18th to 21st May 2016
by Matthew Barber, based on the book by Elizabeth von Arnim.
Set in 1922 four years after the end of the war, two London housewives discover whilst in a London Ladies’ Club, that each is attracted to the same advertisement. ‘To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine, a small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy, to be let for the month of April. Cook, gardens, ocean view. Reply Box Eleven’. Although they had never spoken before they decide to go on the holiday of a lifetime, without their husbands. They contact the owner, Antony Wilding, and agree to rent the castle.
In order to assist with the cost they advertise for two travelling companions, ladies in a similar situation who would enjoy sharing such a holiday. They receive only two replies, one from Lady Caroline Bramble, a socialite who is in great need of an escape particularly from men, and the other from Mrs. Clayton Graves, an elderly lady with a regal bearing, who at their initial meeting states that certain ground rules should be spelled out and she proceeds to do so. However, during their enchanted month in the small Ligurian castle, the ladies fall under the spell of their idyllic, sun-drenched surroundings. There they rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find just the romance they need, though perhaps not the romance we – or they – had expected to find.
Tickets can be purchased though the “buy tickets” link on this page or from TicketSource on 08448 700 887 from 8th April.
“A ‘must see’ play that leaves you positively glowing” and “Superb”. We look forward to seeing you!
The Bull at Wargrave will be offering a pre-theatre supper. Main course and glass of house wine for £12.50. Call 011189 403120 for reservations.
21 to 24 January 2016
The ever popular Wargrave Pantomime returns with the magical tail of Cinderella, expect a glass slipper, fairy godmother, Buttons, Dandini, a handsome Prince and of course two-for-one dames with the two ugly sisters. Our traditional panto, directed by Linda Daman and written by Alan P Frayn will have you cheering and booing louder than ever. Oh yes it will.
The box office opens on Saturday 5th December. As with previous years we expect to sell out quickly so don’t delay. Book online or call TicketSource on 08448 700887.
21 & 22 November 2015
Witches absolutely detest children. To a witch, a child smells like dogs’ droppings. And now the Grand High Witch is planning to get rid of every child in England – can anybody stop them?
The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle against England’s child-hating witches.
Wargrave Youth Theatre proudly present Roald Dahl’s scary classic. Book online or call 0118 940 4246 for tickets. £6 (£5).
14th to 17th October
2015 is a remarkable year of anniversaries. It is 1000 years since the Viking invasion of Britain, 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta, 600 since Agincourt, 200 since Waterloo, and 70 years since VE/VJ Day.
Wargrave Theatre Workshop’s autumn production is a light hearted canter past these and other milestones of history and a celebration of our own 40th Anniversary.
Fancy A Date? will amaze and amuse you. We’ve even smuggled in Sinatra, Presley, the Village People and ABBA, and our own home-grown hoofers. Tickets for Fancy A Date? are £10 each (£8 concessions), including a free glass of wine to help the celebration get started.
Once again the Bull is offering a special pre-theatre supper, at £10 per head including a free glass of wine. Booking is advisable, by calling Jayne on 940 3120.
11th to 13th June 2015
Following on from the fantastic success of Wind in the Willows and Down the Rabbit Hole. The Juniors and Wedge members will be performing a production of “We’re off to see the Wizard”. Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She’s helped by the Good Fairy, of the North, but she’s also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching for her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage.
Open air on Wargrave Mill Green. Directed and produced by Jane Jordan.
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th June at 4.30pm, Saturday 13th June at 2pm and 4pm.
Performance lasts about one hour. Adults £3.50 and Children £2.50 – book online.
Macbeth. 10th -13th June 2015.
First performed in 1606, MACBETH was written for James 1st, to celebrate his accession as the first king of England and Scotland. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s darkest work, the play reflects James’s fascination with witches and is a topical study of a revolutionary coup and its aftermath with all the pace of a modern thriller.
This year will be our fifteenth ‘Shakespeare on the Green’. Set on beautiful Mill Green, Wargrave with St Mary’s Church forming the backdrop, this is an event not to be missed. For a memorable evening, come and enjoy a picnic on the Green with your friends before the performance. We will be providing covered seating to ensure an excellent evening’s entertainment, even if it rains!
Our outdoor production of Macbeth will open the two week long Wargrave Village Festival. Produced and directed by Joe and Joy Haynes. Tickets are available online (on the right of this screen) from Monday 27th April.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be installing raised seating in the Woodclyffe Hall from row seven to the back of the Hall. This will ensure that audiences have a perfect view of the stage from every seat along with extra leg-room. The raised seating will be ready in time for Jack and the Beanstalk.
Theatre Workshop is very grateful to Ann and Len Roberts for their hard work and exceptional generosity, which has made this possible. Ann and Len have negotiated with designers, suppliers and Wargrave Parish Council and worked closely with your committee. We are indeed fortunate to have two wonderful friends of the Workshop.
22nd to 25th January 2015
Dame Dotty Dimple and her sons, Jack and Simple Simon, must sell Buttercup to prevent their electricity from being cut off by the horrible Snatchet and Scarper. Will they get top dollar for their beloved cow and be left full of beans?
Put the January blues “behind you” with Theatre Workshop’s ever-popular panto. With enthusiastic direction from Emmajane Hughes and musical direction by Rod Murray, it promises to be a fun-packed, singalong, family show.
There will be six performances in total: evening shows from Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, two matinees on Saturday at 1pm and 4pm, and one on Sunday at 2pm. Theatre Workshop members can use priority booking from 9am on 29th November and tickets will be on general release from December 6th.
Thursday – £9 full price & £8 concession.
Friday & Saturday night – £14 stalls & £12 balcony (no concession).
All matinees – £9 adult, £8 concession & £6 child.
15th to 18th October
Oh What A Lovely War was first performed at the Theatre Royal in March 1963. The chronicle of the First World War told through songs and documents of the period was created by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and featured popular songs from the period, many of which reflected the black humour of the ‘Tommys’ in the trenches.
The play is a series of humorous skits telling the story of the war, mingled with contemporary songs. The entertaining dialogue and songs are contrasted with increasingly harsh images and statistics projected onto the stage.
The film version, Oh! What A Lovely War, was released in 1969. It was loosely based on the stage production, but lacked the stark simplicity and cutting humour of the original.
Wargrave Theatre Workshop’s Oh What A Lovely War is firmly based on the original stage production. The setting and costumes are deliberately simple, but the production is technologically challenging.
Tickets are on sale to Wargrave Theatre Workshop members from 18th August and on general sale from 1st September. The opening show on Wednesday 15th October is a special performance in aid of The Royal British Legion. The curtain goes up on the evening shows at 8pm and there is also a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th.
14 to 17 May 2014
In Frank Marcus’ comedy, Sister George is a beloved character on a popular BBC soap opera, a cheerful nurse who bicycles about the countryside singing hymns and doing good. In private life, June Buckridge the actress, is a swaggering, foul-mouthed alcoholic.
Due to low ratings, cut-backs and June’s own bad behavior, the BBC decides to kill off Sister George on the series. A visit from Miss Mercy Croft, a no-nonsense network executive bearing the bad news sends “George” into meltdown.
Usually regarded as a parody of the killing of Grace Archer in The Archers, the 1964 West End production starred Beryl Reid as George.