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Updated: 01 April 2016

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

At the time of writing, Sue Moore’s well-received and critically acclaimed production of Christopher Hampton’s funny and touching play The Philanthropist is currently playing in the Main House, and is on course to hit an audience figure of close to 1,000 patrons. Once again, we are being treated to an evening of sheer quality and can already look forward to Sue’s next outing in early Spring 2017!

Next up – and following on in just two weeks rather than our usual three-and-a-half-week turnaround – we present Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias, which replaces our previously scheduled production of Ladies in Lavender. Cast availability has required us to move the dates for this production, which tells the true story of how the screenplay for Gone with the Wind was rewritten in just five days! For all those who love the legendary movie this is an affectionate homage, and for those who haven’t seen it, a chance to experience this epic tale.

In terms of future productions, I anticipate being able to announce further additions to our 2016/17 season in my next column; however, I am in a position to confirm a number of visiting shows for later this year. Firstly, the Blast from the Past team who successfully brought 2015 to a close with A Victorian Christmas will be making two welcome musical returns with The Men Who Marched Away – Songs of the Great War on 6 November and A Brief History of Christmas on 11 December. I am also delighted to announce that in August we welcome for the first time the Made in 48 Hours Theatre Company, a not-for-proft company that aims to raise money for local charities around the West Midlands by producing theatrical productions in just 48 hours! Further details of these visiting shows will follow in due course, but with Spa Theatre Juniors and Heartbreak Productions also scheduled to visit over the coming months, we are able to offer a more varied programme to our growing audiences than we have done in previous years.

Elsewhere – and, according to the renowned theatre critic Michael Billington, one of the 101 greatest plays of all time – auditions for William Wilkinson’s production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer are also taking place on Sunday 17 April following the final curtain of Moonlight and Magnolias the previous evening. Please see our auditions page for full details.

Spring is now 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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Updated: 01 April 2016