Updated: 01 February 2016
Loft Theatre Company
Our Christmas production of Little Shop of Horrors
provided a highly entertaining closer to our 2015 Main House programme
before the well-earned Christmas and New Year break. The hugely
talented cast of both experienced Loft actors and newcomers to our
stage delivered a well-received, artistically and critically acclaimed
modest commercial success that attracted an audience of close to 1,300
people, which – building on the success of our previous musical
offerings in the past 12 months – confirms there is a demand for
this type of show. As the director, it was a real privilege to lead
the team, and I cannot thank each and every team member enough for
their efforts, which are hugely appreciated!
The very next day, and following the final curtain of Little
Shop, we welcomed local outfit Blast from the Past who provided
our final ‘one-nighter’ of the year, A Victorian
Christmas, which saw a near sell-out audience enjoying the
early start to the Christmas festivities. I am delighted to announce
that the team will be returning to the Loft Theatre next November with
their ‘Songs of the Great War’ show, The Men who
Marched Away, which will be quickly followed in December with
their A Brief History of Christmas. In terms of other
one-nighters, I will be working closely with the artistic team over
the coming months to identify further goodies for this new initiative.
Please check the website for details of upcoming shows.
2016 got under way with Greg Cole’s excellent production of Jez
Butterworth’s The River in the Studio, which was a
virtual sell-out over its five-night run. I am hopeful that other
shows will follow as this intimate performing space should be used
more often than it currently is.
Next up we have Gus MacDonald’s production of Juno and the
Paycock, the second play in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin
trilogy. One of the great plays of the twentieth century, it offers a
devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the
chaos of the Irish Civil War in 1922.
With regard to upcoming shows, I have recently announced that our July
production will be the Stephen Sondheim musical thriller,
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the
latest offering from the artistic team responsible for our previous
three musicals. However, just as we go to print I have had to take
the decision unfortunately to postpone our April production of
Ladies in Lavender due to circumstances beyond our
control. I am hoping to reschedule this delightful piece for later in
the year or early next, and am currently working on a suitable
replacement. Work is also well under way on our 2016/17 season.
In closing, may I offer my thanks to those of you who have accepted my
invitation to get in touch ’ your frank and honest views are both
welcomed and appreciated. Please keep them coming! You can call me
on 07818 032752, or email
A belated Happy New Year to you all!