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Updated: 10 April 2015

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Vanessa Comer’s production of Mike Leigh’s classic comedy of 70s suburban manners, Abigail’s Party, was a critically acclaimed and artistic success. Delivered by a strong cast of well-known Loft actors played out on Amy Rodger’s retro set, this highly popular production ’ last seen on our stage 35 years ago ’ attracted an excellent audience figure of well over 1,400 people, suggesting that the play is as pertinent today as it was when it was first produced!

The next evening, following the final curtain on Abigail’s Party, we hosted another ‘one-nighter’ with the Bootleg Bee Gees tribute band taking to our stage for a fun evening of popular hits made famous by the Brothers Gibb. Enjoyed by the modest few in attendance, this was a timely reminder that we need to be robust in our approach if we are to continue to attract new and different audiences to our theatre.

Next up we have Sue Moore’s second Main House directorial outing with Tom Stoppard’s multi-award-winning, semi-autobiographical classic The Real Thing. First produced in 1982 ’ and recently revived on Broadway ’ the play echoes the themes of love and marriage so skilfully explored by Sue and her team in last year’s production of Betrayal, and promises to be a thought-provoking evening.

In last month’s column, I promised announcements with regard to productions for our 2015/16 season, and can now confirm the following additions to our programme later this year. Firstly, we welcome back our Spencer Yard neighbours, Heartbreak Productions, who will be bringing all three of their touring productions ’ Emma, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Mr Stink ’ to our stage for the last week of their national tour in early September. At the end of the month, I am delighted to announce that Richard Moore will be directing John Barton’s anthology, The Hollow Crown. Dealing with the falls and foibles of the Kings and Queens of England from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria through dramatic form, speeches, documents, gossip and music, this highly enjoyable piece will play in the Main House for a four-night run, and will be immediately followed by our first ‘one-nighter’ of the season when we welcome back John Challis of BBC TV Only Fools and Horses fame, who will be joining us for a further intimate evening of amusing anecdotes with his new Only Fools and Boycie show. October will see a returning David Fletcher direct the Anton Chekhov masterpiece Three Sisters, prior to our musical offering for December, which I will be announcing shortly, along with a number of other productions which are in the final stages of negotiation! Details for all of the above will be available shortly via the website.

The ongoing intention is to attract new and current audiences by presenting something for everybody, rather than everything for somebody, so please do get in touch if you wish to discuss your own ideas.

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

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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Updated: 10 April 2015