This season 2023/2024
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Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall – Director Adam Comer
15th to 18th November 2023
Keith Waterhouse’s classic comedy about a working class lad in dull surroundings but with a fantastic imagination, launched the careers of Albert Finney on stage, and Tom Courtney on film.
Billy Fisher is 19 years old, living at home with his mum and dad and doing a job he hates at a funeral parlour. He has a best mate, Arthur Crabtree, and two fiancées, but his heart belongs to another girl. He’s frustrated with his home town and with his parent’s way of living. He longs to escape to the big city to become a writer. Billy is a compulsive liar. He lies about absolutely everything and dodges the drudgery of everyday life by diving into his imagination. But sooner or later Billy’s lies will catch up with him and there will be consequences.
Billy Liar is a hilarious and sometimes painfully truthful insight into 1960s northern family life. The first stage production opened in London in 1963 starring Albert Finney, and it was then adapted into a hugely influential film with Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie.
6th to 9th March 2024
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman adapted from the novel by Ken Keysey – Director : James Kay
Set in a state mental hospital in the US in the 1960s, this is the play that spawned the famous film.
When Randle Patrick McMurphy gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched, runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medications, and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward’s patients.
Volatile, dark, and humorous, the film, starring Jack Nicholson won five major Academy awards in 1975 and is a true classic.
4th to 8th June 2024
The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – Director- Gareth Jones
One of the most stylish and witty plays ever written, Oscar Wilde’s hilarious comedy of manners, and its tale of a baby found in a handbag in the lost property cloakroom at Victoria Station, has stood the test of time.With its eccentric characters and sharp wit, it has remained a firm favourite with audiences all over the world for more than a century.