2017–2018 Season

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Dial M for Murder

by Frederick Knott

Performed 9–16 September 2017

Tony Wendice, a former tennis professional, hatches a plot to murder his wife for her money and in revenge for an affair she had the year before. To secure an alibi, he blackmails a former associate to advance his plot but things don’t go quite to plan. Will his plan B succeed? This intense and darkly gripping thriller was famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock… what must surely be the perfect murder falters in the most unexpected way.

This amateur production of “Dial M for Murder” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

When We Are Married

by J. B. Priestley

Performed 21–28 October 2017

A classic northern comedy set in 1908. The Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts were all married 25 years ago in the same chapel, and have gathered to celebrate their joint silver wedding anniversary. Their celebrations are, however, interrupted by some unwelcome news. How will these highly respected pillars of society react when their marital status is called into question? This is a charming and delightful comedy featuring some wonderfully drawn characters from the outrageously pompous, the pitifully hen-pecked, the uproariously cheeky to the downright tipsy.

This amateur production of “When We Are Married” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Bette & Joan

by Anton Burge

Performed 15–18 November 2017

Two grande dames of Hollywood, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, occupy adjacent dressing rooms, between takes on the set of the 1962 film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”. The rivalry between the two of them ensures that there’s plenty of bitching and practical jokes. What’s not to love?

This amateur production of “Bette & Joan” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Season’s Greetings

by Alan Ayckbourn

Performed 1–9 December 2017

Season’s Greetings is a 1980 play by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. It is a black, though often farcical, comedy about four days in the life of a dysfunctional family, starting on Christmas Eve and set in an average English suburban house.

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia.

This amateur production of “Season’s Greetings” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Run for Your Wife

by Ray Cooney

Performed 20–27 January 2018

The story concerns bigamist John Smith, a London cab driver with two wives, two lives and a very precisely planned schedule for juggling them both, with one wife at a home in Streatham and another nearby at a home in Wimbledon.

Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate the case. His careful schedule upset, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts to explain himself to his two wives and two suspicious police officers, with help from his lazy layabout neighbour upstairs in Wimbledon.

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia.

This amateur production of “Run for Your Wife” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Old Times

by Harold Pinter

Performed 14-17 February 2018

This amateur production of “Old Times” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Handbagged

by Moira Buffini

Performed 3–10 March 2018

During the 11 years she was Prime Minister (1979 to 1990), Margaret Thatcher met Her Majesty The Queen on a weekly basis. In this wonderfully funny and insightful play, Moira Buffini speculates as to what really happened when these two iconic women clashed. “Handbags at dawn!” We are given a glimpse of not only what might have been said, but also of their innermost thoughts revealed through not just one, but two Queens and two PMs (younger and older versions of these remarkable women).

This amateur production of “Handbagged” was presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

April in Paris

by John Godber

Performed 28 April–11 May 2018

This amateur production of “April in Paris” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

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