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Updated: 28 June 2014

Tim Willis
Tim Willis
Artistic Director,
Loft Theatre Company

Sue Moore’s production of the Harold Pinter masterpiece Betrayal proved to be a critically acclaimed artistic success, which more than justified its revival in the Main House following a successful run in the Studio at the end of 2013. On a personal note it was a privilege and a pleasure to join the revival and be part of such a strong team, both on and off stage. Pinter is not to everyone’s taste – hence the shorter than usual five-night run – but we still saw an excellent audience turnout with feedback to match!

Next up we have Steve Smith’s production of Peter Nichols’ musical farce Privates on Parade, which was last seen in the West End in 2012. Set around the activities and exploits of the fictional Song and Dance Unit South East Asia (SADUSEA) – a British military concert party stationed in Singapore and Malaysia – the show brings our 2013/14 season to a close, and should provide us with a popular and pleasurable end of term show before the summer break.

In terms of 2014/15 season, following the numerous production announcements in my last column, auditions have since taken place for David Hankins’ production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking in October. Details of auditions for Scrooge, Abigail’s Party and The Real Thing, which are to be directed by Tim Willis, Vanessa Comer and Sue Moore respectively, can be found on our auditions page. Details of our remaining 2015 productions will be announced over the summer, but in the meantime, I am delighted to report that the season will get under way with the first of what I hope will be many visiting shows, with our neighbours Heartbreak Productions bringing their national tour of Macbeth to a close with a three-night run on our Main House stage at the beginning of September, which will be followed immediately by another ‘Live at the Loft’ offering as we welcome international cabaret artist Sally Jones with her Edith Piaf tribute show. More one-nighters, home-grown and visiting productions will be announced over the summer months. Exciting times for a theatre that is not afraid to embrace change!

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 – our unsung heroes if you like. Their efforts are much appreciated and are highly valued.

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 – have a great summer and see you back here in September!

You can call me on 07818 032752, or email ad@loft-theatre.co.uk.

Tim Willis
Artistic Director

Coming soon
Macbeth 4
No Regrets 7
The Mercy Seat 12
Relatively Speaking 8
Scrooge – The Musical 3
ABBA Tribute – Swede Dreamz 14
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Updated: 28 June 2014