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Updated: 24 May 2015

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Sue Moore’s polished production of Tom Stoppard’s multi-award winning, semi-autobiographical classic play The Real Thing was a real treat. Stoppard is not for everyone, but we were treated to an evening of sheer quality delivered by a team at the top of their game in every department. I am already looking forward to Sue’s next Main House production next Spring!

Next up – and following a gap of two years since his last directorial outing – we have a returning William Wilkinson with his production of The Pitmen Painters, a play by Lee Hall based on the inspiring true story of the Ashington Group of painters, which enjoyed sell-out runs at both the National Theatre and in the West End when it was first produced. The group was a small society of artists from Northumberland who met regularly between 1934 and 1984 and, despite being composed largely of miners with no formal artistic training, the group and its work became celebrated in the British art world of the 1930s and 1940s.

Shortly after the final curtain of The Pitmen Painters, we will be welcoming the Spa Theatre Company Juniors with their production of Beauty and the Beast, the stage version of Disney’s 1991 interpretation of the French fairytale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Elsewhere, the Loft Theatre Company will also be making its long overdue debut at the Lighthorne Festival of One Act Plays on 4 June with Rachel Tompkins’ production of In the Blinking of an Eye, a short tragi-comedy by Jeremy Hylton Davies. At the time of writing, tickets are still available via the Festival website.

In last month’s column, I also promised further announcements with regard to productions for our 2015/16 season, and I can now confirm three additions to our programme. First up and following on from Richard Moore and David Fletcher’s respective productions of The Hollow Crown and the Chekhov masterpiece Three Sisters, I am delighted to announce that, in December, the artistic team who are currently in rehearsals for Godspell, and who also brought Scrooge to our stage last Christmas, will be presenting Little Shop of Horrors, one of the greatest science-fiction spoof musicals ever written. Following on next February, Gus MacDonald will be directing the second play in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin trilogy, Juno and the Paycock, with Sue Moore then returning next March to direct Christopher Hampton’s bourgeois comedy The Philanthropist. Details of all of the above shows – including audition dates – will be available shortly via the website with further announcements to follow.

Summer will soon be upon us and we can look forward to busy, exciting and challenging times, so please do get in touch if you have any ideas or thoughts you want to share.

You can call me on 07818 032752, or email ad@loft-theatre.co.uk.

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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The Pitmen Painters 27
Beauty and the Beast 11
Godspell 8
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Updated: 24 May 2015