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CLEO, CAMPING, EMANUELLE and DICK

October, 2016

CLEO, CAMPING, EMANUELLE and DICK by Terry Johnson

A sharp and hilarious biographical play based on the life of “Carry On” star Sid James. ‘Carrying on’ in the great tradition of British comedy, Terry Johnson’s play takes some familiar faces and gets a bit familiar with them.

Filming’s not as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be. It’s a miserable business if your caravan leaks or your co-star’s a manic depressive, and those younger women aren’t so young any more. Carrrying on with jokes, innuendos and asides, this play tells of changes as the popularity of the genre fades.

It premiered at the National Theatre, London in 1998 starring Geoffrey Hutchings as Sid and was produced under the TV title Cor Blimey!

“…every bit as puerile as any fan of low comedy could possibly wish.

…..It’s a lovely piece, affectionate, richly funny and hugely touching.”

Charles Spencer (The Daily Telegraph)

“Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety”

(The Guardian)

Directed by Michaela Warrilow, performances will be at 7.45pm on 21 - 29 October, 2016.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 12th July. 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 Tuesday 4th October 2016.
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BREEZEBLOCK PARK

December, 2016

BREEZEBLOCK PARK by Willy Russell

Breezeblock Park is set on a northern council estate over the festive season and, as Russell states, it’s about the glorious mad sadness that seems to manifest itself one way or another, at one time or another, in all families around the festive season.

The humour can at times be a touch coarse and crude, but Russell also shows he has a heart and soul for the characters (as he does in Blood Brothers for example) and he gives our heart strings a tug.

Of all his plays, this is one of the most ‘laugh out loud’ and funniest. Set in the mid 70s, it has a nostalgic feel, while retaining characters that are familiar today. It is for most part a ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ tale of two sisters vying to outdo each other.

Watch them gather for the festivities amid the tired tinsel and fairy lights, squabbling and bickering, petty and jealous, whilst underneath the glitzy gift wrapping and flowing drinks, feathers fly as a secret is revealed and threatens to tear the family apart.

“A hugely entertaining period piece” The Guardian

Directed by Peter Nawn, performances will be at 7.45pm on 9th – 17th December, 2016.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 27th 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 Tuesday 22nd November 2016. 

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

February, 2017

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES adapted for stage by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus

One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes’ stories gets a gloriously funny makeover in this ‘wonderfully barking spoof ’ (Telegraph) adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson and similar to a previous Nantwich Players’ favourite... The 39 Steps.

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with the look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street. With Dr Watson in tow, he unravels the mysteries of Sir Charles’ death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles…

Packed full of verbal and visual ingenuity, and an abundance of comedy and slapstick this play is set to be a sure fire hit.

Directed by Chris Ridge, performances will be at 7.45pm on 10th – 18th February, 2017 

An additional matinee has been added on Saturday 18th February starting at 2.30pm. 

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 24nd January 2017. 

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

March, 2017

A thrilling adventure set in an alternative history of  England, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase tells the story of two brave and determined girls as they fight against ferocious wolves, snowy wastelands, and their very evil guardian, Miss Slighcarp. The opening of the Channel Tunnel has led to dangerous wolves roaming Britain, but this is not the only danger that cousins Bonnie and Sylvia and their friend Simon the goose-boy, must face, as they encounter unforgettable characters and mysterious scheming.


“Expertly blends melodrama, comedy, adventure and a little spookiness, interwoven with songs and dances... Wonderful stuff” The Stage.

Performances will be at 7.45pm on 22nd – 25th March, 2017.

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 28th February 2017. 

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BOLD GIRLS

May, 2017

BOLD GIRLS by Rona Munro

Written in 1991, this play reflects the dramas of everyday life in Belfast – burning buses, road blocks, gunfire. But these are off-stage events in this stirring play about the lives of three women whose men have been killed or imprisoned for their political activism but where bread must still be bought between explosions. Set in Marie’s kitchen, ordinary life goes on, with risks being taken to visit a nightclub, but the appearance of a disturbing young girl threatens Marie’s carefully structured widowhood and too many drinks shows Cassie’s rebelling in the cold light of dawn. In spite of its chilling theme there are many humorous and heart-warming moments. This is a play about people, not politics.

“...the story of love, friendship and betrayal could be set anywhere.” (Mail on Sunday)

“Rona Munro’s ear for the authentic cut and thrust of Belfast’s unsung heroines is sharp, abrasive and at times, downright painful….It is also celebratory and funny” (Daily Mail)

Directed by Don Hirst, performances will be at 7.45pm on 5th – 13th May, 2017.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 28th February. Non-members may audition by joining and paying membership on the night.

If you have never been a member of the Players before, you may pay an audition fee of £10 and then, if successful, pay the remaining £15 membership on or before the first rehearsal.

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 18th April 2017. 

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