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PLAYHOUSE CREATURES

February, 2016

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES by April de Angelis

The year is 1669. Londoners have survived Civil War, pestilence and plague. The merry monarch has been restored to the throne and theatres are open once more, delivering a wealth of new plays to delight and thrill. Onto these stages has stepped a new brigade of performers, brightly and boldly shining to captivate and entertain.

In the unfolding drama, April de Angelis brings a comically earthy glimpse of the arrival of women onto the English stage through five of its most famous early actresses (Nell Gwynn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton).

“With delicious absurd extracts from the heroic repertory and frantic dressing room scenes, the prevailing tone is comic but you are not allowed to forget the gutter waiting to reclaim these glittering figures.”

Independent on Sunday

Bring on the girls…

Directed by Joanna McDonald, performances will be at 7.45pm on 5 - 13 February, 2016.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 17th November. 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 19 January 2016. 

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YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION

March, 2016

THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl Adapted by David Wood

"In fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks.

But this is not a fairy-tale.This is about REAL WITCHES."

Witches absolutely detest children. To a witch, a child smells like dogs’ droppings. And now the Grand High Witch is planning to get rid of every child in England – can anybody stop them? The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle against England’s child-hating witches.

The Witches continues to be a massive success 30 years after it was first published and this stage adaptation is a sure fire hit with adults and children alike.

"This stylish adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches is so utterly beguiling, it carries you along on a glorious journey of fiendish fantasy. The Witches is top drawer family entertainment - chilling but thrilling!" (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Performances will be at 7.45PM on 16 - 19 March 2016

Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from 1 March 2016. 

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THE GOD OF CARNAGE

May, 2016

THE GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza Translated by Christopher Hampton

Following the award winning production of Art in 2012, Nantwich Players proudly present Yasmina Reza’s sharp-edged play The God of Carnage which premiered at the Gielgud Theatre, London, in March 2008 and won the Tony Award and Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2009. Christopher Hampton’s translation has been praised as “exquisite” and by the Daily Express as “A triumph! Brilliantly translated by Christopher Hampton”

What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse - much worse.

“A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment.”

—NY Times.

“Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fuelled on pure bile. It’s Reza’s sharpest work since ‘Art’.”

—Variety.

“Brutally entertaining…in another of Christopher Hampton’s exquisite translations, [Reza] cannily manipulates social observations that appeal to vast audiences and creates characters that bring out the best in actors.” —NY Newsday.

“Reza holds the mirror up to bourgeois hypocrisy with the savage indignation of a born satirist”,

—Guardian.

The play contains adult themes and strong language that provides a realistic tone to the action, as used in context.

Directed by Simon Porter, performances will be at 7.45pm on 6 - 14 May, 2016.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 23rd 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) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from 19 April 2016. 

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

July, 2016

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s most enchanting, magical play. Over the course of four nights in a mad forest, crowded with moon-crossed lovers, love and illusion collide when all become entangled in fairy mischief on the eve of a Royal Wedding. In this Midsummer of Love, dreams and reality become entwined and romantic chaos ensues.

Love is a drug; but in the eye of the beholder is seeing really believing? Theatre’s most famous amateur theatre company, The Mechanicals, with Bottom, the group’s enthusiastic leading man, and Peter Quince, the company’s long-suffering director will also present ‘The Most Lamentable Comedy, and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisby.’

The Bard’s joyous hymn to love and fertility.

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

“Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;

Four nights will quickly dream away the time;

And then the moon, like to a silver bow

New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night

Of our solemnities.”

Directed by Gordon Hamlin, performances will be at 7.45pm on 1 - 9 July, 2016.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 12th 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) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from 14 June 2016. 

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TALKING HEADS

September, 2016

TALKING HEADS by Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads achieved classic status as soon as they were first broadcast thirty years ago. Thoughtful, tragic and comic, these monologues cut a cross-section across English life in the 1980s.

The Players will be staging six monologues in all: three in the week beginning 5 September, and a further three in the week beginning 12 September. Meet…

… Doris, elderly and alone but still waging war on household dirt

… Susan, ‘Mrs Vicar’ desperate to escape the C of E - and her husband

… Muriel, a prosperous widow, whose life has not been all that it seems

… Irene, dedicated to righting wrongs through anonymous letters

… Graham, whose mum’s taken up with a fancy man.

… Lesley, hopeful that her latest role could be the break her acting career deserves

Directed by Jerry Park & Sandie Laughlin, performances will be at 7.45pm on 5 - 10 September and 12 – 17 September, 2016.

Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 9th August 2016. 

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