeare in Hollywood
Author: Ken Ludwig
29th, 30th April and 6th, 7th May at 8pm
It’s 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialised on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls and arrogant “asses”, they are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp.
Author: by Ronald Harwood Directed by Hamish Lawson
Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Each year, on 10th October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on.
Venue: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice 90291
Box Office: Tickets: 323-960-7788 or online at www.plays411.com/stone General Admission: $30 Preview (May 5th & 6th) $20
Blood From A Stone
Author: Tommy Nohilly
May 7th thru May 22nd Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
Tommy Nohilly's powerful play Blood From A Stone is being produced by Theater Planners in conjunction with The Baron Brown Studio. Ethan Hawke won the Obie for his performance in the New York production and Emmy award winner Chad Brannon reprises his role with multiple Dramalogue award winner Joanne Baron in the cast. Playwright / screenwriter Thomas C. Dunn directs.
Venue: Droylsden Little Theatre, Castle Close, Droylsden, Manchester, M43 7AS
Death by Design
Author: A Comedy with Murder by Rob Urbinati Directed by Hazel Phillips
Edward and Sorel Bennett have had yet another row, in the fallout of their latest London opening, and have chased each other to their country house, to the irritated surprise of their maid and chauffeur. The lovebirds are soon joined by a cacophony of guests with interestingly constellated mutual resentments, including conservative politician Walter Pearce, leftist radical Eric, and bohemian artist/dancer Victoria Van Roth. By the time there’s a body to contend with, everyone in residence has expressed multiple murderous motives.
Venue: Tyldesley Little Theatre, Lemon Street, Tyldesley, Manchester M29 8HT
I DO NOT LIKE THEE DR. FELL
Author: by Bernard Farrell A Comedy Directed by Margaret Speakes
Something new and exciting from a veteran director, this dark comedy mercilessly exposes the simmering jealousies and deceptions among the hapless members of a self-help encounter group, to devastating comic effect.
Venue: St. Joseph's Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh. WN7 2PRWaltzes from Vienna
Music by Johann Strauss (father & son)
Set in glittering Vienna, Strauss recognises his son’s musical talent and tries to prevent him writing music, but Johann has ambition to succeed his father as the Waltz King of Vienna. A feast of Viennese music climaxed by the immortal “Blue Danube”.
Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th May 2016 7.30pm
Box Office: 01942 883722 Tickets: £11 & £13 Concessions available
Tue 10th - Sat 14th May 2016 7:30pm Sat Mat 2:30pm
Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Including classic Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s songs such as “Nothing Like a Dame”, “Wash that Man Right Outta Your Hair" and “Some Enchanted Evening” this is a must see show by this popular local society who had a huge hit last year with "Witches of Eastwick". Join us this Spring at The Core Theatre in Solihull for this must see show.
Venue: The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton On Thames, KT12 1AU
Box Office: Tickets are available from: Email - email@example.com Online - www.ourboxoffice.co.uk (booking fees apply) Phone - 0845 5196242 (calls from landlines at local rate or free on many calling plans, calls from mobiles may incur charges) Tues 10th May - Tiered £15, Level £12 ** Wed 11th May - Tiered £15, Level £12 Thurs 12th May - Tiered £16, Level £13 Fri 13th May - Tiered £16, Level £13 Sat (Matinee) 14th May - Tiered £16, Level £13 ** Sat (Evening) 14th May - Tiered £16, Level £13 ** Concessions for children, students and seniors on Tuesday and Saturday Matinee) On the day: Tickets will be on sale at The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse box office 30 minutes prior to each performance, subject to availability.
Jack The Ripper
Director: Janet Turner Musical Director: David Perkins
10th - 14th May 2016
‘Jack The Ripper’ was adapted for the musical stage in 1974 and features a score by leading actor Ron Pember and book and lyrics by Pember with Denis De Marne. The musical reconstruction of the incidents relating to the historic East End murders of 1888 was told through the company of a Whitechapel Music Hall, a device that cleverly presented an atmospheric commentary on the murders as opposed to a historic re-enactment. The production was first staged at London’s Players’ Theatre, opening on June 25th 1974. The show earned a nomination for ‘Best Musical’ at the 1974 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Since the amateur production rights were released in 1976, ‘Jack The Ripper’ has remained a popular production choice with societies worldwide.
Author: music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick
11-14 May 2016
9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.
Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist boss. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, this show is going to be a lot of fun! Containing original numbers from Dolly Parton's Oscar, Tony® and Grammy Award nominated score including Backwoods Barbie, Shine Like the Sun and the original hit song 9 TO 5, this will definitely set your foot tapping.
Author: Musical based on Pride & Prejudice. Music by Joshua Salzman. Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham Directed by Paul Carr
Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th May 2016, 7pm A modern-day love story set in uptown New York City. A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.
Venue: Endon Village Hall, Station Road, Endon, Stoke-on-Trent ST9 9DR
Box Office: 01782412641 Tickets £7.00 or £6.00 concessions and include programme and refreshments.
Fish Out Of Water
Author: a comedy by Derek Benfield
ShoWed 11th – Sat 14th May 7.30pmDates
The peaceful atmosphere of a hotel on the Italian Riviera is shattered by the arrival of Agatha, an outspoken widow, and her timid sister, Fiona. Agatha crushes all protests as she rounds up the guests into communal games, her unflagging spirit of togetherness invading the private lives of the other characters. All the ingredients of package holidays - late flights, double bookings, foreign food etc. - provide an evening of uproarious and innocent fun.
Box Office: 01372 742555 / 742227 Epsom Playhouse Prices from: £15 - 17 (tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded)
11 May 2016 - 14 May 2016 7:30pm Sat Mat 2:30pm
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention coconuts, killer rabbits and Frenchmen. Many of the original characters from the movie are faithfully recreated such as the Knights who say "Ni" while new characters and other Python moments have been added to hilarious effect, including the classic "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". Aside from Monty Python, Spamalot is a great musical in its own right. With big Broadway numbers and spectacular dance sequences, this musical promises to leave you with a smile on your face. Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle. Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
When Hitchcock meets hilarious, the stage production of ‘The 39 Steps’ is a lovable homage to the original book and the great film director; but is fast paced, furious and fun. Lovers of Hitchcock will enjoy spotting the witty references to many of his films, but there’s something from everyone to enjoy as our hero, Richard Hannay, survives many madcap scenes in a bid to clear his name of murder, save the country and win the girl!
Richard Hannay as created by John Buchan in 1915 was one of the earliest incarnations of the gentleman action hero. A man of private means, somewhat snobbish and xenophobic but also dashing, upright and courageous Hannay's legacy surely lives on in characters such as The Saint, Indiana Jones and of course James Bond. Buchan's story has been much adapted for T.V. and film , firstly and most famously by Alfred Hitchcock on whose 1935 film this rather silly version is extremely loosely based. We, like so many before us could not resist doing a wee bit of tinkering ourselves..... Serious John Buchan fans look away now! NODA Award winning, Pattingham Drama Group present ‘The 39 Steps’ by John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow, by kind permission of Samuel French.
11th to 14th May at 7:30pm (Wednesday to Saturday)
Stephanie Abrahams is a renowned violinist, whose international career is cut short by multiple sclerosis. Encouraged by her husband, world famous composer David Liebermann, Stephanie seeks out psychiatrist Dr Feldman to help her come to terms with the loss of her career. Slowly her determination to put on a positive face unravels to reveal dark secrets from her past. Through it all a complex relationship grows with the enigmatic Dr Feldman. This haunting play won the London Theatre Critic's award for best play and was described by the Financial Times as "A wonderfully sensitive play, positive and optimistic", and by the Daily Mail as "As moving a piece of theatre as you could wish for, or perhaps bear."
Box Office: Tickets £9 (£7 Concs) from RLT Online Box Office or 0844 804 2634. Group discounts available.
12 to 14 May 2016 19:30
On St George's Day, the morning of the local country fair, Johnny Rooster' Byron, local waster and Lord of Misrule, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice on the trailer in the woods which is his home, his son wants to be taken to the fair, a vengeful father who suspects him of leading his under-age daughter astray wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol, and to be regaled by his tales. He can spin a yarn for sure, and has always kept himself afloat with his menacing charm, cunning wit and a wealth of outlandish mythical stories, but how will he dig himself out of the hole this time?
Author: by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton Director: Jon Musker Assistant Director: Ruth Huggett
Thursday 12th May 2016, 7:30pm Friday 13th May 2016, 7:30pm Saturday 14th May 2016, 3pm Saturday 14th May 2016, 7:30pm
Garden Suburb Theatre are celebrating 30 years of Blackadder II by bringing it to life on stage at The Bull Theatre this Spring. We are pleased to present our three favourite episodes from the classic sitcom set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Blackadder attempts to win the Queen's favour while avoiding execution, aided by his servant Baldrick and Lord Percy Percy. But across town his nemesis Lord Melchett has the ear of the Queen at her Court, while Nursie knits and dreams of cows...
The production features a 10-piece live band that is on stage, 25 original songs, a 40+ cast from Co. Donegal, Co. Tyrone & Co. Derry.
This is an original script & score and depicts a young woman's journey in New York City as she battles work/life pressures & sexism in the workplace. It is a modern musical and there is something for everyone to enjoy in it. The themes are very relevant and as important now as ever!
A brilliant northern comedy about love, honour, class … and football.
Lancashire. 1913. Match Day! Blackton Rovers is in need of money. Owner, Austin Whitworth, sells his star centre forward – local football hero Jack Metherell – to a rival club on the eve of a crucial match that could see Rovers relegated to the 2nd Division. Will honest Jack do Austin’s bidding when asked to throw the match? Or will he put his professional honour above loyalty to his old club? Austin’s daughter Elsie, and Jack, are in love – or so they think. But Jack still lives at home, firmly tied to his mother’s apron strings. Will Elsie’s modern ways and feisty temperament win over his domineering mam? Or is this tryst between the classes doomed from the start?
Author: Book By: Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse Music and Lyrics By: Cole Porter Stage Director: Sue Bennett Musical Director: David Manifold Choreographer: Lisa Crowhurst
17th - 21st May 2016
Billy instantly falls in love with a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she's boarding the SS American the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker Reno are boarding, he sneaks aboard himself. The beautiful girl, Hope, is engaged to stuffy British aristocrat Lord Evelyn, but that doesn't stop love-struck Billy.
With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to shake Reno, whose love he doesn't return, and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams, and all without hurting anyone's feelings. This is one of Cole Porter's best musicals. It is light, frothy, frivolous, full of song, dance and will be a great company show. It is set mainly on board ship and has a wide range of characters from old(ish) to young(ish).
Author: A personal history of Ireland in song, drama and images by Peter Sinclair, adapted by Steve Atkins
This is a charity event in aid of Parkinson’s UK World Premiere! Told simply and directly by musicians, actors and narrators in short scenes with live music, this is a broad history of Ireland from the 1800’s to the present day by author, song writer and singer Peter Sinclair. Peter was brought up and schooled in Dublin during the 1950’s and 60’s, so he’s seen and heard a lot of Ireland’s history in person and through the words of his forebears. Peppered with Irish wit and humour, and featuring Peter’s own songs as well as some favourites from the Emerald Isle, this is a celebration of the Irish journey to the present day that is not to be missed.
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind." After a few years of modern plays, we thought it about time we bring you a classic - and what could be more classic than Shakespeare?
Our 2016 play will be a modern retelling of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Phoebe Fleetham. We're really looking forward to offering our audiences (and members!) something completely different to our recent shows. So, until then, to get you in the Shakespeare mood: “If we shadows have offended, Know but this and all is mended. That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear, And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding, but a dream.”
The Boys from Syracuse - A Musical Comedy Based on The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Author: Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, Book by George Abbott
Twins! More twins! Women chased and chaste. The first musical ever to be adapted from Shakespeare remains the most madcap musical farce ever to animate the stage. Songs include This Can’t Be Love, Sing for your Supper, Falling in Love with Love and many more. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe
Venue: Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT
Box Office: 01206 366000
Blue Remembered Hills
Author: Dennis Potter
18 May to 21 May 19:45 matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm
Directed by Steve Dunt, this deceptively simple tale relates the activities of seven English children, played by adults, on a summer afternoon during World War II. In woods, a field and a barn, they play, fight, fantasize and swagger. Their aggressions, fears, hostilities and rivalries come to an abrupt stop when a dangerous game of pyromania ends with tragic results.
Author: A spoof Murder Mystery by Peter Gordon Directed by Mike Jones
19th - 21st May 2016 7:45pm Matinee Saturday 21st 3pm
The second offering in the year of murder and mystery by Thurrock Courts Players sees the bungling Inspector Pratt attempt to solve the mysterious murder of Mildred Bagshot at her country estate. Suspects include Dorothy, Mildred's niece and companion; Bunting the doddery old butler; the pompous Colonel Craddock and his wife; the very well-to-do Miss Hartley-Trumpington and shady French art dealer Pierre Marceau. Unably assisted by local sleuth Miss Maple, can the Inspector solve the crime before everyone else meets their doom – or will the audience die laughing first?
Directed by Rebecca Barclay and John Dix, "A Night At The Movies" is a show full of iconic songs from iconic movies across the decades. Performing at Evesham Arts Centre 19th-21st May 2016 this is a show not to be missed.
EODS, with its talented cast of singers and dancers, will entertain and delight you through a musical journey from some of the most well-known movies: from Jungle Book to Titanic, Wizard of Oz to Moulin Rouge, and of course no 'movie' evening would be complete without Bond.
Two ‘One Act’ Plays A Respectable Funeral / Last Tango In Escrick by Jimmie Chinn / by David Tristram
19th to 21st May 2016
“A Respectable Funeral” The poignant and witty tale of three Yorkshire sisters who come together after the funeral of their mother.
One sister wants to spend her inheritance on a patio and another would love a through-lounge. But when the whisky takes hold, old secrets float to the surface and reveal a very different past… Director Linda Baillie has previous experience of the play which has lots of dry Yorkshire humour, set in the 60s or 70s.
“Last Tango in Escrick” Membership of the local amateur drama society has dwindled to four. Time for dramatic action. There's only one thing that sells tickets these days - sex. But how will the locals react to the promise of a sizzling sex comedy? Director Andrew Faulkes describes this as a play with belly laughs containing some strong language and which pushes the boundaries of what the Monday Players have done before.
Author: Book by THOMAS MEEHAN Music by CHARLES STROUSE Lyrics by MARTIN CHARNIN Original production directed by Martin Charnin. Originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates Inc.,The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Icarus Productions. Based on ''Little Orphan Annie'' (R) by permission of the Tribune Media Services Inc. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEPH WEINBERGER LTD., on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.
Box Office: Tickets: £ 8.50 and £ 7.50 (concessions) For Tickets: Telephone 01246 416364 E-mail (Please include a contact landline telephone number): firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stags and Hens the Remix ADULTS ONLY
Author: a comedy by Willy Russell
19th, 20th & 21st May
A boozy comedy of Wedding-eve nerves, set in the Ladies and Gents loos of a tacky night club where Dave and Linda, unbeknownst to each other, are holding their respective stag and hen parties. This sharply observed play turns into a bleakly funny and perceptive study of working class misogyny. Dave is already worse for wear after a mix of drinks and a curry at the Indian. Despite this his mates are desperately trying to ensure he has a good time! Linda’s chums can’t understand why she would want to have her hen night in such a ‘dive’ but play along, not all of them keeping their opinions to themselves. Then a blast from the past and a chance meeting for Linda… This is a very witty, laugh out loud comedy with adult humour and strong language from the start.
Author: by Ian Morland Artistic Director Isobel Barrett
Friday 20th May and Sat 21st May at 2.30 and 7.30
Jane Haining was a Scottish Missionary who was appointed as Matron in the Girls Home in Budapest. When World War Two broke out she refused to leave "her" girls. Eventually she was arrested for helping Jews and died in Auschwitz in 1944.
Author: by J.B.Priestley, author of ‘An Inspector Calls’
A snow wrapped hotel high up in the Peak District in the 1930s. That’s the setting for J.B.Priestley’s murder/ mystery comedy. There are all the essential ingredients- an incompetent detective, a strange woman in a fur coat, and a couple of amateur sleuths, who reckon that they can do a far better job than the detective in sorting things out. Was there actually a murder? Or was it all just a ruse to check whether members of the hotel staff were doing their jobs properly? Well, come and find out.
Having successfully performed Priestley’s well known play, ‘An Inspector Calls’ in 2013, CATS felt that it would be appropriate to stage another of this talented writer’s plays. We hope that this will be just as successful.
Friday 20th May, Saturday 21st May and Saturday 28th May at 7.30pm
Box Office: Tickets (adults £6, children under 16 £5) will be available from Bartley P.O, Landford Village Stores and Bramshaw Stores or by ringing our box office on 02380 813415 Concessions are available for group bookings. Family tickets are also available. Please note that this is an amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.
Venue: Performances at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ: 20th May (7:30pm) 21st May (7:30pm) Performances on tour: 17th May, Gittisham Village Hall (7:30pm) 18th May, Sidbury Village Hall (7:30pm) 19th May, Sheldon Village Hall (7:30pm)
Box Office: Book Tickets Here The Beehive Tickets are available in a thrust stage layout allowing you to see the action from three sides of the auditorium. Tickets in the main bank of seating are £10 and on the sides are £8.
Author: WIlliam SHakespeare
Honiton’s premier amateur theatre company have launched their latest theatrical adventure in the form of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. We’ll be producing one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies with a talented cast who will sing, dance and act their way through this comedic romp. The production will take place on tour in surrounding villages and culminate in two shows at The Beehive in Honiton.
This is an amateur production presented by the Chesham Bois Cathoic Players by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd Please feel free to bring your own drinks, and food for the interval. Tea, Coffee and Cakes will be available for purchase. First performed in 1925, Hay Fever is one of the best loved of Coward’s plays, with great staying power... It tells of a weekend at a country house, where, without informing each other, each of the four members of an eccentric family has invited a guest to stay. Judith, the mother and a retired actress has invited a young admirer who is not contemplating sharing her with any family. David, her husband thinks a sweet young thing will be perfect company and perhaps help him with research for his book ‘The Sinful Woman’, whilst brother and sister, Simon and Sorel, have asked older lovers, each anticipating having both the house and the lover to themselves. When it turns out that they are all to live in close quarters for the weekend, chaos reigns, tempers flare and the quiet weekend turns into a hilarious finale in which the guests live to regret ever having accepted an invitation from the inimitable Blisses.
The play version of the musical, but with a little singing as well. Twins separated at birth for financial difficulties, raised in nearby but completely different environments, have several chance meetings and possible friendships as they grow up. What will happen if the secret of their history is revealed?
Written by renowned playwright Simon Stephens, the play focuses on Paul, the lead singer of a hugely successful rock band at the height of fame as they near the end of their world tour. What follows is a gripping tale, with a window into the world of celebrity, an insight into the truth and myth of fame. As the tour nears its end, the music, for Paul, is starting to jar. Come on down and see this gripping piece!
Two fantastic one-act plays in one evening A Different Way To Die Tagged
Tuesday 24th Saturday 28th May 2016
A Different Way To Die by Lynn Brittany and Directed by Jan Watkins Anna Gruber is a Holocaust survivor who has applied to emigrate to the newly created State of Israel. But first she must submit to the ordeal of an interview and psychological assessment by a psychiatrist. While waiting for the doctor she is left in the company of Magda, a young Israeli whose prejudice against Jews form Europe is patently clear. However, when Dr. Feldmann arrives and the interview proceeds, Annes's experiences under the Nazis is not what was expected, and the news that Anna's husband survived the death camps and is in Israel too, brings about a crisis that alters everyone's perception of life and death. A powerful and thoughtful drama about inhumanity.
Tagged by Griff Scott and Directed by Alan Wheeler An award winning play by local playwright Griff Scott; which explores the way in which social media has become an all seeing, ever present phenomenon in our lives. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like are now an inevitable part of most of our lives and to some extent, has replaced our traditional concepts of community and communication. This play explores the impact of these changes on different generations.
Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th May 7.45pm Inc Matinee on Saturday 2.45pm
In a forest in deepest Essex lives Mrs Bramson, a crotchety widowed hypochondriac. In her household we find niece Olivia, cook Mrs Terence and maid Dora. Mrs Bramson then hires a charming young man, Danny, as a live-in companion.
Dora becomes pregnant and at the same time, a woman disappears from a nearby hotel. The police begin investigations. A classic atmospheric and unnerving tale told by Emlyn Williams that will grip you as the plot twists this way and that. We turned people away from our last show so please book early to secure your seating preferences.
Author: Music by Julian Slade Lyrics by Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade Director – Derek Blyth & Slava Budin-Jones Musical Director – Derek Blyth Choreographer – Slava Budin-Jones Producer – Debbie Woolley
25th to 28th May 2016 7:45pm Saturday Matinee 2:30pm
Salad Days is a joyful, fun and light show with no subplot, no hidden meanings and no parody ('though it has been much parodied, including a very funny Monty Python version). It was the longest running show in the West End until My Fair Lady overtook it and has been revived many times by small and medium scale theatres, amateur and professional. After their graduation Jane and Timothy meet in a park to plan their lives. They agree to get married in secret, however Timothy's parents have urged him to ask his various influential uncles—a Minister, a Foreign Office official, a General and a scientist to find him suitable employment. Tim and Jane, decide that he must take the first job that he is offered which comes from a passing tramp who offers them £7 a week to look after his mobile piano for a month. They discover that when the piano plays it gives everyone close by an irresistible desire to dance! Timothy’s Uncle, the Minister of Pleasure and Pastime, attempts to ban the disruptive music and the piano vanishes. Timothy enlists his scientific Uncle Zed to take them in his flying saucer (yes a flying saucer!) to find it. When it is found, the tramp reappears to tell them that their month is up and the piano must be passed on to another couple. He also reveals that he is the unknown uncle of Timothy (whose parents had referred to "the one we don't mention"). Timothy and Jane look forward to the future with confidence.
Venue: Prince of Wales, Church Street, Cannock, Staffs WS11 1DE
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
From a devoted and isolated mother, to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, through a solicitous waiter to well-heeled diners and an utterly shambolic garden fete, human frailty is laid bare as one hilarious situation after another unfolds. Each of the plays connects to the next through one of its characters. From high farce to poignant observation; the laughs, however dark, keep coming. In keeping with the group’s tradition of innovation and experiment, the show will be performed in-the-round.
May 25th 7.00pm 26th 1:30pm & 7:00pm May 27th 7:00pm
Spring Awakening is the smash hit musical based on the original play by Frank Wedekind. The performance features strong topics around the 'coming of age'. The show features strong language, sexual content and mature themes. 15+
Box Office: £13, £11 Concessions. £1 from every ticket sale to be donated to Haven House Children’s Hospice. Registered charity number: 1044296 Tickets are available from Brentwood Theatre or Ad Hoc Players website. www.brentwoodtheatre.co.uk or www.adhocplayers.co.uk
(L-R) Sharon Sims, Candy Lillywhite-Taylor, Jenny Harper, Lindsay Lovell, Leanne Taylor Photos by Derek Wright
Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May. All shows start at 8pm
New York City in 1985. Ungar and Madison are at it again; Florence Ungar and Olive Madison that is, in Neil Simon's adaptation of his hilarious comedy, the female version of 'The Odd Couple.' During a routine game of Trivial Pursuit between friends, news of a crisis hits. As a result, uptight neat-freak Florence moves in with slovenly party girl Olive. Can opposites attract, or will it all end in tears? You'll be in tears of laughter, that's for sure!
Venue: Theatre of the Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Association, 7 High Street, Ingatestone CM4 9ED
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MURDER IN PLAY
Author: by Simon Brett
26th, 27th and 28th May 2016 at 8.00 p.m.
Boris Smolensky’s budget repertory production of “Murder at Priorswell Manor” is looking decidedly shaky. The actors are more interested in their egos than the play, the props seem to have a life of their own, and the director has personal problems!
But fiction becomes reality when someone is murdered on stage. Who was the murderer? Was it one of the cast? Was it someone connected with the Director? Was it one of the rival actors? Or even, could it have been the Director himself? Simon Brett’s hilarious text, a worthy companion to his Charles Paris theatrical thriller novels, ruthlessly satirises the politics of the inept company and the numerous red herrings keep the audience guessing until the final moments of the play. Louise O’Connor (‘Allo ‘Allo) returns to Ingatestone to direct this hilarious comedy-murder play which will keep you entertained and at a loss to know who-done-it right until the end.
Box Office: 01206 241048 or Ash's Store from 14th May Tickets: Friday & Saturday £7 Thursday £6 Supper and Show Tickket! Dine at the Treble Tile before the show Tickets include show and select menu £20 per person Ring for details 01206 241712
Box Office: Tickets, priced at £8.00 each, are selling well. You can reserve your seats by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many tickets you'd like to reserve and for which performance night. Alternatively tickets are available to buy in person at Stewarton Library or on the door on the night from 7.00pm.
AN EVENING OF SCOTTISH COMEDY AND DRAMA
Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm and on Friday 27th May 2016 at 7.30pm. (Please note: No Saturday evening performance.) A licensed bar of wine will be on sale throughout the evening.
Two short plays in the Stewarton Area Centre. Both plays are written and directed by SDG member, Nancy McPherson, and both have a distinctly Scottish flavour ! 'The Night I Danced With Cyd Charisse' is set in a garage workshop, and 'The Untimely Outing of Minty McGraw' is set at a wedding reception in a snooker club !
Following on from the success of their recent pantomime ‘Calamity Jeannie’, members of the award-winning Stewarton Drama Group are currently hard at work rehearsing for their next exciting production – ‘An Evening of Scottish Comedy and Drama’ – which will be presented in the theatre in the town’s Area Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May 2016 at 7.30pm. The production will feature performances of two one-act plays, both written and directed by group member, Nancy McPherson. The two contrasting pieces each last 45 minutes and will give the audience a varied night’s entertainment, with a distinctly Scottish flavour. The evening will start with a performance of ‘THE NIGHT I DANCED WITH CYD CHARISSE’ - a play which has previously delighted audiences not only in Ayrshire, but also in Fife, Edinburgh and as far north as Orkney. There are some hilarious comic moments in the play as the five characters get through a day of surprises in their workplace - a garage workshop. A strong cast is lined up for this play, each portraying engaging characters, sure to be a hit with audiences. Alison Barr who is expert at delivering a comedy line, is well cast as ‘Betty’, and Laura Raeside gives a sensitive performance as ‘Miley’ the attractive office assistant. The three mechanics add up to a formidable team on stage - Walter Findlay brings his magic to the role of ‘Wilson’, the senior fitter, while David Robertson, as ever, shows his versatility and gives a convincing performance as ‘McBride’. Finally, Jim Goldie puts in an excellent, very funny performance as the apprentice mechanic, ‘Lennox’. In spite of the laughter, it’s a poignant ending as this group of work mates disperse at the end of the day and each confronts a different truth. Next up will be a performance of a brand new play, 'THE UNTIMELY OUTING OF MINTY McGRAW’ a black comedy which focuses on a day in the life of Minty McGraw, played by Walter Findlay. Minty’s life is characterised by serial failures, but aided and abetted by his partners in the failure business, Rummage Rafferty, played by David Robertson, and Tommy The Nutcase McNulty, played by Craig McLaughlan, he hopes he can succeed in doing one thing right at last. The odds aren’t looking good, especially as Bridie McGraw, played by Caren McLean, lays down the law about Minty’s place in the scheme of things. The one ray of hope in Minty’s world is his daughter Sandra, played by Michelle Barnett, and her new husband, Frankie, played by Jim Goldie. Could these two, along with Frankie’s mum Babs, played by Morag Smith, give Minty the new start he’s hoping for ? There are a lot of laughs to enjoy.....and a few surprises, expertly delivered by very strong cast who engage perfectly with the characters and storyline in this funny play. The evening will include a twenty minute interval during which a licensed bar will sell wine.
Venue: The New Millennium Theatre, 69 Burnley Rd East,Waterfoot,Rossendale,Lancs.BB4 9AR
Box Office: All tickets £8 available from our ticket secretary Anne on 01706 228720 or in person from Watts News(next to the theatre)All My Sons
Author: a drama by Arthur Miller directed by Stanley WhittakerSaturday May 28th - Saturday June 4th 2016 7:30pm
The Play is set in 1947 in the back garden of the Keller family home in middle America . Joe Keller , a successful business man and family man , has a guilty secret. He had been exonerated from supplying faulty parts for fighter planes from his factory causing the wartime deaths of 21 pilots but his partner , Steve Deever was convicted and has been in prison for the past 3 years. The Keller’s eldest son, Larry, died while flying in the Far East although his mother, Kate, refuses to believe it and insists he will return home to marry his girlfriend Anne Deever, daughter of the convicted Steve. The Keller’s second son, Chris, disillusioned after his wartime service, intends to marry Anne who, along with her brother George, has accepted their father’s guilt and refuses to visit him in prison until George receives an urgent call to visit his father. Kate refuses to acknowledge Chris and Anne’s engagement, waiting for Larry to return, but George’s visit to his father brings new evidence of the court case and Anne is compelled to reveal Larry’s last letter which forces Joe and Kate to come to terms with the truth of the wartime scandal they have previously refused to acknowledge.
Author: created and written by members of Saundersfoot Footlights
30th May - 4th June
'Lifetime!' is an original piece, created and written by members of Saundersfoot Footlights. It follows the story of one family through the eyes of three generations and includes a large variety of well known musical theatre songs.
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