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Updated: 03 January 2015

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Our Christmas production of Leslie Bricusse’s musical Scrooge provided the perfect way to end our 2014 Main House programme. A huge artistic and commercial success, the show succeeded on many, many levels. A towering central performance from Steve Smith, superbly supported by a cast of mixed age and experience, all ‘conspired’ to deliver a show on Richard Moore’s stunning set that saw my inbox overflowing with compliments from those who had so enjoyed our seasonal offering. The music and movement were a sheer delight, with the costumes, props, scenic artistry, sound and lighting of the highest quality – all delivered by a team who went more than the extra mile to present a show that will be remembered for all the right reasons for many years to come. As director, it was a real privilege to lead a team which showed that the Loft can deliver a production that all the family – young and old – could enjoy. I cannot thank each and every team member enough for their efforts, which are hugely appreciated!

The very next day after the final curtain of Scrooge we welcomed ABBA tribute band, Swede Dreamz, who provided our final ‘one-nighter’ of the year, which saw the audience up on their feet dancing the night away! Another well-attended evening demonstrates that there is an audience for something a little different who are quite prepared to venture out on a Sunday night, and I will be working closely with the artistic team in the New Year to identify further goodies for this new initiative. Please check the website for details of upcoming shows. In the meantime, following the success of her Edith Piaf tribute show, we will be welcoming Sally Jones back to the Loft on 22 February for another ‘Live at the Loft’ evening with Get Happy, her Judy Garland tribute show! Tickets are now on sale.

Next up – and getting 2015 under way with a chilling ghost story for a January evening – we have Darren Scott’s production of Don Taylor’s The Exorcism, which first aired as a ‘live’ play on television in 1972. Widely described as one of the most frightening pieces of TV drama ever shown, the story will chill you to the bone, and the suspense will have you gripped to your seats! Just confirmed (subject to contract), I am also delighted to announce that our first ‘one-nighter’ of 2015 will be BAD Company’s production of Ben Power’s A Tender Thing on Sunday 25 January. More details can be found here.

With regard to upcoming shows, I hope to be in a position to announce our July production in the very near future. Work is already under way on our 2015/16 season.

In closing, may I offer my thanks for those of you who have accepted my invitation to get in touch – your frank and honest views are both welcomed and appreciated. Please keep them coming! You can call me on 07818 032752, or email ad@loft-theatre.co.uk.

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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Updated: 03 January 2015