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HELLO, DOLLY! is the story of Mrs Dolly Levi's the glamorous, wise-cracking, indomitable matchmaker and her efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and her attempts to send his money circulating among the people like rainwater as her late husband, Ephraim Levi, taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful Widow Molloy with Vandergelder's head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius' assistant, Barnaby Tucker, with Mrs. Molloy's assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist, Ambrose Kemper, with Mr Vandergelder's weeping niece, Ermengarde. HELLO, DOLLY! is an ebullient and irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage ... Dolly Gallagher Levi! Classic musical numbers include: Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, It Only Takes A Moment and So long dearie.
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Author: Rodgers and HammersteinCarousel
This musical classic brings us to the New England seaside, where a ride on the carousel changes one woman's life forever. Julie Jordan falls for the masculine charms of Billy Bigelow, a swaggering carnival barker. A chain in events unravels that suggests their destiny is predetermined by the hand of fate. Voted the best musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, with a timeless score which includes such glorious songs as 'If I Loved you', 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'June is Bustin' Out All Over'. Come and join us for a night of pure entertainment. If you wish to see some backstage action on how Carousel is coming together and to see some of our past productions, please visit us at: www.pwos.org.uk
Author: Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glann SlaterSister Act
SISTER ACT is a feel-amazing musical comedy. It tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE! There have only been a limited number of licenses released so our production will be the local premiere. The show has fantastic roles for men’s and woman, and a choir of all-singing, all-dancing nuns. There are lots of great clips on YouTube if you haven’t seen the show. The show will be directed by Lorraine Bottomley with her team of Andy Merrifield as MD, Ella Martin as choreographer and David Bottomley as assistant director and stage manager.
Silken Thomas Players
1st May 2015
Box Office: TBA
Strictly Come Dancing
The Silken Thomas Players and Friends are hosting a night of Disco Ball dazzle in Tougher, Naas on May 1st. Get your frills and feathers !!!! its going to be the Start of your sizzling summer.
Author: Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin Book by Heather Hach Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion pictureLegally Blonde
Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends, she learns that it's so much better to be smart. Winner of 7 major awards including the coveted Best Musical 2011 (Olivier Awards) this all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you've got! This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.
Badapple Theatre present "The Unlikely Dads" A new two-hander comedy from Kate Bramley that follows the unusual tale of two friends who become fathers late in life, under unusual circumstances. Their usual meetings at the club to discuss The Beatles and The Likely Lads are re-located to a more baby-friendly location as their old and new lives clash head on with hilarious repercussions, and a life-changing twist in the tale...http://www.poppletonlive.co.uk/#!5th-may/c1y4h
Box Office: All of our ticket bookings are handled direct via The Palace Theatre, call them on 01702 351135 or book tickets online
Author: Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Based on Characters Created by Charles AddamsThe Addams Family
The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks. THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you.
One of the most well known and most beloved G & S Operetta of all times. The story takes place aboard the HMS Pinafore, and centers around the characters of Ralph, a common sailor, and Josephine, the Captain's daughter. The two young lovers must defy Josephine's arranged marriage to Sir Joseph Porter, KCB. However, their plans to elope are uncovered by her father, Captain Corcoran, and as in all G & S operettas, hilarity and hijinks ensue. Do not miss this sure to be fantastic production!
Box Office: 01603 620917 or www.maddermarket.co.uk Performances are at 7.30 pm each evening with a matinee show on 9th May at 2.30 pm All tickets priced £12.
Author: G&SThe Sorcerer
The East Norfolk Operatic Society present the comic opera ‘The Sorcerer’ at The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich from Wednesday 6th May 2014 to Saturday 9th May 2014. The Sorcerer is an uproariously funny operetta which turns class and social structure on its head. A young man, Alexis, is obsessed with idea of love levelling all ranks and social distinctions. To promote his beliefs, he invites the proprietor of J. W. Wells& Co., Family Sorcerers, to brew a love potion and chaos ensues as everyone in the village drinks the potion and falls in love with the first person they see when they awake. The results are some hilarious pairings of comically mismatched couples. In the end, Wells must decide whether to sacrifice his life to break the spell.
Box Office: Tickets £5 - £12 01424 211140 or Fancy Pants, Battle or Ticketsource
Author: Rodgers & HammersteinSouth Pacific
This epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French expatriate and plantation owner, and Lt. Joe Cable finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler. As the war against Japan escalates, reality sets in for both Forbush and Cable, who struggle to reconcile their unconventional love affairs with their long-held prejudices and insecurities. Featuring some well known songs – Some Enchanted Evening I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair Nothing Like A Dame Bali Hai
Venue: The Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6JT Austentatious
Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play in the style of the wondrous & witty Jane Austen, based on nothing more than a title from the audience. Be it ‘Mansfield Shark’, ‘Darcy & Hutch’ or ‘I know what you did last season’, no two shows are ever the same. A seasoned cast presents an eloquent, irreverent, 100% improvised take on the works of Britain’s best-loved novelist. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment. Fresh from winning a Chortle award, a debut nationwide tour and appearances on BBC Radio 2 & Radio 4 Extra, Austentatious is an unmissable & uproarious show, guaranteed to delight.
The Bull Theatre, Barnet, EN5 5SJ The Lion in Winter
Author: James Goldman
"What shall we hang - the holly or each other?" It's Christmas 1183 and the Plantagenets are meeting up for a family reunion that puts the "feud" into "feudal". King Henry II of England has commanded his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitane, and their three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend the festive season with him. However, his mistress, Princess Alais, and her brother, the young King Philip of France, will also be there. Will Henry finally name who is to succeed him on the English throne? Their yuletide celebration soon turns into a black comedy of deceit, betrayal, power games and scorching wit.
Thursday 7th May 2015, 8pm Friday 8th May 2015, 8pm Saturday 9th May 2015, 3pm Saturday 9th May 2015, 8pm
Author: Ray Cooney & John ChapmanMove Over Mrs Markham
Philip Markham, a publisher of children’s books, is asked by his business partner, Henry Lodge, if he can borrow the flat for the evening to gallivant with his latest girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham is being persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the empty flat to entertain her lover. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who has been decorating the flat has decided that this is the night he and the au pair girl will try out the new oval bed. When the Markhams’ evening out is cancelled, the three sets of hopeful lovers converge on the bedroom at the same time. The frantic efforts of the Markhams to hide the amorous goings-on from Olive Harriet Smythe, a straightlaced authoress of children’s books lead to a hectic and hilarious evening.
Swithin Fry as part of The Brighton Fringe
Venue: The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton, UK, BN1 1UD
Swithin Fry dramatically tells the story of his visit to a draughty Death Row cell block in Ohio to meet inmate A328139, his penpal Tim Coleman; and how that meeting led him to uncover a maze of legal catch-22s in Tim’s bid for a retrial. Poignant, often humourous, Swithin’s true-life story asks: 'Why is Tim still on Death Row despite another Death Row inmate confessing to the murder 14 years ago?' More information from www.echoesoftim.com
Whitefield Garrick, Bank St Whitefield, Bury M45 7JF THE 39 STEPS
Author: John Buchan Director - Andrew Close
The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production of a four-actor version of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote this adaptation in 2005 The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once.
Incognito Theatre, Holly Park Road, Friern Barnet, London N11 3HB The Sunshine Boys
Author: Neil Simon directed by Luke Murray
Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.
THIS IS AN ADULTS ONLY SHOW Life may suck on AVENUE Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect and having sex are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!
Author: Alan Ayckbourne Directed by Val TaylorRole Play
Justin and Julie-Ann, hopelessly mismatched in love, are about to introduce their respective parents to each other over dinner - Justin's upper-crust alcoholic mother from Surrey and Julie-Ann's bigoted Yorkshire father and prim mother. Into this doomed scenario drops, literally, via the balcony upstairs and the river, Paige Petite, a former lap-dancer with suicidal tendencies and her thick, gun-toting minder who is employed by her violent boyfriend ...
THE MUSICAL takes as its starting point the original core characters from the first three series of Bad Girls on TV. Set in the formal HMP Larkhall, its 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. It also follows the love story that develops between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade. Other featured characters include Shell Dockley and her runner Denny Blood,old-timer Noreen Biggs, The Two Julies and the ultimate Top Dog, King-of-Gangland's missus, Yvonne Atkins. A tragic death on the wing - in which Jim Fenner is implicated - Leads to an angry protest from the women and forces Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when it's clear that Helen stands to lose her job over Jim Fenner's misdeeds, the race is on for the women to nail Jim once and for all.
Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, and four Laurence Olivier awards including Best New Musical, Hairspray is a big, bouncy bouffant of a musical, piled high with laughter, romance, bright coloured costumes, energetic dance routines and contagious hits such as "Good Morning Baltimore", "You can't Stop The Beat" and many more. It's 1962 and teenager Tracy Turnblad wants to land a part as a dancer on the Corny Collins TV show....but can she achieve her dream of stardom, fight off the evil Amber for the crown of Miss Hairspray and win the heart of local heartthrob, Link Larkin, whilst taking a stand against racial segregation? For the big girl with the big heart, anything is possible. Join us for this fantastic and hugely popular show.
BMTC are proud to present our exciting new production of the classic Cole Porter musical, ‘Kiss me Kate’ based on Shakespeare’s much loved play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. The show follows the antics of a travelling theatre company, cleverly blending elements from the play with musical numbers resplendent with Porter’s witty lyrics and catchy tunes, such as ‘Another Op’nin’, Another Show’ and ‘Too Darn’ Hot’ to name but two, as the main characters battle both onstage and off. It’s a show that brilliantly showcases Porter’s genius at marrying show stopping melodies with lyrics that make you laugh and cry (sometimes in the same number!).
Venue: The Tobacco Factory Theatres - Factory Theatre
12-16 May 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (Matinee 16 May 2015 at 2:30 p.m.)
Box Office: Tuesday 12th - 16th Evening performances @8:00 p.m. £14 (full) and £11 (Concessions) Saturday 16th Matinee @ 2:30 p.m. £10 (full) and £8 (Concessions) Group Booking 10 for the price of 9 all performances. Ticket sales from the Box Office Tobacco Factory Theatres from April 2015 by phone on 0117 902 0344 or firstname.lastname@example.org (no booking fee) or via the Tobacco Factory Theatres' website
Tartuffe, a low-life conman wants to seduce another man's wife and worms his way into their home – will he get what he wants? Or what he deserves? This modern translation retains the power of Moliere's original comic satire, but is darker. Set in Belle Epoch Paris in the years after the Paris Rebellion, wealthy Orgon, with a very attractive younger wife Elmire, is taken in by and becomes obsessed with a no-good religious fake – Tartuffe. Despite objections from his family and household staff, Orgon is blind to Tartuffe's real motives, bamboozled by Tartuffe's pious ways. Tartuffe plays on Orgon’s trust and need for certainty and so sets about securing his position in the household causing mayhem within the family... Are Orgon’s daughter Mariane's marriage plans going to end in ruin? And what about those of her brother? How will Elmire ward off Tartuffe’s lustful intent? Is her logically-minded brother, Cleante, able to convince Orgon he is being duped? What does Dorine, Mariane's maid, think? Not afraid to speak her mind, can she stand up to her master to save him from himself? Or will Tartuffe get away with it? Tartuffe, banned in its day, still has the power to shock today even though our sensibilities have changed. It is the presentation of unchanging human nature which has ensured it has amused and disturbed audiences in equal measure for over 350 years. The world moves on, but human beings remain the same – driven by the same needs, desires and wants as countless generations before them.
Come and see this fantastic musical comedy, based on Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado". This fully modernized, Jazz version stays true to the well loved story of Nanki - Poo, the son of The Mikado of Japan, his love for the beautiful Yum Yum, and his desire to remain anonymous. Meanwhile, he is lusted after by a spurned spinster, Kitasha. All the while, events are manipulated by Ko - Ko, The Lord High Executioner, and Pooh - Bah, The Lord High ... Everything Else! Enjoyment is Guaranteed
Box Office: Book tickets now through Reading Arts. Tickets £17 or £20 (includes £2 Reading Arts booking fee). Tickets also available to purchase through our Ticket Officer, Anne Jones, on 0118 988 2510 for £15 or £18 (no booking fee applies). Group discount available for 10+ people. £3 off ticket prices for all concessions (seniors, students, under 16’s). Online booking at The Hexagon Box Office here
Sweet Charity musical Hey Big Spender, spend a little time with us during the summer of love and meet Charity Hope Valentine, on her journey to find true love. All Charity wants is to be loved. After being thrown into the lake in New York’s Central Park, by her boyfriend Charlie, dance hostess Charity remains forever optimistic. Gullible and guileless she always gives her heart and shares her dreams with the wrong man. Brimming with show-stopping songs including Rhythm of Life, Big Spender and If My Friends Could See Me Now, with an amusing storyline written by Neil Simon, we invite you to join us for the poignant and funny misadventures of Sweet Charity. Will she finally have her happy ending? Or will she remain living "Hopefully ever after"? Wednesday – buy two tickets get another free.
Venue: The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Surrey
May 13 to 16 at 7.30, Saturday matinee at 2.30
Box Office: 01483 284747 Tickets: adults £16, matinee £14, children under 16 years £12
Author: Cole Porter, Guy Bolton and P G WodehouseAnything Goes
This wonderful musical is set on an ocean liner where a nightclub singer Reno is traveling. Her pal Billy has stowed away to be near his love Hope but she is engaged to someone else. Joining this love triangle are Moonface Martin and his side-kick-in crime Erma. With the help of elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy win Hope’s heart. Enjoy songs including; ‘I get a kick out of you’, ‘Friendship’, ‘You’re the top’, ‘Its de-lovely’ and ‘Anything goes’.
The third in the ‘Inspector Pratt’ trilogy of spoofs of the Agatha Christie ‘whodunnit’ genre (but don't worry if you've not seen the first two). Inspector Pratt's record of crime detection at Bagshot House is not enviable. In his two previous visits the body count mounted disastrously as he looked on, helpless and hopeless. Now he’s back and, as usual, chaos reigns supreme! During the course of his latest investigations, Pratt meets the new owner of the house, Nancy Allwright. Soon he is embroiled in more mystery, aided and abetted by Miss Maple and Constable Thomkins. Upper-crust Ginny and Italian gigolo, Enzo, help with enquiries but danger soon looms with an unexpected arrival and a frightening suggestion by Welsh busybody and clairvoyant, Blodwyn Morgan.
Details: After last year's sell-out 'The Addams Family Musical', the UK's first Youth Drama production of the musical, D2E returns with 'Rent', a rock musical by Jonathan Larson. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. With a talented student cast between the ages of 14-21, it's well worth a watch, full of love, laughter and loss and plenty of songs, including the well known 'Seasons of Love' and 'Take Me or Leave Me'. Book tickets online now!
Neil Simon's famous update of his contemporary classic starts with a group of women friends playing their regular game of Trivial Pursuit. This week, the coterie is meeting at the apartment of Olive Madison, a divorcee who freely admits to being a slob: "I leave a mess when I read a book." Late to arrive is Florence Unger, a stickler for detail who would try the patience of a saint, and who has unfortunately just become separated from her husband. As life would have it, the slob and the fuss-budget decide to room together -- with hilarious results! Within days, Florence's obsessive habits start taking their toll on Olive and their friends. The only remedy Olive can think of (a pair of brothers from Barcelona) disastrously backfires, and the two women are forced to agree on one thing -- even the best of friends sometimes make the worst of roommates. The Monday Players are pleased to announce that David Lane will direct our next production of the female version of The Odd Couple. This production will be performed 'in the round'. The Cast (in order of appearance): Sylvie - Sophie Griffiths - Mickey - Lisa Valentine Renee - Jill Pearson - Vera - Pat Davison Olive Madison - Nicki Clay - Florence Unger - Linda Baillie Manolo Costazuela - Graeme Parker - Jesus Costazuela - Sam Valentine
Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th May 2015 Nightly at 7:15 PM, Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM
Box Office: 01246 850402 Online Tickets are on sale now: Tickets £8.00 (Concessions £7.00)
See How They Run
The Rev. Lionel Toop’s wife, Penelope, is an ex-actress. While Lionel is away Clive, an actor, calls. He invites Penelope to dine in town which is out of bound’s to servicemen. He dresses in Lionel’s blacks. Miss Skillon, a parishioner, sees the couple repeating one of their theatrical scenes and draws the wrong conclusion. Matters become highly complicated when Lionel arrives, followed by the Bishop of Lax and a German POW disguised as a vicar!
Box Office: Ticket Prices : £17.00 (£14.00c - Thurs & Sat Mat only) Ticket prices include £1.00 restoration fee for the GCT Performances start at 7:30pm, Matinee 2:30pm start 01438 357407 | 01438 363200 http://www.gordon-craig.co.uk/
Author: Music by RICHARD RODGERS Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play "Liliom" As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer Original Dances by Agnes de Mille An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe IICarousel
Dazzling dance routines, swinging songs and a bad boy to melt your heart – don't miss this fabulous production from The Stevenage Lytton Players of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. When Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan fall in love, little do they realise that Billy's rebellious ways will result in tragedy. Billy is given a chance to make good, but is it too little too late, or will a lucky star save him and those he loves? Includes beautiful songs such as ‘If I loved You’ and the moving ‘You’ll never walk alone’. Director – Maxine Holmes Musical Director - Derek Blyth Choreographer - Wendy Wartnaby Producers - Slava Budin-Jones and Luke Crouch
Venue: Kelvedon Institute, 78 High Street, CO5 9 Colchester, Essex
Firday 15th to Saturday 16th May and Firday 22nd to Saturday 23rd May Performances at 8.00pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Box Office: Tickets: Adults - £7.00 (Concs - £5.50) (no concessions on Saturday 23rd May) Box Office : The Master Butcher, High Street, Kelvedon Telephone Bookings : 07742 532192 WeGotTickets
Author: Harold Pinter Directed by Tony WinnOld Times
"A mysterious play about the tricks of memory" Anna pays an unexpected visit to Kate and her husband Deeley, seemingly to reminisce about all of those adventures they shared in London 20 years ago. But memory can be a funny thing, full of selfish needs and manipulative fictions. These three figures seem to know each other intimately, but it is not clear what history they actually share. Their recollections overlap but also confuse and compete with each other. Join us on Friday 22nd for a post-show discussion about the play with the Director and Cast.
Venue: Powys Theatre Concert, Friday 15th May
There is a concert on Friday 15th May at the Powys Theatre. Doors open at 7p.m. There will be two singers. Jenny Howells from Llanidloes and Maeve from Llansantffraid. Jenny is a trained Opera singer but her repertoire is popular songs in both English and Welsh. Maeve is a Blues singer.
Friday 15th May
Box Office: Tickets available at the door, priced at £5. If you wish to reserve tickets please contact Jan Fursier on 07712295841
Blithe Spirit was voted number 10 by WHAT'S ON STAGE in the Top 100 plays of all time. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air - who will win in Coward’s unworldly comedy? The cast includes: Sam Cooper, Lisa Wolstencroft, Keith Thompson, Emma Morris, Liz Dunne, Lindsay Taylor and Samantha Taylor.
Author: Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-ArcherTHE VICAR OF DIBLEY
The Players Theatre Company make their debut in the Dixon Studio with their production of Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer's much loved comedy, "The Vicar of Dibley". Join Geraldine Granger the up and coming vicar as she throws herself into parish life, in the most bizarre of parishes! The local council consists of a collection of oddball characters, from Frank Pickle and his pedantic love of minute taking, to Mrs Cropley and her culinary skills that can best be described as a la carte... me off to hospital, Im going to be sick. No, really. Will Geraldine win over the parishoners and bring some life to the sleepy village of Dibley? Join us to find out. Tickets are reasonably priced at only £11.50 and £10.50 [concs] for this production so make no, no ,no, no, no, no, no mistake, and book your tickets, today. Group discounts are available, email email@example.com for more information. To book your tickets visit the Southend Theatres website direct, details are listed above.
This timeless musical focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer as she strives to make it in the cut-throat world of musical theatre. It is the inspiring and uplifting story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. 42nd Street is the quintessential backstage musical. It traces the story of a new Broadway musical comedy, from casting call to opening night. Naive rookie chorus girl Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York with dreams of becoming a star. Meanwhile, esteemed director Julian Marsh is determined to produce a hit show after recent failures, but when Dorothy Brock, the show’s leading lady, breaks her ankle all eyes turn to Peggy to save the day. Featuring spectacular songs including “Lullaby Of Broadway”, “We're In The Money” and of course the title song, “42nd Street” is a show that will entertain audiences from start to finish and have them humming its songs and tapping their toes.
No other show conjures up the timeless glamour and romance of Broadway in its heyday than the “outrageously entertaining” musical Crazy For You. The score's standout hits include "I Got Rhythm," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." It's a high-energy musical comedy that features virtuoso tap dance numbers, mistaken identity, plot twists, and classic Gershwin tunes. With one Gershwin tune following another, the music and madcap plot head toward the finale and a not unexpected happy — and hilarious — ending. This show is so funny it’s hard not to be hypnotised.
This warm and funny play follows the lives of the members of an amateur tap dance class. Each attending for their own reasons, they struggle to conquer their inhibitions or dance technique or both whilst preparing to stage a dance routine for a local show.
Venue: St Barnabas Church, Lavenham Road, Southfields, SW18 5EP
Wed 20th to Sat 23rd May 2015
Box Office: TBA
Author: Neil SimonRumours
A beautiful London townhouse, the who's who of London society, the party of the season. What could go wrong? When a surprise incident awaits the couples arriving to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of their esteemed friend Charlie, the evening takes a surprise turn. As rumours abound, will the friends stick together or fall apart in this hilarious farce by Neil Simon?
Venue: Endon Village Hall, Station Road, Endon, Stoke-on-Trent ST9 9DR
Wed 20th May to Sat 23rd May 7.30pm
Box Office: 01782 412641
Author: Ian HornbyWhere there’s a will
Described as a dark comedy the play opens amid a blazing row between Linda and husband Derek. Linda accuses him of being unfaithful. During the row it transpires that the other woman is ...? Derek is unaware that Linda is also having an affair with ...? Well you will have to come along and find out for yourself!
Author: a comedy play written by Nick BroadheadStopped interrupting
"A local amateur dramatics group finds itself without its leading man due to a non-fatal road accident. By a strange turn of events it was actually the author of the play who was behind the wheel of the offending car! In the true spirit of ‘the show must go on’, he agrees to take on the lead role, although he’s a ‘tad’ (40 years) too old for it. Everyone tries to take advantage of this unusual situation and cast (and audience) find themselves tumbling towards a frantic conclusion. But there are surprises in store along the way as we begin to wonder if anyone is actually who they say they are..." By arrangement with Stagescripts Ltd
Venue: The Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS
21st - 23rd May 2015 Evenings: 7.30pm Matinees: Thurs 21, 3pm & Sat 23, 2pm Schools performance: Fri 22, 10.30am
Box Office: Tickets: £15.25 – £19.25 Concessions: £2 off Schools: £7.50 Book Online: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/oliver" target="_blank">www.belgrade.co.uk/oliver Belgrade Box Office: 02476553055
Author: Lionel BartOliver!
Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver! is undoubtedly one of the best loved musicals in theatre history. When orphan Oliver Twist utters the immortal words “Please Sir I Want Some More”, little does he know his actions will take him on unimaginable adventures in the underworld of Victorian London, alongside the colourful characters of Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes and The Artful Dodger. Lionel Bart’s sensational score includes the timeless songs, Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two, Who Will Buy?, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me, I’d Do Anything and many more tunes for the whole family to sing along to. Five times NODA award winning Coventry Musical Theatre Society are proud to bring this legendary show to the Belgrade Theatre. Following their highly successful productions of Crazy for You & Oklahoma recently, they are again set to delight audiences, this time with the fun family favourite, Oliver!
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in a small Jewish village in Tsarist Russia in 1905. Tevye, a milkman and the father of five daughters, attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters - each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of her faith - and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village, the pogroms. Well known songs include If I were a Rich Man, Matchmaker and Sunrise, Sunset.
The COS summer concert 2015 “Come Fly with me”. This concert is directed by Gabby Fusi with Musical Direction by Hector Moyes. “Come Fly With Me” is a concert with an around the world theme! Songs included are a variety of old, new, popular and musicals, with solos and company numbers, including “Leaving on a jet plane”, “Africa”, “Up, up and away” and the title song “Come fly with me”!
Author: Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM Book by HUGH WHEELER From an adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND Orchestrations by JONATHAN TUNICK Originally directed by HAROLD PRINCE Originally produced on Broadway by RICHARD BARR, CHARLES WOODWARD, ROBERT FRYER, MARY LEA JOHNSON, MARTIN RICHARDS in association with DEAN & JUDY MANOS Director: MATT POWELL Musical Director: SAM GRIFTHIS Producer: OLLIE TURNER
Unanimously acclaimed by the critics as one of Stephen Sondheim’s most powerful scores, this black comedy concerns the infamous homicidal career of Sweeney, the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who coveted his young wife and falsely imprisoned him. Cheated of his revenge against the Judge, Sweeney’s thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and - with the aid of his razor - he exacts a far more terrible revenge, cheerfully helped by Mrs. Lovett, who is delighted to give new life to her flavourless meat pies! Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with dark humour: - audiences find themselves laughing one moment, and gasping in surprise at the next…. At the show’s core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour-de-force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs. Lovett. Although it has been extremely popular with opera companies and in concert presentation, Sweeney Todd is equally effective as an intimate chamber musical. Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York
This modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales intertwines the plots of a few choice stories and explores the consequences of the characters wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel - all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to have a child and a Witch who has put a curse on them.
Venue: St George's church hall, Vancouver Road SE23 2AG Rope
Author: Patrick Hamilton
Our Spring production is 'Rope' by Patrick Hamilton. Made famous by Alfred Hitchock's adaptation starring James Stewart, Rope is a story of murder, arrogance and suspicion. London 1929. Wyndham Brandon is all for taking risks. But has he gone too far this time? When he persuades his weak minded friend, Charles Granillo, to assist him in the murder of a fellow undergraduate and places the body in a wooden box in his Mayfair home it appears he's stepped over the line. But wanting to take the game of chance a step further, he invites a few acquaintances, including the dead man's mother, to a party with the wooden box and it's gruesome contents acting as supper table. One of the guests suspects foul play. As a storm brews outside and the tension builds within will Wyndham and his reluctant sidekick finally buckle under the strain?
Stewarton Drama Group are thrilled to announce that our next production will be the hit Scottish comedy classic....'THE STEAMIE' by Tony Roper. 'The Steamie' will be directed by Nancy McPherson, and performed by cast members: Alison Barr, Caren McLean, Laura McPherson, Morag Smith and Craig McLaughlan.
Thu 28th, Fri 29th & Sat 30th May 2015
Box Office: Because we anticipate that tickets (priced at £8.00 each) for this production will sell very quickly indeed, we wanted to let everyone on our regular mailing list know the performance dates right away, to give you the opportunity to email us back at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve your seats early for the evening of your choice, if you wish to do so.
Anita and Clive Debanks have been married for 28 years and have led an uneventful life. But all that is about to change. although in a loveless marriage, Clive has never been unfaithful. However, as preparations for his fiftieth birthday party are underway, Clive feels that life is passing him by and has a yearning for one last fling. To this end he chooses three prospective partners from the 'Lonely Hearts' column in the local paper. By a strange twist of fate, the same paper is offering a Caribbean cruise, as the first prize in a competition to find the perfect married couple. anita enters the competition, but keeps it a secret fro Clive. a photographer arrives to take the pictures of the happy couple the night that anita is away but Clive is busy entertaining one of his new dates. From that point onwards, things get a little complicated, to say the least. the action is fast and furious in this hilarious farce.
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