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A Theban Trilogy

March, 2011

The Youth Theatre production for 2011 will be A Theban Trilogy adapted and directed by Rob Mason.

These three plays by Sophocles (496-406 BC) are based on the legend of the Royal house of Thebes and centred round Oedipus.

Despite being first performed nearly two and a half thousand years ago the themes of each play still strike a chord with modern day audiences. The struggling people of Thebes… the global downturn… a stubborn dictator meeting a fiery protestor… events in Egypt… the passing of a life…

Antigone is the tragedy of  woman ruled by conscience, an over-confident king, and a young man tormented by conflicting loyalties. King Oedipus is a vast and living portrait of a man, without parallel in the Greek theatre – the classic tragedy. Oedipus at Colonus completes his story with the legend of the passing of the aged hero.

NP Youth Theatre productions have won awards in each of the last nine seasons and bring their usual energy and vigour to this truly gory story.

Performances at 7.45pm 30 March - 2 April 2011

Tickets on sale at Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 537359) from 7 March.

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KATHERINE HOWARD

May, 2011

KATHERINE HOWARD by William Nicholson

King Henry VIII is enchanted by the young and innocent Katherine Howard but she becomes a pawn in a deadly political rivalry at Court as her relatives press her into a royal marriage and her enemies plot her downfall.  Told with wit and sentiment, this story leads inexorably to its tragic climax

A slice of sixteenth century life with performances at 7.45pm 20 - 28 May

Tickets on sale at Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 537359) from TUESDAY 3 May.

Divorced, beheaded, died .... divorced, beheaded, survived.

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GOOD THINGS

July, 2011

GOOD THINGS by Liz Lochhead

Our next production will be the romantic comedy GOOD THINGS by Liz Lochhead, with performances on 15-23 July 2011.

Like the books and clothes in the charity shop where she works, Susan is a 'good thing' that nobody wants, a woman full of life, love and good humour, whose potential is going to waste.

Newly single again, Susan is approaching her big 5-0 birthday with some trepidation. Frazer is a close friend who would like to be closer, and she is needed by her father and her teenage daughter, to say nothing of the tactless shop manager and the customers. Into their lives comes widower David and a pair of red shoes .....

Tickets will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270537359) from 27 June.

 

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THE SAFARI PARTY

September, 2011

THE SAFARI PARTY by Tim Firth

Three households in Cheshire have agreed to hold a "safari party" - a dinner where each course is served in a different house. The hors d'oeuvres are served by two brothers whose abusive father was recently shot dead; the entrees by Lol and Esther, upwardly mobile and vulgar, accompanied by their daughter, Bridget; and desserts by Inga, a seemingly benign antiques dealer.

The three households are linked not just socially: there's the whole question of the table - the brothers sold it to Inga, with a bit of a tale, and then she re-sold it, with even more elaborate storytelling - to Lol and Esther. As the evening progresses, the many layers of truth about the table, some shocking, are revealed .... and violence flares.The play is funny and deliciously dark (with some strong language).

Performances at 7.45pm 9 - 17 September 2011

Tickets on sale at Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 537359) from 22nd August 

"A Cheshire comedy in three courses, not including the cheese". 

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DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER

October, 2011

DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER by Marc Camoletti adapted by Robin Hawdon

Originally a smash hit in Paris and London, Don't Dress For Dinner is a farcical comedy where the accepted moral code is turned on its head. It is set in the present day, in a country house some distance from Paris. Bernard and his wife, Jacqueline, have converted an old farm building and Bernard is planning to entertain his mistress while Jacqueline visits her mother. He is quickly out-manouevred by his stylish wife and the fun begins!

Performances at 7.45pm 21 - 29 October 2011

In association with The Residence 

Tickets on sale at Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 537359) from 3 October

"The Wife, The Mistress and The Caterer - all meet their match".


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