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Updated: 05 February 2015

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

For his third successive January directorial outing, Darren Scott brought Don Taylor’s unsettling Christmas ghost story The Exorcism to our stage. The play provided us with a chilling and thought-provoking start to our 2015 programme and offered an excellent opportunity for four younger actors – two making their Loft Theatre debuts – to showcase their talents on Richard Moore’s delightful set. The play has sparked much debate, which underlines that, wherever possible, there must always be room in any season for a play that provides us with a challenge. The show also played to close to 900 people over a shorter-than-usual seven-night run – a very respectable audience number, which virtually matches the figures for this slot over the last two years.

Following the show’s closure, we were treated to a Sunday evening delight, with our first ‘Live at the Loft’ production of the year, Ben Power’s A Tender Thing, which was brought to us by BAD Company.

Next up we have Gordon Vallins’ production of John Hodge’s blistering comedy, Collaborators. Set in Stalin’s Russia, and inspired by a historical fact, the play is a darkly comic portrait of the impossible choices facing leaders and artists in a dictatorship! This will be followed by a returning Sally Jones with her second ‘Live at the Loft’ production, Get Happy, a tribute to Judy Garland.

As you may have seen elsewhere, we have now confirmed our July production – the rock musical Godspell – which is to be brought to our stage by the same artistic team that recently presented Scrooge – The Musical. Auditions for this timeless tale of friendship, love and loyalty have been set for the afternoon of 1 March, which will be followed by our AGM in the evening! With regard to next season, I hope to be able to confirm many of our productions and directors within the next few weeks.

In terms of upcoming shows, I am delighted to announce that the Bootleg Bee Gees have now been added to our ‘Live at the Loft’ programme, and will be bringing the many hits of the Gibb brothers to our stage on 29 March. Tickets are already on sale and, as with previous tribute acts, we are anticipating another packed house with the audience up on their feet dancing the night away!

Spring 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

Coming soon
Abigail’s Party 18
Bootleg Bee Gees 29
The Real Thing 22
The Pitmen Painters 27
Beauty and the Beast 11
Godspell 8
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Updated: 05 February 2015