Updated: 06 July 2016
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
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!