Future Programme - Stage     

Please note that productions and dates are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

1-6 June 2015 - "The 39 Steps" by John Buchan and Patrick Barlow
Directed by Steve Smith
This 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!
"The theatrical tomfoolery is to die for." The Guardian

4-11 July 2015 - "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Vanessa Comer
Based on classical myth, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion plays on the complex business of human relationships in a social world. Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very Cockney Eliza Doolittle, not only in the refinement of speech, but also in the refinement of her manner. When the end result produces a very ladylike Miss Doolittle, the lessons learned become much more far reaching. The successful musical My Fair Lady was based on this Bernard Shaw classic.
"There is a bubbling wit about the piece, but it is also deeply affecting." Daily Telegraph


7-12 September 2015 - "Jumpers for Goalposts" by Tom Wells
Directed by Sarah Campbell
The five star smash-hit comedy from the award-winning writer of The Kitchen Sink. A life-affirming, big-hearted romcom for the stage that played to packed houses throughout the UK. Filled with Tom Wells' trademark witty and wonderful dialogue and fantastic monologues. Luke wants Danny, but Danny's got a secret. Joe wants to play second fiddle, but Geoff wants a headline gig. Viv just wants to beat the lesbians to the league title. Game on. A hilarious and heart-warming story about football, friendship and finding your way.
"A sweet-natured and very funny romantic comedy, in the tradition of Alan Bennett and John Godber." The Guardian



12-17 October 2015 - "Dracula" a new adaptation by Sam Harris
Directed by Sam Harris
First published in 1897, Dracula brought international and lasting fame to Bram Stoker and has since inspired a vast subculture. This version aims to strip back this fascinating story to the gothic horror/drama that Stoker intended. Atmospheric lighting and sound will set the scene to help the actors move the story from the darkest depths of Transylvania to Whitby and London, whilst the powerful, yet mysterious Count is ever present in the shadows.




9-14 November 2015 - "The Thrill of Love" by Amanda Whittington
Directed by Phil Quinn
A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth Ellis works in the kind of nightclubs where there's more than just drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets the wealthy womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes - but not in the way she imagines. Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And who is she trying to protect?
"Our most consistently popular female dramatist." Guardian



21 December 2015- 2 January 2016 - "Dick Whittington" by Alan P Frayn
Directed by Steve Smith
Alan P Frayn’s script gives a strong, basic telling of the story of Dick who meets up with a talking cat on his way to London, falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren, gets stung for a crime he didn’t commit, schleps over to North Africa by way of a shipwreck and redeems himself by getting rid of all the rats.
"Popular pantomime in the Talisman tradition."




February 2016 - "Separate Tables" by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Vicky Whitehill
In the genteel surroundings of a respectable Bournemouth hotel tongues are wagging. The lady residents have a nose for gossip and there is plenty to cause a raised eyebrow or a sideways glance today – not least the gentleman making notes at the table by the window and the elegant young woman, newly arrived from London. Separate Tables is a wonderfully funny and moving portrait of the lives, loves and quirks of the guests of a seaside hotel in the Fifties.
"A beautifully constructed double bill." The Telegraph





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