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Spring 2011

Box Office 020 8688 9291

The Ashcroft Theatre - Renaissance Croydon has a long and proud reputation in the theatrical world for both its venues and the performers that have appeared in them. In 1962 the Ashcroft Theatre was opened, as part of the Fairfield Halls complex, and named after one of Croydon’s most famous actors, the legendary Dame Peggy Ashcroft. As we approach our 50th anniversary year we’ve conducted extensive market research and talked to a lot of interested people in and around Croydon...and we found an overwhelming desire for real ‘theatre’ to come back to Croydon. So here we are with a ‘new’ theatre for Croydon. It’s still called The Ashcroft Theatre but we have a new foyer, a new Brasserie and a new look... but most importantly we have a new arts programme, and it’s a true theatre programme. Therefore I hope you’ll join us in welcoming back Croydon’s theatre... The Ashcroft Theatre.

Simon Thomsett, Chief Executive, Fairfield Halls

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Buddy (7-12 Feb)


Fantastic Mr Fox (18 Feb)


Zippo’s Circus (22-27 Feb)


Opera Della Luna - The Sorcerer (3 March)


Swansea City Opera - The Barber of Seville (7 April)


Peppa Pig’s Party (5 & 6 March)


G*Mania (8-12 March)


Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? (28 Mar – 3 Apr)


The Gruffalo’s Child (16-17 April)


Annie (19-23 April)


Stand Up and Be Counted! (25-30 April)


Dinnerladies (2-7 May)


Me, Marley and I (15 May)


Hamlet (17 & 18 May)

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Macbeth (1 & 2 Feb) & Romeo & Juliet (4 & 5 Feb)


Local Arts - CODA, WWOS, Croydon Stagers Booking Information

Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 February

A new and exciting venture sees the collaboration between the Ashcroft Theatre and Stuart Morrison Productions in a joint presentation of two of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays. Special guest appearance by Kim Taylforth (London’s Burning, Bad Girls).


The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the story of two young people hopelessly in love, brought down by prejudice and misunderstandings, is presented in a dynamic and accessible way. The intrigues, murders and madness of Macbeth result in a thrilling story of the pursuit of power, kingship and revenge. A post-show question and answer session can be arranged for schools performances. For more info or to book a session contact Marion Orchard at

Romeo & Juliet

1 & 2 Feb 2011

4 & 5 Feb 2011

Macbeth 1 & 2 February 2011 Romeo & Juliet 4 & 5 February 2011 £18.50, Matinees £15.50 Schools: £10 per ticket plus11th ticket free. 020 8688 9291



Monday 7 – Saturday 12 February


‘Fail-safe family entertainment’ Daily Express

‘It’s Buddy Brilliant’ The Sun

The original and best is back! Oh Boy! ‘The World’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll musical’ is back! Come and see why this sensational show, seen by over 20 million people around the world, remains loved by audiences and critics alike. A phenomenally multi-talented cast come together to tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Together they present two terrific hours of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Rave On, Everyday and many more. With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical line up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment that will have music lovers from 8 to 80 toe-tapping, hand-clapping and rocking in the aisles!

‘The whole company dazzles… No buddy does it better’ Daily Mail

Mon 7 – Sat 12 Feb 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm £17.50 - £26.50, Group Deals Available (£2.50 booking fee per ticket) 020 8688 9291


HALF TERM SPECTACULAR! Fantastic Mr Fox Friday 18 February

Zippo’s Circus

Tuesday 22 - Sunday 27 February

Opera At Fairfield An opera by

Tobias Picker Based on a story by

Roald Dahl For the first time ever Zippo's brings all the excitement of the Big Top into the warmth and comfort of the Ashcroft Theatre! Featuring an incredible line up of international circus stars including daring trapeze artistes, breath-taking acrobats and hilarious clowns!

‘You're never too young, too old or too cool to Roll Up to Zippo's Circus!’

For years, Mr Fox has defied three blundering farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - by pilfering food for his family from under their noses. Now they have a plan to beat him. Can Mr Fox be ‘outfoxed’? Man and machine take on the natural world in Tobias Picker’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s tale - perfect for opera loving adults and fox cubs alike!


Time Out

Friday 18 February 7.30pm

Tuesday 22 February 7pm, Wed 23 - Sun 27 Feb 2.30pm & 7pm

£13.50 - £22.50, Family Ticket £60 on top price tickets (£1.50 bkg fee per ticket)

Adults £20, £22, Children £14, £16, Family £60, £68 (£1.50 bkg fee per ticket) 020 8688 9291 020 8688 9291

Opera Della Luna

Swansea City Opera

The Sorcerer

The Barber of Seville

Thursday 3 March

Thursday 7 April

Opera At Fairfield By Gilbert & Sullivan

‘Ensemble playing at its best’ London Evening Standard

Opera della Luna, who have earned themselves a matchless reputation celebrating over 15 years of acclaimed productions, present a new version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s first success in which they move the story from its quaint Victorian setting to sleepy rural Britain in the 1970s. John Wellington Wells, the celebrated dealer in ‘magic and spells’, spreads chaos and havoc in an unsuspecting country village, when he places a powerful aphrodisiac in the village hall teapot. The resulting revelations are indeed ‘a marvellous illusion, a terrible surprise!’

Opera At Fairfield Swansea City Opera are known for their sparkling performances of comic opera and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville will be no exception. Set in Seville in the late 18th Century, Count Almaviva is in love with the beautiful and rich Rosina, ward of the lecherous Doctor Bartolo, who plans his own marriage to her. Along comes the meddling Figaro, the town barber, and suddenly confusion and mayhem reigns…but will there be a happy ending? Beautifully staged in English with charming traditional 18th century costume and performed by some of the finest singers and orchestral players in the country.

Thursday 3 March 7.45pm

Thursday 7 April 7.30pm

£20 & £22.50

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Peppa Pig’s Party Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March

Oink oink - it's Peppa Pig! Back by popular demand!

Peppa is a playful little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Today is Peppa Pig's birthday. Join the fun with Peppa, George, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Emily Elephant. Full of brand new songs, muddy puddles and oinks! This BAFTA award-winning children's TV show is recreated live on stage featuring beautifully true-to-life puppets, from the producers of LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Ages 3+.

Saturday 5 March 10am, 1pm & 4pm, Sunday 6 March 10am & 1pm Adults £12.50, £14.50, Children £10.50, £12.50, Family Ticket £50 (£1.50 bkg fee per ticket)

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Tuesday 8 March - Saturday 12 March

Inspired by the TV Hit Glee! Stars Include: Rikki Loney (X Factor)

Andy Scott Lee (Pop Idol)

Emma Beard

(Pop Stars – The Rivals)

Shaun Smith

(Britain’s Got Talent)

Stacey McClean (X Factor)

Anthony Kavanagh (Grease Is The Word)

Reality TV’s ultimate pop group has been created and this high-octane, feelgood production showcases jaw-dropping choreography and brilliant new arrangements of classic tracks including Don’t Stop Believin’ and Gold Digger. Directed by acclaimed choreographer David Wood who has worked with Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie and Kylie Minogue to name a few!

Tue 8 March – Sat 12 March 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm £20 - £25 020 8688 9291


Schemers And Dreamers Tuesday 29 March – Friday 1 April

The Bespoke Overcoat starring George Layton and David Graham. Love is a luxury which very poor people can afford. This is a story of this love. Wolf Mankowitz’ Academy Award® Winning play tells the moving story of a Jewish tailor and his impoverished friend. Three of Tennessee Williams’ most poignant plays. In This Property is Condemned a young girl shows her own survival strategy. The Lady of Larkspur Lotion is a faded Southern belle trying to maintain a façade of gentility while living in a fleabag hotel. In Talk to Me Like the Rain a couple try to cling to each other when there is little left in their relationship.

The Bespoke Overcoat By Wolf Mankowitz

**** ‘A gentle little gem’ The Times

One Evening, Two Playwrights, Four Plays


Three Short Plays by

Tennessee Williams This Property Is Condemned The Lady Of Larkspur Lotion Talk To Me Like The Rain

Tue 29 March to Friday 1 April 7.30pm, Thu matinee at 2.30pm. £18, Concessions £15

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The Gruffalo’s Child Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 April

ʻFun, daft and a little scary!ʼ

**** Time Out

Following hot on the heels of the Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes the GRUFFALO'S CHILD - with attitude! Just how brave is she?

The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood... One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? Tall Stories Theatre Company returns bringing this award-winning sequel to life. Ages: 3+

ʻLovingly and simply brought to the stageʼ


Evening Standard

Sat 16 & Sun 17 April 1.30pm & 4.30pm Extra performance on Sun at 10.30am £10, Groups of 10 or more £8.50 per ticket, plus 11th ticket free All illustrations copyright © Axel Scheffler 2004, published by Macmillan Children’s Books. 020 8688 9291



Tue 19 - Sat 23 April Chris Moreno for Playhouse Productions Ltd Presents

‘One of the most enchanting musicals I have ever seen’ Sunday Times

From its Broadway beginnings to the classic film musical, this heart-warming rags-to-riches story of Annie’s adventures, from the New York orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks, is a tale that has been told all over the world for decades and will continue for many years to come. Leading a star cast of over 40 talented artistes, the hilarious Su Pollard stars as the dastardly ginsoaked Miss Hannigan. Featuring a memorable score including Tomorrow and It’s a Hard Knock Life, plus fantastic visual choreography, and a side-splittingly funny script. Book now…. Don’t wait until Tomorrow!

‘The charm of Annie is irresistible’ Daily Mirror

Tue 19 - Sat 23 April 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm £10.50 - £26.50, Group Deals Available

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Stand Up and Be Counted! Monday 25 - Saturday 30 April

A hysterical and hard-hitting look at the world of stand-up comedy. Bigoted comic Eddie Pierce faces his critics and peers in a concert that noone could imagine, with an outcome that no-one could predict. Old School Eddie (Jim Davidson) faces up to the cream of new comedians, including Earl T Laurence (Matt Blaize) who is politically correct, brilliant…… and black! Stand Up and Be Counted! gives us a ringside seat as gay icon Billy Simpson (Lloyd Hollett) and TV’s newest talent Ellie Jayne (Rachael Barrington) share a dressing room with Britain’s most controversial comedian - Eddie Pierce. This ‘pull no punches’ play is full of drama and comedy and provides us with a look inside the minds of these troubled entertainers.

Mon 25 April – Sat 30 April 7.45pm, Saturday Matinee at 3.30pm £18 - £27.50 Service Personnel Offer: £3 off top two prices, (max 2 per person). Military ID to be produced when purchasing tickets. 020 8688 9291



Monday 2 - Saturday 7 May

Image shows the cast of the Autumn 2009 national tour

The Comedy Theatre Company presents





‘Hilarious, absolutely jaw aching hilarious. This is cracking comedy at its very best. Don’t miss it!’ This Is Local London

Take one huge hit sitcom from BBC TV, place on a stage in a World Premiere national tour starring members of the original cast of the TV series. Blend in VICTORIA WOOD’s writing undoubtedly some of the funniest on television, and whip into a play, based on the second TV series, following the reluctant love story of Bren and Tony, egged on by Dolly, Jean, Twinkle and Anita. Mix in caretaker Stan’s words of wisdom and coat, regular appearances by Phillippa from Human Resources and Petula, Bren’s dreadful mother, and you have a recipe for madness, mirth and twelve rounds of toast!

‘A strong, experienced cast re-creating some of the bestdrawn sitcom characters and delivering some of the funniest lines’ Worthing Herald

Mon 2 - Sat 7 May 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm £10 - £23, Group Deals Available 020 8688 9291


Me, Marley & I Sunday 15 May

Me Marley and I is a vivid true story of brutal survival, true love and friendship during an African military revolution, told to the backdrop of live reggae music. 'These were the times I grew up in, a life of privilege that was a trigger finger away from obliteration. I was brought up to stand for what is right and fair. However this was not a positive survival trait in angry times. Teenagers with opinions were an endangered species. My saving grace, was the wisdom of my grandmother, the power of first love and my total immersion into Marley's Music! Everything's Gonna Be Alright!’ Gloriously funny and warm, this true story jolts sharply into focus the horror of living through a military uprising.

Sunday 15 May 7.45pm ÂŁ10

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Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 May

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Max Lewendel

Does revenge justify murder? The King of Denmark is dead. Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his father’s death with devastating consequences for his family and the Kingdom. He also confronts his uncle, the new King who stole his father’s throne. This is Shakespeare’s most iconic and challenging play. Icarus Theatre Collective brings vividly to life some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters. This brand new production portrays Shakespeare’s definitive tragedy of justice and revenge. Free programmes for school groups.

Tue 17 & Wed 18 May 7.45pm, Wednesday Matinee at 2.30pm £18.50, Matinees £15.50 Schools: £10 per ticket plus11th ticket free. 020 8688 9291




The Graduate Thu 17 - Sat 19 March

The Full Monty Tue 22 - Sat 26 March

Benjamin Braddock recently finished college. His overjoyed parents throw him a party, but he just wants to be left alone. Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner has other plans. She corners and seduces him, leading to a torrid affair. Problems come when Ben falls in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter.


Terrence McNally and

David Yazbek

Abigail’s Party

Thursday 26 - Saturday 28 May

Beverly Moss invites her neighbours over for drinks. The gathering starts off in a stiff, insensitive, British middle-class way as the virtual strangers tentatively gather, until Beverly and her husband start sniping at each other. As the alcohol takes effect, all of the obsessions, prejudices, fears and petty competitiveness are comically exposed. The Graduate Thu 17 - Sat 19 March 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm Abigail’s Party Thu 26 - Sat 28 May 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm


Remember the film? Now see the musical, with the scene moved to Buffalo, New York State. Unemployed steel workers come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Their journey of discovery teaches them the value of true friendship and helps them find the courage to face their personal woes. Witness 6 ordinary blokes with nothing and everything to lose go The Full Monty!

Tue 22 - Sat 26 March 7.45pm, Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm, Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm

£11 - £15, Group Deals Available

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The Wedding Singer Wed 11 - Sat 14 May

Dining At Fairfield

by Reservation First night of each performance and Friday and Saturdays from 5.30pm. Enjoy a candle-lit* pre-show dinner, with service at your table and a complimentary glass of wine. Music at the piano on selected evenings. 2 Course £10.95, 3 Course £13.95 Additional seating for patrons who have not reserved will be limited. *Electric Candles.

When his fiancée leaves him at the altar, Robbie (New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer) makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia, Robbie falls madly in love. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married and unless Robbie can pull off a lifetime’s performance, she will be gone forever.

Valentine’s Dinner - Sat 12 Feb Valentine’s Dinner available in the Arnhem Gallery before Buddy with sparkling wine and a red rose on arrival, a freshly prepared 3 course dinner and a programme of the performance. £25.95 per person To book a table please call 0208 681 7181

Wed 11 - Sat 14 May 7.30pm, Thu & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm £12 - £17, Seniors and Children under 16 - £1 off all performances, except Wed Preview. 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased. 020 8688 9291 or Croydon Stagers 020 8651 0527

For our Junior Patrons... 22 - 27 Feb (Zippo's Circus) & Mar 5 & 6 (Peppa Pig) - Be entertained by a fairground ride and side stall in our foyer. Freshly cooked Hot Dogs & Pop Corn available!



Spring 2011


HOW TO BOOK B y I n t e r n e t : Book securely online at All online bookings for all events incur a minimum booking fee of £2.25 per ticket, irrespective of the ‘no-booking fee’ logo appearing in the Diary. Please note there is also a charge of 70p applied to all transactions where postage of tickets is required. In Person: The Box Office counter is open for personal callers from Monday to Sunday 10am - 9pm (6pm when no performance in either venue). For Sunday performances it is open 1 hour prior to the performance for counter sales only. A booking fee of £1 per ticket is applied to cash transactions made in person.

Send to: The Box Office, Fairfield, Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG. Make cheques payable to Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd. Please do not send cash by post! PAYMENT Booking Fees: Most shows involving a purchase made by telephone, cheque, in person (if cash, booking fee is £1 per ticket) or credit/debit card are subject to a minimum booking fee, which is usually £2.25 per ticket unless otherwise stated, or if a ‘no-booking fee’ logo is shown. If purchased online all shows are subject to a minimum of £2.25 booking fee per ticket, irrespective of the ‘no-booking fee logo’ being shown in the Diary. Please note there is also a charge of 70p applied to all transactions where postage of tickets is required.

By Telephone: Call 020 8688 9291. The Box Office phone lines are open Monday - Sunday 10am - 7pm (6pm when no performance in either venue). Please have your credit/debit card details ready. Reservations will be held for 48 hours and cannot be made within 48 hours of the performance.

By Credit Card (MasterCard/Visa): If tickets are not subject to an individual ticket booking fee then a flat transaction fee of £2.25 will apply to all credit card bookings. If individual ticket booking fees do apply then this transaction charge will be waived.

By Post: Include details of the performance you wish to book for, the number of tickets required and the cost including booking fees and postage.

By Debit Card (Switch/Delta/Connect): No transaction charge applies, but individual ticket booking fees will apply where stated.

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Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon. Spring Brochure 2011  

Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK. Spring 2011 brochure of our theatre programme.