by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
directed by David Lester
NOTICE: This play contains some adult themes which may not be suitable for younger audience members.
A comedy packed with killer comic dialogue, with plenty of twists and turns and deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare. Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to discover that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Judy Dench, the cast are amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.
Jefferson’s ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by our enthusiastic amateur thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself.
The acerbic wit of Hislop and Newman metamorphoses into some hugely funny one-liners in this highly entertaining play
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Stephen Sondheim’s stunning musical explores the relationships between an actress and the men who love her. A glorious musical comedy with wit, waltzes and the heartbreaking “Send in the Clowns”.
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe. www.mtishows.co.uk
by Florian Zeller
directed by Brian Seal
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Now advanced in years, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control...
A tragic farce, The Father is the winner of France’s highest theatrical honour, the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, and has received an unprecedented ten five star reviews from major national newspaper critics. This is a play that constantly confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller, with a sinister Pinteresque edge, as complete strangers keep turning up in Andre’s flat.
written by Anton Burge
directed by Elliott Bunker
By 1962, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were has-beens. The women - both famed for playing strong characters, both with difficult personal lives and both a long way past 40 - had been replaced by a new breed of perky blonde stars.
Then they got an unexpected opportunity: playing opposite each other in what was to become a cult classic, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
The play is set in the adjoining dressing rooms of Davis and Crawford on the back-lot of the Warner Bros Studio where “Baby Jane” was being filmed. What really happened between the women off-screen. Why did they hate each other so much...only one way to find out!
Elliott Bunker, the director of this play says that “Davis and Crawford lived and worked in a pre #MeToo world and used their talent and feminine whiles to get to the top of Hollywood; winning Oscars and millions of fans all along the way, but through it all they stayed sworn enemies. ‘Baby Jane’ bought them together for the first and only time and this play allows for the fireworks to fly and the insecurities they each had to surface. As it only features the two characters, it’s a brilliant opportunity for two actors to represent these strong and formidable women”
If you saw the recent TV adaptation of ‘Feud’ by ‘Glee’ and ‘American Crime Story’ creator, Ryan Murphy, then you’ll love Bette and Joan!
written by Rob Hughes
Crikey, imagine the topsy-turvey adventures when the boys of Grubbs Hall School for children of gentlemen are forced to share their premises with the wayward girls of St Clements.
It can only end in tears - of laughter!
Another Big Spirit Youth Theatre classic.
by E. T. A. Hoffmann
directed by Rosemary Bianchi
It’s Christmas Eve and party time! There are presents, a magician and a magnificent tree. One of the gifts is a Nutcracker Doll, but the children soon tire of it and it is thrown out, broken and forgotten.
Outside in the snow, Marie has been watching. She rescues the doll and takes care of it, and, as in all the best fairy tales, on the stroke of midnight he transforms into a brave prince!
Just then the evil Mouse King and his Mousy Minions attack! Exciting adventures, a scrumptious journey to the Land of Sweets and a magical moment in the Magician’s Cave follow our heroes as they try to stop the Mice spoiling Christmas!
With magical characters, exciting action and comic twists this version of the well-loved story brings the spirit of Christmas alive for all the family.
by Tabitha Mortiboy
directed by Vivien Kerr
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A magical play set around an ice cream van at the top of Beachy Head. Julie runs the van by day and patrols the cliff by night to prevent future jumpers. She has the company of ex hobo Bernard while young Skye helps out as a distraction from her troubled home life. Julie toys with online dating as Bernard pines for her.
written and directed by Linda Stephenson and Alison Hudson
In Mbongo National Park, it is Rabia, lioness and Queen of the Jungle’s birthday. Her subjects have all assembled to give her presents. No one dares to disobey the Queen. But the party is interrupted by a low flying aircraft and then an air crash.
The animals all rush off to investigate. Two children, Mark and Lucy, survive the crash and, armed with just a map, go in search of help. But the jungle is full of danger, particularly from Rabia and her network of spies. So which animals will help them and, more to the point, which ones won’t.