17-21 Feb 2015 - An Evening with Gary Lineker
A ribald comedy by Arthur Smith and Chris England, directed by Krysia Blake and Steve Atkins
"Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and the Germans always win." Gary Lineker
July 4th 1990; in Italy, England and West Germany are about to play the World Cup Semi-Final, and in a Majorca hotel, Monica and Bill are trying to repair their marriage. Monica dreams of Gary Lineker, the "Queen Mother of Football", but has been seeing Dan Hudson, a travel writer and client of Bill. The presence of Ian, a gauche friend of Bill's, and Birgitta, a sexy German tourist rep, ensure that the comedy is hilarious and ribald, whether you like football or not.
..probably the funniest play in the universe - Daily Express
21-25 April 2015 The Ladykillers
a stage adaptation by Graham Linehan of the classic Ealing comedy, directed by Simon McCartan
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. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce cottons on, 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?
This is no pale stage rip-off but a new-written piece of perfection - The Times
16-20 June 2015 Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
The celebrated US comedy, directed by Sally Goodsell
Corrie and Paul Bratter are newlyweds. They have just moved into their first home, an apartment on the very top floor of a tall brownstone building in New York City. Corrie's mother and the tradesmen are on the point of passing out when they arrive from the stairs, but nothing fazes the eccentric neighbour Mr. Velasco, who pops in too regularly for Paul's comfort, but Corrie wants Paul to chill and be more easy-going, and maybe run "barefoot in the park."
Barefoot in the Park ran for 1530 performances on Broadway, and was filmed with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda
(13 -18 July Youth Theatre production)
29 Sept - Oct 2015 - Lovesong by Abi Morgan
A haunting and beautiful tale of past and present lives intertwining, directed by Katie Goodsell
Lovesong tells the story of a marriage through the recollections - wistful and bitter - of an elderly couple, one of whom is about to die. Their young selves are also on stage, and the two couples weave between each other, their words and movements plaiting together to leave the unforgettable pattern of a lifetime. Crying is
not mandatory, but only the hard of heart will remain completely unmoved.
Abi Morgan's screenwriting includes the film The Iron Lady and Birdsong, from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, for TV.
24-28 Nov 2015 - Bell Book and Candle by John Van Druten
A suitable and spellbinding offering for Halloween, directed by Ben May
Gillian Holroyd is unusual amongst her contemporaries; she can actually perform magic feats. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. What she has forgotten is that witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love. The resolution of this problem gives rise to the famous US romantic comedy.
Bell, Book and Candle is also a celebrated film starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon.