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The Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street The Habit of Art (London amateur première)
Author: Alan Bennett Directed by Victor Craven
"Bennett the maestro returns with a multi-layered masterpiece." (The Independent - 5 stars) "Another absolute cracker, often wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny, but also deeply and unexpectedly moving." (Daily Telegraph - 5 stars) Composer Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, poet W. H. Auden. During Alan Bennett's imagined meeting of these two great men, their first for nearly twenty years, they are observed and interrupted by amongst others their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.
"You are a rent boy. I am a poet. Over the wall lives the Dean of Christ Church. We all have our parts to play."
Alan Bennett's play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion is spent : ultimately, on the habit of art.
"Auden often said that metre and rhyme led him down unexpected paths to thoughts he wouldn't otherwise have had, and in this respect versification and fornication are not so different."
Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th March 7:30pm Matinée at 3.00 Saturday 7th March
Box Office: www.towertheatre.co/boxo/ticketsd.htm Online and phone bookings £12 standard tickets - £11 concessions - £10 members Tickets bought at the door £14 standard tickets - £13 concessions - £12 members
Author: Charlotte Jones Directed by Martyn PughHumble Boy
Felix Humble returns to his family home following the death of his father to find his mother has thrown all his father’s belongings away, including his beloved bees, and is already planning to marry someone else. As dysfunctional family issues are brought to the fore, Felix finds solace in the garden that his father loved and confides in the gardener, who everyone else ignores.
This is a frothy and delightfully light take on romance, class and silly goings on set in the Victorian navy. So why not join Captain Corcoran, his crew, plus Sir Joseph Porter KCB and his bevy of cousins and aunts, as we set sail for a light-hearted tale of love, snobbery and mistaken identities.
Fri 6th, Sat 7th March 8pm Wed 11th, Fri 13th, Sat 14 March 8pm
Box Office:Ticketsource£8 (£5 concessions) Special rates for parties*
A Double Bill Interview A Fugue for Eight Actors by Jean-Claude van Itallie Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson
Interview At a New York employment agency, four faceless interviewers interview four applicants seeking jobs ranging from Bank President to Floor-washer, but they seem to be just going through the motions. A psychiatrist, priest, gym instructor and politician seem equally unable or unwilling to provide help. Elsewhere in the city, tragedies unfold unremarked. The interviews go on. . . Eight actors create a surreal and dreamlike snapshot of modern America using words, movement, music and dance, in this seminal work from the 1960s.
Five Kinds of Silence His daughters have shot him – once in the stomach, then once more, to make sure he’s really gone. His wife Mary knows they’ll have to call the police – but there’s his bottle of whisky to get through first.. Five Kinds of Silence is a powerful play telling the story of a family living under the power of the vicious Billy. The major themes in the play are control and how the family is actually bonded by abuse. Exploring the ideas of abuse being continued from childhood, how abused children may go on to abuse their own children and isolation from the outside world. Winner of a Sony award for Best Original Drama and also winner of UK Writers Guild Best Original Play, Five Kinds was first performed at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2000. This play explores adult themes of abuse and violence and is not suitable for under-16s.
Box Office: Tickets available from The Rotherham Civic theatre 01709 823640 & 01709 823621 The Rotherham Visitor Centre Or Online at www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk Tickets £12 Concessions £10 (Tuesday Only)
Author: A MEL BROOKS MUSICAL Music and Lyrics by MEL BROOKS Original direction and choreography by SUSAN STROMANThe Producers
Venue: Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6RT
Box Office: 01483 284 747 Adults £14 (£12 on Tuesday) Children & Students £10 Author: Alan Aykbourn Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke
This play was first presented at the Stephen Joseph Theatre-in-the-Round Scarborough then subsequently at the Olivier Theatre. National Theatre, London on the3rd June 1980, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. The action of the play is clever, funny, at times poignant: and centres on the lives of two sisters Abigail and Dorcas. Abigail is struggling with an unsatisfactory marriage to an upwardly mobile businessman: Patrick, whilst Dorcas is involved with a less than inspiring boyfriend: Stafford. Into the sisters’ lives comes bronzed, athletic Simon who appears the epitome of each sister’s innermost desire. A tussle between the two sisters as to which one of them can ‘win’ Simon provides moments of hilarious Ayckbourn comedy, whilst the more serious implications of modern relationships are not overlooked. A hilarious Ayckbourn comedy.
One of the best-loved works in twentieth-century Scottish theatre, revived in a major new production directed by David Hayman. In the technicolour confines of the slab room of A. F. Stobo & Co. Carpet Factory in Paisley, young boys have to grow up fast. Strutting adolescent double act Phil and Spanky are passing the time with an endless verbal tug o’ war and merciless ribbing of their workmates and boss. But even the distractions of the annual staff dance, the monthly pay packet or the unattainable Lucille can’t stop Phil from dreaming of becoming an artist. John Byrne’s funny and poignant play paints a vivid picture of the tough, rebellious, working-class culture of 1950s industrial Scotland. The original creators revive this landmark theatre show for the stage in a major new production.
Author: A two act play By Phil Mac Giolla BháinHame
The O’Donnell family have been in Glasgow for three generations. Young Séamus O’Donnell first set foot in Scotland in the 1940s to build the great hydro plants in the Highlands. The young fella from Donegal was proud that there was no stronger man on the site. Séamus wasn’t planning on staying in this foreign place, but he married and settled and in time he became just plain “Jimmy”. In early 2014 Séamus “Jimmy” O’Donnell has defied medical common-sense and stubbornly refuses to die after a massive stroke. His legendary physical strength has abandoned him and will not return, but the spirt remains. He wants to return home to his house in Govanhill where he reared his family, but the professionals are concerned about how he will manage on his own. When the play opens his son Michael and his granddaughter Annemarie are discussing what is best for him. As the events of the independence referendum campaign unfold in the streets of Glasgow and in the Scottish media what unites and divides the different generations of the O’Donnell clan come into sharp relief.
After the huge success of Bitesize Broadway, Walsall Operatic Society are now celebrating their 60th anniversary and are proud to present Kiss Me Kate. This Cole Porter classic musical features the well known songs So In Love, Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare & Another Openin' Another Show, to name a few. Production Team Director - Richard Poynton Musical Director - Ian Room Choreographer - Charlotte Fletcher
Box Office: To Order Tickets please contact our Ticket Secretary (Tel: 0114 2302967) N.B. there are no booking fees if you buy direct from us! Alternatively you can place an order with The Sheffield Theatres Box Office
Set in a northern pub over one evening, we meet fourteen characters in this heart-warming, funny, emotional and poignant play. However all fourteen characters are actually played by only two actors. Well worth watching.
Author: Joe McManus Directed by Colette MaguireLIES
This play a first writing by McManus. Set in a quiet rural Village called "Killara" following the Celtic tiger. A local property is purchased by people from Dublin, unknown to the residence the occupiers turn this village up- side down. The play deals with strong issues, relationships, and challenge people in respected positions in the community to face reality involving those near and dear to them. The director is very excited about this play and felt it was right for the group and her as the director to take to stage. This play is not recommended for under 14 year olds to attend unaccompanied. Doors open: 8:00pm. Show starts: 8:30pm
Thursday 12th March 2015 (7:30pm) Friday 13th March 2015 (7:30pm) Saturday 14th March 2015 (7:30pm)
Box Office: 01362 690969 (Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm Sat 9:30am - 3pm) or www.dosoc.co.uk
The Vicar of Dibley
When the ancient vicar of Dibley dies suddenly, the parishioners are surprised to find that the Bishop has appointed a woman as their new vicar. Geraldine Grainger, the new vicar, is aided (sort of) by the verger, Alice Tinker and opposed at practically every turn by David Horton ... This stage version of the sitcom classic comes to Dereham Memorial Hall this March, for three nights only
12th – 14th March 2015 7.30pm and 14th March 2.30pm
Box Office:www.aods.org Swan Hotel, High Street, Alton GU34 1AT Tickets £12, £10 Matinee Concession £7.5 (0-16 and 65+ only)
AODS (Alton Operatic and Dramatic Society) is proud to announce its next performance. Flushed by the roaring success of Fawlty Towers last Autumn, AODS have turned their varied and impressive skills to an original World War II time theatrical and musical revue, a commemoration of 70 years since the decisive final stages of that epic conflict, with popular songs from the era, set in a Radio Station somewhere in deepest darkest Home Counties. Radio Days is set during WWII and follows a group of people working in a radio station during the war, losing friends and loved ones who receive their call up papers, the departures and arrivals of letters and the emotion of the continual goodbyes or the arrival of a dreaded telegram. We hope to evoke the atmosphere of the period 1939 to 1945 through songs, play excerpts and monologues. This specially created show uses a variety of songs from the period toe create laughter, sadness and acknowledges the lives of those who were on the home front.
Kilrush Drama Group
Venue: St Michael's Hall, Ballyduff
Poor Beast in the Rain'!!
Author: Billy Roche
Eileen works in her father's betting shop. Molly, Stephen and Joe manage to keep their regrets about the past safely locked away and young Georgie is ready to turn his back on the outside world and follow their example, until the return of the legendary Danger Doyle. Having turned his back on the cycle of missed opportunities and thwarted desires to run away to London with Eileen's mother, Danger Doyle now offers Eileen the possibility of escape.
Box Office: Tickets: Full £10 / Concessions £6 / Students £5 Online
Author: Frances Goodrich and Albert HackettTHE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
T24 is proud to present The Diary of Anne Frank By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Come and experience one of the most unique and tragic stories of the last century, seen through the diary of a young girl hidden in an attic above an Amsterdam canal during World War II. Join us for a chance to explore one of the most poignant stories in history as we bring her story to life on stage.
Whitefield Garrick, Bank St Whitefield, Bury M45 7JF THE LATE EDWINA BLACK
Author: William Dinner and William Morum Director - Glenn Robinson
The domineering Edwina Black has just died, and the general feeling appears to be of relief rather than grief. The local community whispers that her death is a disguised blessing for all concerned, particularly her henpecked widower Gregory (Farrar) and downtrodden personal companion Elizabeth (Fitzgerald). Unknown to anybody, Gregory and Elizabeth have been clandestine lovers for some time, and matters take a serious turn when the local doctor, feeling uneasy about Edwina's sudden and unexpected death, orders an autopsy. The result come back, revealing that Edwina's body is full of arsenic.
Sunday the 15th of March with two performances at 4.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Box Office: Tickets may be purchased by clicking the link here
West End Gold
Join stars of the West End to celebrate the best in musical theatre at this spectacular charity gala in support of Petts Wood Operatic Society. The show features a star studded cast including Oliver Tompsett (We Will Rock You, Wicked, Rock of Ages), Shona Lindsay (Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Dirty Dancing), Mark Stuart Hedges (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, High Society), Jenna Boyd (The Sound of Music, I Can't Sing, Les Miserables), Kristopher Manuel (Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy For You), Pippa Gebette (Cats, Starlight Express, The Rat Pack), David Ball (Cats, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show), Amanda Sim (Annie, Grease, Marguerite). More star names to be announced. Featuring songs from musical classics such as Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Starlight Express, Matilda, Wicked and many more. The West End company will be joined on stage by performers from Petts Wood Operatic Society for this wonderful journey through the history of musical theatre. An evening not to be missed. More information about West End Gold can be found by visiting our website please visit us at: www.pwos.org.uk
Incognito Theatre, Holly Park Road, Friern Barnet, London N11 3HB
15th March - 21st March 2015
Box Office: 0791 287 5700 or Ticketsource Author: Graham Linehan directed by Bob BraddickThe Ladykillers
The Ladykillers Samuel French CoverThe Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?
Author: Frank Wildhorn Music by Frank Wildhorn Lyrics by Don Black Book by Ivan Menchell Director : Craig Armstrong Musical Director : Matthew DavisBONNIE & CLYDE
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.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 7:30pm Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 7:30pm Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 7:30pm Friday, 20 March 2015 - 7:30pm Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 2:30pm Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 7:30pm
Box Office: Tickets now on sale - Online Tickets: £13.00 for each performance Concessions: £11.00 Tuesday evening and Saturday matinee A £1.50 fee is applicable per transaction, except for cash and debit card payments made in person and by telephone
Set at the outbreak of the Second World War, this is the funny, moving story of the invasion of a Somerset village by child evacuees from London – the Vackees – and their adventures with the (at first) hostile native children. The musical centres around a young London lad, Kip, and follows his first experiences of love and war. With a memorable score by TV and film composer Carl Davis, this evocative musical, with many big production numbers, offers great scope for a large cast.
Author: Based on the novel 'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II By arrangement with Joseph Weinberger Ltd on behalf of R & H Theatricals of New YorkThe King & I
Directed by Ray Jeffrey Musical Director Gill Merrifield Choreographer Jennifer Holland Brewer
'Theft', by Eric Chappell, who was the creator of Rising Damp. 'Theft' is fast-moving comedy thriller: Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration, with your oldest friends, to find that your house has been burgled. Fortunately, a policeman is already on the scene ...or is he? This witty thriller - packed with stinging one-liners and many sharp comments on marriage, money and crime - disrupts two couples and their friendship, and reveals that nothing is exactly what it seems. We're having a great time in rehearsal already ...and it'll be good! We look forward to keeping you entertained
Humorous & family friendly – a delightful double bill Pineapple Poll Annette Potter’s adaptation of Pineapple Poll, a comic Gilbert & Sullivan* based ballet is full of fun. It was originally created in 1951 by celebrated South African choreographer John Cranko. Pineapple Poll (& HMS Pinafore) is based on “The Bumboat Woman’s story”. Captain Belaye and the HMS Hot Cross Bun have arrived in Portsmouth and the sailors, who are now on shore leave, head into town for the pretty girls and the local inn. Fun and games ensue as Poll and the girls, Jasper the pot-boy, sailors, Blanche, her Aunt and Captain Belaye plot to capture the attention of their hearts’ desire. With music from eleven of the Gilbert & Sullivan* operas including, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Yeoman of the Guard and Iolanthe, the mood is set to create the farce, fun and high spirits of the story. and CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS Set in a 1930s theatre, a young stage hand falls for a dancer in the corps de ballet of a touring company. Humour and romance abound as he sets about joining the show to win her hand. This ingenious piece is accompanied by the beautiful music of Saint Saens, Poulenc and Strauss, especially choreographed by Christopher marney * (Music Art Sullivan arr.C. Mackerras)
Author: Terrence Rattigan director is Ian Wilson-Soppitt
This is the Tilbourne Players' first production, which will be a one act supper evening. The Browning Version is set in an English Public school in the 1940/50s on the last day of the summer term. Andrew Crocker-Harris is a classics teacher at an English boys' school. After eighteen years of teaching there, today is his last day before moving on to a position at another school. The students speculate on why he is leaving, but do not much care since despite being academically brilliant, he is generally despised as being strict, stern and humourless. Millie Crocker-Harris, his wife, is younger and vivacious and quite different from her husband. She no longer loves him but rather loves Frank Hunter, another teacher, yet despite having an affair with him she knows he is not in love with her. On this last day, one student named Taplow, who does not hate Crocker-Harris but feels sorry for him, gives him a small going-away gift. The gift brings about a series of actions which make Crocker-Harris reflect on his past, contemplate his future, and evaluate how he is going to finish his tenure at the school.
Monday 23rd March 2015 to Saturday 28th March 2015 7:30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Box Office: Tickets are on sale as follows: Buy online: Ticketsource FROM 1ST JANUARY 2015 Email: email@example.com FROM 1ST FEBRUARY 2015 Tel: 07817 331150 FROM 1ST FEBRUARY 2015 Concessions are available on Monday evening and Saturday matinee.
Author: Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Original production directed by Martin Charnin. Based on "Little Orphan Annie" by permission of the Tribune Media Services Inc. For this production, we are delighted to welcome back Lucy O'Hare as director and Graham Thomson as Musical Director. Click here for audition details.ANNIE
Annie is the lone cheery spirit at the Municipal Orphanage. Eleven years ago her parents left her there until they could afford to reclaim her. Around her neck she wears half a silver locket, longing for the day her parents will present the matching half and take her home. Now she decides it's time to look for them, and she escapes. She befriends a mongrel dog and names him Sandy. However, the police pick her up and return her to the care of Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical spinster in charge of the orphanage. Before she can beat Annie, Grace Farrell, secretary to billionaire industrialist Oliver Warbucks, arrives to choose a child to spend Christmas at his home. Miss Hannigan is enraged as Annie is chosen and driven off to Warbucks' Fifth Avenue mansion. Warbucks arrives and expresses his displeasure that Grace has not chosen a boy. However, Annie wins him over so completely that Warbucks wants to adopt her. Grace returns to the orphanage to inform a very distraught Miss Hannigan of the new developments. As Grace leaves, she bumps into Miss Hannigan's con-artist brother Rooster and his floozy girlfriend Lily. The shady trio reflect on how nice it would be to be on Easy Street like Annie. Back at the mansion, Warbucks presents Annie with a new locket and tells her that he has arranged for adoption. Annie breaks into tears, explaining the old locket and that she wants to find her real mother and father. Disappointed, Warbucks vows to find them for her. He buys time on the most popular radio show to offer a $50,000 reward to anyone who can prove they are Annie's parents. That night Ralph and Shirley Mudge arrive at the orphanage claiming to be Annie's parents. Miss Hannigan knows they are fakes but is amazed to discover they are really Rooster and Lily in disguise. She agrees to provide them with convincing background proof in return for a split of the money. Warbucks takes Annie to meet the President. Upon arrival in Washington they find FDR and his cabinet as depressed as the nation. Annie cheers them up and tells them that everything will be all right tomorrow. A telegram arrives, advising Warbucks that people are jamming the streets outside his house claiming to be Annie's parents. Returning to New York they find that all are imposters, for none knew of the locket. Alone, Annie and Warbucks joyfully conclude that adoption would be best. At the adoption party the next evening, high spirits are dashed when the Mudges arrive with conclusive evidence that Annie is their daughter. Warbuck tells them that the $50,000 will be ready in the morning and then asks if Annie can spend one more night at his home. When they leave, Annie rushes up the stairs in tears just as FDR arrives for a surprise visit. Grace vaguely recalls Rooster from the orphanage and relays her suspicions to Warbucks. He asks Roosevelt for help from the FBI. When Annie awakes on Christmas morning, Warbucks is sad to inform her that her parents died many years ago. When the Mudges arrive to collect the money they are unmasked, and they implicate Miss Hannigan. As the police take them away, a large box arrives for Annie. Inside is Sandy. It's the most wonderful Christmas ever - and the beginning of a whole new life.
Box Office: Tickets are priced at EUR20 & EUR18 and are available from the Mill Theatre box office 01 – 296 9340 or Mill Theatre
Author: Cole PorterAnything Goes
Our next production is the hilarious classic ’Anything Goes’ by Cole Porter. Anything Goes follows the madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy number 13, Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. Featuring popular songs such as ‘ Anything Goes’, ‘You’re the Top’ and ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ an evening of laughter and high kicking is in store from GDMDS!
“...here...they’re paragons! Your Mayor calls for seven hundred volunteers from Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley, Chorley and hereabouts. They came in a matter of days ... and all in such a spirit of cheerfulness and good humour. The smallest town in these islands to raise its own battalion. It makes me humble.”
When Kitchener calls for volunteers to step forward to help create a New Army, over 700 men from Accrington immediately offer their services and enthusiastically head off to prepare for war. But being a soldier is a far cry from ordinary working-class life, and the true horror of their situation becomes brutally clear when the Pals are posted to the trenches of the Somme as part of the big push.
Meanwhile, back home, as the women wait for news from their loved ones, they stand on the verge of radical change. Many take on the men's jobs and all strive to continue in the absence of so many men. And out of financial and social deprivation, friendships are forged that will carry mothers, wives, daughters and lovers of those Accrington men through the very darkest of days.
The Accrington Pals tells the story of the battalion now famous in World War I history, and the devastating effect of Kitchener's initiative to encourage men from the same neighbourhood to enlist together in the knowledge they would train together, fight together - and ultimately be together, whatever happened, side by side...
Come and enjoy with Curtain Call this fabulous musical sing,dance in the isles,dress up if you wish. This great company Cheshire based have a West End production team to give you the best talented performers auditioned by them from all over the North West. Don’t miss this fab! show all you grease fans Book Now.
The Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge SO32 2HE The Accrington Pals
Author: Peter Whelan
Accrington Pals is a warm, unsentimental play based on events in Accrington and at the Front in 1914 - 1916. There is toughness and poignancy but humour shines throughout the play, enabling us to empathise with the characters. It is a chronicle of the terrible waste of war and the tensions of class and ideals between a group of personalities that we come to care about deeply. Much of the action is concentrated on the developing strengths of the women left behind.
Tuesday 24th March to Saturday 28th March
Box Office: Tickets available from 14th February, more detail early February
Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable, 104 High Street, Whitstable CT5 1AZ
Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 March - 7.45pm
Box Office: 01227 272042 Tickets: £8 | £9 | £10
Arden of Faversham
The play depicts the true story of the murder of Thomas Arden by his whife Alice together with her lover, and their subsequent discovery and punishment. The author is unknown, but the play has been attributed to Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare - solely or collaboratively. It is about passion, violence, infidelity, predatory capitalism, jealousy and incompetence. If it was written today it could be described as a dramatised documentary. It is certainly a black comedy. Our version sets the action in the present day as the themes are timeless. This production has been chosen by The Royal Shakespeare Company as one of their plays in the Open Stages Project. Arden of Faversham is also entered in the Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival 2015.
Venue: The Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BQ
25-28 March 2015 7.45pm each evening, Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Box Office: Tickets: £16.50 full price, £14 concessions: • online at www.questors.org.uk • at Questors box office: 020 8567 5184 (opening times: Mon-Fri 11.00 - 13.00, Tue -Fri 18.45 - 20.30, Sat 28 Mar 13.00 - 14.30 & 18.45 - 20.30) Concessions for under 16s, full-time students, those receiving a pension or benefits, and Questors’ members on Wednesday only. Box office enquiries: 020 8567 5184
Author: Barry ManilowCopacabana
'Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl…’ So begins struggling songwriter Stephen’s attempt at composing a hit musical about a girl seeking stardom in New York. His alter ego, Tony, bartender and aspiring songwriter at the famous Copacabana nightclub, falls in love with her. But she catches the eye of gangster nightclub owner Rico who kidnaps her and takes her to Havana to perform in his own club. Can Tony rescue her? Copacabana was a hit in London’s West End, and it has enjoyed numerous UK tours. With an original storyline, this fun-filled, action-packed musical is full of feathers and sequins, and is one that audiences of all ages will connect with. Come and be dazzled by spectacular choreography and costumes as you hum along to Barry Manilow’s catchy songs which include: Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Sweet Heaven, Welcome to Havana, and, of course, the award-winning Copacabana We hope you can join us for this fabulous show.
Wed 25/03/15 to Sat 28/03/15 Wednesday - Saturday evening 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.00pm
Box Office:Ticketsource Tickets: £12.00/£10.00 concession/family of four £35.00 Our House
Lanark Amateur Musical Society return to Lanark Memorial Hall with their production of Our House. Following in the footsteps of many so called ‘jukebox musicals’, Our House, billed as ‘The London Love Story’ is the Madness musical set to all your favourite hits from the London Ska band including ‘It must be love’; ‘House of fun’; ‘Our House’; ‘Baggy trousers’ and more! Written by Tim firth and with lyrics by Madness, the original production opened in London’s West End in 2002 and is sure to have you dancing the night away!
Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th March 2015 Curtain up at 7.30pm – doors open 7.00pm
Box Office: Tickets are on sale now but because of the table arrangement there is no formal seating plan and numbers are restricted each night. So don't delay! Ticketsource
The Great Cheriton Variety Show
Tickets are selling well for our next production, The Great Cheriton Variety Show and we wouldn't want you to miss out. For those of you with long(ish) memories, this four night extravaganza sees the audience seated around tables rather than in rows (a bit like our annual quiz and curry evening) and a format not unlike the Old Tyme Music Halls we were famous for in the 70s and 80s. There will be a licensed bar, with staff to serve you at your tables, and the ticket price (£12.50) includes a Ploughman's Supper which will be served in the interval. The fun 'n frolics evening will comprise a mix of music, melodrama, sketches and audience participation is welcome (although you can leave the boxes of tomatoes at home!).
Box Office: 01601 810150 You can also reserve tickets online at www.draytonplayers.co.uk/tickets.asp All ticket reservations are subject to availability and will be confirmed to you within 2 days of your request being received. If you do not get a reply within 48 hours, please call us on 01603 810150 Tickets £7.00 (Conc. £6) Ticket price includes interval refreshments and programme
Author: Marc CamolettiDon't Dress for Dinner
Don't Dress for Dinner. It is a two-act play by French playwright Marc Camoletti. The play ran in France and then in London, running there for six years, and then opened on Broadway in 2012.“Don't Dress for Dinner” is a madcap mix of mistaken identities, flimsy lingerie and a million laughs. It's a frenetic case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. When Jacqueline decides to visit her mother for a few days, her husband Bernard sees an opportunity for a cozy weekend with his new mistress. His bachelor pal Robert calls to announce his return from Hong Kong, so Bernard invites him along as his alibi, also hiring a Cordon Bleu-level cook to cater a delicious dinner. But when Jacqueline realizes Robert is coming for a visit everything changes, and the high speed farce begins! One impossible situation leads to another as the hapless friend Robert finds himself the target of both amorous attention and wrathful vengeance, while Bernard tries desperately to salvage a scrap of illicit bliss from the wreckage of a weekend. Carol Jewel will be directing this play, which has a cast of six people.
Kings Langley Community Centre, The Nap, Kings Langley, WD4 8ET
Box Office: 01442 268839 or Ticketsource Prices start from £13 with discounts for concessions and ½ price for children. Discounts available for 10 or more in the party. Call box office for more details.
Author: From the novel “7½ Cents” by Richard BissellThe PAJAMA GAME
The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell. The story starts with staff troubles in a pajama factory. The workers are demanding a pay rise of 7½ cents but are not having much luck. The ring leader Babe falls for Sid the new factory superintendent which only spells trouble. Musical numbers comprise of ‘Once a Year Day’, ‘Hernando's Hideaway’, ‘7½ Cents’ plus many more. We look forward to seeing you there.
STAG Community Arts Centre, Main Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ
25 Mar 2015 19:30 26 Mar 2015 19:30 27 Mar 2015 19:30 28 Mar 2015 14:30 28 Mar 2015 19:30
Box Office: 01732 450175 or Online Ticket Price: Wednesday/Saturday Matinee -£13.50 £17 Thurs/Fri/Sat evenings- £16.50 £19 All performances: Restricted View -£10 Concessions: Students/Children- £10 Groups: buy 10 get an extra ticket FREE (Only available via the Stag Box Office) Author: Stephen SondheimSweeney Todd
Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece, based on the Edward Bond melodrama. Sweeney Todd is a marvellous piece of musical theatre; full of suspense and gory surprises! It will have the audience on the edge of their seats throughout. Pure melodrama with plenty of black comedy on hand as Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett bring havoc to 19th century London. Full orchestra supporting our talented principals and large ensemble. Director: Keith Neville Musical Director: Isabel Platt Conductor: Colin Palmer Designer: Kevin Onley Musical Director:Isabel Platt
The Market Theatre, The Butts, Cowbridge, CF71 7AP The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
The trilogy,'The Norman Conquests' by Alan Ayckbourn is centred around the attempts of Norman, an Assistant Librararian, to involve himself with his sisters-in-law and his wife during a summer weekend at the home of the Matriach, somewhere in the Home Counties. Annie, Mother's carer, is desperate to escape from the tyranny of the summoning bell, while Reg and Ruth, her siblings, who have managed to escape, are furious to be pulled back to the house. Sarah, Reg's wife and Tom, a constant visitor to the house are also, against their better judgement, caught up in Norman's Machiavellian schemes. Will anyone escape unscathed? 'Round and Round the Garden' follows the events in the garden over a hilarious weekend.
MARCH 25th – 28th
Box Office: Tickets £7 available from Camilla on 07734543928, or from WG Davies the Newsagents in Cowbridge. Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
Concordia Theatre, Hinckley, Leicestershire BLACKADDER II
Author: By Ben Elton and Richard Curtis
Ian Cray will be presenting a theatre fund raising production with a difference with three episodes from series 2 of this classic all time TV favourite Three episodes – BELLS; BEER; CHAINS – from series 2 of this classic all time TV favourite. This will be an Elizabethan spectacular, with all the classic characters.
* Bells Blackadder is horrified to find he fancies a servant named Bob. Is there a cure that doesn’t involve leeches?
* Chains – When Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by the evil Prince Ludwig, the Queen is given an impossible choice. She can only pay the ransom on one of them, but which one? She decides to spend the money on a big party instead.
* Beer Blackadder tries to cheat his Puritan relatives out of their inheritance. Will they enjoy Baldrick’s Turnip Surprise?
The answers to these questions and more to be revealed in an evening so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel!
Wednesday to Saturday 25th to 28th and Monday and Tuesday 30th and 31st March 2015
Accused of the wilful murder of his terminally ill wife, Sir David Metcalfe finds himself locked in legal combat with his old rival, Anthony Blair-Booth QC. After a tense and gripping courtroom scene, Act I ends just as we are about to hear the jury's verdict. Act II takes us back in time to the fateful night of Lady Metcalfe's death and ends with a surprising twist.
Prosperous Dramatic Society
Venue: Prosperous Theatre
26th, 27th, 28th & 29th March 2015 8:30pm
Box Office: 085 1615590 Price €12
Author: John Breen Directed by Lurlene DugganALONE IT STANDS
Author: A comedy by Alistair Fox & Anthony MarriottNo Sex Please We're British
This riotous comic farce notched up a staggeringly successful sixteen-year run in the West End! Peter and Frances could reasonably expect to look forward to a calm, happy start to their married life together. Owing to an unfortunate mistake, however, they find themselves inundated with pornographic material from the "Scandinavian Import Company" Senior bank officials, Peter's snobbish mother (Eleanor) and a prim, respectable bank cashier (Brian) become inextricably entangled in the rumbustious event's that follow.
Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1BT
THURSDAY 26TH - SATURDAY 28TH MARCH 2015
Box Office: 020 8553 4466
Author: Jason Robert BrownParade
Set in 1913 Parade tells the true life story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, who is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of the community, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Parade is however, more than just a murder mystery, a courtroom drama or a love story and has its audience gripped, fraught with tension but also with hope as it builds towards the final climatic scene. Daring, innovative and bold, Parade won well-earned Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000. Its subject matter offers a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.
He’s The Wiz and he lives in Oz! He’s also the man Dorothy needs to help her get back home to Kansas! But in this modern, urban version of the much-loved ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by L.Frank Baum, Dorothy’s journey through the surreal Land of Oz to the Emerald City is told through amazing rock, gospel and soul songs and energetic dances. Flying Ducks Youth Theatre are very proud to present this spectacular award-winning musical adventure written by Charlie Smalls and William F.Brown. The Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion all join Dorothy on her quest, and there is still the matter of the Wicked Witch of the West to contend with!
Box Office: For tickets call the box office on 01744 735 436 or visit our website The Citadel On Stage 7:30pm. Doors 7:00pm tickets £7
Author: Jim CartwrightTWO
“First night in here? Well you’ll get used to us...not going to ask you what you’re doing here, never do, that’s one of our few rules.” There’s plenty to keep you entertained in the local pub: a quick game of darts, have a dance to your favourite tune on the jukebox, meet the love of your life in the newly refurbished snug area or maybe just grab a drink at the bar and pull up a stool to watch the local punters as they spend a typical evening in their local boozer. Two hugely talented performers, playing 14 characters, will take you through a range of human emotions creating a colourful tapestry of life in a working class town. This performance of the award winning script will astound you, make you laugh and you might even shed a tear as each character gives you a fleeting glimpse in to their lives.
Tuesday 24th March to Saturday 28th March 2015The Mikado
Gilbert and Sullivan
‘The Mikado’ is perhaps one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best loved operettas, with a typically whimsical plot and many well-known tunes, together with one or two surprises in the famous ‘Little List’ song!
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When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Presented by the Ripley and Alfreton Musical Theatre Company through special arrangements with Rodgers & Hammerstein.
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