THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR May 2017 - january 2018
An all star season celebrating 20 years since bill kenwright reopened windsor
Box office 01753 853888 theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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‘THE BEST PLACE
TO ENJOY THE MAGIC OF PANTOMIME!’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
‘WAS IT AN AMAZING PANTO?
29 NOV 2017 – 7 JAN 2018 SEE PAGE 35 FOR FULL PANTO LISTING
OH YES IT WAS!’ WINDSOR EXPRESS (PANTO 2016)
WELCOME Welcome to our Summer brochure for 2017, a very special year as we celebrate 20 years since Bill Kenwright stepped in to reopen Theatre Royal Windsor. As the only regional producing theatre outside of London running all year round that receives no subsidy at all, we are reliant upon your support. Having one of the most prolific and successful theatrical producers in the UK running things means we can enjoy many benefits compared to other theatres of our size, for example getting exclusive previews of new and exciting national tours and West End shows. To celebrate this, we have a special season for you, starting in August. To kick things off we welcome the much-requested return of Dreamboats and Petticoats, the best Rock and Roll party in town. This will be followed by the West End hit comedy How the Other Half Loves from the brilliant pen of Alan Ayckbourn, with a superb cast featuring Robert Daws and Sara Crowe. And last, but certainly not least, Martin Shaw returns to Windsor in The Best Man, a timely production of this electric play of political intrigue and the battle for the presidency, and a must see before it heads into the West End. Our Rep Season returns in June, offering a chance to see three plays in three weeks all made in Windsor, especially for you, and all at special prices. And later in the summer, after the success of last year’s West Side Story, we bring another community show to Windsor in August, with Bugsy Malone. It’s the perfect family holiday treat, and also a great opportunity for young people to get involved in making the magic of theatre, with the added benefit of shooting each other with the infamous splurge guns! We are also undertaking a refurbishment programme across the building, so come and see the difference when we reopen in August. As well as our distinctive programme we are also valued for our famously friendly staff, and the whole team look forward to offering you a very warm Theatre Royal welcome to our beautiful historic venue.
Robert Miles, Theatre Director P.S. Don’t forget to book the best seats for panto before they go – it’s selling faster than ever before!
Theatre Royal Windsor
WHAT’S ON... Sunday Shows 4 Rep Festival 5 Miss Meena & The Masala Queens 6 Our Man in Havana 7 Waiting for God 8 Another Mother’s Son 9 Dial ‘M’ for Murder 10 Wuthering Heights 11 Ladies in Lavender 12 Mon - Wed Shows 13 The Gloria Tour 14 Gilbert & Sullivan 15 Bugsy Malone 16 Dreamboats & Petticoats 18 Trespass 19
How the Other Half Loves
A Murder Is Announced
It Runs in the Family
A Judgement in Stone
Christmas Party Week
The Case of the Frightened Lady
Panto Dates & Theatre Membership
COME AND ENJOY A PERFECT SUNDAY NIGHT OUT EVENTS START 7.30PM THE MANFREDS - MAKIN’ TRACKS TOUR The group Manfred Mann is now considered, more than ever, one of the finest and most respected bands from the ‘60s. The Manfreds, with original front man, Paul Jones, will be performing their hits, including ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, along with a mix of Jazz and Blues covers from their new album ‘Makin’ Tracks’. SUN 11 JUN – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
A TRIBUTE TO LIONEL RICHIE & THE LEGENDS OF MOTOWN The number one Lionel Richie tribute show in Europe. Hamilton Browne’s uncanny likeness and sound will make you believe you are actually seeing the real thing. ‘Hello’, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘All Night Long’, ‘Say You, Say me’, ‘Three Times A Lady’. SUN 2 JUL – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
ALTER EAGLES This incredible 7 piece all live band is complete with stunning harmonies and of course the classic duelling electric guitars. The production spans 35 years of Eagles performances and takes on all the classic songs. SUN 16 JUL – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
JOHN COUNSELL, THE FIRST IMPRESARIO OF THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR John Counsell first came to Windsor with a dream of creating his own theatre company and ran the Theatre Royal Windsor for nearly half a century. Join his daughter Elizabeth Counsell star of Brushstrokes as she tells the many fascinating stories and anecdotes of the penniless actor who had a dream. SUN 20 AUG – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £10
SONGS OF ROD STEWART – FEATURING CREGAN & CO Starring Jim Cregan - one of the most influential guitarists in Rod Stewart’s original band The Faces. Jim co-wrote, co-produced, and musically directed for Rod for almost two decades! SUN 3 SEP – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!” SUN 17 SEP – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16 4
Our Windsor Repertory Festival celebrates a model of theatre making that has recently been debated in the press and online, as actors and directors discuss the value of “Rep” in nurturing tomorrow’s stars. Over 3 weeks a team of professional actors and creatives will prepare a repertoire of plays which will be rehearsed during the day ready to open the following week, while that week’s play is performed each evening.
BY FREDERICK KNOTT
TUE 20 - SAT 24 JUN
This intense way of working is an incredible challenge for the company - and part of the reason we have a generation of actors in the UK with such a wide range of skills. It’s also a joy for audiences - you have the opportunity to enjoy top quality theatre made locally and get to know a company of actors over many different plays. John Counsell created the Windsor Repertory Company here in 1938. In 1988 it enjoyed its 50th birthday - in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother - and we’re delighted to continue that legacy with a season of wonderful plays and a company of the bravest, and brightest, stars of tomorrow!
TUE 27 JUN - SAT 1 JUL
CREAM TEA AND TOUR
Many of today’s stars worked in Rep in Windsor. See if you can recognise any of the famous faces below.
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See pages 10 - 12 for show dates and prices
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TUE 4 - SAT 8 JUL
FOLLOWING THE HUGE SUCCESS OF THE DERANGED MARRIAGE
HARVEY VIRDI DIRECTED BY
LAST CHANCEK TO BOO
Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre in association with Warwick Arts Centre Dazzling saris, grand Bollywood lip-sync dance numbers and queues of adoring fans – for Miss Meena this is all now a distant memory. The once famous and fabulous drag queen has lost his sparkle and like his nightclub is washed up and out of date. The punters have gone and whilst the other drag queens are strutting their high-heels elsewhere, property developers are circling like vultures waiting for Miss Meena to give up the lease to the club. With the club on its knees, a new arrival brings a glittery rainbow of hope. But just as things are starting to look up for Miss Meena, a visitor from the past makes him question everything he ever stood for. 6
TUE 30 MAY – SAT 3 JUN Tue – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 3pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 30 May Age guidance 14+, contains adult themes
BY GRAHAM GREENE ADAPTED BY CLIVE FRANCIS
THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN
You should dream more, Mr. Wormold. Reality in our century is not something to be faced.
Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, prepare for classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship. Celebrating the music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie and many more.
MON 5 JUN – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
Cuba 1958. Meet Jim Wormold – a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman who gets sucked in to a dirty world of espionage and double agents when the chance of helping out MI6 with a job or two proves too good an offer to resist. And, quite frankly, he could do with the cash to pay for his teenage daughter’s ever increasing lifestyle. From the company who brought us Travels With My Aunt and thrillingly adapted for the stage by Clive Francis, this uproarious farce is filleted to perfection from Graham Greene’s hilarious, subversive and ever popular novel. Produced by Creative Cow in association with Malvern Theatres and Buxton Opera House. WED 7 – SAT 10 JUN THINK FLOYD Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s first release, Think Floyd’s brand new production for 2017 features music from all 15 Pink Floyd albums.
Wed – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm
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Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 7 Jun
TUE 6 JUN – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16 7
FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE BAFTA NOMINATED BBC SERIES
JEFFREY HOLLAND NICHOLA McAULIFFE DIRECTED BY DAVID GRINDLEY
“NICHOLA MCAULIFFE’S TIMING AND DELIVERY ARE IMPECCABLE.” THE GUARDIAN
“HOLLAND IS SPELLBINDING AND MAGICALLY, TIMELESSLY FUNNY.” THE STAGE
Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang M’Lord) and Nichola McAuliffe (Surgical Spirit & Victoria) star in this premiere stage production of the BAFTA Best Comedy Series nominated Waiting For God, which delighted TV audiences across several BBC series in the 1990s. All the favourite characters from the original series are reimagined for 2017, facing the challenges that come with growing old disgracefully in the era of the silver surfer. At Bayview Retirement Home, battle-axe extraordinaire Diana Trent conspires with new resident Tom Ballard to give the conniving manager his comeuppance through a hilarious conspiracy with unexpectedly heart-warming results. 8
MON 12 – SAT 17 JUN Mon – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 12 Jun
THE SILVER SCREEN RETURNS TO WINDSOR
ONE THIS Y OF EA BIGGE R'S S BRITIS T H FILMS
TUE 13, WED 14 & FRI 16 JUN 11AM & 3PM SAT 17 JUN 11AM & 2PM SUN 25 JUN & 9 JUL 2PM, 4.30PM & 7PM Ticket price: £9.50
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CREAM TEA AND FILM Special cream tea and film package for £15. Please pre-book. Limited availability.
THE ‘MURDER’ THAT INSPIRED THE HITCHCOCK CLASSIC
“A MASTERPIECE OF CONSTRUCTION AND INTRICATE PLOTTING” IS BA EP
BY POPU L DEMANDAR
BY FREDERICK KNOTT Free Q&A after Thursday matinee. Special event for ticket holders. Limited availability. Please pre-book.
THE WINDSOR REPERTORY FESTIVAL IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Former tennis pro Tony Wendice is convinced that his wealthy wife Sheila is having an affair and seeks his revenge. He plans the perfect murder, blackmailing an old friend into committing the crime… however, Tony is forced to improvise an alternative ploy when things don’t quite pan out. Will Tony be able to live with himself or will the Scotland Yard Inspector trap him into revealing his guilt? Frederick Knott’s intense and claustrophobic thriller was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954 starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings and John Williams. The film was remade in 1998, with the title A Perfect Murder, starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. 10
TUE 20 – SAT 24 JUN Tue – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 20 Jun Multi show discount: Get all three shows for the price of two
THE LITERARY MASTERPIECE ON STAGE
‘A WILD AND PASSIONATE EXPLORATION OF LOVE IN ALL ITS DESTRUCTIVE MANIFESTATIONS’ THE GUARDIAN
SPECIAL REP PRICES
Free Q&A after Thursday matinee. Special event for ticket holders. Limited availability. Please pre-book.
SEE TOMORROW’S STARS TODAY! Set on the mysterious wilderness of the Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights is a story of tortured love. Heathcliff, who is raised by Catherine Earnshaw’s family, develops strong feelings for her and they become inseparable until one day, she marries another man. Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights only to return years later with money and a plan to exact a terrible revenge on those who humiliated him and destroyed his happiness. Published in 1847, Emily Bronte’s only novel is considered a masterpiece of English literature and has inspired many stage adaptations.
TUE 27 JUN – SAT 1 JUL Tue - Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 27 Jun Multi show discount: Get all three shows for the price of two 11
A HEART-WARMING TALE ABOUT LOVE AND UNFULFILLED DREAMS
TICKETS FROM £15
"Peppered with moments of hilarity and warmth" WhatsOnStage Free Q&A after Thursday matinee. Special event for ticket holders. Limited availability. Please pre-book.
REP RETURNS IN HOMAGE TO WINDSOR’S HERITAGE Written by Charles Dance, elderly spinster sisters Ursula and Janet live in a small and solitary Cornish fishing village. In the spring of 1936, they are stunned to find a young Polish man on their local beach who has been washed overboard during a storm. At first unable to communicate as they nurse him back to health, the two sisters’ lives are transformed by the presence of this handsome stranger in their home, but the bond between the three is disturbed by a holidaying Russian artist who hears his musical talent and vies for his attention. Ladies In Lavender is written by Shaun McKenna from a screenplay by Charles Dance based on a short story by William J Locke. 12
TUE 4 – SAT 8 JUL Tue – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 4 Jul Multi show discount: Get all three shows for the price of two
A GREAT VARIETY OF SHOWS TO START YOUR WEEK... ‘I’M TELLING YOU NOW’ ‘YOU WERE MADE FOR ME’ ‘I UNDERSTAND’ THE DREAMERS & THE EVERLY BROTHERS Formerly Freddie and The Dreamers. The Dreamers, starring originals Alan Mosca and Bryan Byng, perform their well known hits with support from The Temple Brothers, The Everly Brothers tribute. MON 10 JUL – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
FAITH, A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE MICHAEL This show has it all... The Looks, The Voice, The Moves. Enjoy a great night’s entertainment as this show takes you through the decades of George Michael and Wham. ‘Careless Whisper’, ‘Faith’, ‘Jesus To A Child’, ‘Freedom! ‘90’, ‘Club Tropicana’ ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’. TUE 11 JUL – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA “Ray McVay’s In The Mood” as he presents the world’s greatest Big Band! Featuring the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter. Included in the show: ‘In the Mood’, ‘Moonlight Serenade’, ‘American Patrol’. WED 12 JUL – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
AND TO END YOUR WEEK... BUCKS FIZZ Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston, original members of Bucks Fizz, have sold in excess of 15 million records including ‘Making Your Mind Up’ and ‘The Land of Make Believe’ and have spent 219 weeks in the UK charts. See them live in Windsor! SUN 24 SEP – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
CHAS & DAVE Chas & Dave know how to give an audience a good time, performing all the hits that made this Cockney duo famous, ‘Gertch’, ‘Sideboard Song’, ‘Rabbit’, ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’, ‘Margate’ etc. Due to popular demand here they are once more. SUN 1 OCT – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £29.50
MAKING MEMORIES Making Memories gives local children and young people the opportunity to perform on a prestigious stage and make memories that will last a lifetime. SUN 5 NOV – 5PM TICKETS FROM £13 13
FOR THREE STUNNING PERFORMANCES ONLY BILL KENWRIGHT
JOE McELDERRY CELEBRATING THE HIT SINGLE
GLORIA TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS
KEITH JACK, LLOYD DANIELS, AND BEN JAMES-ELLIS
JOIN JOE AND SPECIAL GUESTS FROM THE MUSICAL
IN A NIGHT OF SMASH HIT SONGS FROM HIS UPCOMING NEW ALBUM
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
To celebrate the release of his fifth studio album Saturday Night at the Movies, Joe McElderry will embark on a Nationwide live tour, The Gloria Tour, with songs from his new album and many more.
FRI 14 JUL 8pm
Joe will be joined on stage by special guests, X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels and Any Dream Will Do runners up Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis who have all featured in the musical phenomenon of Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat.
Tickets from £20
Full of classic songs as well as brand new tracks to fall in love with including the iconic songs; ‘Daydream Believer’, ‘Love is All Around’, ‘I’m into Something Good’ and the hit new single ‘Gloria’.
NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE TO PRE ORDER ONLINE FROM 9 JUNE
SAT 15 JUL 4pm & 8pm
TICKET SELLING F S BOOK NO AST. W!
WEEK COMMENCING 17 JULY – A SERIES OF HIT SHOWS
THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW Between the story, the gags, the magic and Daniel Taylor’s incredible portrayal of show business legend Tommy Cooper, this promises to be a very special show.
THE WESTENDERS SING THE WORLD’S GREATEST MUSICALS An outstanding concert style production showcasing the vocal talents of 6 performers who between them have appeared in West End musicals including Les Miserables.
HITS OF MOTOWN WITH ROY G HEMMINGS The ex-Drifters member, Roy G Hemmings’ electrifying show celebrates timeless Motown and Soul songs. With hits by The Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations and Marvin Gaye to name but a few.
MON 17 JUL – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
TUE 18 JUL – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
WED 19 JUL – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
FUL A WONDER
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
“SHEER FUN FROM START TO FINISH!” DAILY EXPRESS
Following their inaugural visit to Windsor last year, The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company are delighted to be returning to Theatre Royal Windsor in 2017 with the brand new production of HMS Pinafore, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. Once again they will be backed by their very own highly skilled orchestra to give you the best Gilbert and Sullivan anywhere. The shows are traditional, colourful and packed full of show-stopping tunes presented by Britain’s leading professional experts of the wonderful Gilbertian characters which they portray. The company regularly receives five-star reviews from the national press and promise you wonderful entertainment from these classic shows.
THU 20 – SAT 22 JUL THE MIKADO
Thu 8pm THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Fri 2.30pm & 8pm HMS PINAFORE
Sat 4.45pm & 8pm Tickets from £15 15
FOLLOWING ON FROM LAST YEAR’S COMMUNITY HIT WEST SIDE STORY
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE ICONIC MUSICAL
Photos from the original film
Featuring the songs Bugsy Malone • Fat Sam’s Grand Slam • Bad Guys
THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR PRESENTS ALAN PARKER’S BUGSY MALONE Play by Alan Parker Words and Music by Paul Williams By arrangement with Faber Music Ltd On behalf of Warner/ Chappell Music Ltd
Photos of previous production
WE INVITE LOCAL TALENT TO GET INVOLVED!
“BUGSY IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND CHILDREN’S MUSICAL” THE STAGE
THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR CONTINUES ITS EXCITING LEARNING PROGRAMME!
Join us in this full scale musical production If you are aged between 9 and 18, and would like to be in the spotlight, following in the footsteps of the many great performers who have graced our historic stage, or if you would prefer to play in the band, help with the marketing, costume design, lighting or maybe even directing, please contact us today for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org Bugsy Malone is set in Chicago in the 1920’s and concerns the battle for criminal supremacy of rival gangs led by Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Into the mix steps aspiring boxing promoter Bugsy Malone, who becomes involved with aspiring night club singer Blousey Brown and agrees to help Fat Sam turn the tables on his rival. The ‘weapons’ in this story are of course, splurge guns and in the finale just about everyone gets ‘splurged’ before getting up and realising they can all be friends after all. With well-known songs such as ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Fat Sam’s Grand Slam’ and ‘Bad Guys’ plus exciting dance routines, this is a massively popular show for audiences of all ages to enjoy.
TUE 8 – SUN 13 AUG Tue – Sat 7pm Thu, Sat & Sun 2.30pm Tickets from £13 Members 2 for 1 on 8 Aug
A ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN' RETURN BY PUBLIC DEMAND
‘I LOVED EVERY MOMENT’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
BILL KENWRIGHT AND LAURIE MANSFIELD IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC PRESENT
THE RETURN OF
BOOK BY LAURENCE MARKS & MAURICE GRAN
‘TREMENDOUS’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
‘A GREAT ROCKIN’ EVENING’ FEATURING CLASSIC TRACKS FROM ROY ORBISON, THE SHADOWS, EDDIE COCHRAN, BILLY FURY, AND MANY MORE… INCLUDING LET’S DANCE * TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM * SHAKING ALL OVER BOBBY’S GIRL *LITTLE TOWN FLIRT * ONLY SIXTEEN * RUNAROUND SUE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET 16 *LET IT BE ME * GREAT PRETENDER C’MON EVERYBODY * LET’S TWIST AGAIN AND MANY MORE
Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats One, Two, Three, Four and Five, the West End sell out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. The dazzling success of the first five albums in the Dreamboats and Petticoats series sent the message loud and clear. With over 2 million copies sold and several weeks at the Number One spot in the compilation charts, the Great British public were saying that they didn’t just want to listen to pure nostalgia: they’d love to see it as well. In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition - and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons. Dreamboats and Petticoats - the songs will live forever! 18
PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS CAST
‘THE ULTIMATE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY’ CBS NEWS
‘SUBLIME’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
MON 14 - SAT 19 AUG Mon – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £16 Members 2 for 1 on 14 Aug
A CHILLING TALE FROM THE MASTER OF TERROR
Starring Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), Judy Buxton (On the Up), Michelle Morris (The Knock) and David Callister (The Bill). Is it really possible to bring a loved-one back from the dead? Christine certainly believes so and has already engaged various mediums in unsuccessful attempts to restore her recently dead, much loved husband, to life. But undeterred by failure, she has now invited Saviello, an Italian medium with a reassuring record of success. Yet is he what he appears to be? And what about his down-to-earth 'manager' Mrs. Amos? In Trespass, Emlyn Williams explores some unusual aspects of the supernatural however be warned, this production may well have you looking carefully around your bedroom before you reach out for the light switch...
MON 21 - SAT 26 AUG Mon â€“ Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from ÂŁ15 Members 2 for 1 on 21 Aug
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‘A TIMELESS TREAT… ONE OF THE FUNNIEST
K E N W R I G H T
P R E S E N T S
HHHH ‘INGENIOUS… MARVELLOUS… VERY FUNNY’ FINANCIAL TIMES
AND H I L A R I O U S C O M E D Y ‘ASTONISHING HILARIOUS’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
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HHHH ‘COMIC GENIUS’ THE GUARDIAN
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‘TERRIFICALLY FUNNY’ THE METRO
‘ARTFULLY TIMED BLISS’ DAILY MAIL
Following its critically acclaimed West End revival at the Haymarket, Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps and London’s funniest comedy of 2016 embarks on a national tour. As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become hopelessly stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they’ve become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the future of all three couples seems in jeopardy…
‘TIMELESS GENIUS...IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS’ DAILY TELEGRAPH 20
*Photos of previous cast
SHOWS IN TOWN… COMEDY GOLD’ THE TIMES
The star cast includes leading stage and TV actor Robert Daws, best known for the hit series’ The Royal, Outside Edge and Roger Roger opposite Caroline Langrishe who starred in Lovejoy, Holby City and Judge John Deed. Joining them is Matthew Cottle from the Bafta-nominated Game On who transfers direct from the West End production, Sara Crowe, whose West End credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular and The Constant Wife but perhaps is best-loved for her role in the popular film Four Weddings and a Funeral, Charlie Brooks, who became everyone’s favourite villain as Janine Butcher in EastEnders, and Leon Ockenden, who currently plays Will in long-running soap; Coronation Street.
WED 30 AUG – SAT 9 SEP Mon – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £19 Members 2 for 1 on 30 Aug
‘ The Best Man makes you wish that Vidal were writing the dialogue for the presidential debates’ NY Times
‘GORE VIDAL’S THE BEST MAN IS A WINNER! Extraordinarily fresh, witty, sharp and relevant’ NY Daily News
Martin Shaw leads the cast in the timely UK premiere of Gore Vidal’s award winning play about the race to the White House. Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination. The only thing that separates the ex-Secretary of State and his populist opponent is an endorsement from a respected ex-President. But where does compromise end 22
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO BE THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD…
‘A SOPHISTICATED, ELEGANT AND DAMNABLY ENTERTAINING PLAY!’ The New Yorker
BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS
MARTIN SHAW IN
and corruption begin? And who in the end will be proven to be “the best man”? One of the UK’s best loved and most respected actors, Martin Shaw rose to stardom in the late seventies in The Professionals, launching a career that has hardly seen him out of the limelight since. He is best known for starring in the multi award winning BBC drama Judge John Deed and more recently Inspector George Gently. On stage, his revelatory performance as Lord Goring in Peter Hall’s production of An Ideal Husband earned him an Olivier and a Tony nomination and the coveted New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Other West End triumphs include the acclaimed Twelve Angry Men, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and A Man For All Seasons. He returns to the stage in a role made famous by Henry Fonda in the award-winning film adaptation of The Best Man.
TUE 12 - SAT 23 SEP Mon – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £19 Members 2 for 1 on 12 Sep
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IT’S THE GUEST THAT WILL KEEP YOU GUESSING…
HOUSE GUEST A murder thriller from the master craftsman of suspense
‘Twist follows turn, and turn follows twist until the ingenious conclusion of this highly exciting thriller’ BBC
‘The good old murder mystery is alive and well’ The Stage
From the creator of Paul Temple comes one of the best loved mystery thrillers, House Guest. Robert Drury, a famous film actor, and his wife Stella are horrified to learn that their young son has been kidnapped. However, the kidnappers are not demanding money. They simply request that one of the kidnappers be allowed to stay in their home, as a house guest, for the next 48 hours.
TUE 26 - SAT 30 SEP
This unusual demand, the arrival of the police and a sudden murder begins a series of twists and turns… This ingenious play from the master craftsman of suspense and a leading writer of his day, Francis Durbridge will keep the audience guessing right up to the play’s dramatic and unexpected conclusion.
Tickets from £15
Tue – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm
Members 2 for 1 on 26 Sep
THE RETURN OF CHRISTIE’S FAVOURITE FEMALE DETECTIVE
Starring Louise Jameson as Miss Marple and Janet Dibley as Letitia Blacklock, with Tom Butcher (Doctors/The Bill), Sarah Thomas (Last Of The Summer Wine), Gemma Oaten (Emmerdale) and Dean Smith (Waterloo Road/Last Tango In Halifax) in a full cast of twelve. The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at Little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.”
MON 2 – SAT 7 OCT Mon – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 2 Oct
Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer. 25
RAY COONEY’S COMIC GENIUS PROMISES TO HAVE YOU IN STITCHES
The 50th anniversary of the West End hit
IT RUNS IN THE
‘My glasses steamed up with laughter...’ The Sunday Times
‘Tickles the funny bones quite shamelessly.’
BY RAY COONEY
Dr. David Mortimore, renowned neurologist, is about to deliver the most important lecture of his life. A knighthood is certainly within reach! When into his hospital sanctuary comes Jane Tate - ex-nurse and ex-girlfriend - with shocking news as to why she departed so hastily 16 years and nine months ago. Not only is Dr. Mortimore the father of her son Leslie, but the strapping teenager is now in reception baying to see his long lost parent! Ray Cooney has a long and successful history with Theatre Royal Windsor, as an actor, director, producer and of course as the writer of some of the best loved comedies of a generation. We are delighted to welcome back our friend with one of his most successful plays. It Runs in the Family is farce at its finest, spinning deliriously out of control and tickling the funny bones in traditional Ray Cooney fashion. You mustn’t miss it! 26
MON 9 – SAT 14 OCT Mon – Sat 8pm Thu 2.30pm Sat 4.45pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 9 Oct
ADAPTED FROM THE AWARD-WINNING BRITISH FILM FAVOURITE
‘RESOUNDINGLY GOOD – FUNNY, HONEST, UNSENTIMENTAL AND CUTTING TO THE QUICK’ THE STAGE
FEATUR A FULL BRING BAND LIV ASS EO STAGE! N Photos from the film
Based on a true story, Brassed Off is a funny and life-affirming tale of community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity. It’s 1992 and Danny’s lifelong ambition to lead Grimley Colliery Band to the National Brass Band Competition at the Royal Albert Hall looks like it might finally happen. But as Grimley pit faces closure, the future looks bleak as the town is thrown into conflict.
MON 16 - SAT 21 OCT
Flugelhorn player Gloria arrives in town bringing with her a renewed sense of hope and a touch of romance, but no-one knows who she’s really playing for.
Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 16 Oct
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Adapted from the 1996 film starring Ewan McGregor, Brassed Off features a full brass band from the local area playing music including: ‘William Tell Overture’, ‘Death and Glory’, ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez’. 27
THE PERFECT HALF TERM TREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
A LOCAL AMATEUR PRODUCT ION
AJIS 31 OCT
A local amateur production by Rare Productions, the team that brought Annie and Fame to Windsor! Sir James Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grew up is reborn as a spectacular musical by Stiles & Drewe and the late Willis Hall. The legend of Peter Pan has been delighting children for over 100 years and this faithful new version is an adventure perfect for the whole family. Featuring music and lyrics by the award-winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, we join Peter and the Darling family as they are whisked away to the famous land full of colourful characters including the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and, of course, the dastardly Captain Hook. With a spectacular mix of swashbuckling adventure and an infectious score, Peter Pan is guaranteed to bring forth one’s inner child, and send you reeling ‘Just Beyond the Stars.’ 28
TUE 24 – SAT 28 OCT Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2.30pm Tickets from £11 Members 2 for 1 on on 24 Oct
OUR HIT THRILLER IS BACK BY HUGE DEMAND FOR ONE WEEK ONLY
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY
SIMON BRETT AND ANTONY LAMPARD
DIRECTED BY ROY MARSDEN DESIGNER JULIE GODFREY LIGHTING DESIGNER MALCOLM RIPPETH SOUND DESIGNER DAN SAMSON
★★★★★ ‘A FIVE STAR ‘WHO DUNNIT’ THE GUILDFORD NEWS
★★★★ ‘AN EXCELLENT EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT’ ESSENTIAL SURREY
Photos include previous cast
Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine’s Day. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, and coverups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
MON 30 OCT – SAT 4 NOV
Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold over two million tickets and continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie.
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Members 2 for 1 on 30 Oct
Credited with revitalising the mystery genre, Ruth Rendell was first published in 1964 her prolific output included film and TV as well as 80 novels. 29
THE ENCHANTING FESTIVE TALE COMES TO LIFE Vienna Festival Ballet proudly presents
UUUU THE STAGE
‘A PERFECT EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY’ WELWYN & HATFIELD TIMES
‘THIS PRODUCTION LOOKS AND FEELS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT’ WORTHING HERALD
Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. Returning by popular demand, Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences of all ages with its festive setting and light-hearted story. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see them combat the Mouse King and journey through the glistening Land of Snow to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Kingdom of Sweets. “A truly spellbinding performance!” BURNLEY EXPRESS 30
MON 6 – SAT 11 NOV Mon – Sat 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2.30pm Tickets from £15 Members 2 for 1 on 6 Nov
HALLELUJAH! THE FEEL-AMAZING MUSICAL COMEDY IS COMING TO TOWN!
AN AMATEUR P Music by ALAN MENKEN
Lyrics by GLENN SLATER
Book by CHERI STEINKELLNER & BILL STEINKELLNER Additional Book Material DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE
University Centre Weston (UCW) proudly presents a dazzling production of the sensational musical Sister Act. Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit 1992 film.
MON 13 – SAT 18 NOV Mon – Sat 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2.30pm Tickets from £13 Members 2 for 1 on 13 Nov
COME AND ENJOY A PERFECT SUNDAY NIGHT OUT EVENTS START 7.30PM TOTALLY TINA The show re-creates the spectacle and energy of Tina’s live shows with a six-piece live band, four stunning dancers and Justine’s incredible impersonation of the Queen of Rock and Soul. ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Simply the Best’, ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’, ‘Better Be Good To Me’. SUN 8 OCT – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
ROCKIN’ & ROLLING WITH LAUGHTER Take yourself back to the golden age of Liverpool’s music and comedy. With The Merseybeats, Beryl Marsden, Mick Miller, Berni Flint, The Merseys, The Dakotas plus an appreciation of Cilla Black. SUN 15 OCT – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
ELVIS – ONE MORE TIME Join Charles Stone, Elvis’ Tour Producer from 1970-1977, and highly endorsed UK Elvis Tribute, Gary Jay, for a unique tribute to The King! Backed by a fantastic live band, Jay’s charismatic performance reproduces a ‘live’ Vegas concert with awesome accuracy. SUN 22 OCT – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a live band performing all of your favourite hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and many more! SUN 29 OCT - 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16
AN EVENING WITH PAM AYRES
Her return after 10 years! Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. SUN 12 NOV – 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £17
THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS Infectious, dazzling, riotous, exuberant and spirited, the legacy of Jake and Elwood has been jump-started for a new generation. The Chicago Blues Brothers are on a mission. SUN 19 NOV– 7.30PM TICKETS FROM £16 32
PARTY WEEK 20 – 25 NOVEMBER SUPREME QUEEN Supreme Queen have been paying homage to the world’s most theatrical and dramatic rock band, Queen since 1995, and in that time have had a huge impact on audiences around the globe. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’. MON 20 NOV – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS Featuring Frankie’s Guys this fast-paced production has an authentic concert feel. Featuring timeless classics including ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, and ‘Sherry’. TUE 21 NOV – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
JACKSON LIVE IN CONCERT Ben’s portrayal of Jackson has to be the most accurate tribute to the King of Pop. Featuring all-live vocals, an outstanding live band, fabulous costumes, and all the signature dance moves. ‘Thriller’, ‘Man in the Mirror’, ‘Smooth Criminal’, ‘Beat it’, ‘Billie Jean’. WED 22 NOV – 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
SWINGING INTO CHRISTMAS Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole - With Five Star Swing jazzing up those Jingle Bells! THU 23 NOV – 2.30PM & 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
THE LITTLE MIX EXPERIENCE With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end. ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’, ‘Touch’, ‘Wings’, ‘DNA’ FRI 24 NOV – 5PM TICKETS FROM £11
ABBA FOREVER Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top-class musicianship and an all-live performance ensures that the show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus. ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’, ‘The Winner Takes It All’. SAT 25 NOV – 4.45PM & 8PM TICKETS FROM £16
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When Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he quickly discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. The household is controlled by the family physician, the footmen behave more like guests than servants and the secretary Isla is afraid for her life. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely guarded secret…
WED 10 - SAT 20 JAN
Widely recognised as the most popular writer of the early 20th century, Edgar Wallace’s gripping page-turners are regarded as the bedrock of the modern thriller and The Case of the Frightened Lady remains one of his most celebrated works. Adapted for film several times, this is your chance to catch this chilling, captivating and complex thriller live on stage…
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Sleeping Beauty 29 NOV 2017 – 7 JAN 2018
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