Forthcoming shows

What The Butler Saw - 15 February to 20 February

By Joe Orton

Directed by Alan Tanner

(A TOADS season production)

 

(NEW for this season - 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm evening performances on the Saturday)

 

Dr Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in an exclusive, private clinic, is attempting to interview (and seduce) an attractive would-be secretary, Geraldine. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs Prentice, being seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett, has promised him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives, chaos, underpants and cross-dressing lead the charge.

Entertaining Angels - 14 March to 19 March

By Robert Everett

Directed by Di ffitch

(A TOADS season production)

 

(NEW for this season - 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm evening performances on the Saturday)

 

As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases, usually to the new - female - vicar, Sarah. The return of Grace's eccentric missionary sister Ruth prompts some disturbing revelations, which force her to confront Bardolph's ghost and the truth of their marriage. At the same time Sarah reveals some un-clergy-like credentials of her own to Grace's therapist daughter Jo. Entertaining Angels asks whether God can be trusted to do anything right at all, "Or is the whole thing a divine exercise in trial and error?"

Charley's Aunt - 11 April to 16 April

By Brandon Thomas

Directed by Lydia Dockray

(A TOADS season production)

 

(NEW for this season - 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm evening performances on the Saturday)

 

Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil, "where the nuts come from". Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? The problem is solved by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. As "Charley's Aunt", this charming frump is introduced to the ladies, to Jack's father and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy's guardian. When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues as Fancourt Babberley, posing as "Charley's Aunt", tricks Spettigue into agreeing to the marriage of his ward, the real aunt marries Jack's father, Jack gets Miss Verdun, and Fanny Babs regains the fortune he lost at gambling as well as the girl he loves.

Role Play - 9 May to 14 May

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Glynis Tame

(A TOADS season production)

 

(NEW for this season - 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm evening performances on the Saturday)

 

Justin and Julie-Ann, hopelessly mismatched in love, are about to introduce their respective parents to each other over dinner - Justin's upper-crust alcoholic mother from Surrey and Julie-Ann's bigoted Yorkshire father and prim mother. Into this doomed scenario drops, literally, via the balcony upstairs and the river, Paige Petite, a former lap-dancer with suicidal tendencies and her thick, gun-toting minder who is employed by her violent boyfriend ...

Separate Tables - 6 June to 11 June

By Terence Rattigan

Directed by Anna Reynolds

(A TOADS season production)

 

(NEW for this season - 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm evening performances on the Saturday)

 

In Table by the Window, a down-at-the-heels journalist is confronted by his ex-wife, a former model who provoked him to the violent act that sent him to prison, destroying his future. Still in love, they nevertheless go through another terrible scene and it is the hotel manager, Miss Cooper, who helps repair their broken lives. In Table Number Seven, a 'self-made' army colonel without any true background and education to which he lays claim, finds solace with a spinster over the objections of her ruthless, domineering mother. When a sordid scandal threatens to drive them apart, Miss Cooper again comes to the rescue.

Peter Gill Swinging Summer Jazz Evening - 17 June

(Tickets £14)

 

A swinging summer evening with Peter Gill and his band. Sensational boogie woogie, ratpack classics and summer favourites.

Anita & Jess Conrad - 18 June

(Tickets £15)

 

With careers spanning over 50 years, this promises to be a wonderful cocktail of anecdotes, song, glitz, chat and humour. Anita's career started at 15 years old when she was whisked away to Las Vegas to appear in a top revue. Returning to the UK she went on to work with The Cliff Adams Singers, appear in two Carry On films, grace the top of the pop charts, become a pantomime legend, star in Cats in the West End and feature in 7 Royal Command Performances. Jess Conrad, renowned cabaret performer, is one of the UK's most enduring and endearing stars of stage, film and television.