Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016, Nell Gwynn is a love letter to the theatre. Set in London in 1660. Charles II has granted permission for women to act and Nell joins the male dominated King’s Company.
The play charts the rise of the eponymous orange seller from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress who wins the adoration of the public and the heart of the King.
Nell is a likeable opportunist, fascinating and sexy, hard driven yet ultimately a victim of love. Nell is surrounded by a cast of equally colourful characters – who with sparkling dialogue, songs and dance, make the whole play a raunchy, warmhearted and celebratory experience.
Endearing, heartwarming and funny: This brand new fairytale needs YOU to help find the happy ending!
Act One make their debut performance on the mainstage in this fun, family friendly production which is sure to amuse both parents and children alike. Journey with us through story land as we endeavour to lift an evil curse and find the happy ending. Starring all your favourite storybook friends, this is an adventure not to be missed!
A witty portrayal of marriage and friendship. Filled with warmth, insight and wisdom and a effortless ability to write the truest of dialogue Margulies portrays a married couple watching their closest of friends, who they introduced to each other, go through a heart wrenching break up. In attempting to help they begin to question their own relationship with each other. Will the marriages and the friendships survive? This critically acclaimed play was awarded one of the most prestigious distinctions in theatre, The Pulitzer Price for Drama. The play received its UK premiere at The Hampstead Theatre, London in 2001 and this production at the Loft will be the UK Amateur Premiere.
Anthem for Doomed Youth
Based on the poems of Wilfred Owen,
Devised and directed by David Fletcher
An anthology of the poems of the incomparable Wilfred Owen, plus some other writing from the period. The poems have been arranged to tell the story of the war from the enthusiastic send-off, through battles to the ‘drawing down of blinds’. These brilliant poems will be delivered in dramatic settings, some spoken by soldiers and some by the women who observe them, with songs and hymns from the war.
The UK Premiere of a new play by David Fletcher,
Directed by Sue Moore
The premiere of a new play by the writer of The Ballad of Lady Bessy, which was a sell-out in the Loft Studio last November. It will be directed by the Loft’s Artistic Director, Sue Moore. A soldier returns from the Falklands to a military hospital in the UK. He is not physically hurt, but he does not speak. A counsellor is engaged to help him emerge from his silence. Eventually, the full horrors of the soldier’s experiences come to light. Powerful and moving and loosely based on a real-life case.
Dare you come to Leamington's premiere live Hallowe'en Haunt?
A themed piece of promenade theatre that takes guests on a mysterious and terrifying "backstage tour", during which they discover the theatre has a brutal and deadly past from which they may never escape. Bring a friend to cling on to!
Devised and Directed by Elizabeth Morris
The event lasts about half an hour.
AGE GUIDANCE We recommend that this production is not suitable for under 12s.
Please check the time on your ticket. You will not be admitted to the theatre foyer until ten minutes before your performance is due to commence. The Bar will be open after your performance.
This most delicious of Shakespeare’s comedies portrays mistaken identities, bewildering desires, practical jokes, and ribald revelry. Twelfth Night, written as a Christmas entertainment, is a tale of unrequited love –both comic and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...and confusion reigns.
Skylight is a complex, thought-provoking, funny and remarkably timeless play about power, politics, and passion. On a chilly night in East London, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit first from Edward Sergeant and then his father Tom Sergeant, Kyra’s one-time boss and long-time lover. After the painful, and unresolved, dissolution of Tom and Kyra’s relationship, the pair have pulled away from each other physically, emotionally, and ideologically, as Tom continues to focus on his business life and Kyra puts all her energy into teaching in an East End School. There is a bruising emotional truth in the writing, and an exhilarating mixture of wit and anger as these two wounded stubborn creatures rake over the ashes of their past.