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Box Office: This spectacle is not to be missed and you can get your tickets now from Ticketsource
Mon 26th Sep - Sat 1st Oct 2016 7:30pm
Roll up, roll up! NOMADS invites you to bear witness to a spectacle unlike any before seen on the King’s Theatre stage – Stephen Schwartz’s Tony award winning musical, Pippin!
Originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse (Cabaret, Chicago, Sweet Charity), Pippin is the story of a young man’s quest to be extraordinary in a world of illusion, where nothing is as it seems. Pippin is taken on his journey by a troupe of players, who guide him through war, politics, hedonism, love, and finally force him to make a choice – an ordinary life of compromise, or a single grand gesture that will live in the memory forever. Unconventional, mysterious, darkly comic and with a haunting finale that will leave you stunned, Pippin is bursting with energetic and stylish choreography, set to a wonderful score by the composer of Wicked, Godspell, and Children of Eden. Pippin is directed by Steve Nicholson with assistance from Jamie Maguire, Musically Directed by Mark Aldous and Choreographed by Emma Olley.
Author: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black
Tuesday 4 - 8 Oct 2016 7:30pm Sat Mat 2:30pm
Based on the Billy Wilder film, the musical version of Sunset Boulevard features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, including As If We Never Said Goodbye and The Perfect Year. The show received its American premiere on 9th December 1993 at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. The LA production starred Glenn Close (Norma Desmond), Alan Campbell (Joe Gillis), Judy Kuhn (Betty Schaefer) and George Hearn (Max von Mayerling), with Close, Campbell and Hearn going on to recreate their roles for the show’s 1994 Broadway opening at the Minskoff Theatre on 17th November 1994 – they were also joined by Alice Ripley as Betty Schaefer. That production opened with the highest advance in Broadway history at the time ($37.5 million in ticket sales). Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. The Toronto production of the show opened on 15th October 1995 starring Diahann Carroll (Norma), Rex Smith (Joe) and Walter Charles (Max). The US National Tour of Sunset Boulevard premiered in June 1996 with Linda Balgord in the starring role. A US Tour opened in Pittsburgh in December 1998 and starred Petula Clark in the lead role, and a UK Tour starring Faith Brown as Norma Desmond and Earl Carpenter as Joe Gillis opened in 2001. In summer 2008, a scaled-down production of Sunset Boulevard played at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, UK, receiving rave reviews.
Author: Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
4th - 8th October 2016 7:30pm Sat Mat 2:30pm Tickets: £17.50
Following on from their sell-out 2015 production of ‘Sister Act’, Berkhamsted Theatre Company are delighted to be bringing the Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber smash hit EVITA to the Court Theatre. EVITA tells the story of Eva Peron, second wife of Juan Peron who, along with her husband became one of the most prominent political leaders of the last century. Following Eva’s life from her teenage years through to her death from cancer aged 33, EVITA is widely regarded as one of the best musical scores ever written. An amateur production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd
The winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway! Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns" including a flapper named Millie Dillmount were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there. Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East; her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage; and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name - or so he tells her. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. From explosive tap numbers to a Fred and Ginger routine on a window ledge this is the perfect show for theatres looking to show off the dance skills of their performers. In Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in Thoroughly Modern Millie! For this production, we are delighted to welcome Claire Stanley as Director with Mike Payne as Musical Director
Fasten your seatbelts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a comic adventure like no other. Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on a journey into hyper space. Accompany the crew as they face mad scientists, monsters, a mysterious formula and a love story worthy of any Shakespeare play. The award winning Gatepost Theatre Company return with Shakespeare’s forgotten Rock ’n’ Roll masterpiece, 'Return to the Forbidden Planet'. Go on a journey to both the unchartered corners of the universe and the Rock ‘n’ Roll heyday of the 1960s and 70s. Including hits Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations, The Young Ones and The Monster Mash this is a musical of meteoric proportions.
Venue: Millennium Hall in the Village Centre at Scaynes Hill
Box Office: Tickets are £20 and are being reserved fast – so don’t delay. Sales are being handled by Rotary not via our usual methods – but you can make a booking by email to this dedicated address email@example.com
MURDER ON AIR
Friday October 7th
This first CDS murder mystery evening includes dinner, which will be provided by Rotary, with CDS performing the dramatic parts of the evening. A co-production with Cuckfield & Lindfield Rotary Club “Murder On Air!” by Andrew Hull All profits from the evening will be going to local charities jointly selected by Rotary and CDS.
Box Office: 07748712399 £20 per person or VIP booth £22 per person (includes personal drinks service at your table)
Songs from the Shows
7 October at 19:30
After the success of last years musicals evening we are hosting another fund raising event. Vale Royal Musical theatre will be performing songs from a selection of well known musicals. Includes a 2-course chinese banquet - a selection of mixed starters , main courses and rice. Raffle prizes will be up for grabs followed by karaoke and dancing hosted by Davidoke
Venue: Halstead Empire Theatre, Halstead Sat 8th October 2016 Box Office: 07778 025490
Earls Colne Village Hall Fri 30th September 2016 Box Office: 07866 404715
All tickets £10
Author: An hilarious comedy by Ed Waugh & Trevor Wood
When three cleaners are threatened with redundancy they feel their lives are coming to an end until a chance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea - why not run a telephone sex line? They've got motive, opportunity and a lifetime of experience - some more than others, mind you.
Venue: St George’s Hall, Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6XQ
Box Office: 07960 676180 Curtain up: 8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets: £7 & £5 Please let us know in advance if you require help with wheelchairs etc.
Saturday 8, Friday 14 & Saturday 15 October 2016
Long retired from the operatic stage, the famous soprano, Tryphosa Swan, is still a force to be reckoned with. Impulsive, imperious, and incredibly rich, she has only one regret in life. Abandoned as a baby, she has never known who her real mother was. An unexpected clue prompts her to confide in her only close friend, Marianne, who advises her to let sleeping dogs lie. But Tryphosa has never taken advice and hires a genealogist with unexpected results. Her uneasy relationship with her two daughters deteriorates, and when, in an act of pique, she decides to change her will yet again, the grim spectre of Death appears. And the killing doesn't stop. Production rated 15+
Box Office: 01507600350 Tickets: £8.50, Under 18s £5.00, Theatrecards £7.50, Under 18s £4.00
Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen Adapted by Andy Graham and Roger Parsley. Directed by Susan Munro
Monday 10th – Saturday 15th October Time: 7.30pm
Roger Parsley and Andy Graham have streamlined the well-loved novel by Jane Austen and produced a fastmoving play, which retains all the delicate irony, spirit and romance of the original. This beautiful period drama, tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, left in straitened circumstances when their father dies and they are forced to move to a Devon cottage, but Aunt Jennings is determined to find husbands for them in London.
Fabulously fun, international award-winning musical based on the adored movie. Legally Blonde the Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods, accompanied by her Chihuahua Bruiser, as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!
Bad Girls is a fresh, funny and original British musical, based on characters from the award winning and hugely popular television drama. Set in the fictional HMP Larkhall, it’s the story of new idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby. Directed by Jody Randall
Cambridge University Fletcher Players
Venue: ADC Theatre, Cambridge
Box Office: www.adctheatre.com Adult tickets are £12 and concessions are £9. And there is a special deal when you come in a group of 10 where you get the 10th ticket free.
The Habit of Art
Author: Alan Bennett
Tue 11 - Sat 15 October
A group of actors rehearse a play in a disused rehearsal room at the National Theatre, under the watchful eye of their stage manager and the irascible influence of the playwright. Their story: composer Benjamin Britten’s first meeting in twenty years with his once friend and colleague, W. H. Auden. In Auden’s lodgings at Oxford, they come together to discuss Britten’s controversial new opera Death in Venice. Their meeting is observed and interrupted by, among others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station. Yet this was a meeting which never took place, and as the actors pick their way through the script and dissect the unsettling desires of two difficult men, they begin to project their own stories out onto the stage. Alan Bennett’s landmark play reflects on the thought of growing old, creativity and inspiration, of persistence when all passion is spent: and ultimately on the habit of art. It has been extremely well reviewed, being given 5 and 4.5 stars, and celebrated as 'undoubtedly one of the best plays you will see in Cambridge this year'. Here are the full reviews: cambridgetheatrereview.com thetab.com/uk/cambridge And here is the trailer: www.youtube.com
Author: Dennis Potter Directed by Nettie Sheridan and Gary Cook
Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th October 2016 7.45
A hilarious and incredibly moving story set during World War 2. Through the simple act of using adults in the children's roles, Potter is able to emphasise the darker aspects of children's innocence and imagination, creating an altogether more complex and ambivalent picture of that "land of lost content". On an idyllic summer afternoon in 1943, a group of children play in the West Country hills, fields and forests. With no adults around, they indulge in spontaneous games and horseplay - sometimes echoing the distant war, at other times revealing their own insecurities and petty vindictiveness. But as they tease, fantasise and fight the day away, their innocence is about to be destroyed forever...
Box Office: Ticketsource or firstname.lastname@example.org Performance Times & Ticket Prices: 7:30pm Wednesday 12th October £15 7:30pm Thursday 13th October £16 7:30pm Friday 14th October £16 2:30pm Saturday (Mat) 15th October £15 7:30pm Saturday 15th October £16 Discount available for parties of 8 or more.
Author: Stephen Sondheim Directed by Lynne Smart-Steel Musical Direction by Nic Luker Choreography by Imogen Smart-Steel. Winner of the Tony Award in 1979, Sweeney Todd is considered one of Sondheim's masterpieces and has enjoyed recent revivals in the West End. This hauntingly chilling story explores love, loss and blood-soaked revenge.
Weds 12th – Sat 15th Oct 7.30pm, Sat Mat 15th Oct 2.30pm
After hard years in exile for a crime he didn't commit, Sweeney Todd returns to london to search for his wife and finds his daughter in the hands of the evil Judge Turpin. In his rage, Sweeney takes his revenge on the populace of London. With the help of his wily business partner, Mrs Lovett, Sweeney lures his victims with a charming smile before casually ending their lives with a flick of his razor and has them baked into pies.
Venue: Bonington Theatre, High Street, Arnold, NG5 7EE
Box Office: 0115 901 3640
Author: by Noel Coward adapted for the stage by Emma Rice
Wednesday 12th-Saturday 15th October 2016
Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, adapted for the stage by Emma Rice, combines elements of Noel Coward's screenplay of the 1946 film, which starred Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, and the play,’Still Life’, on which it was based. This new adaptation combines song and dance and imaginative projections to tell the story of a couple's unrequited love. The lives of three couples are played out in the famous station tearoom using Coward’s words and songs to create a breathtaking, delightfully funny and tear-inducing show. This promises to be one of Bonington’s most challenging productions, using all of the theatre’s technical resources to create an unforgettable evening.
13 October 2016 - 15 October 2016 7:30pm 15 October 2016 2:30pm
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favourite.
Set in a cricket pavilion, Outside Edge deals with an eventful Saturday afternoon in the lives of five men and four women. Roger is having trouble getting a team together for the afternoons fixture against the British Railways Maintenance Division Yeading East but this proves to be the least of anyones worries. Bob is having marriage trouble as he is still doing odd jobs for his ex-wife behind his current wife Ginnie's back. Kevin is trying to fight off his over affectionate wife Maggie while at the same time nurse his injured spinning finger and Alex's new girlfriend ends up shutting herself in the toilets having hysterics. Even Roger's seemingly perfect marriage to Miriam hits the skids when she discovers he was playing away from home in more ways than one on a trip to Dorking last year. Just when it seems things can't get any worse for them, it starts to rain.
An Evening of Alan Ayckbourn Comedies "A Cut in the Rates", "Gosforth's Fete" and "Between Mouthfuls".
Author: by Alan Ayckbourn
Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October at 7.30 pm.
Box Office: Tickets for Thursday and Saturday are priced at £9.00 (with concessions) and include a light supper Friday 14th it will be a special charity performance in aid of The Pilgrims Hospice, Thanet. Tickets for this evening are £25 and includes a first class meal during the intervals. Tickets available from the box office on 01843 841522 or email email@example.com
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016 at 8:00pm
“The Ghost Train” is a classic comedy thriller by Arnold Ridley (who played Private Godfrey in “Dad’s Army” on tv). It was first performed in 1925 so amazingly it is now almost 100 years old. There is a genuinely eerie atmosphere at midnight in the waiting room of Fal Vale station experienced by the handful of stranded passengers. Is the unscheduled steam train that thunders through the darkness outside the remote Cornish station really a phantom engine? Is the sound of the long-dead driver singing “Rock of Ages” simply a figment in the imagination of every one of those passengers? Can only something supernatural account for the doors and ticket flap which appear to open and close by themselves? These questions will be answered when New Eltham Community Productions present “The Ghost Train” to an unsuspecting public
Box Office: Tickets £12 (inc cheese & wine or soft drinks), are available online and from Far From the Madding Crowd. For the first time tables of ten can be reserved online. Although any unsold tickets will be available on the door, numbers are restricted to 90 each evening, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Plays and Wine 2016
October 14th and 15th
After their sell-out performances of The Weir in May, the Linlithgow Players return to the stage with their ever popular “Plays and Wine” evening this October (14th and 15th) at Linlithgow Primary School.
The Players present an eclectic mix of short plays and sketches to an audience free to feast on wine & cheese during the evening. Full details of the programme are still being finalised but our two main attractions will be Act One of the comedy Teechers (yes that is the correct spelling Mrs Jarvis!) and selected scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Teechers was written by the award winning playwright John Godber, the second most performed living playwright in the UK today. Fast moving and inventive, it tells the hilarious story of Gail, Hobby and Salty, three students who, through their own end of term play, relate the experiences of an idealistic new teacher in his first days at a local comprehensive school.
Whether you are a teacher, a pupil now, or were a pupil then, you will recognise these characters from your own school: the lazy, useless teacher, the teacher you fancied, the teacher who terrified you, the “cool” teacher, the school clype, the first girl to wear a bra, the school bully, the grumpy janitor and many others. Teechers will make you laugh and reminisce in equal measure.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written by the little know playwright William Shakespeare. This year, the 400th anniversary of his death, we felt it would be fitting to pay our respect to the great man so have chosen scenes in which the workmen meet to discuss, rehearse and perform their play chosen by Duke Theseus as entertainment following his marriage. Anyone familiar with this play will know just how funny they are.
Washed out producer Max Bialystock's fortunes are turned around when meek accountant Leo Bloom walks into his office. Determined that they can make more money with a flop than a hit, Bialystock and Bloom embark on an adventure to put on the worst show on Broadway. With a crazed Nazi playwright, a flamboyant director and a hot blonde on board, what can go wrong? Featuring songs such as 'I Wanna Be A Producer', 'Keep it Gay' and the unforgettable 'Springtime for Hitler', The Producers is a hilarious show that you cannot afford to miss!
This production will draw on the sense of a 1930s cabaret show. The show is set against the backdrop of a depression and the unsettled nature of Europe at this time in history. We want to use dark humour to scratch away at the glossy façade of the perfumery and reveal the dark underbelly of the show. Everything will look slightly tainted and tarnished by the outside world. (Think glamorous art deco perfumery the night after the cast of ‘Cabaret’ had a party!). The plot itself is interlaced with adultery, depression, suicide and sex: we want these to come slightly more to the fore – this is a show to give our acting muscles a stretch in as well as showcasing great voices and a humorous ensemble cast production which is true to the heart of the ‘October show’ manifesto. Join us for this decadent musical comedy
Box Office: www.hertfordtheatre.com Tickets: £16.50*, £14.50* concessions on Tuesday18th October, 7.30pm, Wednesday 19th October, 7.30pm & Saturday 22nd October, 2.30pm £18.50* on Thursday 20th October, 7.30pm, Friday 21st October, 7.30pm & Saturday 22nd October, 7.30pm And don't forget about Thursday evening which is "Pink Night" in aid of Cancer Research.
Based on the novel and the hit movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: the Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner. In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.
October Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm
In a part made famous by Penelope Keith, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Following the death of her husband, she is enjoying a new-found freedom, but the return of her sister, together with some disturbing revelations, force Grace to confront the truth of her marriage.
Author: By William Shakespeare Director Paul Cleverley
19th–22nd October 2016
Sinodun Players present a radical new approach to Shakespeare's final and, arguably, greatest masterpiece. Against a backdrop of truly original and outstanding staging, soundscape, lighting, costume and haunting music, the Bard's final masterpiece promises to be an audio and visual treat. An inventive and entertaining experience for all. Set on a mythical island where lives a coterie of fascinating characters, this tale has long been hailed as Shakespeare’s most captivating drama. The story revolves around the exiled Prospero who plots revenge on his usurping brother by conjuring up a storm to lure him to his destiny.
Have you ever wondered what your neighbours are actually like? What's going on behind closed doors? Well, meet the Swans and their lodger Norman, a seemingly normal household. However, Eric Swan has been keeping a huge secret. Join us in exploring what will be one of the most ludicrous story-lines you would ever have had the pleasure to sit through. Will Eric come clean? Will Norman marry Brenda? Will Uncle George manage to shift the support stockings? Chorlton Players present the modern British farce 'Cash on Delivery' and welcomes you to a night of riotous action.
"OMG you guys", our autumn 2016 production will be Legally Blonde - The Musical. We are delighted to be one of the few amateur companies to be invited to perform this production before it goes on general release in 2017. Based on the Hollywood Blockbuster, Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods. Elle had it all: the hair, the shoes, the guy, that is before she was dumped for someone more serious. Positive that she can win him back, Elle follows her man to Harvard Law where she finds that being true to yourself never goes out of fashion. Directed by Alison Buckingham, Choreography by Alison Buckingham and Owen Smith, Musical Direction, Ben Summers.
"Think of the carnival atmosphere of the Day of the Dead transferred to the streets of Glasgow." At half six in the morning Charlie, who's homeless, turns up at his wife's door to borrow some dough. When his wife is reluctant to part with any of the small amount of cash, he pitches her the story that his mother is dying and he needs the money to get to the hospital - a story which has him in tears. Later, on this metaphysical day, he finds out his mother really is dying. Instead of going to see her he spends the day losing himself among strangers. Meanwhile its Ann's wedding day. She's haunted by the double-suicide of her sons and can't decide which of the two men who love her she will choose. Her past is a Pandora's Box of horror and loss and today is the day it gets opened. Eleven weird and wonderful characters - including Charlie - get caught up in the ensung pandemonium. All day they seem compelled to invoke world beyond this one - until finally, before dusk, they cross to the other side. The result is a play that transcends lunacy.
Venue: York: October 20th - 22nd 2016 at 7:30 p.m. October 22nd at 2:30 p.m. Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York YO31 7PB Leeds: November 16th 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Seven Artspace, 31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Box Office: www.wildgoosetheatre.com Standard £12, Under 24s £10 Early Bird offer All tickets £10 if purchased up to and including 11 September
Gates of Gold
Author: Frank McGuinness
York: October 20th - 22nd 2016 at 7:30 p.m. October 22nd at 2:30 p.m. Leeds: November 16th 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Conrad and Gabriel are lovers, but when Alma arrives to tend for the sick Gabriel, their lives are unpicked and remade. Frank McGuinness's powerful, subtle and funny play explores where the boundaries of love, devotion and hate coalesce. Director’s Quotes “At Wildgoose Theatre we want to put on plays that appeal to us, present us with challenges, either technically or artistically, but which won’t necessary be familiar to some of York’s theatregoers. ‘Gates of Gold’ fits that bill perfectly. Presented on a split set, it presents some challenges to us and the audience, with sometimes unconnected scenes presented together, somewhat akin to Ayckbourne’s Bedroom Farce.” Please note - This play contains strong language and adult themes. Suggested age: 14+
Box Office: 07552 086982 or via the website www.rackheathplayers.co.uk. You can pay for your tickets online - Note - no booking fee.
Cash on Delivery
Author: by Michal Cooney
Thursday 20th October - Saturday 22nd October at 7.45 pm
Eric Swan leads a complicated life which has been self-inflicted in that he has been defrauding the DSS for two years by claiming benefit for an army of fictitious lodgers, all of whom suffer from a variety of ailments for which they can claim, and who have extended families with similar ailments or problems! Feeling life has become too complicated he tries to extricate himself and plans to kill off his make-believe tenants which should be quite easy - after all they never existed in the first place! Well, perhaps some of them are real.
Our next show is the musical adaptation of the 1998 film The Wedding Singer It's 1985 and wedding singer and rock star wannabe Robbie Heart is about get married but his fiancé leaves him at the alter. He is distraught and sets out to make every wedding he sings at as disastrous as his own. Then he meets a waitress Julai and falls in love. However she is due to marry a Wall Street hotshot so Robbie has to turn his life around and give the performance of his career to win her before it's too late. It's Big Hair, Big Songs and a Big Attitude in this 80s classic!
Author: by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960's film The Little Shop of Horrors.The music is in the style of early 1960's roak and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour". A fun packed, energetic and down right crazy show, with a massive green plant and a whole load of mad inhabitants of Skid Row.
Venue: Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 2RL
The Railway Children
Author: By E. Nesbit. Adapted by David Simpson Directed by Rebecca Dickinson & Zoe Jones
Set at the start of the 20th Century, a family move from London to Yorkshire, after the father is accused of spying. Living near a railway station the children befriend several of the passengers and Albert Perks, the station porter. The trains bring many adventures, from missing relatives to a potentially deadly accident and the three children are soon solving a mystery of their own. The beloved children's book is adapted for the stage in a production for the whole family.
Mon 24 Oct 2016 - Sat 29 Oct 2016 7:30pm
Box Office: Tickets: Mon-Wed £6, Thurs-Sat £8 Book: Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 or Online at Chorley Little Theatre
William Nicholson's stage adaptation of this award winning play is the poignant, humerous, unsentimental, ultimately most optimistic story of a shy Oxford don and children's author C.S.Lewis (most famous for his Chronicles of Narnia books), and American poet Joy Davidman. Set in the male enclave of academic Oxford in the 1950’s their relationship starts as an exchange of literary correspondence. When Joy arrives in Oxford, her intellectual assertiveness delights and refreshes Lewis, but appalls his condescending fellow academics, who are further shocked when Lewis goes through a marriage of convenience with her for immigration purposes. From tentative, timid beginnings their friendship develops into a deep abiding love which becomes brutally heightened by Joy’s terminal illness and finally Lewis is forced to recognise the spiritual value of suffering, reconciling his hurt at losing Joy with his fervent belief in the absolute beneficence of God. The play enjoyed a very successful West End run starring Nigel Hawthorne and Jane Lapotaire as well as a magnificent film success with Anthony Hopkins.
In this superb depiction of a summer afternoon in childhood that ends in tragedy, the ‘children’ are played by adults. The play concerns a group of seven-year-olds playing in the Forest of Dean one summer afternoon in 1943. It ends abruptly when the character Donald is burned to death partly as a result of the other children’s actions. Perhaps the most striking feature of the play is that, although the characters are children, they are played by adult actors.
Described during it's last tour as "lovingly ripped off of Monty Python and the Holy Grail",
Monty Python's Spamalot tells the story of King Arthur, his merry band of knights and his loyal manservant Patsy, as he goes on an intrepid quest to seek the Holy Grail. On the way, they encounter some of Monty Python's most iconic characters, such as Tim the Enchanter, the Black Knight, and the Knights of Ni, not to mention the mysterious (and high-maintenance) Lady of the Lake. An absolutely hysterical show that will have you laughing from start to finish, Monty Python's Spamalot is produced in association with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
The story follows a weekly church hall tap-dancing class, run by a former professional chorus girl, who tries her hardest to teach the bumbling amateurs sufficient skills for an upcoming recital. But before the dancing begins, she must resolve the minor dramas that erupt among this motley crew on their way to 'stepping out' of everyday life into the magic of dance. We have been turning people away from our last few shows so book your tickets early.
Author: G&S Musical director is Margaret Dewar and the producer is David Peston.
26 - 29 October 2016 7:30pm plus Sat Matinee 2:30pm
Mill Hill Musical Theatre Company is staging The Pirates Of Penzance, one of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s most famous operettas, featuring rousing numbers such as Oh Better Far To Live And Die, I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General and With Catlike Tread.
The Pirates Of Penzance was an instant hit when it was first performed in New York in 1879, and has continued to charm and entertain audiences to the present day. MHMTC’s version is set to run for five performances over four days in the last week of October 2016. Kizzy Lilburne, David Peston and Rob Brown have won the top roles in the production, with David playing the Pirate King – a role joyously played by Kevin Kline on film and Tim Curry on stage in the Eighties – Rob will portray pirate-apprentice hero Frederic, while Kizzy is Mabel, the daughter of the Major-General. The Sergeant of Police is to be played by MHMTC regular Nigel Kelly and pirate maid Ruth by Barbara Shapiro. Comedian Graham Jackson has been awarded the role of the Major-General. The Pirates Of Penzance director Andy Taylor, said, ‘The quality of the auditions was impressive, and I know Kizzy, David, Rob and the whole cast will wow in arguably Gilbert & Sullivan’s funniest and best-loved shows.’
Box Office: 07516 270140 or firstname.lastname@example.org Adults: £12.50 Concessions: £10.50 Family ticket for 4: £38 Opening night offer! All tickets 3 for 2. Group discounts available for 10+ seats. To book call 07516 270140, visit www.tmtg.org.uk/tickets or go to Lisa Costa Residential Sales and Lettings at 53 High Street, Thornbury (available from 26 September).
The Wizard of Oz
Author: L Frank Baum
26th-29th October, 7:30pm nightly with matinees at 2:30pm on the Friday & Saturday
Thornbury Musical Theatre Group is pleased to present its 2016 musical 'The Wizard of Oz'. This popular show will be loved by children and adults alike, and is a perfect half term outing. Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas until a cyclone arrives, and picks her, her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. To do this she must travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives and on her way she finds friends in a Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, who all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them. Dorothy is helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she's also sought by the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of her sister; the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. Will Dorothy find her way back to Kansas and learn that now that “there’s no place like home”? For more information about ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and our group generally, go to www.tmtg.org.uk or follow us on Facebook.
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Lend Me A Tenor
Author: Ken Ludwig
26 October to 29 October at 19:45
Dedham Players are going to the Opera!. Our October production will be the hilarious comedy Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig Lend Me A Tenor tells the story of the opening night of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company benefit gala to be attended by the world renown Italian Tenor, Tito Merelli. Set in 1934 Ohio, the Opera company have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Tito - but where is he? He is in no hurry to prepare for his performance as Otello as he is not feeling too well and after one tranquiliser or two too many he passes out - or is he dead? What follows makes for an entertaining evening and one, which had critics writing “..guaranteed to leave the audience teary-eyed with laughter”. Lend Me A Tenor is the winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards. The Times wrote “A remarkable piece of theatre … a masterpiece..”. “Fills the theatre with the sound of laughter” said the Sunday Express.
Venue: Copdock and Washbrook Village Hall, London Road, IP8 3JN Ipswich
Box Office: Tickets available on door or by telephoning 01473 730 524 Tickets: £7 Conc. £5
The Odd Couple
Author: by Neil Simon
Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th October at 7.45pm
In this hilarious comedy New York television Producer and untidy Olive has her life turned upside down when her house proud best friend Florence moves in after splitting from her husband... cue arguments, spats and complications...
Wednesday 26th October to Saturday 29th October 2016 (Curtain Up 7:30pm)
George is getting into his fifties, his sexual virility nagging at him, one way or another. He is having an affair with twenty year old Jane. His wife, Clare, sensing that something of the kind is going on, fixes up a way of dealing with the situation. Jane has a boy friend, Nick. The quartet play out their charades in a double setting, the living room of George and Clare's home, and Jane's flatlet. The cross antics, seen separately and simultaneously, are very amusing. Later on, other characters materialize, and there is a mass confrontation, most ingeniously contrived.
Venue: Teesside High School, The Avenue, Eaglescliffe, TS16 9AT
Box Office: Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for under 14s and are available by ringing 01287 635259 or 01642 275986
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Thursday, 27 October 2016 and Friday, 28 October 2016 at 7.15 pm.
Come along and help us celebrate 65 years in musical theatre at a concert of hit songs from the shows including a spectacular finale from our upcoming production of "Spamalot" being performed at Middlesbrough Theatre on 15-20 May 2017.
Box Office: Alan/Ruth 01275 462621 & Mollie 0117 9641723 Non member debit & credit card bookings (subject to booking fee) 07842 883734 Tickets: £11 (£8 members)
A DOUBLE BILL Laundry and Bourbon A One Act Comedy by James McClure Performed by Backwell Playhouse Theatre Company PLUS An Evening with Noel Coward Martin Williamson with Phil Blandford on the piano take you on a musical journey through an extraordinary life.
Thurs 27 October – Sat 29 October 2016 @ 7.30pm
Laundry and Bourbon synopsis: The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth's home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other titbits, can't resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman. While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humour, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth's inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild, and he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she'll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.
Henry Perkins and his wife Jean are expecting friends Vic and Betty for dinner to celebrate Henry's birthday. Henry when leaving the train after travelling home from work accidentally picked up another briefcase identical to his not realising his mistake. Then looking inside he found it full of ill gotten money. I will not spoil the plot by telling you more. Just come along and watch...
Author: by Eric Chappell Directed by Sophie Gilbert
27th, 28th and 29th October 2016
When Dave Thursby, a hugely successful television comedian unexpectedly “pops his clogs”, his family and close friends are left bereft. There’s now a huge, aching void in their lives, and worse still, some of them might be out of a job. As his family and friends gather to give Dave a fitting send-off, it turns out they know less about him than they had imagined. Choking back the tears and protesting their love for Dave, the mourners set about exploiting his comic legend for all it’s worth. A hilarious black comedy.
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