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A Bunch Of Amateurs

September, 2018

Tantrums, huffs and mayhem abound in Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s ‘am-dram’ comedy, A Bunch of Amateurs. Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero and heart-throb Jefferson Steele is drawn to England to play the title role in King Lear in what he believes will be a prestigious production in Stratford-upon-Avon. Alarmingly for Steele he finds that he has been tricked by his agent and he has been booked by an amateur dramatic company in the tiny Suffolk village of Stratford St John. Steele’s horror only increases when it becomes blindingly obvious that there’s no Kenneth Branagh, Sir Ian McKellen or Dame Judi Dench and his fellow cast are in fact a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic ‘am-dram’ thespians. As acting worlds collide and Steele’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! “Terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plenty of twists and turns” ~ WhatsOnStage “Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare...a laugh-a-minute” ~ Mail on Sunday Directed by Michael Fair, performances will be at 7.45pm on 7th – 15th September, 2018. Tickets priced at £9.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 7th August 2018. Priority tickets for our VIP Supporters go on sale Saturday 4th August at the Theatre. To find out more about becoming a VIP Supporter visit the membership section of the website.
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Breaking The Code

October, 2018

by Hugh Whitemore based on the book 'Alan Turing: The Enigma' by Andrew Hodges Secrets, lies and the art of mathematics are brought to life in Hugh Whitemore’s ‘Breaking the Code’. In the leafy surroundings of Bletchley Park at the height of the Second World War, a brilliant young Cambridge mathematician called Alan Turing was trying to create a machine – a machine that would crack the German Enigma code and win Britain the war. In the aftermath of victory, Turing arrived in Manchester with an even bigger task in mind – the development of the modern computer. This would be a task he left unfinished. Hugh Whitemore’s classic play intertwines an account of Turing’s most heroic hour with the story of his betrayal and neglect by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour. “His mind was dazzling and one of the wonderful things about this play is that it allows you to share in the splendor of what he achieved without having to understand the superhuman complexity of the maths”. BREAKING THE CODE tells Alan Turing’s story, and asks big questions about the pressures of breaking both social and mathematical codes. Directed by Chris Ridge, performances will be at 7.45pm on 19th – 27th October, 2018. Tickets priced at £9.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 2nd October 2018. Priority tickets for our VIP Supporters go on sale Saturday 29th October at the Theatre. To find out more about becoming a VIP Supporter visit the membership section of the website.