Neil Simon revisits his smash hit comedy, creating an even funnier version for an all-female cast!
The story opens with a group of women playing their weekly game of Trivial Pursuits at the messy home of Olive Madison. She offers two types of sandwiches, brown or green (the green ones are either very new cheese or very old meat). But where is Florence Ungar, the missing member of the group? Soon they find out. Florence's marriage has broken down. In an act of immense kindness Olive takes Florence in. 'Everything will be fine.'
Of course, the last thing it can be is 'fine'. Florence's compulsive neatness, her moose-call sinuses and her insistence on punctuality, drive Olive to the point of breakdown in a way that only Neil Simon can write.
If you want a really fun evening, book early!
An amateur youth production by senior pupils of St Columba's College and Princess Helena College, Hitchin
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Life x 3 is a modern comedy of manners. Two guests, who the host is anxious to impress, arrive twenty-four hours before they are expected for a dinner party. Each of its three scenes are given a cleverly different shift in characterisation and emphasis which results in three very different witty and amusing outcomes.
Look out for the evil Kazeer an absolute bounder, helped by his assistant Botch an absolute berk!
Will Aladdin finally get the girl of his dreams or will Kazeer usurp the throne and assume complete power?
A show designed for all the family performed by the RARE St Albans Group
8pm Thu- Sat, and addional matinee performance at 3pm on Sat 31 October
It's Mum's wedding anniversary, and despite the fact that Dad has been dead for some years, her three sons are obliged to gather for the annual celebration at the family home. Mum is a Matriarch from Hell! Evil, wicked, malevolent and fantastically possessive, this one-eyed widow is used to getting her way by any means that delivers the desired outcome. When she can't exert her authority over her sons by normal means, Mum blackmails them with her knowledge of the skeletons in their closets. This is black comedy at its best.
Tickets for children 14 and under only £5 for every performance. Weekday performances at 7.30pm, weekend matinees at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. See Book Now for performance times
TREASURE! A golden hoard of doubloons, double guineas and pieces of eight hidden away by a ferocious pirate on a remote island.
Billy Bones has the secret map, marked with three red crosses. Blind Pugh and Black Dog are following him, Long John Silver and his parrot are closing in. Will Jim Hawkins escape, will Lady Trelawney and Captain Smollett arrive in time?
This is high adventure on the high seas. Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gripping yarn is given full dramatic treatment by Phil Willmott, in a thrilling, wonderfully unusual version which retains all the swashbuckling vigour of the original with added excitement and lots of yo ho ho.
Stand by to expect the unexpected when you sail with us aboard the Hispaniola to TREASURE ISLAND.
Wilhelm Furtwangler, arguably the greatest conductor of his generation, was at the very height of his powers in 1933, when the National Socialist Party gained control in Germany. Many musicians left the country, given no choice if Jewish, or, in the case of many non-Jews, choosing exile as a form of protest against the regime. Some prominent musicians, however, decided to remain in Germany, Furtwangler among them. He continued to make great music and his influence upon European culture never waned throughout the period of the Third Reich.
When the war ended, Furtwangler was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser, and appeared before a Denazification Tribunal in 1946. Although pronounced 'clean', many felt that the findings of the tribunal were based on insufficient evidence, and doubts about Furtwangler's innocence have remained in the minds of some, even to this day.
In Taking Sides Furtwangler faces preliminary interrogation by an American army major, a man with little or no cultural sympathy or understanding -- a self-confessed philistine. From the start of the play he is intent on nailing the man he dismissively refers to as the 'bandleader'.
The exchanges between the two men are compelling, the drama intense.
A comedy variety show written and performed by Mark Chappel, Tom Hadden and Jonathon Nice.
For tickets contact Mark Chappel on 01296 488431 during the day and 07767358179 during the evening.
Ticket prices are £4 for Students and £5 for Adults
A classic comedy to warm the heart on those cold winter nights! This funny, intelligent and tender play centres on Henry Hobson and his eldest daughter, Maggie. Henry owns a successful boot-making business, but leaves the running of it to Maggie while he goes out drinking with his friends all day. Maggie's plan to find a husband for herself and her two sisters forms the basis of a delightful story, which has at its heart some very relevant messages: the dangers of alcohol abuse, the effects of class snobbery, and the benefits of education as the best route out of poverty.
This well-loved play has been delighting audiences for generations and is certain to continue doing so for many more. Be sure to book your tickets early!
Note: Curtain up at 7:30pm
Gaetano Donizetti had written 25 of his 70 or so operas when fame came to him with L'elisir d'amore which he tossed off in just 14 days!
It has since become the most often performed of all his works. Based on Scribe's Le philtre, it tells of the rivalry between penniless Nemorino and the swaggering Sgt. Belcore for the affections of well-to-do Adina.
Then "Doctor" Dulcamara arrives selling a "love potion" (as in the Tristan legend but many years before Wagner came along). Nemorino thinks this will solve the situation but that would be too simple. Delightful melodies, comic situations, romantic sentiment, colourful set and costumes, talented singers, chorus and band - They're all there for a happy evening in the theatre.
Ticket prices:Tue. To Thu. £16.00, Fri. & Sat. £18.00, 21 & under £10
Seymour, an orphan and a nerd, is taken in and given a job by Mr Mushnik, the owner of a rundown florist shop in a seedy part of town. Seymour spends his time doing menial tasks and dreaming of the shop assistant, Audrey. One day, just after an eclipse of the sun, Seymour discovers a strange plant. He buys it and names it Audrey Two. While caring for Audrey Two, Seymour discovers the plant's rather unique appetite. The plant grows and grows, as does Seymour's infatuation for Audrey, but who will get her first?
So scarily funny and goose-pimply that children from 3 to 93 will hug themselves with delight
Tickets £9 full price, £7.50 concession, £7 parties.
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
This delightful family show follows your favourite Dr Seuss characters -- Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Cat in the Hat, and many more -- on a musical adventure inspired by over 15 of his books.
An amateur youth production
Tickets £7 - £8.50.
One of the greatest of all Greek tragedies, savage, comic and intensely lyrical The Bacchae powerfully dramatises the conflict between the emotional and rational sides of the human psyche.
The magnetic young Dionysos, icon, hedonist, god returns home with his cult of female followers to exact his revenge, unleashing the full force of female sexuality on the city. But this is only the beginning of a chain of events that reflect upon the nature and consequences of the human condition.
WARNING: Adult content, strong language and sexual reference. Not suitable for under 13s.
Winners of three awards at the Welwyn Drama Festival 2010 including Best New Play and Best Actor.
"Rebecca Russell is a writer to watch" The Scotsman (Delicates and Smoke, Pleasance Edinburgh)
Alongside the production of The Colours of Kenny Roach, Tidemark is pleased to host an exhibition of work by Claire McInnerny and Alice Moloney whose art is featured in the play. The exhibition will be open immediately before and after each performance and entry to the exhibition is included as part of the ticket price. Works may be available for purchase or commission.
The hospital is run by Duncan Maguire who is keen to make his hospital, Pipworth Manor, THE hospital for Z -list celebrities, unscrupulous politicians or, for that matter, anyone prepared to pay.
At first, Duncan's covert operation 'ORTEGA' appears to be going smoothly that is until disgruntled ex-employees, unexpected 'guests', deranged maintenance men and a clergyman with a penchant for solvent-based adhesives lead to a number of complications. Duncan's attempts to salvage the hospital's and his own reputation become increasingly desperate, frentic and ultimately, all in vain.
Charity performance of the hugely successful show, Bombshells in aid of the Bosom Buddies Trust, on Sunday 4th July.
Originally staged by the Company of Ten in July 2008, the show will be a reprisal of those four female monologues with an additional monologue that was not included in the original line up. The 2008 production played to packed houses, and received standing ovations for the performances, and was, in the words of the critic, 'entertainment of the highest order'. Bombshells was written by Joanna Murray-Smith, a Melbourne-based playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her plays have been produced all over the world.
Bombshells is a series of portraits of women who are barely coping with modern life. Witty, humorous and poignant, the characters struggle sometimes hilariously, sometimes tragically, to bridge the chasm between the wilderness of their inner worlds and the demands of the outer worlds. Humour in the end, is their saviour.
Tickets are on sale for £15 and this price includes a free glass of wine and some light refreshments before curtain up. Tickets can be purchased via the box office (01727 857861) or online at www.abbeytheatre.org.uk. Guests are asked to arrive at 6.45pm to enjoy the free refreshments, and curtain up is at 7.30pm.
Bosom Buddies ( a registered charity) was founded to dispel the myths and taboos surrounding radical breast surgery undergone by women as a result of a diagnosis of breast cancer, or being at high risk of contracting the illness, for preventative reasons.