We are delighted to announce our 2019 Season!
We are producing fewer shows in 2019 – 7 instead of 9 – in order to build in time for essential maintenance at the theatre – and each will normally run for 5 days, from Tuesday to Saturday, rather than 6 as in previous years. However, there will still be our regular children’s theatre and youth theatre show and our annual pantomime, this year it’s Aladdin, will run over Christmas.
Please remember to check upcoming publicity and website for audition dates. We will also be adding Friday/Saturday weekend slots to our schedule.
THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE
Performance Dates: 19 – 23 February 2019
by Frank Marcus | Directed by Wayne Sheridan
A scathing examination of the public and private lives of so-called “cultural icons”. “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 lesbian in a long-term relationship with waifish Alice “Childie” McNaught. Due to low ratings, cut-backs and June’s own bad behaviour, the BBC decides to “kill Sister George” on the series. A visit from Miss Mercy Croft, a no-nonsense network executive bearing the bad news sends George into meltdown, which results in “Childie’s” retreat to the arms of Mercy.
A DAUGHTER’S A DAUGHTER
Performance Dates: 9 – 13 April 2019
by Agatha Christie | Directed by Colleen Batson | Our Bromley Theatre Guild and Kent Drama Association Full-Length Play Festival Entry
The love between a mother and daughter turns to jealousy and bitterness in this intense and personal drama.
Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Caulfield and hopes for a new life and happiness. Only her daughter, Sarah, takes an instant jealous dislike to him. Resentment slowly corrodes their relationship as each seeks comfort in the formidable and knowing Dame Laura Whitstable who remarks, “the trouble with sacrifice is that once it’s made it’s not over and done with.”
“Christie is beady-eyed and brutally honest on the psychology of the mother-daughter relationship.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“The play is a revelation and its emotional intensity is at variance with most of her crime plays. This is Christie writing with her heart rather than her head. She is not concerned with clues and suspects and alibis but with human dilemmas and life choices.” – John Curran, The Guardian
A BECKENHAM CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRODUCTION
THE WIZARD OF OZ
By Alfred Bradley
Based on the story by L. Frank Baum
Performance Dates: 28 May – 1 June 2019
Directed by Karen Peters-Parker and Amy Fitzgerald
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her pet mouse, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. On the advice of the Good Witch of the North, they follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard in the hope he can help them get back home. En route, they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. But to earn his help, The Wizard wants them to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Based on the story by L Frank Baum, expect our Children’s Theatre production of the Wizard of Oz to bring all of his wonderful well-known characters vividly to life in a show for all the family to enjoy!
MEMORIES OF THE MUSICALS
Performance Dates: 17 – 20 JULY 2019
Devised and Directed by Fiona Vail
A trip down a Musical Memory Lane
24 July – 23 September 2019
No, not a new spooky long-running drama, sadly! We have essential maintenance work to do at the theatre next year and the easiest way to do it is for the theatre to be closed for a few weeks so we can get this work done. In actuality, we won’t be dark for that long as our September show begins rehearsals on the 11th August, but – unless we decide to slip in a weekend spot during late August or early September – our next show will open on Tuesday, 24th September.
by Dawn King | Directed by Lorraine Spenceley
Performance Dates: 24 – 28 September 2019
William Bloor, a ‘foxfinder’, arrives at Sam and Judith Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected contamination. He is driven by his education and beliefs to unearth and destroy an animal that threatens man’s civilisation and to remain free from its influence himself. As his investigations proceed, the events that follow change the course of all their lives – forever.
Dawn King’s play won the 2011 Papatango New Writing Competition (in partnership with London’s Finborough Theatre). A darkly comic exploration of belief, desire and responsibility, set in a world both strange and familiar, it first premiered at the Finborough Theatre in November 2011 and has recently enjoyed a West End revival at the Ambassadors Theatre.
by Thornton Wilder | Directed by Colleen Batson | A Beckenham Youth Theatre Production
Performance Dates: 22 – 26 October 2019
Described by the celebrated playwright, Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Thornton Wilder’s final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally..
“While all of Wilder’s work is intelligent, non-synthetic and often moving, as well as funny, it is Our Town that makes the difference. It is probably the finest play ever written by an American.” – Edward Albee
Directed by Mike Darbon
Performance Dates (full details to follow):
15 – 20 December 2019
27 December 2019 – 1 January 2020
Christmas Break between Saturday, 21 December – Thursday, 26 December
The rags to riches story of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is one of the best-known tales from “The Arabian Nights” and now one of the best-loved of all pantomimes! Whichever version we chose to do, be prepared for the wicked Abanazar to meet his match in the wily and youthful, Aladdin, and for Aladdin to meet his match in the beautiful Princess. We’ll be taking you on a magic carpet ride to Arabia (or China!) at Christmas in 2019! Watch out for Widow Twankey at the rear!