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Updated: 01 October 2014

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Our start to the 2014/15 season was very different with a mix of shows that saw new audiences acquainting themselves with the Loft Theatre for the very first time, along with our more regular customers, judging by the number of Loft Theatre vouchers available to our members that were used. We welcomed no less than three productions over a nine-day period with, firstly, our neighbours from Spencer Yard, Heartbreak Productions, and the final three performances of their national tour of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This was followed by the first ‘Live at the Loft’ show of our new season, No Regrets, featuring international cabaret artist Sally Jones in an evening of tribute to Edith Piaf; and finally we welcomed our friends at the Criterion Theatre to the Douglas Ford Studio for two performances of their powerful 9/11 production The Mercy Seat. All shows were of the highest quality and were very well received, demonstrating that there is clearly an appetite for something a little different.

Next up we have David Hankins’ production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking. This was Ayckbourn’s first major success and the show that turned him from an unknown playwright into one of the British theatre’s hottest properties virtually overnight. It was recently revived in London’s West End, starring Felicity Kendal as Sheila. Judging by the interest at the Box Office, the show should prove hugely popular with our Leamington Spa audience!

The last month has been a busy time here at the Loft in more ways than one, with auditions for no less than four Main House shows having taken place. I am delighted to report that all four shows – The Exorcism, Collaborators, Abigail’s Party and The Real Thing – directed by Darren Scott, Gordon Vallins, Vanessa Comer and Sue Moore respectively – are now virtually cast. I was particularly heartened by the turnout for our recent audition ‘treble’, which saw a mix of new faces and Loft regulars turn up to showcase their talents. This type of audition is clearly popular and does give people the opportunity to try out for a number of shows in one hit; talking to our Casting team, this is very much the way we want to do things in the future.

In closing, let me bring you up to speed with what else is going on in terms of our core business of producing theatre here at the Loft. Firstly, auditions for William Wilkinson’s production of the award-winning The Pitmen Painters will be announced shortly; and I am also delighted to announce that following the success of her Edith Piaf tribute show, we will be welcoming Sally Jones back to the Loft in February for another ‘Live at the Loft’ evening with Get Happy, her Judy Garland tribute show!

See you back here in December for our Christmas production, Scrooge – The Musical!

Best wishes

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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

Coming soon
Scrooge – The Musical 3
ABBA Tribute – Swede Dreamz 14
The Exorcism 17
Collaborators 14
Get Happy 22
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Updated: 01 October 2014