note that productions and dates are subject to change due
to circumstances beyond our control.
May 2014 - "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams
Williams's evocation of loneliness and lost love, The Glass
Menagerie is one of his most powerful and moving plays. Abandoned
by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections
of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she
was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with
a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from
his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled
daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda
is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the
long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura's romantic
illusions are crushed.
The play was first performed on Broadway in 1945, meeting
with astounding box-office success and a Drama Critics Circle
thrill of shattered glass and the piercing pain of unfulfilled
June 2014 - "The Addams Family Musical"
and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshall Brickman and
Stephen Duckham and Wendy McClay
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.
meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you!"
September 2014 - "Black Coffee" by Agatha Christie
by Christopher Ward
This little known
mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans. The story
concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory who has come up
with a formula for an atom bomb (Black Coffee was written
in 1934!). A murder takes place by poison (in the coffee,
naturally) and Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case.
He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie
taste of Christie."
October 2014 - "Lovesong" by Abi Morgan
Directed by Sarah Campbell
intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman
a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in
this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness. All relationships
have their ups and downs; the optimism of youth becomes the
wisdom of experience. Love is a leap of faith. Acclaimed writer
Abi Morgan's film and television credits include The Iron
Lady (starring Meryl Streep) and The Hour.
is not mandatory, but only the hard of heart will remain completely
unmoved." The Guardian
November 2014 - "My Boy Jack" by David Haig
by Chris Carpenter
This is actor David
Haig's fine first play about Rudyard Kipling and his determination
to send his myopic only son, John, to fight for his country
in the trenches of WW1. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards:
their patriotic dream but mother's and sister's nightmare.
Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible
losses and Jack is reported missing...
"Dramatises Kipling's story beautifully. The family
confrontations bristle with life." Financial Times
2014/January 2015 - "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"
by Alan P Frayn
by Wendy McClay and Graham Underhill
Baba was in the forest when he saw forty thieves stop in front
of a cave. The leader said “Open Sesame!” and before Ali Baba’s
amazed eyes the sealed mouth of the cave magically opened
and the men disappeared inside. To come out and close the
entrance, the leader said “Close Sesame” and the cave sealed
itself once more. Trembling with excitement Ali Baba waited
till the thieves had left and then entered the cave after
saying the magic words. To his delight he found lots of treasure...
pantomime in the popular Talisman tradition."
2015 - "Educating Rita" by Willy Russell
by David Draper
lecturer Frank needs to earn some extra money, so he agrees
to tutor an Open University student. His student Rita is a
brash, earthy hairdresser with a recently discovered passion
for higher education, much to the dismay of her husband Denny.
In her attempts to appreciate literature, Rita challenges
the attitudes of a traditional university, teaching Frank
to question his own understanding of his work and himself.
The play explores the relationship between student and tutor.
The RSC production ran in the West End for two and a half
years since when Educating Rita has never been out of production
somewhere in the world.
humorous and deeply moving. A truly great play."
2015 - "Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill
by Geraldine Cousin
setting is a dinner party in a London restaurant thrown by
Marlene, the newly promoted managing director of the Top Girls
employment agency. Her guests are famous women from history
and myth, including Pope Joan, the Victorian traveller Isabella
Bird, the 13th-century Japanese courtesan turned Buddhist
nun Lady Nijo, Dull Gret from Brueghel's painting depicting
a woman in armour running through hell and routing devils,
and Patient Griselda, whose story is told in The Canterbury
Tales. From this dazzling set piece the play becomes a theatrical
shape-shifter. Quickly and slyly it turns from a celebration
of women's achievements to a study of what must be sacrificed
for a woman to be a success in a man's world. It provides
a sharp reminder that the advances of one woman do not necessarily
facilitate the advances of others.
best British play ever from a woman dramatist." The
2015 - "The 39 Steps" by John Buchan and Patrick
by Steve Smith
(Subject to performance rights being granted)
is a classic ‘boys own’ adventure brought to life for the
theatre! Based upon the 1915 John Buchan masterpiece, and
later popularised in the 1935 Hitchcock film, this unique
show is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat!
Cleverly adapted by Patrick Barlow, this fast moving, action
packed production also contains an element of humour. Even
though it is dealing with serious issues it is also highly
amusing and ever so slightly tongue in cheek. It stars four
actors, more than 139 roles and a range of scenes which are
both remarkable and highly energetic!
theatrical tomfoolery is to die for." The Guardian