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Updated: 30 August 2014

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Steve Smith’s production of Privates on Parade provided a hugely entertaining closer to our 2013/14 season before the well-earned summer break. The hugely talented cast of experienced Loft actors and newcomers to our stage delivered a well-received, artistic and critically acclaimed success that attracted an audience of well over 1,300 people, including those who got more than they bargained for on opening night!

Talking of 2013/14 – this was a season that 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 a flexible programme that offers more choice to the citizens of Leamington and the surrounding areas.

True to our word, we open our 2014/15 season with a very real change of direction as we host no less than three visiting productions during September rather than a home-produced piece. Firstly, I am delighted to welcome our neighbours from Spencer Yard, Heartbreak Productions, who conclude their national tour of Shakespeare’s Macbeth with three performances in our Main House. Following on, we welcome our first ‘Live at the Loft’ show of the autumn, No Regrets, featuring international cabaret artist Sally Jones in an evening of tribute to Edith Piaf; and finally we welcome the Criterion Theatre to the Douglas Ford Studio for two performances of their powerful 9/11 production, The Mercy Seat.

Although most of our 2014/15 season was announced before the break, I am delighted to announce two further additions to our programme. Darren Scott will direct Don Taylor’s very real chiller The Exorcism for January, with William Wilkinson making a very welcome return to the director’s chair in June when he directs the newly released and award-winning Lee Hall play, The Pitmen Painters. Auditions for The Exorcism took place on 24 August, with auditions for no less than three plays – Collaborators, Abigail’s Party and The Real Thing, directed by Gordon Vallins, Vanessa Comer and Sue Moore respectively – already in the diary for 14 September. Details for all four shows can be found on the website, and please look out for further announcements of auditions for The Pitmen Painters and the younger cast members required for Scrooge – the Musical.

More announcements will follow shortly, particularly with regard to our ‘Live at the Loft’ offerings, with Abba tribute act ‘Swede Dreamz’ already confirmed for 14 December!

See you back here in October for David Hankins’ production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking.

Best wishes

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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

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Relatively Speaking 8
Scrooge – The Musical 3
ABBA Tribute – Swede Dreamz 14
The Exorcism 17
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