We will be open in October!
We are now happy to announce that we will be reopening this October with Jim Cartwright's Two. This will be followed by the Jon Dixon's pantomime Sleeping Beauty in January, Philip King's See How They Run in March, and Gail Young's Cheshire Cats in May. All tickets are available to book via the "Performances" tab above, and by phone: (0191) 292 9292.
As you will have noticed, we are presenting a reduced season this year, with only three plays instead of the usual five. This is for health and safety reasons, postponing larger-cast productions to a later season once it is more certain that COVID-19 is no longer a viable risk.
Please rest assured that for this season, all necessary COVID precautions are being taken, which unfortunately includes the suspension of Meal Deals for the upcoming season. However, we have received confirmation that it is safe for the theatre to reopen.
Once more, we thank you all for your continued patience and support. The show will go on!
Performances: Mon 18 Oct until Sat 23 Oct 2021
By Jim Cartwright
Directed by Janet Cooper
Set over one night in a Northern pub. Two actors play the Landlord and Landlady and a variety of their customers, each playing seven characters, who visit the pub over the course of the evening. There is minimal set and costume and the production requires a lot of mime!
As the evening unfolds we are given insights into many different types of relationship but the main one is that of the Landlord and Landlady who have a complex and difficult marriage.
Performances: Fri 7 Jan until Sun 16 Jan 2022
By Jon Dixon
Directed by Beccy Gilmore
Beautiful Princess Molly brings a lot of joy to her father, King Bumble and everyone else in the realm. During her Christening, the wicked Fairy Carabosse curses Molly to prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 18th birthday and die. Will the Prince be able to wake her? Can the good Fairy help?
This cracking new version of Sleeping Beauty will keep the whole family entertained through fun and laughter with a few twists along the way for a novel and artistic production.
See How They Run
Performances: Mon 14 Mar until Sat 19 Mar 2022
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?
Performances: Mon 23 May until Sat 28 May 2022
By Gail Young
Directed by Vicki Lockey
Cheshire Cats follows a group of girls' 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.
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