Updated: 15 May 2016
Loft Theatre Company
Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson was very much a
last-minute replacement for our scheduled production of Ladies in
Lavender. Telling the (mostly) true story of how legendary Hollywood
producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming, and script doctor Ben
Hecht locked themselves away in an office for a week to turn Margaret
Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind into a satisfying
screenplay, the show offered a real and rare opportunity for a group of chums
to get together and have a rollercoaster of a ball – hopefully this
came across to our audience. I was lucky enough to be one of those
‘chums’ and, now that the dust has settled, would like to offer
my very personal thanks and best wishes to everybody involved in making the
production a well-received and critically acclaimed success. It was a very
special time and has provided some great memories! Please also keep an eye
out for a rescheduled Ladies in Lavender, which I am hoping to
include in our 2016/17 programme.
Next up we have a returning William Wilkinson with his production of Agatha
Christie’s mystery novel And Then There Were None. Adapted
for the stage by Christie herself, this story is considered to be very much
Christie’s masterpiece with more than 100 million copies of the novel
sold, also making it the world’s best-selling mystery!
On the middle Sunday of the Christie, we welcome Damian Kingsley to the
Douglas Ford Studio with his Knock Knock Stand-Up
Comedy Tour. Damian is travelling penniless from Land’s End to
Edinburgh on a 120-gig tour to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter.
He is unable to use any money or public transport, and is hoping to be given
shelter, food and maybe a few lifts on the road to Edinburgh – in
return he’ll tell jokes to anyone, anywhere! And following on from
their successful run of Beauty and the Beast last year, in the
week following the Christie, we will also be welcoming back the Spa Theatre
Company Juniors with their production of Stephen Sondheim’s
Into the Woods.
Follow the links above for full details of both shows.
In last month’s column, I promised further announcements with regard to
productions for our 2016/17 season, and I can now confirm further additions
to our programme. First up we have a very busy William Wilkinson with his
production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer, which will
be book-ended by two visiting productions, with our Spencer Yard neighbours
Heartbreak Productions opening the season, and a new visitor – final
details being confirmed – immediately after The Entertainer.
Our Christmas show will be confirmed shortly and will be followed next
February with Gus MacDonald’s production of Arthur Miller’s
multi-award-winning play All My Sons, with Sue Moore then
returning to the director’s chair next March. Further details of all of
the above shows will be available shortly via the website with further
announcements to follow as productions or visiting shows are confirmed.
Summer will soon be upon us and we can look forward to busy and exciting
times – please do get in touch if you have any ideas or thoughts you
want to share!
You can call me on 07818 032752, or email