Programme For 2020

Monday, April 20th

Waiting In The Wings by Noel Coward
presented by Barn Theatre Club

An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Classic but little-known Coward set in a retirement home for actresses. It focuses on a feud between residents Lotta Bainbridge and May Davenport, who once both loved the same man. Sheridan Morley said it had ‘moments of near-Chekhovian dignity and melancholy’ while Sybil Thorndike, who played Lotta, called it 'cruel but awfully funny'.

Coward himself said "I wrote Waiting in the Wings with loving care and absolute belief in its characters. I consider that the play as a whole contains, beneath the froth of some of its lighter moments, the basic truth that old age needn't be nearly so dreary and sad as it is supposed to be, provided you greet it with humour and live it with courage." What a positive outlook and sentiment.

This performance contains smoking.

Tuesday, April 21st

The Women Of Troy by Euripides adapted by Chrissie Waites
presented by Heath Players

Thousands of years ago, the ancient city of Troy fell to the Greeks, after almost ten years of war. With the city besieged and destroyed, the Women of Troy had no homes to return to - and no one to fight for them.

In a women's psychiatric hospital, Troy Ward has been shut down and the patients are being re-assigned elsewhere. Reeling from the news that they are to be ripped from their home, the Women of Troy are waiting. Clinging to each other for comfort, the women try not to fall apart as they wonder what might be in store for them. One by one they are taken away to their new wards, with no idea what to expect.

A new interpretation of Euripides' famous tragedy, The Women of Troy is a story of love and loss, strength and despair, loyalty, cruelty and madness.

Wednesday, April 22nd

In Praise Of Love by Terence Rattigan
presented by Global Theatre Company

An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

A moving and powerful drama about concealed truths within a marriage based, in part, on the real-life situation of the actor, Rex Harrison and his wife, Kay Kendall.

The play, set during the nineteen seventies, takes place in an Islington flat which is the home of Sebastian Cruttwell, a distinguished literary critic, and his wife, Lydia, a former Estonian refugee and concentration camp survivor.

Lydia confesses to a family friend that she has been keeping a secret from Sebastian. However, Sebastian is so absorbed in his work and his own opinions that he doesn’t appear to be interested in either Lydia or his grown-up son, Joey.

But Sebastian is also keeping a secret….

Thursday, April 23rd

It Runs In The Family by Ray Cooney
presented by Hutton Players

An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Written by the master farceur, Ray Cooney, It Runs in the Family is set in a hospital.

It contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else, as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a long forgotten son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture at an international conference

Friday, April 24th

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
presented by The Company of Players

An amateur performance by arrangement with William Morris Endeavour Entertainment, LLC

Becca and Howie are a happy suburban couple with everything they could want until a shocking, sudden event turns their world upside down and leaves them drifting perilously apart.

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama is a painstakingly beautiful, exquisitely human work, following a family’s search for a way back from tragedy. Quietly elegant, aching with sadness, and yet full of wit, grace and humour, the play charts the path back from grief to its antidotes - love and hope.

“The writing is so good...the storytelling is as clear as the characters are complex. Lines, comic or sad are like the tips of icebergs” The Times

Saturday, April 25th

Going Green by David Tristram
presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

The country is in a political mess - expenses scandals, cash for questions, austerity, global warming, Brexit! Step forward John Brown, potential new leader of the Green Party. A man with charisma, a man with vision, a man with a problem.

John is suffering from a rare, mysterious illness which will affect his future. At the Annual Party Conference, in his farewell speech, he delivers the stark message “Go green.... or die”.

Little could he know just how profound and life changing those words would be.

In extreme circumstances this programme may be subject to change without notice. Refunds on tickets will only be given if there is no performance.