Anastasia – Pantomime 2020

22nd to 26th January 2020

Anastasia the pantomime follows the story of the lost Russian Princess, one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century. To the background of the Russian Revolution our plot combines high drama with all the usual over the top pantomime characters who muddle their way through to a successful conclusion.

Don’t miss this feast of entertainment, singing, dancing and silliness.

Box office opens on Saturday 7th December.

Pantomime

Filumena by Eduardo De Filippo translated by Tanya Ronder

23rd to 26th October 2019

Set in Naples in 1946, Filumena Marturano is a former prostitute who has been the mistress of Don Domenico Soriano for nearly thirty years.  When she learns that she is going to be ‘thrown over’for a much younger woman she pretends to be dying.  the priest is sent for and Don Domenico is inveigled into a death-bed marriage.  No sooner has the priest married them than Filumena makes a miraculous recovery, with the words, ‘Happy Wedding Day, darling’.

As he reels in shock and anger Don Domenico vows to make the marriage null and void.  He then learns that this brilliant, strong-willed woman has a few more surprises for him.  she reveals that she has three sons that she has supported by stealing from him – and that one of them is his – but she will not say which one.  He then tries desperately to discover his true son.

Directed by Ann Roberts, rehearsals are well under way for Filumena, which is described as Eduardo’s Filippo’s best know work and finest Comedy-Drama.  Full  of Neapolitan atmosphere and cynical and romantic entanglements, it was made into a highly successful film in 1964 under the title Marriage Italian Style,  starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Tickets are on sale from 14th September.

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As You Like It

Shakespeare on the Green 12th to 15th June 2019

Duke Senior, banished and usurped by his brother, Duke Frederick, now lives in the Forest of Arden, with his noblemen. Senior’s daughter Rosalind has been allowed to remain at court but she suddenly incurs Frederick’s displeasure, and is banished. Rosalind disguises herself as a man to travel through the forest in safety and to woo the dashing Orlando causing confusion as well as romance!

The play will be performed in Elizabethan costumes on our beautiful Mill Green from the 12th to 15th June.

For a memorable evening, come and enjoy a picnic on the Green with your friends before the performance. To ensure your comfort, we will be providing comfortable, covered seating for an excellent evening’s entertainment, even if it rains!

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We’ll Always Have Paris

10th to 13th April 2019

Anna has nursed her sick and controlling husband for the past 20 years. Following his recent death, her retired headmistress friend Nancy has invited her for a week-end in Paris. Joining them will be another old school-friend, Rachel, who used to have pig-tails and buck teeth, but has changed both her image and name and is now ‘Raquel’. Then there is Madame Boussiron, the landlady and Charlot, an out of work actor who was once in a film with Catherine Deneuve although his scene was cut. When not acting he does odd jobs, mostly for Madame Boussiron, who expects a little more than plumbing!

A feel-good play with laughter and tears and the advantages and disadvantages of growing old. With French cafe music from the 50s and 60s We’ll Always Have Paris will leave you charmed, amused, thoughtful – and singing all the way home!

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jill Hyem, directed by Ann Roberts, tickets will be on sale early in March.

Plays

Auditions: As You Like It

21st and 24th February 2019

Hot on the heels of of our sell out panto, Hansel and Gretel, we are now looking forward to We’ll always Have Paris 10th to 13th April .

We’re also thinking about the balmy June evenings and this year’s outdoor Shakespeare production. Auditions for As You Like It will be held in the Green Room on 21st and 24th February with the aim of casting and having the first read through on 3rd March.

For more details click Auditions: As You Like It on the menu above.

Audition

Hansel and Gretel by Alan Frayn

23rd to 27th January 2019

The story of Hansel and Gretel is brought into the 21st Century with this exciting new panto!

Laughter is high on the agenda with some unusual comedy routines, together with plenty of adventure, variety and traditional panto fun.

Can Bluebell, the Fairy of the Forest, manage to rescue Hansel and Gretel before they are eaten by Nightshade, the Wicked Witch of the Woods, who is determined to turn the tables this time and finally get her way?  Meanwhile, the comic twosome, Nut-Meg and Basil, add to the turmoil when they try to sell all sorts of foolish food and fake fare foraged from the forest!

Directed by the unstoppable panto team of Emmajane Hughes and Linda Daman with music by Rod Murray this year’s show promises to be the best panto ever! Tickets are on sale from 8th December.

Pantomime

Audition: We’ll Always Have Paris

10th December 2018

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jill Hyem

It is set in the Spring of 2010 in a flat on the top floor of a house in the Saint-Germain area of Paris, the home for the past year of Nancy, a retired head mistress. Anna, an old school-friend, has nursed her sick and controlling husband for the past 20 years, but he has recently died, so Nancy has invited her for a week-end in Paris. Also joining them on the first night will be another old school-friend, Rachel, who used to have pig-tails and buck teeth and was a bit of a show-off. She has also been living in Paris, but has changed not only her image but also her name and is now ‘Raquel’. Then there is Madame Boussiron, the landlady, who informs Nancy that she should be informed if someone is staying as there is an extra charge if the second room is occupied. The only male character is Charlot, an out of work actor who was once in a film with Catherine Deneuve although his scene was cut. When not acting he does odd jobs, mostly for Madame Boussiron, who expects a little more than plumbing! A feel-good play with laughter and tears, the promise of romance, friendship and anger and the advantages and disadvantages of growing old. With French songs of the era during scene changes, songs by Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Charles Aznavour, Juliette Greco and other French singers, We’ll Always Have Paris is certainly a play that will leave audiences charmed, amused, thoughtful – and singing all the way home!

Auditions will take place on MONDAY, 10TH DECEMBER, at 8 p.m., in The Green Room.

If you are interested but not available on that date and would like a sight of the script or any further information, please contact Ann on 9402656 or e-mail annroberts189@btinternet.com

Audition

Presentation: As You Like It

Monday 3rd December

Please join us at a presentation of our 2019 Festival Production As You Like It on Monday 3rd December at 8pm in the Green Room.

We will be talking about the characters, story and settings plus selected readings from this wonderful comedy with a large cast with many excellent parts.

Our Shakespeare on the Green production opens the two week long Village Festival running from 12th to 15th June 2019. Even if you have always thought that Shakespeare is “not your thing”, please come along and see what some of our “old hands” say about being in the Festival Shakespeare.    As You Like It will be directed by Joe Haynes assisted by Peter Hughes.

News, Plays, Social

WYT & Juniors present CONSEQUENCES

16th and 17th November

Wargrave Youth Theatre and WTW Juniors present CONSEQUENCES, a double bill exploring the consequences of our actions.

Junior Workshop is presenting THE PIED PIPER, a story based on the original poem by Robert Browning.

Youth Workshop are presenting TEEN ANGEL, the journey of a young teenage girl who has to earn her wings into Heaven.

Come and see our young rising stars on the Woodclyffe Hall stage. Tickets on sale now £6 and £4.

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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

24th – 27th October 2018

On the face of it Nora’s marriage to Torvald Helmer is idyllic and life is looking good as Torvald has recently been promoted to Bank Manager. Nora clearly loves her husband and, whilst Torvald expresses deep love for his wife, it is also clear that he regards her as an empty-headed plaything. She is his Trophy wife, his doll-wife.

Set in 1879, A Doll’s House defines the typical patriarchal society of that time which the play startlingly turns on its head as all the characters reveal their own complexities.

Presented by WTW and directed by Joy Haynes the play will be performed at the The Woodclyffe Hall 24th -27th October and tickets will be on sale from September 9th.

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