1- 4 November
INTO THE SILENCE
By Noel Dollimore
Based on the life and times of Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948), the play covers nearly 100 years of Anglo-Indian history. Grand-daughter of Ranjit Singh, “The Lion of the Punjab” and a god-daughter of Queen Victoria, Sophia was born and raised in England.
The play opens with Sophia’s father, Duleep Singh, then aged just eleven, signing away the Punjab
to the British after the Sikh Wars in in 1849. He is brought to England where Queen Victoria gives him the stately home of Elvedon in Suffolk, where he and his wife mix in the highest social circles and raise a family of six children, of whom Sophia is the youngest.
Sophia joins the Suffragettes and eventually takes over the movement as President following the death of Emmeline Pankhurst in 1928. Although the play does involve serious subject matter, it is lightened by some uproariously comic scenes, and the pace never drops.
Our 2018 season is as varied as it is exciting. Keep watching for more information! If you’d like to take part, visit our Noticeboard for audition information.
Evenings at 7.30, matinee on Saturday 24th at 2.30 p.m.
A BUNCH OF AMATEURS
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
STRATFORD THEATRE IN CRISIS
No, not ‘the swans-tearooms-giftshops’ Stratford but the rather less famous Stratford St John in Suffolk. The Stratford Players desperately need King Lear to be a success or it will be their last ever production and their theatre will be demolished for redevelopment. Maybe a big box office star will save them ? Enter Jefferson Steele, long-time Hollywood action hero, to play his very first Shakespeare role – live and on stage. Unfortunately, his agent, unable to find him work in the States, has allowed him to believe he is coming to Stratford-upon-Avon and the RSC…..
Cue comedy, frustration, culture-shock and a surprising finale in this acute but affectionate study of amateur theatre by Private Eye’s Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.
**Auditioning 16th and 19th November. Information here.
Evenings at 7.30, matinee on Saturday 14th at 3.0 pm
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by William Shakespeare
a contemporary production, set in Stratford-upon-Avon early in the 21st century.
Director: Amanda Laidler
Audition dates: Tues 20th and Sunday 29th March.
Evenings at 7.30 p.m.
a new play by Bernard Hall
A medieval and modern tale of power, betrayal….and cathedral-building
and in June we will be taking part in the Lighthorne One Act Play drama festival with
another new play
by Jackie Lines