ENTERTAINING ANGELS by Richard Everett
Originally with a star performance from Penelope Keith as Grace the recently widowed wife of a country vicar, this play became a popular success. Since then it has played in theatres in this country and overseas. It is witty, warm, philosophical and one of those rare modern plays which avoid giving any offence.
The new vicar arrives and seems anxious to talk with Jo, Grace's therapist daughter. Grace's sister, Ruth, now temporarily home from missionary work, reveals a long hidden secret which affects them all. Grace meanwhile spends a lot of time in the garden by the stream.
With guilty secrets, family memories and questions about God, this meaningful comedy will challenge its performers and intrigue and delight its audiences.
And with a country vicarage for a set, you can rely on Nantwich Players to deliver the goods!
Directed by Garth Jones, performances will be at 7.45pm on 8 - 16 May, 2015.
Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on 24th February. Non-members may audition by joining and paying membership on the night.
Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) from 21 April, 2015.
THE MURDER ROOM
THE MURDER ROOM by Jack Sharkey
Two days after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis - a nasty piece of work - is being unfaithful.
After her first attempt to kill him by poisoning his cocoa fails when the cat dies instead, Mavis resorts to shooting him and then returning to her lover. Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar's body has vanished ...
"There are secret chamber, secret panels and trap lids galore.
They're all operated by the most ridiculous contrivances and
gloriously mucked up. A high mad melodrama" Frank Harris
"Really a minor gem ... witty and sophisticated "
Newcastle Morning Herald
"Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime
thrillers ... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart,
extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through
loud and clear [with] never a dull moment"
Directed by Simon Porter, performances will be at 7.45pm on 3 - 11 July, 2015.
Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on 7th April. Non-members may audition by joining and paying membership on the night.
Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) from 16 June 2015.
CHARLEY'S AUNT by Brandon Thomas
To impress Amy and Kitty - the girls they hope to marry - Oxford undergraduates Jack Chesney and Charley Wykeham invite them to lunch to meet Charley’s long-lost aunt from Brazil. But when wealthy widow Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez fails to show up, they press-gang their friend Babs - Lord Fancourt Babberley - into impersonating her. Mayhem follows mayhem, as Babs makes a very imperfect chaperone, and is kept busy fighting off the advances of the girls’ guardian, before the real Donna Lucia finally arrives and the course of true love triumphs.
Brandon Thomas’ world-famous farce has been delighting audiences since it began its original record-breaking London run in 1892.
Directed by Jerry Park, performances will be at 7.45pm on 11 - 19 September, 2015.
Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from 11 August 2015.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH by Alan Ayckbourn
When Monty the garden gnome is attacked, the Neighbourhood Watch determines to keep crime in its place. Devout Martin soon takes charge and the convolutions we have come to expect from our national playwright soon follow. What is the other statue in the garden? Why has young Ethan lost his precious clarinet? Can Martin resist the charms of unhappily married Amy? Huge fences, committees,
identity cards and a burned down pigeon shed are just some examples of what follows. The play raises some provocative questions but the Ayckbourn comic genius shines through it all. First performed in 2011, it provides good acting roles and the situation develops right up to the play’s
dramatic climax. Ayckbourn fans will not be disappointed by its comedy whilst the play’s modern
edge and its portrayal of local acrimony may please any newcomers to this master of theatre.
Charles Spencer wrote in the Telegraph
“This timely and provocative play rivets attention throughout”
Directed by Garth Jones, performances will be at 7.45pm on 23 - 31 October, 2015.
Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 30th June. Non-members may audition by joining and paying membership on the night.
Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from 6 October 2015.
A VICAR OF DIBLEY CHRISTMAS - THE SECOND COMING
A VICAR OF DIBLEY CHRISTMAS - THE SECOND COMING by Ian Gower & Paul Carpenter
With Permission of Tiger Aspect Productions
A laugh in every line to get you in the festive mood. BOOK EARLY. A Vicar of Dibley Christmas – The Second Coming will be a sell-out.
Geraldine Granger is the much loved and chocolate addicted village vicar where she runs chaotic committee meetings and organises quizzes (even allowing nice but dim Alice to defeat curmudgeonly father-in-law Councillor David Horton). She sets up Radio Dibley, that unsurprisingly does not run as smoothly as expected with a rather startling on-air confession from boring Parish Clerk, Frank. Then there is the Christmas Nativity play to audition, cast and rehearse. Elvis as one of the three Kings? But who will play Joseph and as Hugo has been to furniture-making classes he would seem the ideal person for the role. With Hugo’s expectant wife Alice, the casting of Mary could not be bettered. Needless to say there is a riotous conclusion. This specially written script by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter is adapted from the TV series with all your favourite characters.
Directed by John Powell, performances will be at 7.45pm on 11 - 19 December, 2015.
Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 29th September. Non-members may audition by joining and paying membership on the night.
Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from 17 November 2015.