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Updated: 01 February 2016

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Our Christmas production of Little Shop of Horrors provided a highly entertaining closer to our 2015 Main House programme before the well-earned Christmas and New Year break. The hugely talented cast of both experienced Loft actors and newcomers to our stage delivered a well-received, artistically and critically acclaimed modest commercial success that attracted an audience of close to 1,300 people, which – building on the success of our previous musical offerings in the past 12 months – confirms there is a demand for this type of show. As the director, it was a real privilege to lead the team, and I cannot thank each and every team member enough for their efforts, which are hugely appreciated!

The very next day, and following the final curtain of Little Shop, we welcomed local outfit Blast from the Past who provided our final ‘one-nighter’ of the year, A Victorian Christmas, which saw a near sell-out audience enjoying the early start to the Christmas festivities. I am delighted to announce that the team will be returning to the Loft Theatre next November with their ‘Songs of the Great War’ show, The Men who Marched Away, which will be quickly followed in December with their A Brief History of Christmas. In terms of other one-nighters, I will be working closely with the artistic team over the coming months to identify further goodies for this new initiative. Please check the website for details of upcoming shows.

2016 got under way with Greg Cole’s excellent production of Jez Butterworth’s The River in the Studio, which was a virtual sell-out over its five-night run. I am hopeful that other shows will follow as this intimate performing space should be used more often than it currently is.

Next up we have Gus MacDonald’s production of Juno and the Paycock, the second play in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin trilogy. One of the great plays of the twentieth century, it offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War in 1922.

With regard to upcoming shows, I have recently announced that our July production will be the Stephen Sondheim musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the latest offering from the artistic team responsible for our previous three musicals. However, just as we go to print I have had to take the decision unfortunately to postpone our April production of Ladies in Lavender due to circumstances beyond our control. I am hoping to reschedule this delightful piece for later in the year or early next, and am currently working on a suitable replacement. Work is also well under way on our 2016/17 season.

In closing, may I offer my thanks to 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.

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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Updated: 01 February 2016