2014-2017 | Duchess Theatre Directed by Mark Bell
The Play That Goes Wrong follows the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are trying their very best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery. As the show’s title might suggest, this is not as easy as it sounds with everything that can go wrong doing just that. Despite the setbacks, the actors of CPDS struggle bravely to reach the final curtain.Read more
2014-2014 | Duchess Theatre Directed by Polly Teale
In Bakersfield Mist, Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it's a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she's certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover.Read more
2013-2013 | Duchess Theatre Directed by Jonathan Church
Arturo Ui is a funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler shot through with razor-sharp wit.
Chicago in the 1930s, the Great Depression - a time of unemployment, fear and corruption, and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power.
Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui's menacing shadow looms large, from the markets, to the docks and across the city itself. You might be with him, you might be against him - it certainly seems you can't stop him.Read more
2010-2011 | Duchess Theatre Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh
Love Story, on until Saturday, July 12, tells the story of wealthy, privileged Harvard alumni Oliver Barrett IV and feisty, spirited Italian-American Jennifer Cavilleri who fall head over heels in love.
Their tale is one of romance, but also humour and tragedy, and these aspects help prevent the musical becoming a cheese-fest of doe-eyed looks and cringey moments – as well as the fantastic, heartfelt and entertaining songs, by writer Stephen Clark and Howard Goodall CBE.
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2009-2010 | Duchess Theatre Directed by Guy Masterson
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of his untimely final curtain, Morecambe celebrates the extraordinary life of Britain’s best loved comic – Eric Morecambe. From humble beginnings as a child-performer on Morecambe Pier to the glitz and glamour of international stardom and the mantle of ‘Britain’s best-loved comic’, Morecambe follows young Eric’s eventful journey from ‘Lily of Laguna’ to ‘Andre Preview’, from tumbleweed to Glenda Jackson. It’s a moving portrait of an affectionate lad with funny bones, a born entertainer, a big-hearted perfectionist … the tall one with glasses.
Featuring the multi-talented Bob Golding, who could have been born to play Eric, penned by the brilliant Tim Whitnall and directed by solo-maestro Guy Masterson, Morecambe is a must-see for all fans of classic British comedy.Read more
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