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Updated: 20 November 2015

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

After a gap of some nine years, October saw David Fletcher returning to the director’s chair with his excellent production of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece Three Sisters. I am delighted to report that this critically acclaimed adaptation proved to be both an artistic as well as a commercial success that attracted close to 1,000 audience members – a testament to the quality of the production David and his team delivered, many of who were new to the Loft.

Next up we have our Christmas offering of the rock musical horror comedy Little Shop of Horrors, which is brought to you by the same artistic team who delivered Scrooge and Godspell. Fuelled by Faust and fertiliser, the show is a charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s sci-fi spoof, and should prove a popular choice with our festive audience.

In terms of 2015, the year’s programme is brought to a close on the Sunday evening following curtain down on Little Shop as we welcome local outfit Blast from the Past with A Victorian Christmas. This promises to be a fun and festive celebration of the Yuletide our ancestors would have known, with the team bringing us an evening of music, song, stories and drama from the time of Dickens and Hardy. Early booking is recommended!

Following the Christmas and New Year break, 2016 gets under way with another returning director, Greg Cole, with his production of Jez Butterworth’s The River, our first Studio production for some time. Hopefully other productions will follow on during 2016.

Work on the end of the current season and confirming our productions for the first half of our 2016/17 season will get under way when we return early in the New Year. However, I am delighted to confirm that we will be welcoming the Spa Theatre Junior Company back to our stage in June next year with their latest production, Into the Woods – full details will be available shortly.

2015 has been a challenging but exciting year of change here at the Loft, and I am looking forward to more of the same next year. I am hugely appreciative of the support I have received from the Artistic team and the new Board of Trustees as well as the members of our technical and front of house teams who work tirelessly behind the scenes to complement what is happening on stage. They all clearly remain committed to the delivery of a viable, balanced and varied programme of quality theatre in line with our available resources.

In closing, may I wish you all a happy festive period and a healthy and prosperous 2016. Please do get in touch if you wish to discuss your ideas, raise any suggestions or just comment on what is happening at the theatre – you can call me on on 07818 032752, or email ad@loft-theatre.co.uk.

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

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Little Shop of Horrors 2
A Victorian Christmas 13
The River 19
Juno and the Paycock 10
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Updated: 20 November 2015