2019–2020 Season

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Table Manners

by Alan Ayckbourn

Performed 7–14 September 2019

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

The Secret Rapture

by David Hare

Performed 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” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Stevie

by Hugh Whitemore

Performed 20–23 November 2019

Uncovering the exceptional and dramatic talent of poet Stevie Smith, one of the most original poets of the 20th century. Often funny, sometimes melancholy, this intimate portrait is both fascinating and absorbing.

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

Arsenic and Old Lace

by Joseph Kesselring

Performed 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 foor, 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…

This amateur production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” was presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

Iron

by Rona Munro

Performed 25 January – 1 February 2020

Josie is visiting her mother Fay for the first time in 15 years. She’s never walked into a prison before. Fay is serving life for murder. A murder Josie cannot remember and Fay has always tried to forget. Uncovering the memories they share is more dangerous than either of them can imagine. A strong psychological drama.

This amateur production of “Iron” was presented by arrangement with NICK HERN BOOKS.

No Man’s Land

by Harold Pinter

Performed 19–22 February 2020

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” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Rumours

by Neil Simon

Performed 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” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

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