Forthcoming shows

Tons of Money - 14 May to 19 May

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

Revised by Alan Ayckbourn, originally by Will Evans & Arthur Valentine, Directed by Andrew Bell

(A TOADS season production)

 

An unsuccessful inventor has inherited the life interest in a fortune which reverts to his cousin George Maitland on his death. Unfortunately the inventor has accrued enormous debts and, as cousin George is thought to have died abroad, the inventor has the idea of ‘dying’ so he can resurrect himself as his cousin thus avoiding paying his debts. Inevitably complications arise!

Rough Justice - 11 June to 16 June

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

By Terence Frisby, Directed by Stephanie Austin

(A TOADS season production)

 

James Highwood, host of a popular TV programme called ‘British Justice’, is on trial accused of murdering his mentally disabled child. Highwood refuses legal representation and conducts his own defence, admitting responsibility but pleading manslaughter. The question is: did Highland actually kill his child after all?

TOADS @ The Little Theatre - Season 2018/2019

(The Gondoliers and The New Jersey Boys bookable NOW

- all other productions from 1st July 2018)

The Gondoliers - 3 July to 7 July

Presented by Torbay G&S Society

(performances 7.30pm - 7 July 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Gilbert & Sullivan

Tickets: £13/£12, under 16s £5 (matinee: one under 16 free with each paying adult)

 

The Gondoliers tells the story of two charming Venetian gondoliers, Giuseppe and Marco, who are informed that due to an error of identity when they were young boys, one of them is the heir to the throne of Barataria. They are delighted with the situation and agree to share the responsibilities of governing their new kingdom until it can be ascertained which of them is which, but matters are complicated when the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro reveal that their beautiful daughter, Casilda, was married to the future king as an infant. The problem? Giuseppe and Marco are both newly married to the contadine Tessa and Gianetta, and Casilda is in love with her father’s attendant, Luiz. Since its premiere in 1889, The Gondoliers has delighted audiences with its memorable score by Sullivan, and its political satire, cleverly tucked into Gilbert’s witty plotline.

The New Jersey Boys - 27 July

(performance 7.30pm)

Tickets: £17/£16

The music of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons plus a tribute to Showaddywaddy

 

The New Jersey Boys, based in Devon, take their audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all times - The Four Seasons. This choreographed show, featuring the amazing falsetto voice of Einar Vestman and the talented all round entertainer Gary Gould, is a clever mixture of tight vocal harmonies, superb solo spots and light comedy. The packed two set programme includes all the hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man and many more. This is a wonderful opportunity to see where it all began when four boys from New Jersey, USA invented their own unique sound which became a worldwide success. Early booking is recommended for this show which consistently sells out at venues across the UK. An added bonus to the evening will be a tribute to another great rock and roll band, Showaddywaddy. Don’t be surprised if you fi nd yourself singing and dancing!

Olde Tyme Music Hall - 6 August to 11 August

(performances 7.30pm - 11 August 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

Directed by Martin Waddington

(A TOADS season production)

 

Welcome back to the era of frills and furbelows, top hats and mutton-chop whiskers as we revisit British Music Hall at its best! A marvellous mix of music, mirth and melodrama, all under the superintendence of your genial Chairman for the evening featuring a stellar cast of your very own TOADS favourites.

It Could Be Any One Of Us - 3 September to 15 September

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

By Alan Ayckbourn, Directed by Jill Farrant

(A TOADS season production)

 

A thunderstorm in a windswept country house, a family of failure wrangling over a Will, a detective who has never solved a crime, a writer, an artist and a composer whose works have never been published or performed and a dysfunctional teenager; prime ingredients for a Murder Mystery. But the victim is not who it should be and the murderer’s identity changes overnight!

Over My Dead Body - 8 October to 13 October

(performances 7.30pm - 13 October 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

By Michael Sutton and Anthony Fingleton

Suggested by Robert L Fish's novel The Murder League

Directed by Anna Reynolds

(A TOADS season production)

 

In the reading room of The Murder League, a crime writers’ literary club, three elderly British mystery writers are bemoaning the fact that their style of writing has dwindled in popularity and sales, and have resigned themselves to living out their lives reminiscing about ‘the good old days’. Stung by the words of a younger member, belittling their now outdated style of writing, they hypothesize about what would happen if a real life murder be committed as in their books. They resolve to turn their hypothesis into reality with unforeseen results!

Jesus Christ Superstar - 20 October to 27 October

Presented by TOADS Stage Musical Company

(performances 7.30pm - 27 October 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm)

Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Tickets: adults £15, under 16s £12

 

Considered one of the greatest Rock Operas ever created, Jesus Christ Superstar highlights the political and personal struggles between Jesus and Judas. Featuring a brilliant score including Jesus Christ Superstar, Heaven On Their Minds, Everything’s Alright & I Don’t Know How To Love Him. This global phenomenon continues to wow audiences with its righteous and explosive musical experience.

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!

I Do! I Do! - 14 January to 19 January

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

Book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt (based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog), originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick, originally directed by Gower Champion, Directed by Martin Waddington

(A TOADS season production)

 

A Musical About Marriage. Set solely in their bedroom, dominated by the large four poster bed, the two character story spans 50 years from 1895 to 1945, focusing on Agnes and Michael’s ups and downs throughout their marriage.

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!