Ladies & Gentleman - please see below the newly published 'Programme of Plays' for this years Drama Festival! The Box Office is now OPEN, so start booking!!!!
September 8th and 9th will see Pyrford Little Theatre performing a Music Hall with the profits going to the NSPCC. It will be a special show for the group because it's in honour of long-serving member Janis Brockis, who sadly died earlier this year.
"Janis was a great fan of Music Hall and we're aiming to put on a show that she'd be proud of," said Jonathan Howell, PLT's chairman. The evening will include a melodrama, songs, and jokes - including some medleys where the audience will be encouraged to join in (just try stopping them). Table seating will bring a relaxed air to the proceedings, so come along and join the fun. Feel free to bring along your own drinks and nibbles, PLT will provide the entertainment.
DIRECTED FOR RDG BY JUDITH DOLLEY
RIVERHOUSE BARN, WALTON ON THAMES – 19TH – 22ND JULY 2017
Written in1933 this play paints a bleak picture of post war disillusionment as symbolised by the family of a country solicitor, living in a small village in Kent.
This is a powerful play, which at one level deals with the destructiveness of the First World War, and at another blindness in all its aspects.
Somerset Maugham’s fine, well-made play starts out as a gentle comedy and turns out to be anything but. Set in the ‘thirties in the inter-war slump, it deals with the problems of decorated war heroes who came back to find that England is not the promised “Land Fit For Heroes” and the dilemmas of the women who have been left behind.
The last house party of the season - tennis on the lawn, tea in the house - introduces us to the Ardsley family and their friends. A pretty picture of the middle classes at play, or so it seems. Each character has been damaged by the war and its aftermath, there is infidelity, suicide, and disillusionment in the promised land. Into the family’s financially and emotionally pinched world stride the successful Cedars and shattered hopes are reawakened and resentments start to bubble.
Full details are on the RDG website http://www.rdg.org/productions/for-services-rendered
The play will be presented at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre and tickets are £14. Available from https://thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/event/view/61007
Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, 'Goodnight Mr Tom' follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.
The play won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family in 2013.
It ends as children's theatre should: adults audibly snivelling and children breathlessly attentive.
Don't miss out, book your tickets today!!!
The play takes place in three bedrooms during one night and the following morning. The cast consists of four married couples. At the beginning of the play, the oldest couple, Delia and Ernest, are getting ready to go out for a meal to celebrate their wedding anniversary; Malcolm and Kate, the youngest, are about to host a housewarming party, to which the other two couples, Jan and Nick and Susannah and Trevor (the only ones whose bedroom is not seen), have been invited. At the last minute Nick has hurt his back and is unable to go. The complicating factor is that Jan used to be Trevor's girlfriend. Susannah and Trevor arrive separately to the party following a blazing row and this highly-strung couple create havoc in the bedrooms of the other couples during a single night.
Kicking off tonight in the Rhoda McGaw Theatre is the production of Kiss Me Kate by WAOS..............make sure you book your tickets NOW!
The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith, was one of the film hits of 2015 – now the Guildburys Theatre Company is bringing the original play, complete with real van, to Guildford.
The production, which will be performed from Wednesday 3rd – Saturday 6th May 2017, marks the company’s return to the Electric Theatre after sell-out shows of Tom Stoppard’s On The Razzle in November 2016.
When Mary Shepherd parked her home on a street in a trendy part of London, no-one knew what to expect. The neighbours complained, but one took a particular interest and invited her to move her van onto his driveway where she remained for 15 years until her death in 1989. That neighbour was the renowned playwright Alan Bennett.
Through her escapades, from her letter to the Argentinian Embassy at the height of the Falklands War to her attempts to stand for Parliament, Alan Bennett discovers Miss Shepherd’s fascinating history.
Director, Eddie Woolrich, said: “If you enjoyed the film, or even if you haven’t seen it, then come and see the original stage version.”
“The play is surprisingly funny, tender and beautifully observed and is one I have wanted to direct for some time. It poses some technical challenges for the production team, most of all getting a van on stage, but we’ve now tracked one down and are recreating the home in which Miss Shepherd lived for decades.”
Lost for Words Theatre Company presents Dogfight from Wednesday 19th April to Saturday 22nd April 2017, 7:30pm at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, The Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. You can book your tickets online, now at www.L4W.co.uk
It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
Lost for Words Theatre Company are back in the Rhoda McGaw theatre with their rendition of the hauntingly beautiful musical, Dogfight. Written by Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, Edges, James and the Giant Peach, A Christmas Story) and Peter Duchan, Dogfight was praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, this musical takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance.
Adding a whole new dimension to their performance, the cast have been picking up instruments, old and new; some picking them up for the first time since childhood, others having never played a musical instrument before. See if you can figure out which camp each belongs to, in this, our first actor-musician adaptation of a truly moving musical.
The lovely people at Lost for Words have also kindly given WDA members a 10% discount code. All you have to do is enter WDA10 when you get to the checkout.
Good Luck Lost For Words!