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ABOUT DONCASTER LITTLE THEATRE Doncaster Little Theatre is a Registered Charity, managed by a Voluntary Board of Directors, and with the exception of the Big Lottery funding, receives no other funding. We rely on our members to help run the theatre, and our visitors to sustain the theatre financially. If you are interested in hiring the theatre for your production, sponsoring a show or a seat, or making a donation large or small, please contact the Box Office 01302 340422.

ACCESSIBILITY The Theatre has wheelchair access to the Box Office, Lounge, Auditorium and Toilets. We also have an induction loop for hearing aid users. Please advise the Box Office if you will be using the loop when you book so that we can ensure good reception from the seats you select. If you have any additional requirements to enable you to enjoy the theatre please let us know and we will do our best to help.

THEATRE BAR The Theatre’s Bar will be open each performance evening for our customers, serving a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks. We encourage customers to place orders for interval drinks before a performance. Ice creams are also available to purchase during the intervals. Drinks can be taken into the Auditorium in hard plastic containers/glasses.

PRICES & BOOKING The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday 4pm - 8pm on 01302 340422. Book online at www.doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk or email us at boxoffice@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk. Prices are displayed throughout this guide. Payments can be made in cash, or by debit/credit card. No charge is made for card payments. Concessionary prices apply to under-16s, unwaged, over-60s, disabled people and their carers and students. The following discounts and concessions are available during Doncaster Little Theatre Productions only: Holders of the Doncaster Borough Treasure Pass (over 60) can use this to reduce their ticket price to £3.50 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You must bring your Borough Treasure Pass and your voucher. You can only use the voucher on shows with the Borough Treasure Pass logo. Group Discounts are available to parties of ten or more. For Doncaster Little Theatre’s Christmas and Easter Productions we offer family tickets for groups of four or more with a minimum of two children. There is a £6 concessionary ticket for all Young Lit members for Doncaster Little Theatre Productions. Visiting theatre companies set their own ticket prices and decide whether to offer concessions. Bookings can be made in person or by telephone between 4pm and 8pm Monday - Saturday or online at any time. Online bookings attract a small booking fee depending on the purchase value.

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APRIL IN PARIS Mon 28 – Wed 30 Apr at 7:30pm

TICKETS: £12 & £10 (A Scar Production)

Written by: John Godber Directed by: Simon Carr This warm hearted comedy is from the author of Bouncers, Happy Jack and Teechers and was commissioned by the Hull Truck Theatre for the 1992 Hull Festival. Bet & Al lead a quiet, humdrum life in their small Yorkshire home until Bet wins a “Romantic Breaks” competition in a magazine. The prize is a

holiday for two in Paris. This is their first experience abroad. So come along and see the effect it has on them both, wrestling with the phrase book, trying out French cuisine and fending off would-be muggers on the Metro. A hilarious depiction of the English abroad. It’s a must see this coming season.

JUST LIKE THAT! THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW Fri 2 May at 7:30pm

TICKETS: £12 & £10 Hambledon Productions with the kind permission of The Tommy Cooper Estate. From the Company that brought you ‘Educating Rita’ comes a brand new celebration of one of Britain’s best-loved comedians, in this stylish cabaret show commemorating 30 years since Tommy Cooper’s demise. Compiled from both rarely seen material from his early days and also the very

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best of his gags and tricks from his extensive career, join Tommy for an evening out with his trademark mischief, magic and mirth! Complete with live music accompaniment, this is a colourful, laugh a minute extravaganza that comedy fans of all ages simply can’t miss - just like that!

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PHILOMENA (2013) 12A Fri 2 May at 2pm

TICKETS: £5

(Includes Hot Drinks and Biscuits) Director: Stephen Frears Writers: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. For further information, please contact Amy our Community Development Officer at amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) 12A Fri 16 May at 2pm

TICKETS: £5

(Includes Hot Drinks and Biscuits) Director: Robert Mulligan Writer: Horton Foote Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. He agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Many of the townspeople try to get Atticus to pull out of the trial, but he decides to go ahead… For further information, please contact Amy our Community Development Officer at amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

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SHAKERS Thu 22 – Sat 24 May at 7:30pm

TICKETS: £10 & £8

(A Doncaster Little Theatre Production) Written by: John Godber Directed by: Angela Wren Every town has its local trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen, from the local check-out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads tittering at the thought of a `long comfortable screw’. We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by the four long-suffering waitresses

who work there. Rushed off their feet, underpaid and overworked, they try to smile and help the difficult customers whilst coping with their own personal problems. A fascinating and often hilarious view of the reality which lurks behind the plastic palms and the pina coladas.

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE Thu 29 – Sat 31 May at 7pm

TICKETS: £6

(A Young Lit Production) Written & Directed by: Barbara Upton Miss Dixon has entered her drama group, Budding Stars, in a local competition and is at the final rehearsal stage. As so often with live theatre, not everything goes according

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to plan and the competition is fierce. What will the judges make of “Bottom’s Tale”? Will Miss Dixon survive the experience?

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SUNSHINE ON LEITH (2013) PG Fri 30 May at 2pm

TICKETS: £5

(Includes Hot Drinks and Biscuits) Director: Stephen Frears Writer: Stephen Greenhorn Stars: Jason Flemyng, George Mackay, Antonia Thomas Two Scottish soldiers return home to Leith, Edinburgh from Afganistan to the warm embrace of their families. Featuring the music of The Proclaimers, follow the stories of Davy and Ally as they struggle to learn to live a life outside the army. For further information, please contact Amy our Community Development Officer at amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

REJECTED! A LIGHT-HEARTED SOCIAL HISTORY OF LITERARY FAILURE Thu 5 Jun at 7pm - 8:30pm

TICKETS: £3 With actors from Doncaster Little Theatre, Stephen Wade presents an evening’s entertainment exploring tales of writers being rebuffed, removed and rejected, booed, abused and ignored. You will hear Charles Lamb disrupting his own play, Noel Coward being cat-called and Willie McGonagall being sent away from Balmoral.

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JUST THE TICKET Mon 9 – Sat 14 Jun at 7:30pm

TICKETS: £10 & £8

(A Doncaster Little Theatre Production) Written by: Peter Quilter Directed by: Paul Kelly

‘Susan, an eccentric 60 Year old, decides to celebrate her birthday by repeating a journey to Australia she made with a group of friends when she was 20. This time, she’s travelling alone — carrying the same hopes and dreams, but with 40 years of extra baggage! Endlessly chatty, accident-prone and often looking like she’s been dragged through a hedge backwards, Susan is undoubtedly colourful. Her wit, charm, chaos

and hint of sadness have given her a unique outlook on life — and make her an unforgettable character. Romance slowly but awkwardly blossoms as she reunites with Bill, the bartender at the hotel, an unexpected turn of events that causes Susan to reflect on life, love, loneliness, friendship and the trials and joys of growing older. Just the Ticket is a poignant 90-minute journey through Susan’s hilarious life.’

BLUE JASMINE (2013) 12A Fri 13 Jun at 2pm

TICKETS: £5

(Includes Hot Drinks and Biscuits) Director: Woody Allen Writer: Woody Allen Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard Jasmine French used to be a top New York socialite, but is now returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present. For further information, please contact Amy our Community Development Officer at amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

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ALFIE MOORE: THE NAKED STUN Wed 18 Jun at 7:30pm

TICKETS: £7 Former police sergeant turned stand-up comedian, and star of BBC Radio 4’s, It’s a Fair Cop, Alfie tasers his way through a brand new hour of hilarious and fascinating anecdotes drawn from his eighteen years on the beat. The Naked Stun is based on the true story of his dogged determination to track down a serial flasher.

A fast-paced show that twists and turns, exposing the seedier side of crime investigation, before reaching a shocking conclusion. ‘Brilliantly funny, genuinely hilarious’ (David Mitchell). ‘Gloriously, life-enhancingly funny’ (Scotsman). ‘A very funny man’ (Rhod Gilbert).

GENES-ISH Sat 21 Jun at 8pm

TICKETS: £12.50 & £10 In 1967 in Surrey – England, five young men came together to create what no one knew at the time, was to be one of biggest musical acts in the world…GENESIS! Throughout their 40 year career, Genesis went on to make no less than 15 studio albums which were accompanied by a host of well received live concert albums with the band’s fan base running into the millions. They are continually cited many times over as a major influence for other high profile bands and musicians – a sure testament to the fantastic music they have written and produced for the appreciation and enjoyment of others since that fateful day in the 1960’s when the group formed. *Ticket price above is when buying your ticket from our Box Office. Purchasing online will include a small booking fee (Stated before payment). Box Office 01302 340422 (4pm - 8pm or 1 hour before a show).

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR Tue 24 – Fri 27 Jun at 7pm

TICKETS: £10 & £8 (A Cats Production)

Set in 1920’s New York Millie Dillmount is down on her luck until she meets Miss Dorothy Brown and Jimmy Smith and the age old adage of boy meets girl and falls in love, just like “The Boy Friend” is a must for all musical lovers. By kind permission of Music Theatre International.

CALAMITY JANE (1953) U Fri 27 Jun at 2pm

TICKETS: £5

(Includes Hot Drinks and Biscuits) Director: David Butler Writer: James O’Hanlon Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie Follow the story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok in the American Old West. Loosely based on the life of Wild West heroine Calamity Jane. For further information, please contact Amy our Community Development Officer at amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

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KALEIDOSCOPE Sat 28 Jun at 7pm

TICKETS: £10 (A Scar Production)

An evening of dance An eclectic mix of Contemporary and Stage dance Musicals, Pop, and Hip Hop

12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013) 15 Fri 11 Jul at 2pm

TICKETS: £5

(Includes Hot Drinks and Biscuits) Director: Steve McQueen Writer: John Ridley Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, as well as unexpected kindness, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. For further information, please contact Amy our Community Development Officer at amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

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LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE Mon 14 - Sat 19 Jul at 7:30pm

TICKETS: £10 & £8

(A Doncaster Little Theatre Production) Written by: Roy Clarke Directed by: Barbara Upton An evening of chaos as Foggy tries to impress Constance, Nora’s niece, in Clegg’s home. Keeping Compo out and Constance in, while distancing themselves

from a flasher who is running amok through the village, creates an ever deeper hole for the duo. Can the evening and Foggy’s pride be salvaged?

DIRTY DANCING (1987) 15 Fri 25 Jul at 2pm

TICKETS: £5

(Includes Hot Drinks and Biscuits) Director: Emile Ardolino Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle… For further information, please contact Amy our Community Development Officer at amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

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THE SPOTLIGHT Fri 25 Jul at 7:30pm

TICKETS: £10

(A Diamond Theatre Company Production) Diamond Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Thomas Howes returns to the Doncaster Little Theatre where he performed his first ever play at the age of 10 in 1996. Join him and his guests on his birthday for a very special intimate

concert, only 45 minutes each Act, with all your favourite songs from the shows and chat in between. This intimate cabaret will be a real treat, with songs old and new, and some surprises too!

PUNCH AND JUDY! Sat 26 Jul at 2pm & 4:30pm

TICKETS: £10 & £8

(A Diamond Theatre Company Production) Welcome to the wonderful world of Punch and Judy! Join us for a magical adventure ride through the adventures of Mr Punch, with his wife Judy, the Policeman, the Crocodile, and many more! Told through the magic of live actors coming through a giant story book, puppetry in a real puppet theatre, magic tricks on a giant magic hat, and with 2 hilarious circus clowns, this story is sure to captivate your imaginations! Delivered in panto-style with all the traditional ingredients of audience participation, songs

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and joyful fun, this magical tale is sure to put a smile on your face! And it also includes fascinating info on the history of the Punch and Judy show for you older boys and girls! So, join us for Diamond Theatre Company’s 1st ever kid’s show! It also runs at only 1 hour and 40 minutes, inc. a 20 minute Interval, so hopefully it will not be too long for younger viewers! This unique and original production promises to be the treat of the Summer!


MONDAY OPEN NIGHTS! 5th May, 16th June, 21st July - Open to all members and those wishing to join us! This is your chance to meet and have fun with everyone in our theatre and to keep up to date with what’s happening! Please contact Emma our Volunteers Theatre and Volunteer Skills Co-ordinator at membership@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk for more information.

DONCASTER LITTLE THEATRE YOUNG LIT The youth group of the Little Theatre caters for children and young people from the age of seven and delivers drama workshops during term time. The theatre has a long tradition of encouraging young members to take part in drama productions at the theatre. Currently there are three youth performances per annum when children can show-case the skills that they have learned. Drama engages children in fun activities which help to build confidence and self-esteem alongside communication and social skills. The workshops take place at Hall Cross Academy Lower School, St. Michael’s Road, Bessacarr on Saturday mornings 10am-12am. Membership of the Doncaster Little Theatre is £10.00 per annum and each two hour workshop costs just £3.50. For further details contact Barbara Upton at younglit@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk or telephone the theatre on 01302 340422.

MEMBERSHIP OF DONCASTER LITTLE THEATRE Have you ever wanted to be an actor, direct a play or be involved with any aspect of theatre? We can offer members a wide range of opportunities for involvement in the theatre both on and off stage and no previous experience is required. We are always looking for new members to join our community theatre. Come along to any of our monthly Open Nights to find out how you can be involved. You can support us by becoming a Friend of Doncaster Little Theatre for as little as £10 or become an Artistic member to be involved with any creative aspect of the theatre’s work. Fees for new members are £25 for the first year as a probationary period to ensure you are getting the most from your membership. Please contact us to express interest on 01302 340422 or membership@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

THEATRE HIRE Doncaster Little Theatre has a 100 seat Auditorium, with raked seating, and also available is a licensed bar and lounge area. For details of pricing options and terms and conditions of hire, please visit our website, contact the box office or email hire@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

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OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT Doncaster Little Theatre Limited received funding for 5 years from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund in April 2010 to take performance art into the heart of Doncaster’s Communities. Each year we: • take a Touring Play out into the Community to 5 local venues • run our Film Club every other Friday afternoon showing popular films • run free Drama Workshops for groups in their own venues • work with 3 primary schools, offering pupils a set of free Out of School Hours Drama Workshops • also run special discount packages on our Community Nights (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings) on ‘in-house’ shows.

So, a few fantastic opportunities for your group to do something a little bit different! And your group is eligible for one of our Special Discounted Theatre Packages here at Doncaster Little Theatre. We know how hard it can be to get into town but the Little Theatre has some fantastic shows on offer and we can help you make a real treat of it. If you can get a party of at least 10 people, this is what we can offer: • One free ticket for every 10 tickets purchased (Only for Doncaster Little Theatre productions on Tuesday or Wednesday nights) • Safe transport from your community venue to the theatre and back • A free cup of tea or coffee on arrival and during the interval.

At just £8 per person! All you need to do is pick a show that interests you and your friends/group, then contact Amy, our Community Development Officer on amy@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk or via the Box Office on 01302 340422 to book your Discount Package.

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PARKING Free on-street parking is available after 6pm in the local area around Christ Church and East Laith Gate. The Little Theatre does not own or manage the car parks adjacent to it. However, we are able to offer concessionary parking to ‘NCP Odeon’ site off Frances Street and King Street. Parking vouchers can be purchased our patrons for the from the Box Office for £1.50 for evening parking and £3 for all-day parking. Please be aware that there are some private parking spaces in the area; please contact our Box Office Assistants for advice.

SEATING PLAN For more information about any aspect of the Doncaster Little Theatre, please contact the box office on: Telephone: 01302 340422 Website: www.doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk Email: boxoffice@doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk

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AT A GLANCE... DATE

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Mon 28 - Wed 30

7.30pm

APRIL IN PARIS

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Fri 2

7:30pm

JUST LIKE THAT! THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW

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Fri 2

2pm

PHILOMENA (FILM)

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Fri 16

2pm

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (FILM)

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Thu 22 - Sat 24

7:30pm

SHAKERS

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Thu 29 - 31

7pm

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE

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Fri 30

2pm

SUNSHINE ON LEITH (FILM)

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Fri 5

7pm 8:30pm

REJECTED! A LIGHT-HEARTED SOCIAL HISTORY OF LITERARY FAILURE

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Mon 9 - Sat 14

7:30pm

JUST THE TICKET

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Fri 13

2pm

BLUE JASMINE (FILM)

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Wed 18

7:30pm

ALFIE MOORE: THE NAKED STUN

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Sat 21

8pm

GENES-ISH

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Tue 24 - Fri 27

7pm

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR

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Fri 27

2pm

CALAMITY JANE (FILM)

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Sat 28

7:30pm

KALEIDOSCOPE

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Fri 11

2pm

12 YEARS A SLAVE (FILM)

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Mon 14 - Sat 19

7:30pm

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

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Fri 25

2pm

DIRTY DANCING (FILM)

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Fri 25

7:30pm

THE SPOTLIGHT

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Sat 26

2pm & 4:30pm

PUNCH AND JUDY!

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All information is correct at the time of print, some listings may be altered and new events may be added. Please check our website for up to date information or stay in touch via facebook and twitter. The Doncaster Little Theatre Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Co. No. 06452732. Registered Charity No. 1123020


Doncaster Little Theatre - Summer Season Guide 2014