Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn 7 - 14 September 2019
The first of The Norman Conquest trilogy, one of Ayckbourn’s most brilliant comic achievements, involves three siblings: the placid Reg, married to the dominant but frustrated Sarah, Annie, unsatisfied with her shy would-be suitor Tom the incompetent vet, and brusque business woman Ruth, whose husband Norman plots to spend a dirty weekend away with Annie in East Grinstead.
This amateur production of “Table Manners” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD
The Secret Rapture by David Hare 19-26 October 2019
In the Thatcherite 80s, sisters Isabel, who runs a small business, and Marion, a Tory government minister, have to deal after their father’s death with their much younger, wild stepmother Katherine, and with crises both professional and personal. A powerful and perceptive insight into its time, and still with many resonances today.
This amateur production of “The Secret Rapture” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD
Stevie by Hugh Whitemore 20-23 November 2019 (Studio Production)
A funny and moving portrait of the eccentric writer Stevie Smith and her loving relationship with the aunt she cares for. A male actor helps narrate her life and perform some of her beautifully quirky poems
This amateur production of “Stevie” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring 7-14 December 2019
The classic black farce set in 1940s Brooklyn, where theatre critic Mortimer Brewster, about to be married to the girl next door, discovers his two beloved aunts have been killing off lonely single men and burying them in their cellar, helped by his mad brother Teddy. Complications increase when his psychopathic older brother Jonathan returns home, with his own secrets to hide…What more could anyone want for perfect Christmastide entertainment?
This amateur production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Iron by Rona Munro 25 January - 1 February 2020
A powerfully moving contemporary prison drama. When Josie visits her mother Fay, convicted fifteen years before of the murder of her husband, their memories are gradually revealed to us and to Fay’s guards, one a girl of Josie’s age, the other an older man with his own daughters, as Munro invites us to understand what happened from several different perspectives.
This amateur production of “Iron” is presented by arrangement with NICK HERN BOOKS
No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter 19-22 February 2020 (Studio Production)
Premiered at the National Theatre in 1975 with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson as the leads, a quintessentially Pinteresque cocktail of witty banter, mystery and intimidation as the down-at-heel poet Spooner tries to infiltrate the house of the wealthy Hirst, but finds his position threatened by the interventions of two younger men, apparently a secretary and driver, though in Pinter’s world of fluid identities and conflicting memories who can say for sure?
This amateur production of “No Man’s Land” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD
Rumours by Neil Simon 7-14 March 2020
An ingenious farce liberally sprinkled with Simon’s one-liners, unusually in this version with an English setting. Four couples arrive at a party, only to find the hostess disappeared and the host unconscious after what appears to have been a suicide attempt. A mad sequence of false cover-up stories ensues, only to be complicated further when two police arrive to investigate.
This amateur production of “Rumours” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD
Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan 23-30 May 2020
Two brilliantly written, interlinked one-Act dramas share the same seaside hotel setting, where the regular guests are witness to, first, a fraught relationship between a disgraced politician and his former wife and, second, a supposed retired major revealed to have been caught interfering with women in a local cinema and facing a scandalised demand for his eviction.
This amateur production of “Separate Tables” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD