Our latest panto was another huge success with eight sold out shows being performed to over 2,200 happy and enthusiastic people.
Directed by Howard Bicknell, the show featured a talking cat, a horrible ogre, no fewer than two fairies and the customary blend of laughs, boos, songs and dances from a terrific cast supported by adult and children's choruses.
Based on the book by Helene Hanff, this was the touching and heartwarming real life story of a New York based author's correspondence with the staff of a London antiquarian bookshop over several decades.
An excellent cast performed on a beautifully designed set that received its own round of applause at each performance.
The classic fairy tale of a beautiful heroine, a charming prince, two mean ugly sisters, a fairy godmother, a pumpkin coach, glass slippers, the ultimate midnight curfew and true love spreading happiness every after. Another sell out show!
A life affirming comedy about 4 ladies from a fish packing factory who escape routine for a day at the races. The champagne flows, secrets unfold and their horses keep winning – but will their luck hold?
This delightfully quirky new look at a classic story has all of those wonderfully grotesque characters in a Wonderland as you have never seen it, before proving undoubtedly “We’re all mad here!”. The first full length play performed by The Next Generation was a huge hit with the audience.
Directed by Sally Waghorn assisted by Naomi Robertson and Charlotte Armitage
The classic tale of Aladdin’s adventure through the streets of Old Peking complete with a Widow Twanky, Wishee Washee, the evil Ebenazzer, an East End genie, a magic carpet and even a Kung Fu Panda! Great family entertainment in our annual panto.
In 2017 we relaunched our young performers acting group with a performance of 2 one Act plays, “Ernie’s incredible adventures” and “The Cage Birds”. These teenage actors did an amazing job and secured a place in all our future schedules.
Directed by Sally Waghorn assisted by Naomi Robertson
The magical story of Peter Pan, Wendy and the lost boys and their adventures in Neverland. Fights with the villainous Captain Hook, slapstick fun with Smee and Dame Delia, Indians, pirates and a real flying boy! This was our first panto in over thirty years to sell out 8 performances and we have kept that up ever since.
A perennial favourite by the Queen of crime was set in the 1920's which gave our directors the chance to show off their artistic skills producing a wonderful show with a great cast, fantastic costumes and impressive period set.
One of the most powerful plays staged by the Thespians, this was set in the 1940's New Orleans. The tragic story of former socialite Blanche Dubois driven to metal collapse by her brother in law Stanley Kowalski received rave reviews.
A supper evening with a hilarious performance of the ever-popular TV series set in France in WWII. All the favourite characters were there including, of course, “The portrait of the fallen Madonna with the big boobies”!
Well this show caused a bit of stir with someone deciding the title was so rude they ripped it off the posters around town, we even ended up on South Today! However scandalous it was the audiences loved it and, more importantly, we raised £2500 for the RASASC helping victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Di and Marge, together with their husbands Paul & John, organise a tea party for their recently bereaved old friend Colin. But all is not well with the hosts. Can Colin's well meaning reminiscences bring peace and joy to all?
Set in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, The Crucible is based on real events culminating in the crying out of witchery upon, and the ensuing “trials” of, neighbours within a tiny community.
The play relates how the witch hunts become a circus for the many, are cynically used by pillars of the establishment for their own ends and are resisted by the brave few as a fraud on the community and true religious faith.