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Updated: 25 November 2014

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

October saw our first Loft Theatre Company show of the season, David Hankins’ production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, which proved to be a big hit with our audiences judging by the generous feedback, as well as both a commercial and artistic success that played to over 1,300 people. As an actor, it was a joy to be on stage and hear the laughter that echoed around the theatre night after night. I must also offer my personal thanks on behalf of the Loft to Jimmy Proctor who successfully took over what is probably the biggest role in the play with only three weeks left to rehearse – no mean feat, and a real testament to his undoubted talents!

Next up we have one of the biggest shows the Loft Theatre has ever tackled with our Christmas offering of Scrooge – The Musical. With over 950 tickets already sold at the time of writing – more than two weeks before opening night – booking looks to be essential to guarantee seats. This classic Christmas production features one of the largest on-stage teams ever assembled here at the Loft with a company that boasts no less than eight musicians and 29 actors. What is particularly pleasing is that the show marks the return of children in numbers to our main stage (for the first time since Christmas 2008 by my reckoning!) with nine of our actors aged between 10 and 12 years old. This is something that has long been on my wish list in terms of how we restructure ourselves for the future.

In terms of 2014, the year – a particularly interesting one here at the Loft Theatre – is then brought to a close by our latest one-nighter as we welcome the ABBA tribute band Swede Dreamz on the Sunday evening following curtain down on Scrooge, which should see our audience up on their feet dancing the night away!

Work on the end of the current season and first half of our 2015/16 season will get under way when we return early in the New Year, although I am delighted to announce that we will be welcoming the Spa Theatre Junior Company back to our stage in June next year with their latest production, Beauty and the Beast – full details will be available shortly. Elsewhere, the audition for William Wilkinson’s production of the award-winning The Pitmen Painters has now been confirmed for Sunday 7 December. More details can be found on the auditions page.

2014 has been a challenging but exciting year of change here at the Loft, and I am looking forward to more of the same next year. I am hugely appreciative of the support I have received from the Artistic team and Board of Trustees as well as the members of our technical and front-of-house teams who work tirelessly behind the scenes to complement what is happening on stage. They all clearly remain committed to the delivery of a viable, balanced and varied programme of quality theatre in line with our available resources.

In closing, may I wish you all a happy festive period and a healthy and prosperous 2015. Please do get in touch if you wish to discuss your ideas, raise any suggestions or just comment on what is happening at the theatre.

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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

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Updated: 25 November 2014