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Animal Farm - Youth Theatre

March, 2018

by George Orwell

Hear the hoofbeats of tomorrow! See the golden future rise!

The story tells the tale of how a group of neglected farmyard animals unite in a revolution against man. The pigs: Snowball, Squealer and Napoleon take the helm as farmyard commandments are introduced; discouraging humanistic tendencies and strengthening the animals’ independence from man as well as encouraging all animals to be seen as equal.

The pigs consider themselves to have superior intelligence over the other animals; feeding their hunger for power. This power comes at a high price though, as sabotage and deceit grow within the farm. The rules that applied to all animals, no longer apply to the pigs as they succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. After all, all animals are equal... But some are more equal than others.

The youth theatre explore the relevant themes of power struggles, corruption and politics in an exciting and contemporary adaptation of Orwell’s classic; Animal Farm.

Directed by Kirsty Thew and Tom Morley, performances will be at 7.45pm on 21st – 25th March, 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 27th February 2018. 

Priority tickets for our VIP Supporters  go on sale Saturday 24th February at the Theatre. To find out more about becoming a VIP Supporter visit the membership section of the website. 

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The Thrill Of Love

May, 2018

RUTH ELLIS. The Truth Revealed ?

by Amanda Whittington

England. Easter 1955. Ruth Ellis - the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain - for the murder of her racing driver lover, David Blakely.

Questions at the time still rumble on today.

What led the relationship to this crime?

Who else was involved in the shooting of Ruth’s lover?

Why was no-one else charged?

Why did she plead “Not Guilty” yet was so scantily defended?

Why did she show no remorse?

Who was she protecting?

Public protests, petitions and newspaper articles at the time all appealed for clemency. Why did the Home Secretary not issue a last minute stay of execution, as had so often happened before? (This despite a plea from the Judge in the case himself!)

What part did class, gender, politics and the moral code of the time play in her sentence?

Amanda Whittingham’s play is a theatrically exciting and sensitive examination of the real Ruth Ellis and her situation.

Directed by Marie Straker, performances will be at 7.45pm on 11th – 19th May, 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 24th April 2018 at 9am. 

Priority tickets for our VIP Supporters  go on sale Saturday 21st April at the Theatre. To find out more about becoming a VIP Supporter visit the membership section of the website.  

Members of the Nantwich Players can audition for this production on Tuesday 9th January from 7.45pm. Details will be available in the Newsletter and the website.

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Ladies Day

July, 2018

A modern, summer comedy

Fish, fizz and a flutter

By Amanda Whittington

Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York.

Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot - and more besides...

“With its Yorkshire heart and soul it has all the warmth of a Calendar Girls or a Full Monty” Yorkshire Post

Directed by Clare Hoy and Garth Jones, performances will be at 7.45pm on 6th – 14th July, 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 19th June 2018 an 9am. 

Priority tickets for our VIP Supporters  go on sale Saturday 16th June at the Theatre. To find out more about becoming a VIP Supporter visit the membership section of the website.   

Members of the Nantwich Players can audition for this production on Tuesday 3rd April from 7.45pm. Details will be available in the Newsletter and the website. 

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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 September at the Theatre. To find out more about becoming a VIP Supporter visit the membership section of the website.

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