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    • 17 October 2017 - 22 October 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

      Around The World in Eighty Days

      The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days.



      Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. A hugely talented cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!


      Rose Theatre Kingston event

    • 18 October 2017 - 21 October 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

      Pull Up Your Socks 3 Vintage Comedies by Gertrude Jennings

       ‘LOST’ FOR YEARS: THREE COMIC GEMS MAKE A DRAMATIC RETURN TO THE STAGE



      Pull Up Your Socks!       3 Vintage Comedies by Gertrude Jennings: 



      Allotments, In the Fog, The Rest Cure



      Tickets:  £10 / £5 (under 16’s)



      Book on-line at www.gertrudejennings.com



      When Optik Theatre director Barry Edwards was asked to produce an event for Richmond upon Thames 2014 WW1 Centenary programme he came across a small book of plays published in 1914 by a writer he had never heard of – Gertrude Jennings. That discovery has opened up a treasure trove of comic masterpieces and the forthcoming production of Allotments, In the Fog and The Rest Cure will bring to seven the number of plays by Gertrude Jennings that Optik Theatre have performed since the first production of Between the Soup and the Savoury and Pros and Cons in 2014. Her plays are brilliant satirical pieces that combine comedy, farce and provocative social commentary. She was a pioneer of women’s writing and amazingly led the first theatre company into France to perform to the troops in 1915, It still comes as a surprise that she has been largely forgotten and her work unperformed for decades, something that Barry Edwards and his company are determined to remedy.



      Creative team:



      Barry Edwards   Director



      Giles Chiplin     Designer



      Clive Bell       Original Music



      Sally Lewis      Publicity



      Cast includes Kathryn O’Reilly  (Call the Midwife, Holby City, Joint Stock) and Spotlight Showcase 2017 finalist Imogen Irving 


      Optik event

    • 25 October 2017 - 28 October 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

      The WI Blues

      A play by John Peel



      Five worthy W.I. members meet over a convivial supper to discuss their forthcoming AGM, but all is not well and John Peel's comedy has some serious undertones...



      John Peel - Playwright



      Born in 1940 in West Cumberland he was the only child of a coal miner who became a Rugby League Professional, and a schoolteacher. Educated at Workington Grammar School, writing plays followed a series of winning entries in competitions organised by North West Playwrights.



      Tickets now avaible from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/smdg-hampton or from the Box Office on 020 8941 1267 ( Answerphone if no reply ).



      An amateur production by arrangement with Lazy Bee Scripts 


      St Mary's Hampton Drama Group event

    • 26 October 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

      Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails

      What really happened between the wolf and his three porky friends? Why was Goldilocks wandering in the woods? How did the goats overcome a mighty troll? All three stories explored and explained by the wonderful Theatre of Widdershins with the help of fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you've left the theatre. Suitable for everyone aged 3+ and their pet trolls.



      Running time 60 mins.



      Tickets: £6 children / £8 adults / £24 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)


      Landmark Arts Centre event

    • 28 October 2017 - 4 November 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

      Richard II

      A leader convinced of his divine right to rule.  A popular but inexperienced rival, led on by sharper minds.  A country increasingly subject to corruption, mismanagement and in-fighting.  A foreign war used as a distraction from domestic turmoil.



      Headlines from 2017 or Shakespeare using the past to parallel both his own times   ... and ours...?  This lyrical tragedy contains some of his finest poetry in a vivid evocation of a world in flux.



      www.richmondshakespeare.org.uk


      Richmond Shakespeare Society event

    • 31 October 2017 - 4 December 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

      For Love Or Money

      It’s the 1920s. In a small Yorkshire town, the wily-widow, Rose, entertains the advances of two dubious suitors. Fuller (Barrie Rutter) is a fabulously rich and morally corrupt banker who woos Rose by parading his wealth whilst hiding a few secrets. Handsome Arthur is much younger and deceitful through and through. He plays Rose for as much money as she can take from Fuller.



      A love triangle then; a deliciously wicked tale of rivalry and greed.



      Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply.  



      Adapted from Alain-Rene Lesage’s savage eighteenth-century comedy Turcaret, Blake Morrison’s For Love or Money is a story of monstrous wealth and whopping lies.


      Rose Theatre Kingston event

    • 31 October 2017 - 4 December 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

      For Love Or Money

      It’s the 1920s. In a small Yorkshire town, the wily-widow, Rose, entertains the advances of two dubious suitors. Fuller (Barrie Rutter) is a fabulously rich and morally corrupt banker who woos Rose by parading his wealth whilst hiding a few secrets. Handsome Arthur is much younger and deceitful through and through. He plays Rose for as much money as she can take from Fuller.



      A love triangle then; a deliciously wicked tale of rivalry and greed.



      Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply.  



      Adapted from Alain-Rene Lesage’s savage eighteenth-century comedy Turcaret, Blake Morrison’s For Love or Money is a story of monstrous wealth and whopping lies.


      Rose Theatre Kingston event

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