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.

Plays, Youth Theatre

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.

News

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

24th to 27th October 2018

Our next production will be A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.  This  classic play is a tense domestic drama set in the late nineteenth century and is often cited as the first feminist play, causing controversy when first performed.

There will be a second reading of the play on Thursday 31st May at 8pm in the Green Room and auditions will follow at end June and beginning July.

For further details please contact us at wargrave.theatre@gmail.com

Audition, Plays

Ladies Down Under

9th to 12th May 2018

They’re back!  After hitting the jackpot in Ladies’ Day, Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda celebrate a year later, with a trip of a life-time to the land of Oz. The trip of a life-time becomes a life-changing adventure for them all.
If you saw Ladies’ Day then you won’t want to miss seeing the same brilliant cast reprise their roles. If you missed them last year, don’t miss them this year. Come and be part of their adventure!

Tickets are on sale from 31st March 2018.

 

Plays

Ali Baba and The Forty Theives

24th to 28th January  2018

This January we will be making ‘new footsteps in the sand’ as the pantomime will be Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, a tale from the Arabian Nights. We can promise you comedy, we can promise you spectacle and slapdash, singing and dancing, traditional goodies and baddies, and a colourful performance full of Eastern promise.

Tickets will go on sale in December.

Pantomime

Auditions: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

This January we will be making ‘new footsteps in the sand’ as the pantomime will be Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, a tale from the Arabian Nights. We can promise you comedy, we can promise you spectacle and slapdash, singing and dancing, traditional goodies and baddies, and a colourful performance full of Eastern promise. Tickets will go on sale in December.

This pantomime, written by Alan Frayne, had plenty of parts with 11 principal characters, 3 smaller roles and a large chorus. There are also opportunities to be involved backstage.

Performance dates are 24th to 28th January  2018. The reading will be held on Thursday 2nd November 8pm , followed by  auditions on Sunday 5th  7pm and Thursday 9th 8pm in the Green Room at the top of the Woodclyffe Hostel. Please come along if you would like to be involved or contact us at wargrave.theatre@gmail.com with any questions.

Audition, Pantomime

Tales Dark and Grimm

18th and 19th November 2017

Using the tales of The Brothers Grimm, we are guided through the stories of childhood adventure with Prince Hansel and Princess Gretel.

Running away from their murdering, yet well-intentioned parents, the siblings meet the witch who fattens and cooks children and the father who desperately wants one daughter more than his many sons.

While Gretel must outwit a handsome stranger, Hansel meets the devil and has to escape from Hell.

These stories are dark and at times funny, there are gruesome deaths and maiming and lots of blood. Lots, in a fairy tale type way.

Yet the voice of the narrator, breaking in with frequent warnings and advice makes it all great fun.

Wargrave Youth Theatre and Junior Workshop present “Tales Dark and Grimm” at the Woodclyffe Hall, Saturday 18 November Performances 2pm and 4pm. Sunday 19 November  Performance 2pm. Adults £6.00,  Children £4.00

Plays, Youth Theatre