Updated: 30 August 2014
Loft Theatre Company
Steve Smith’s production of Privates on Parade
provided a hugely entertaining closer to our 2013/14 season before the
well-earned summer break. The hugely talented cast of experienced Loft
actors and newcomers to our stage delivered a well-received, artistic
and critically acclaimed success that attracted an audience of well
over 1,300 people, including those who got more than they bargained for
on opening night!
Talking of 2013/14 – this was a season that signalled much
change at the Loft and underlined that as we look to the future we
need to be mindful that our long-term survival is dependent on us
changing into a community theatre for the 21st Century. We will need
to match output to resources and deliver a flexible programme that
offers more choice to the citizens of Leamington and the surrounding
True to our word, we open our 2014/15 season with a very real change
of direction as we host no less than three visiting productions during
September rather than a home-produced piece. Firstly, I am delighted
to welcome our neighbours from Spencer Yard, Heartbreak Productions,
who conclude their national tour of Shakespeare’s
Macbeth with three performances in our Main House.
Following on, we welcome our first ‘Live at the Loft’ show
of the autumn, No Regrets, featuring international
cabaret artist Sally Jones in an evening of tribute to Edith Piaf; and
finally we welcome the Criterion Theatre to the Douglas Ford Studio
for two performances of their powerful 9/11 production, The
Although most of our 2014/15 season was announced before the break, I
am delighted to announce two further additions to our programme.
Darren Scott will direct Don Taylor’s very real chiller
The Exorcism for January, with William Wilkinson making a
very welcome return to the director’s chair in June when he
directs the newly released and award-winning Lee Hall play, The
Pitmen Painters. Auditions for The Exorcism took
place on 24 August, with auditions for no less than three plays
– Collaborators, Abigail’s Party
and The Real Thing, directed by Gordon Vallins, Vanessa
Comer and Sue Moore respectively – already in the diary for
14 September. Details for all four shows can be found on the
website, and please look out for further announcements of auditions
for The Pitmen Painters and the younger cast members
required for Scrooge – the Musical.
More announcements will follow shortly, particularly with regard to
our ‘Live at the Loft’ offerings, with Abba tribute act
‘Swede Dreamz’ already confirmed for 14 December!
See you back here in October for David Hankins’ production of Alan
Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking.
You can call me on 07818 032752, or email