These are the plays for season 2017/2018. Please click on the posters for details of cast and crew.
22nd to 25th November 2017
One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean – Director Gareth Jones
Richard Bean’s English version of A Servant of Two Masters is set in 1960’s Brighton, and is centred on the bumbling Francis Henshall, a minder to both Roscoe Crabbe – a local gangster – and Stanley Stubbers – an upper-class criminal. But Roscoe is dead, killed by Stanley Stubbers and being impersonated by his sister Rachel, who is also Stanley’s girlfriend, and in Brighton to collect £6000 from Roscoe’s fiancée’s dad. Chaos unfolds as Francis tries to stop the two ‘guvnors’ from meeting and everyone else tries to hide their real identities.
Richard Bean’s award winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy: laugh-out-loud satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. It opened at the National Theatre in May 2011 and starred James Corden as Francis Henshall. It transferred to the West End and Broadway before embarking on a successful UK tour. It won Best Play in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011.
28th Feb to 3rd March 2018
Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan – Director David Oliver
Scandal, intrigue and gossip all meet in the Beauregard Hotel in Terence Rattigan’s classic play, which follows the lonely and troubled lives of the residents in in this shabby, south coast hotel in two plays, set 18 months apart.
In Table By The Window, a down-at-the-heels journalist is confronted by his ex-wife, a former model, who provoked him into the violent act that sent him to prison, thus destroying his future. Still in love, it is the hotel manager, Miss Cooper, who helps repair their broken lives.
In Table Number Seven, a ‘self-made’ army major, without any of the true background and education to which he lays claim, finds solace with a naïve spinster, over the objections of her ruthless, domineering mother. When a scandal threatens to drive them apart, Miss Cooper again comes to the rescue.
Separate Tables has comedy and drama in equal measure in this superb play, and despite it being over 60 years since Rattigan wrote it, there are still lessons to be learnt; loneliness, compassion, prejudice and honesty are all laid bare and are as relevant today as they were then.
It was filmed in 1958 and starred Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, and David Niven, who won an Oscar for his performance as ‘the Major’.
6th to 9th June 2018
Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott – Director James Kay.
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder and blackmails an old acquaintance into strangling her and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately things don’t go according to plan and Tony’s cunningly orchestrated scheme begins to unravel. Keys, lies, deceit and and double cross are on the menu, and the tension mounts, as Tony has to use all his wits and guile to shake off a relentless policeman.
Full of twists, turns and suspense, this claustrophobic drama of deception, passion and betrayal from Frederick Knott – author of Wait Until Dark – is a masterpiece of writing that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is one of the most famous of all stage thrillers, and it has lost none of its power to grip and surprise, and will be an exciting finish to our season.
It was filmed in 1954 by the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock and starred Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.