A Bunch of Amateurs
By Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
Directed by Ali Broughton & Ann Leake
16th – 21st September 2019
Jaded Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele’s movie career is waning. He is thrown a lifeline by his agent, who gives him the opportunity to play King Lear in Stratford. Much to his dismay, on his arrival in England, he discovers that he is not in the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. He is even more dismayed to discover that there is no Kenneth Branagh or Dame Judi Dench, but a bunch of amateur thespians who are trying to save their theatre from developers. The enthusiastic amateurs test Jeffersons’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurities to the limit. In this hilarious comedy, there are plenty of twists and turns as life soon imitates art and Jefferson discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear!
By Hugh James
Based upon several ghost stories by Charles Dickens
Directed by Janet Cooper
4th – 9th November 2019
A young Book Dealer arrives at a remote, crumbling country house to catalogue the private library that belonged to the deceased father of the current owner. The young man immediately begins to experience strange and unexplained events, which terrify him. He then uncovers a disturbing mystery that occurred a few years before which involved the deceased Lord Gray, his older son and a young girl.
By Jon Dixon
Directed by Beccy Gilmore
10th- 19th January 2020
A bespoke pantomime for the exclusive use of Tynemouth Priory Theatre.
Poor Mother Goose lives with her children Jack and Billy in Tynely Mouth Bay and dreams of being rich and beautiful. A gift of a magic goose from the fairy helps to transform her life, but is it for the better? This egg-ceedingly clever and new script, brings songs, laughter and audience participation to an eggs-travaganza you are guaranteed to enjoy.
And A Nightingale Sang
By C. P. Taylor
Directed by Dave Cooper
2nd – 7th March 2020
The play follows the course of World War II as experienced by a family living in Walker and is set in and around Tyneside. The is a story of the family’s personal relationships, preoccupations, troubles and joys, brought to life by songs of the era.
Adapted by Willis Hall from a novel by Charlotte Bronte
Directed by Hayley Moy & Christine Coaster
20th - 25th April 2020
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.
By Gail Young
Directed by Vicki Lockey
8th - 13th June 2020
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.