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TOADS Season 2019/2020
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Grow Up Grandad - 11 to 16 November

(performances 7.30pm - 16 November 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Gordon Steel

Directed by Jill Farrant

(A TOADS season production)

 

A Comedy Drama - Poppy is eleven and has attitude. When she finds herself living with her cantankerous grandfather, a man she neither likes or loves all hell breaks loose. Something of a hermit, a man living in the past who sees very little good in anything or anybody, Ken is suddenly and unexpectedly confronted by a tornado of energy who can’t sit still and asks too many questions. He is a man with no television, no computer and no patience, and while their relationship is volatile it’s also very funny and strewn with moments of real tenderness.

Babe The Sheep Pig - 9 to 14 December

(performances 7.30pm - 14 December 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By David Wood, based on the book by Dick King-Smith

Directed by Martin Waddington

(A TOADS season production)

 

At last! The famous farmyard fable by Dick King-Smith comes to life onstage at the Little Theatre! This is the classic tale of Babe, the polite little pig who decides that, against all odds, he will herd Farmer Hogget’s sheep on TV, and win First Prize at the National Sheep-Dog Trials! This heartwarming story is told in a brilliant mix of comedy and drama, music and movement,
puppetry and special effects. The perfect pre-Christmas treat for ALL ages!

Words 4 Voices - 16 December

A Celebration of Christmas in Words & Music

(performance 7.30pm)

with Ruth Bettesworth, Richard Clark, Sarah Scoble, Leon Winston and musicians

Tickets: £11 (concessions £10)

 

An entertaining evening of delightful words and music including some of the well loved poems, readings and carols capturing the moods, feelings and true spirit of the festive season.

Time of My Life - 13 to 18 January

(performances 7.30pm - 18 January 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Cora Gant

(A TOADS season production)

 

The play is set in three different periods of time in a small Italian restaurant in Northern England. When Gerry Stratton plans a family meal out with his two grown up sons to celebrate his wife, Laura’s birthday and proposes an almost prophetic toast to ‘happy times’, he has no idea of the events that will unfold over the course of that evening and the family skeletons that will emerge.

Genesis Visible Touch

19th January (performance 7.30pm)

Tickets £17 (no concessions)

'DUKE TOUR' 40th Anniversary 2020

 

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic album 'Duke', GVT are touring in 2020, performing the 'Duke Tour' live set.

 

"The closest you'll see to 'intimate' Collins era Genesis before their explosion into the gargantuan arena shows of the mid 80s" (Chester Chronicle)

"A 'must see' show!" (Dave Hutchins, Genesis' engineer on The Lamb)

"The singer sounds more like Phil Collins than Phil Collins!" (Wirral News)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - 12 to 15 February

(performances 7.30pm)

By Joan Aitken, adapted by Russ Tunney

Directed by Becky Dobson

(A Tadpoles youth production)

 

Things are looking up for orphan Sylvia. She’s just been invited to go and live with her rich cousin Bonnie at the family’s ancestral home of Willoughby Chase, yet things are not as they appear. When a horrid plan causes the girls to flee headfirst across wintery England, it isn’t just the adults’ clutches they must avoid... but the teeth of the wolves that surround them.

Deathtrap - 16 to 21 March

(performances 7.30pm - 21 March 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Ira Levin

Directed by Jill Pettigrew

(A TOADS season production)

 

An ingenious thriller with funny moments - Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new work to award-winning Broadway author Sidney Bruhl for comment - or has he? Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra about how best to plagiarise ‘Death Trap’, but when Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the ‘Master’ events take a sinister turn.

Blithe Spirit - 20 to 25 April

(performances 7.30pm - 25 April 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Noël Coward

Directed by Stephanie Austin

(A TOADS season production)

 

A ghostly comedy - Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine. In order to gain research material for a new novel, Charles engages Madame Arcati, a spiritual medium and clairvoyant of uncertain talent, to conduct a séance in his home. Quite by accident, Arcati summons the spirit of Charles’ temperamental
first wife Elvira, and of course is quite unable to make the disruptive spirit go away. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who can neither see nor hear the ghost.

The Passing of the Third Floor Back - 18 to 23 May

(performances 7.30pm - 23 May 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Jerome K Jerome

Directed by Andrew Kenyon

(A TOADS season production)

 

An idle fancy, in a prologue, a play and an epilogue - The residents of Mrs Sharpe’s lodgings at 13 Bloomsbury Place are a group of disgruntled and resentful boarders who bicker and snipe from dawn to dusk. Into this mix of malcontents comes a stranger who takes a room on the third floor back - and to whom they take an instant dislike. Yet, one by one, each of them are struck by his gentle disposition and honest simplicity. When he departs - as mysteriously as he had arrived - they are no closer to knowing who he was or from whence he came; but his visit has changed their approach to life forever…

Funny Money - 15 to 20 June

(performances 7.30pm - 20 June 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Ray Cooney

Directed by Alan Tanner

(A TOADS season production)

 

A riotous comedy - Henry is late home for his birthday dinner. When he eventually arrives he discovers that he has accidentally picked up a briefcase containing thousands of pounds. Hilarious innuendo and cruelly funny turns of fate ensue as Henry and his wife assume various identities in their battle to keep the money.