THE 39 STEPS
By Patrick Barlow
Directed by TONY HUDSON
1st - 6th April 2019
Based on John Buchan's classic novel and Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, this hilarious comedy stars just four actors who play 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun. The 39 Steps is a mix of a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
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WE HAPPY FEW
By Imogen Stubbs
Directed by BARRY JARVIS
17th - 24th August 2019
'We Happy Few' is a fictitious story inspired by the Oriris Players, Britain’s first all-female professional theatre company founded in 1927 and led until the early 1960s by the indomitable, director Nancy Hewins. Touring schools, towns and village halls throughout the country they presented cut down versions of the classic repertoire of plays - the second year of the war being their finest hour during which they put on 1,534 performances of 33 plays, 16 of them Shakespeare. Before and after the war, Oriris travelled in two Rolls Royces, one cream and white and one sheer black, Hewins maintained they were the only vehicles that could carry the scenery and costumes. During the war they battled with a horse and dray. The actual company was never any larger than seven and everybody did everything: acting, props, costumes, cooking and changing tyres! To quote from the script: We Happy Few is an uplifting, touching and often hilarious story of overcoming adversity with dogged determination and a passion for the theatre.
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by GILL LAMBOURN
10th - 15th June 2019
Set in an Oldham pub on the day in 1965 when hanging is abolished in the UK, Harry the landlord and retired hangman nurtures a deep-seated jealousy and resentment for Albert Pierrepoint, famed as the last and most prolific hangman. Throw into the mix a somewhat plain and innocent teenage daughter and an intriguing and slightly scary but strangely attractive stranger and the scene is set for Harry and his drinking pals to endure a day to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. To quote the Telegraph “this play is pitch perfect – perhaps line by line the funniest play London has seen for years” and The Times “Martin McDonagh did not invent black comedy but is certainly perfecting it.”
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