This is the play that turned Noel Coward into a star.
Written by the 24-year-old Coward, with a lead role, Nicky, penned for himself, its scandalous storyline of London Society’s promiscuity shocked many. Nicky, a young musician, returns from a spell savouring the decadence of Paris, with a fiancé in tow and some dubious new habits. In his absence, his socialite mother, Florence, has amused herself with the latest in a succession of lovers half her age. Whilst the partying and sparkling wit continues, it leads inevitably to an emotional showdown between mother and son.
It made Coward not only an overnight sensation but delivered a huge commercial success. It is now recognised as a masterpiece, marrying all of Coward’s trademark wit and trenchant one-liners with a powerful emotional vortex.
20-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa. With two independently released EP’s under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts, Dolman has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays, picking up BBC Radio 1 plays from the likes of Huw Stephens as well as across the country on BBC Introducing. His first appearance on the big stage was at Hyde Park back in 2014, since then he has taken his music around not only the UK but overseas also - including festival appearances at Reeperbahn in Hamburg and house concert tours across America.
This new play is a very different perspective on some of the characters of Shakespeare’s Richard III and the 2013 BBC drama The White Queen. The central character Bessy is Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV and the wife of Henry VII. History sees her as a dynastic pawn who accepted her role with meekness, but there is one source that paints a very different picture – The Ballad of Lady Bessy. In this ballad, Bessy is an intelligent, resourceful and ambitious young woman who plays a significant role in Henry Tudor’s seizure of the crown. The play reflects on the role of women in the turbulent world of usurpation, Princes in the Tower, and the establishment of the Tudor dynasty, and the effect that such events have on their personal relationships.
LADY BESSY IN HISTORY
A Discussion with the Writer
David Fletcher will lead a discussion about the play and its historical setting in the Loft Studio at 6.45pm between the two performances on Saturday 18th November. Admission is free and tickets can be booked through the box office.
Gypsy is a 1959 musical loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life.
The show contains many songs that have become popular standards, including “Everything’s Coming up Roses”, “Together (Wherever We Go)”, “You Gotta Get a Gimmick”, “Let Me Entertain You” and “All I Need Is the Girl”. The show has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, and was famously revived in the West End to critical acclaim in 2015 in a production featuring Imelda Staunton as ‘Rose’.
GLORIOUS KNOCK ABOUT FUN – ONE OF THE COMEDY GREATS
by Yasmina Reza; translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Sue Moore
The God of Carnage 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 a triumph.
The God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, who meet to discuss a playground incident between their sons. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the evening wears on, the cracks show and the polite veneer breaks down. The French entente cordiale collapses and all hell breaks loose.
Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is a bitter domestic comedy, in which two couples are reduced to squabbling infants.
LOCAL SINGER DAWN FOXALL JOINS FORCES WITH THE ENTERTAINING OPERA DUDES FOR A NIGHT OF FUN AND FABULOUS SINGING.
Local singer Dawn Foxall joins forces with the entertaining Opera Dudes for a night of fun and fabulous singing. Dawn has sung worldwide on big stages and small and teamed up with the Opera Dudes on many occasions to great effect. The trio will bring a fresh and entertaining look at opera and music from the shows. Il Divo meets Morecambe and Wise with a glamourous mezzo in toe!!
No ordinary operatic act, Dawn, Tim Lole and Neil Allen rip up the rule book with a bravura act encompassing Verdi, Presley, Piaf, Chopin… and Frank Spencer.
“MOIRA BUFFINI’S FUNNY, INSIGHTFUL AND BEAUTIFULLY ACTED PLAY ABOUT MARGARET THATCHER’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE QUEEN”
by Moira Buffini
Directed by Gus MacDonald
Handbagged is the West End comedy by the British playwright Moira Buffini. A playful examination of the relationship between Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher, it is a widely acclaimed fresh, exciting and intelligent piece of theatre, which moves from comedy slapstick to moments of almost unbearable pathos.