Forthcoming shows

Heroes - 19 November to 24 November

(performances 7.30pm - 24 November 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Gerald Sibleyras, translated into English and adapted by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Bevis Taylor

(A TOADS season production)

 

A retirement home in 1950s France is the setting for this light comedy with Gustave, Henri and Phillipe, 3 First World War veterans whiling away their days, pondering their lot. Thoughts of revenge on the nuns, who care for them, and a breakout from their ‘captivity’ to the haven of the Poplar trees that lure them from afar, keep these comrades united in arms… or do they?

Words 4 Voices: A Celebration of Christmas in Words & Music - 10 December

(performance 7.30pm)

By Words 4 Voices: Ruth Bettesworth, Richard Clark, Sarah Scoble, Leon Winston with musicians

Tickets: £11/£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.

Season's Greetings - 17 December to 22 December

(performances 7.30pm - 22 December 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Alan Ayckbourn, Directed by Alec Stokes

(A TOADS season production)

 

In what is considered to be Ayckbourn’s funniest play, half a dozen friends and family are celebrating Christmas with Neville and Brenda; but peace and goodwill don’t last long as squabbles break out and with too much alcohol and some annoying mechanical toys it’s a recipe for a truly dysfunctional Christmas!

Nobody's Perfect - 14 January to 19 January

(performances 7.30pm - 19 January 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Simon Williams, Directed by Anna Reynolds

(A TOADS season production)

 

Love Is All Round' is a feminist publishing house where Harriet Copeland is running a competition to find new romantic fiction; their motto is 'For Women By Women'. To avoid this gender bias, Leonard Loftus is forced to submit his novel under a female pseudonym. So when Myrtle Banbury wins the first prize, Leonard begins to have a major problem. He is a bashful statistician lumbered with a spectacular alter ago. With domestic complications from his wayward daughter Dee Dee and Gus, his rascally old father, Leonard tries frantically to keep up the charade of Myrtle. His problems are made worse when he falls hopelessly in love with Harriet. He is a worried man in the guise of a carefree woman. The happy ending is not going to be easy. In high heels and lipstick our hero is caught in a hilarious dilemma of cross-dressing and cross-purposes. Oh what a tangled web we weave, across The UK, Australia and all over Europe, Nobody's Perfect has been acclaimed as a classic feel good romantic comedy. It has the fertile tradition of Some Like It Hot, Tootsie, and Mrs. Doubtfire. This is a play that offers belly laughs galore - four irresistibly loveable characters locked into a hilarious plot. The final scene has been described as a comic masterpiece.

Tickling the Ivories - 20 January

(performance 7.30pm)

Presented by Michael Lunts, by permission of the estate of Noël Coward

Tickets: £11/£10

 

A musical romp through a hundred years of comedy song, performed from the piano by Michael Lunts. Alongside songs by Noël Coward, Flanders and Swann, Cole Porter and the Gershwins, Michael offers up some less familia rgems from the genre. One man, a white jacket, 88 piano keys and a treasure trove of musical mirth, “Tickling the Ivories” is a show that is guaranteed to tickle anyone’s sense of humour.

Arabian Nights - 20 February to 23 February

(performances 7.30pm)

RSC version, adapted by Dominic Coole, Directed by Becky Dobson

(A Tadpoles youth production)

Tickets: adults £8, under 16s £6

 

After being betrayed by his first wife, King Shahrayar seeks revenge by marrying a succession of young women and immediately having them put to death. However, his latest bride, Shahrazad, has the one gift that can save her life, the gift of storytelling. Can this

                      gift save her life?

My Mother Said I Never Should - 18 March to 23 March

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

By Charlotte Keatley, Directed by Maggie Campbell

(A TOADS season production)

 

A warm, poignant elegy about four generations of women across this century, growing up, growing old and growing (or not) wise. They explore the emotional inheritance each woman receives from the other: debts and responsibilities and how it takes generations to

                                                  learn about the value of real feeling.

Trap For A Lonely Man - 15 April to 20 April

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

By Robert Thomas, Directed by Sarah Caplan

(A TOADS season production)

 

A psychological thriller. Set in an isolated chalet in the French alps, a man has apparently lost his wife and is rapidly losing his mind. After having reported his wife’s disappearance to the police, Daniel Corban is visited by a priest who claims to have found her! But has he?

Daisy Pulls It Off - 13 May to 18 May

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

By Denise Deegan, Directed by Rebekah Hayden

(A TOADS season production)

 

Daisy Meredith, the new girl, is the first scholarship student to attend Grangewood School for Girls. The privileged students are determined to make Daisy look bad in the eyes of the administration. Daisy wins over her chums and saves the school when she cracks a secret code, finds a treasure and saves the life of her

                                        chief nemesis all in one night!

The Browning Version

and

Red Peppers (a double bill) - 10 June to 15 June

(performances 7.30pm - 15 June 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Terence Rattigan (The Browning Version)

By Noël Coward (Red Peppers)

Directed by Andrew Kenyon

(A TOADS season production)

 

The Browning Version: Ill health is forcing Andrew Crocker-Harris to retire from teaching. Mocked by his pupils he is despised by his wife who has found consolation in the arms of a junior master. A parting gift from a young student not only affects him greatly but is the turning point which enables him to find the strength to face a future which had looked so desperately uncertain.


Red Peppers: Touring as veteran song-and-dance act ‘Red Peppers’, George and Lily have a genius for picking quarrels with themselves and just about everyone else! Performing one night in an out-of-town northern theatre a dropped prop, a tipsy MD, a furious House Manager and faded West End star ensures mayhem backstage!