In line with the government's current projections regarding the Coronavirus, we have made the very difficult decision to not stage our first play of the season in September as usual. The season will instead commence in November. Thank you for your patience and understanding. This has never happened to Tynemouth Priory Theatre before, and so has not been a decision we have taken lightly.
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1st – 6th March 2021
See How They Run
Written by Philip King
Directed by Ann Leake and Ali Broughton
See How They Run has been billed as the classic English Farce. It is set in the idyllic village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, England during the 1940s. It is World War II and the village inhabitants are preparing themselves for the imminent threat of a Nazi invasion. Vicar's wife and former actress, Penelope Toop is already disapproved of by the village’s resident spinster, Miss Skillon. The situation gets worse when Penelope’s husband, Lionel, goes out and Penelope is visited by Clive, a friend from the stage and now in the army. Miss Skillon becomes convinced that her beloved vicar’s wife is having an affair and she sets about attempting to expose her. In this furiously fast-paced farce, identities are mistaken and confusion reigns. Add to the mix a visiting Bishop, an escaped prisoner, a bemused replacement vicar, a bungling sergeant and a surprising splash of Noel Coward. Will it be left to the wily maid, Ida to save the day?
More hilari-tea, Vicar?
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19th – 24th April 2021
Adapted by Willis Hall from a novel by Charlotte Bronte
Directed by Hayley Moy & Christine Coaster
170 years on, Charlotte Bronte's story of the trailblazing Jane Eyre is as inspiring as ever. This compelling adaptation loses none of the emotional force of the much-loved classical novel which uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Charlotte Bronte's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before making the ultimate decision to follow her own heart.
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7th – 12th June 2021
Written by Gail Young
Directed by Vicki Lockey
Cheshire Cats follows a group of girl’s emotional journey training for and throughout the London Moonwalk. The play was written following the author taking part in the Moonwalk in 2003, after one of the team had dropped out. Her Mum, Sister and best friend had all been diagnosed with breast cancer and were the original reason for her both walking the walk and for subsequently writing the play.
The group are a mix of fitness levels and enthusiasm, with a last minute substitute not meeting everyone’s approval. It is a light-hearted look at a cause that is close to many people’s hearts, there may also be a few tears along the way.