Forthcoming shows

Noises Off - 4 August to 16 August

by Michael Frayn

Directed by Anna Reynolds

(A TOADS season production)

 

Frayn’s enduringly uproarious depiction of what goes on (& what goes wrong) backstage during a theatrical performance. The play chronicles the rocky final dress rehearsal and subsequent disastrous performances of a sex farce called Nothing On. As the cast and crew of a third-rate touring company attempt to negotiate the farcical demands of the playwithin-the-play—fast entrances and exits, cases of mistaken identity, clothing quickly doffed and donned—a hilarious parade of madcap backstage mishaps threatens to derail the proceedings altogether.

Hound of The Baskervilles - 8 September to 20 September

by Tim Kelly, based on the story by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle

Directed by Stephanie Austin

(A TOADS season production)

 

Holmes’ most spine chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version with suspense, humour and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse - death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts.

Neighbourhood Watch - 11 October to 18 October

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by John Miles

(A TOADS season production)

 

Brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden. The Massies’ neighbours congregate in their living room and together they agree to form a neighbourhood watch group to safeguard against further incidents. But after the Massies’ beloved garden gnome Monty is thrown through their window, matters swiftly escalate.

AJ's Big Band - 26 October

(Tickets £14/£13)

 

The music of Glenn Miller and swing classics in a special two part programme from this acclaimed band. Evergreen favourites include ‘In the Mood’, ‘Moonlight Serenade’, ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’ and many more. The second set features swing classics and the superb vocals of Paula Mitchell.

Lest We Forget - 12 November to 15 November

Devised & Directed by Maggie Campbell

(A Tadpoles Youth Theatre Production)

(Tickets £7/£5)

 

The youth of yesterday remembered by the youth of today.

Tom's Midnight Garden - 6 December to 13 December

by David Wood from the book by Philippa Pearce

Directed by Carolyn Bavister

(A TOADS season production)

(Under 16s £5 - 2.30pm matinee 13 December)

 

Philippa Pearce’s 1950s classic is here brilliantly adapted for the stage by David Wood. Quarantined in his aunt’s and uncle’s stuffy flat, Tom is restless and bored. Intrigued by a grandfather clock, Tom is startled one night to hear it strike 13! Slipping out of bed he goes to what in his time is a concrete backyard, only to discover a beautiful 1880s Victorian garden where he meets the unhappy orphan, Hatty.

Words 4 Voices - 15 December

(Tickets £10/£9)

 

Words to celebrate. Words of merriment and words of reflection. All with Christmas music for you to listen to and to join in.

Sleeping Beauty - 19 December to 20 December

by Wonder Productions

(Tickets £12/£8)

(2.30pm matinee 20 December)

 

Once upon a time in a land far far away, friends and family gather to celebrate the birth of a beautiful Princess, where gifts of beauty, wit and grace are bestowed upon her. This really is a Christmas treat not to be missed! Wonder Productions are pleased to be performing at The Little Theatre this year to bring to the stage our ALL NEW production, Sleeping Beauty as part of our seven week national tour.

The Woman in White - 17 January to 24 January

by Constance Cox, adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins

Directed by Helen Gould

(A TOADS season production)

 

Sir Percival Glyde, who is being hounded for money by the sinister Count Fosco, marries the heiress Laura Fairlie for her fortune. As events unfold, Glyde’s efforts to secure the money - and also to remove the
threat to his reputation posed by the unfortunate Anne Catherick - become more desperate and cruel. Combined with this tale of disturbing intrigue are elements of romance and comedy: the resulting mix is headily entertaining.

Jocular Spectacular Roving Comedy Show - 30 January

presented by Chris Brooks

with special guest headliner Mitch Benn

(Tickets £10)

 

An evening of hilarious comedy hosted by Chris Brooks and also featuring Jeff Sleeman, Improperly and Matt Green. MITCH BENN is one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit. He is a regular writer and performer on “The Now Show” for BBC Radio 4 and “It’s Been a Bad Week” for BBC Radio 2. MATT GREEN is one of the very best acts on the national circuit. His act is a high-energy mix of personal, observational and storytelling stand up, with a topical edge. IMPROPERLY are an improvisational comedy group with a difference! CHRIS BROOKS & JEFF SLEEMAN are two of the funniest acts on the local scene.

The Crucible - 14 February to 21 February

by Arthur Miller

Directed by Jill Pettigrew

(A TOADS season production)

 

This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story tells how small lies - children’s lies - build and build until a whole town is aroused and 19 men and women go to the gallows for being possessed of the Devil ... They are good men and women, upright, hardworking, compassionate and Godfearing ...

Lettice and Lovage - 14 March to 21 March

by Peter Shaffer

Directed by Jill Farrant

(A TOADS season production)

 

Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London’s stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice’s freewheeling history lessons, Schon fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown.

Don't Dress for Dinner - 11 April to 18 April

by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon

Directed by Alan Tanner

(A TOADS season production)

 

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well … suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend.

Private Lives - 9 May to 16 May

by Noel Coward

Directed by Ruth Bettesworth

(A TOADS season production)

 

Private Lives is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining plays ever written. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed.

You Never Can Tell - 6 June to 13 June

by George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Nigel Howells

(A TOADS season production)

 

At an English seaside resort, the young dentist, Valentine, extracts a tooth from his first patient, the voluble Dolly, who has just arrived with her family from Madeira. Her equally voluble twin brother, Philip, appears, and at once they invite the dentist to lunch. They are joined at the dentist’s office by their mother, the famous Mrs Clandon, authoress of social-reform treatises; and by their elder sister, Gloria, who is her mother’s haughty disciple. Valentine promptly falls in love with Gloria, though she initially seems to have no interest in him. Here you have all the makings of a Shavian farce of the highest order. How will things turn out? You never can tell.