What’s On

Pack of Lies

by Hugh Whitemore

7 – 14 September 2024

Pack of Lies is based on a true story.  An apparently ordinary Canadian couple, Peter and Helen Kroger, living in the suburbs of London, are exposed by MI5 as Russian spies. The plot centres on the Jackson family, Bob and Barbara, and their teenage daughter Julie, who live in a house directly opposite the Krogers.  The couples have become great friends since the Krogers arrived but then out of the blue the Jacksons are visited by MI5 who use their home for the surveillance of the Krogers house.  Gradually the full extent of the betrayal by the Krogers is revealed but the presence of MI5 and the realisation of the Krogers true purposes place great strain upon the Jacksons, whose lives are never the same again.

This amateur production of “Pack of Lies” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

The Haunting of Hill House

by F. Andrew Leslie

19 – 26 October 2024

Hill House – old, bleak and isolated, it has a very dark and troubled past. The only person who goes there now is the housekeeper, the taciturn Mrs. Dudley. Enter Dr. Montague, who is keen to investigate any supernatural manifestations that he can find in Hill House. He invites three guests, Theodora, Eleanor and Luke. The three do not know each other but each has their own reasons for accepting the Doctor’s invitation and it isn’t long before the house starts to reveal its eerie secrets. Dr Montague’s wife and a friend Arthur, then arrive. They also want to investigate the supernatural but is it wise to stir up the past and will Hill House claim another victim?

This amateur production of The Haunting of Hill House is by arrangement with Musical Theatre International and Josef Weinberger

Halcyon Days

by Deirdre Kinahan

12 – 16 November 2024

An uplifting, bittersweet drama set in a nursing home, celebrating friendship and the human spirit. Straight forwardly honest and touching… there’s a wonderful balance between humour and poignancy here, and even within the humour, a rich blend of both unintentional hilarity and insightful wit. (Entertainment.ie)

This production will be performed in the studio on the first floor, which is accessed by a flight of stairs.

This amateur production of “Halcyon Days” is presented by arrangement with NICK HERN BOOKS

Don’t Dress for Dinner

by Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon

7 – 14 December 2024

Ooh La La!  This is an hilarious French farce from the early 1990s that tells the tale of Bernard who invites his chic Parisian mistress, Suzanne (Suzy for short) to spend the weekend with him at the country house that he owns with his wife Jacqueline, because Jacqueline is going to her mother’s.  As an alibi Bernard also invites his best friend, Robert, and he also arranges for a cordon bleu cook to come along to provide haute cuisine for them all.  However, Bernard isn’t the only one having an affair and when Jacquline decides not to visit her mother and the catering agency send their cook Suzette (Suzy for short) the stage is set for multiple mistaken identities and confusion which Bernard and Robert must navigate with all the ingenuity they can muster.

This amateur production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

The Unexpected Guest

by Agatha Christie

25 January – 1 February 2025

A classic whodunnit from the Queen of Crime herself.  The setting is Llangelert House near the Bristol Channel on a foggy November night in the 1950s.  A man crashes his car in the fog, goes to the house for help and finds that the owner, who is in a wheelchair, has been shot.  His wife stands nearby holding a gun and confessing to the murder.  Is she really guilty and can the ‘unexpected guest’ help her? 

This amateur production of “The Unexpected Guest” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Murder, Margaret and Me

by Philip Meeks

25 February – 1 March 2025

Margaret Rutherford and Agatha Christie: two national treasures behind one of the British film industry’s greatest franchises. Rutherford is famed for bringing Christie’s beloved spinster, Miss Marple, to the screen. However, it almost didn’t happen because Agatha Christie did not approve of Rutherford as Marple, and Margaret Rutherford had no interest in being involved with anything so sordid as murder. Murder, Margaret and Me is the story of an unlikely friendship between “the funniest woman alive” and the world-renowned “Queen of Crime”. Christie then turns detective herself, to uncover Rutherford’s shocking and tragic secret.

This production will be performed in the studio on the first floor, which is accessed by a flight of stairs.

This amateur production of “Murder, Margaret and Me” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

The Father

by Florian Zeller

22 – 29 March 2025

‘The Father’ is a darkly humorous and deeply poignant portrait of an elderly man with dementia (Andre), gradually losing his memory, and the efforts of his daughter (Anne) to balance her love for her father and the need to care for him with the demands of her own life and relationship with her partner (Pierre). The play sees things as if through the confused eyes of Andre, as he struggles to make sense of a progressively befuddling world. The audience can never be sure whether Andre lives in his own flat or not, nor what his relationships are with those around him. It is very powerful!

This amateur production of “The Father” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale

17 – 24 May 2025

Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy dates from the Regency period (early 19th century) and centres on Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, daughters of Mrs Dashwood, who are forced after the death of their father to leave their comfortable Sussex home because it is to pass to their only male relative, John Dashwood, and his snobbish wife Fanny. They move to a cottage in Devon owned by their wealthy cousin Sir John, who lives nearby with his good-natured, talkative mother-in-law, Mrs Jennings. Marianne falls in love with the dashing Willoughby, ignoring the attentions of Sir John’s more modest friend, Colonel Brandon. Elinor hoped she was winning the affections of Edward Ferrars, Fanny’s brother, whilst she was in Sussex, but finds her future happiness under threat from Fanny’s determination he should marry into a rich family. Poor Elinor suffers further heartbreak when she later learns that he is apparently already secretly engaged to Mrs Jennings’s niece, Lucy Steele.

This amateur production of “Sense and Sensibility” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk