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Updated: 06 July 2016

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

It is no coincidence that our television schedules regularly feature crime thrillers/murder stories with shows ranging from Maigret to Hinterland to Wallander to Gomorrah to Christie Christmas specials. This type of fare is hugely enjoyed by many of us, and William Wilkinson’s production of Agatha Christie’s best-selling mystery And Then There Were None provided a well-delivered, well-played and thoroughly enjoyable evening that left one with a warm and glowing feeling. Good, traditional fare that played to over 1,300 people!

In the week following on from the Christie we were treated to a ‘youthful’ production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which was presented by the Spa Theatre Company Juniors. This again proved a popular choice with audiences, and played to well over 77% over the four performances; it was also a real pleasure to once again welcome this talented and enthusiastic young team to our theatre, and I am delighted to report that negotiations for a return visit next year are already under way.

Next up in the Main House we present our second Stephen Sondheim offering of the year with the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which combines violent and erotic horror with social commentary and a poignant love story. The show is brought to our stage by the same production team who have delivered our last two Christmas shows, Scrooge and Little Shop of Horrors, along with last summer’s closer, Godspell. Details of auditions for their newly announced follow-up in December, the popular family favourite, Oliver!, can be found on our auditions page.

In terms of the 2016/17 season, the last few weeks have seen much activity, and I am delighted to be able to confirm the following additions to our very busy Autumn schedule. Firstly – and following on from Heartbreak Productions’ four-show residency – we welcome back the Criterion Theatre to our Studio on 16 and 17 September with their sell-out show, Bette and Joan. Secondly – and immediately following our first Main House production of the season, The Entertainer – we welcome Tell Tale Productions (featuring Emma Cooper who was last seen on the Loft stage in Three Sisters) for a six-night run of Uncle Richard, which was specially commissioned by Leicester Guildhall as part of the celebrations for the re-interment of King Richard III, and has been touring since 2015. With Oliver! now scheduled for December, 2017 will open with All My Sons and Temple, which are to be directed by Gus MacDonald and Sue Moore respectively. Details of all these shows will shortly be published on the website and forthcoming new season brochure.

Finally, it gives me great pleasure to announce that after a gap of over five years, the much-missed Loft Youth Theatre will make a very welcome return in September under the guidance of Elizabeth Morris (last seen in And Then There Were None).

In closing please permit me to raise the profile of the members of our technical and front-of-house teams who work tirelessly behind the scenes to complement what is happening on stage – their efforts continue to be very much appreciated!

Have a great summer and we hope to see you back here in September!

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

Coming soon
Heartbreak Productions 2016 Summer Tour 7
Bette & Joan 16
The Entertainer 5
Uncle Richard 17
The Men Who Marched Away 6
A Brief History of Christmas 11
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Updated: 06 July 2016