Updated: 27 September 2016
Loft Theatre Company
Our production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller
Sweeney Todd provided a hugely entertaining closer to our
2015/16 season before a very busy summer ‘break’ and
much-needed refurbishment to the front-of-house areas! The hugely talented
cast of both experienced Loft actors and newcomers to our stage
delivered a well-received, artistic and critically acclaimed success
that attracted an audience of well over 1,500 people – our
biggest seller of the season, mirroring Scrooge from the
previous season! Clearly there is a demand for the musical offering,
although experience suggests that currently the mainstream rather than
rock musical are the biggest crowd-pullers. Look out for details of
our Christmas show, the family favourite Oliver!, elsewhere
on the website and in our new season brochure.
The 2015/16 season saw ongoing change at the Loft and served to
underline that we will need to match output to resources and deliver
an ever more flexible programme if we are to offer more choice to the
citizens of Leamington Spa. And talking of resources, shows –
particularly the big ones such as Sweeney Todd and
Oliver! – don’t happen without superb input
and support from our backstage teams, the theatre’s engine room.
The Theatre is indebted to you all for your ongoing efforts.
We opened our 2016/17 season with the launch of our new Youth Theatre,
Act One, and no less than six visiting productions, as we welcomed
firstly Made in 48 Hours, who broke their own Box Office record and
saw £1,700 paid to their chosen charity. This was followed by
our neighbours from Spencer Yard, Heartbreak Productions, who
concluded their national tours of Shakespeare’s The
Tempest, the original murder-mystery, Murder on the
Terrace, Wilde’s The Importance of Being
Earnest and David Walliams’ Ratburger, with
five well-received performances in the Main House. This was quickly
followed by two performances of the Criterion Theatre’s
production of Bette and Joan in the Studio. Variety in
Although most of our 2016/17 season was announced before the break, I
am delighted to announce the following additions to our programme.
Firstly, Tell Tale Productions return to the Main House in January
with their own, and very topical, production of Austerity
Games. David Fletcher makes a return to the director’s
chair in April when he directs Oscar Wilde’s The
Importance of Being Earnest. I am also delighted to announce
that Ladies in Lavender has now been rescheduled for
early June, with Spa Theatre Juniors returning the following week.
Last, and by no means least, we welcome a new director to the Loft
Theatre, Rachel Adams (last seen in Three Sisters), who
will close the season when she takes on Dale Wasserman’s
adaptation of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Nest. Busy times! Please see the website and elsewhere in this
programme for further details of all these shows and more.
Next up in the director’s chair, we welcome back a returning
William Wilkinson with his production of John Osborne’s modern
classic The Entertainer, which will be followed in early
November by the GreenMatthews team who commemorate the 100th
Anniversary of the Great War with musical tribute The Men Who
In closing, please allow me to remind you that you are all invited to
our new season launch party on October 1st – hope to see you there!
You can call me on 07818 032752, or email