This Season

These are the plays for season 2019/2020. Please click on the posters for details of cast and crew.

20th to 23rd November 2019 

Hangmen by Martin McDonagh  – Director Gareth Jones

In a small, gloomy pub in Oldham in the mid-60’s, Harry wade is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day that they abolished the death penalty?

Amongst the journalists, motley crew of pub regulars, and his enervating former deputy Sid, all eager to hear his reaction to the news, a peculiarly menacing young stranger lurks with a very different motive for his visit…

A Viciously, black comedy from the write of ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmaan’, and ‘Cripple of an Irishman’, Martin McDonagh’s play won both the 2016 Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards for ‘Best New Play’. Gallows humour at his best!

“Gripping, funny and dramatically tense, Hangmen is a thoroughly great play, riveting from start to finish. Almost every line is laugh-out loud funny, and filed with dramatic tension” – The Sunday Times

Please note : This play contains strong language and is not suitable for young children.

 

 

4th to 7th March 2020

Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton  – Director David Oliver

Gaslight

In Victorian London, while the Jack Manningham is on the town each evening, his new wife Bella is home alone at      number nine, Thornton Square. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead, or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslights, which seem to slowly dim down until they barely cast any light at all. Is she losing her mind, as her mother did before her? Her memories are haunted by an aunt violently murdered and a mother consigned to the asylum. Is the terror all in her mind, or are there dark secrets dwelling in her home?

Just as she is on the point of despair, she is visited by Rough, a retired detective, who has been on Manningham’s trail for 20 years. He has been using the maid Nancy’s boyfriend as an informant, and after enlisting the help of the housekeeper, Elizabeth, he manages to convince Bella to go along with his scheme to snare Manningham once and for all.

Nail biting tension is worked up to a frightening crescendo…

Better known on Broadway under the title Angel Street, the 1944 American movie of Gaslight starred Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotton, and Ingrid Bergman, who won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Bella.

 

 

3rd to 6th June 2020

The Vicar of Dibley by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter, adapted from the original TV series written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer

Director Betty Oliver

When the Reverend Pottle, the ancient priest who has resided over the sleepy   Oxfordshire village of Dibley for decades, passes on to another world, the parishioners are surprised by his replacement – a chocolate-loving, rock’n’roll playing, Sean Bean obsessed vicar. But the biggest shock is that she is a woman!

Geraldine Granger is surrounded by parishioners of the maddest variety: Frank Pickle, the world’s most boring man; Jim Trott, who can’t string a sentence together; Letitia Cropley, the queen of Cordon Bleu; Hugo Horton, who thinks Kylie Minogue should be Prime Minister; Alice Tinker, who makes Hugo Horton look intelligent; Owen Newitt, local farmer and a complete stranger to personal hygiene, and not forgetting David Horton – snobbish, bad tempered, but      ultimately loveable.

This hilarious show is a combination of episodes from series 1 and 2, as well as an Easter special. It starts with Geraldine’s  arrival in Dibley, and ends with the wedding of Hugo and Alice. In its 13 years on TV, it won multiple British Academy Television Awards.