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Updated: 15 May 2016

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson was very much a last-minute replacement for our scheduled production of Ladies in Lavender. Telling the (mostly) true story of how legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming, and script doctor Ben Hecht locked themselves away in an office for a week to turn Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind into a satisfying screenplay, the show offered a real and rare opportunity for a group of chums to get together and have a rollercoaster of a ball – hopefully this came across to our audience. I was lucky enough to be one of those ‘chums’ and, now that the dust has settled, would like to offer my very personal thanks and best wishes to everybody involved in making the production a well-received and critically acclaimed success. It was a very special time and has provided some great memories! Please also keep an eye out for a rescheduled Ladies in Lavender, which I am hoping to include in our 2016/17 programme.

Next up we have a returning William Wilkinson with his production of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel And Then There Were None. Adapted for the stage by Christie herself, this story is considered to be very much Christie’s masterpiece with more than 100 million copies of the novel sold, also making it the world’s best-selling mystery!

On the middle Sunday of the Christie, we welcome Damian Kingsley to the Douglas Ford Studio with his Knock Knock Stand-Up Comedy Tour. Damian is travelling penniless from Land’s End to Edinburgh on a 120-gig tour to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter. He is unable to use any money or public transport, and is hoping to be given shelter, food and maybe a few lifts on the road to Edinburgh – in return he’ll tell jokes to anyone, anywhere! And following on from their successful run of Beauty and the Beast last year, in the week following the Christie, we will also be welcoming back the Spa Theatre Company Juniors with their production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Follow the links above for full details of both shows.

In last month’s column, I promised further announcements with regard to productions for our 2016/17 season, and I can now confirm further additions to our programme. First up we have a very busy William Wilkinson with his production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer, which will be book-ended by two visiting productions, with our Spencer Yard neighbours Heartbreak Productions opening the season, and a new visitor – final details being confirmed – immediately after The Entertainer. Our Christmas show will be confirmed shortly and will be followed next February with Gus MacDonald’s production of Arthur Miller’s multi-award-winning play All My Sons, with Sue Moore then returning to the director’s chair next March. Further details of all of the above shows will be available shortly via the website with further announcements to follow as productions or visiting shows are confirmed.

Summer will soon be upon us and we can look forward to busy and exciting times – 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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Sweeney Todd 13
There’s No Place Like Home 14
Heartbreak Productions 2016 Summer Tour 7
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Updated: 15 May 2016