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Updated: 17 September 2015

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Our production of the iconic 70s rock musical Godspell provided a hugely entertaining closer to our 2014/15 season before the well-earned summer break. The highly talented cast of both experienced Loft actors and newcomers to our stage delivered a well-received, artistic and critically acclaimed success that attracted an audience of just under 1,200 people, which – following the success of Scrooge earlier in the season – confirms there is most definitely a demand for the musical offering.

The 2014/15 season signalled much change at the Loft and underlined that, as we look to the future, we need to be mindful that our long-term survival is dependent on us changing into a community theatre for the 21st century. We will need to match output to resources and deliver an ever more flexible programme that offers more choice to the citizens of Leamington and the surrounding areas.

True to our word, we opened our 2015/16 season with no less than three visiting productions, as we welcomed our neighbours from Spencer Yard, Heartbreak Productions, who concluded their national tours of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, Jane Austen’s Emma and David Walliams’ Mr Stink with five well-received performances in the Main House.

Although most of our 2015/16 season was announced before the break, I am delighted to announce two further additions to our programme. Firstly, Greg Cole will direct Jez Butterworth’s play of mystery, The River, in the Studio in January, with William Wilkinson making a return to the director’s chair in June when he directs Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Details for both shows and audition details will be posted shortly.

Next up in the director’s chair, we welcome back a returning Richard Moore with his production of John Barton’s anthology The Hollow Crown which presents, in dramatic form, speeches, documents, gossip and music associated with the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. On the Sunday following curtain down on Crown, we also welcome back John Challis of Only Fools and Horses fame with his new Only Fools and Boycie one-man show.

In closing, please allow me to raise the profile of two young(ish) male actors I have been lucky enough to work with here at the Loft Theatre and elsewhere over recent years, and who are now ploughing their own furrow in the professional theatre world. Firstly, Edward (James) Wolstenholme, who has just finished a stint understudying both Damian Lewis and John Goodman in American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End, can currently be seen in Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse; and secondly Edward (David) Pinner can be seen until 26 September in the world premiere of Only Forever at the Hope Theatre, Islington. Edward P will also be bringing his own co-written production The Horror Show to the Loft on 1 November. All of us at the Loft wish you two ‘Eds’ the very best of luck with these and future endeavours!

See you back here in October for David Fletcher’s production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

Coming soon
Three Sisters 24
The Horror Show 1
Little Shop of Horrors 2
A Victorian Christmas 13
Juno and the Paycock 10
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Updated: 17 September 2015