27th May – The Professor of Adventure – Written by Peter Macqueen
“He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked Woodbines and lived in a cave. Millican Dalton was a mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed inventor of shorts. It’s the winter of 1941 and Millican is safe in his cave in Borrowdale, far away from the Blitz.
But the Keswick ARP warden has just ordered him to “Put that candle out!” – and the Borrowdale Hermit is far from happy… ”
Saturday 13th May, 7.30PM Amici Touring Theatre present “Bouncers” by John Godber
Bouncers shows a night on the tiles from the point of view of the men on the door. It is a funny, energetic piece of highly theatrical storytelling where the men are at once themselves, and every character they happen to meet on a night at work at the nightclub.
Saturday 6th May, 7.30PM Learned Friends presented by Ginny Davis Productions
A beautifully crafted, atmospheric and truly captivating courtroom drama with echoes of Twelve Angry Men and the BBC’s Silk, lifting the shroud of secrecy surrounding the moral quandaries and machinations of a high-stakes criminal trial.
Saturday 8th April, 7.30 PM The Whispering Road presented by SeriousKitchen
A spellbinding folk trio, including Nick Hennessey, one of the UK’s top performance storytellers, seamlessly weaves thrilling music with the vivid imagery of Scandinavian myths and stories. Fantastic family entertainment.
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.
Vicki& Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. The show content is suitable for children, 8+
Melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock
Saturday 18th March -Hambledon Productions Proudly Present Ray Galton and Alan Simpson’s
STEPTOE AND SON – Adapted by John Hewer
Albert and Harold; father and son. One proclaims he’s “a poor old man” while the other protests that actually he’s “a dirty old man!” In actual fact, both are telling the truth. These two warring rag-and-bone-men, in their Shepherd’s Bush scrapyard home, became household favourites for entire generations throughout the 60s and 70s and still they continue to entertain audiences today.
Now it’s time to relive some of their finest misadventures through this brand new production. Marking fifty-five years since the show’s first ever broadcast, Hambledon Productions (Hancock’s Half Hour – The Lost Episodes, Educating Rita, Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show) breathe life back into the Steptoe household with this faithful, fresh and hilarious adaptation of original episodes from the long-running smash hit BBC sitcom.
Features the classic episodes: Divided We Stand, Men of Letters and Come Dancing.
Friday, 3rd March 2017, 7:30 PM Blair Dunlop in Concert presented by Blair Dunlop
Son of Fairport Convention icon Ashley Hutchings, this hugely talented Radio 2 Folk Award-winning guitarist-singer performs an intimate set of popular folk songs and critically acclaimed originals.
RED RIDING HOOD as never seen before !
An original pantomime written by Blair Greenwood-Reeves and directed by Samantha Tootell and Marcus Holland, it is choc full of magic and mischief. A nefarious big bad wolf is buying up all the houses in the neighbourhood and only Red, a teeny brained geni and dame-a-licious fairy godmother can stop him and his three little pigs. Who knows, maybe the principal boy will need rescuing this year.
11th November – Trio Gitan – “The Stephane Grapelli Story”
The STEPHANE GRAPPELLI STORY featuring the ANDY LAWRENSON TRIO have made a bold and adventurous tribute to the life and music of the great musician. With interplay between Violin, Upright Bass and Guitar, expect to hear such greats as “Minor Swing” and “Sweet Georgia Brown” from the Django Years, through to Grappelli’s unique arrangements of “ It had to be You” and “Honeysuckle Rose”. Of course Grappelli also worked with singers, so songs such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Misty” feature in the set, you may also hear some of Grappelli’s own compositions.
With sensitive, inspired arrangements, delivered with skill, spirit and plenty of banter between band members and audience, this show promises to provide a moving, enjoyable and memorable night’s entertainment which brings back echoes of a truly great Violinist and Musician.
Before slipping into well-earned retirement, Sherlock Holmes has prevailed upon his long-time companion Dr Watson, his landlady Mrs Hudson and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard to join him in a farewell tour of the British Isles. For the first time ever they will re-enact one of the detective’s most baffling unrecorded cases – The Case of the Prime Minister, the Floozie and the Lummock Rock Lighthouse – an affair upon whose outcome the security of Europe once hung by a thread. Shrouded in secrecy until now, this case has finally been approved by the government for public disclosure.
It is also understood that Mr Holmes has been entrusted by Her Majesty with the conveyance to the Tower of London of the fabled Satsuma Stone, stolen from the crown of William of Orange in the seventeenth century and only recently discovered in Europe. It is expected that the evening will include a glimpse of this priceless gem; in which case, one can only be thankful that Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of crime, fell to his death at the Reichenbach Falls. Or did he? Or is he still alive, planning another deadly strike as he lurks, unseen, in the wings…?
This is your final chance to catch Holmes and Watson as they embark on their Farewell Tour. Don’t miss them. It’s elementary!!
20th, 21st & 22nd October – Amici Touring Theatre Company present “Comic Potential” by Alan Ayckbourn
Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn is a romantic sci-fi comedy. It is set in a TV studio in the foreseeable future, when low-cost androids (known as “actoids”) have largely replaced actors.
Three school leavers, Salty, Hobby and Gail Saunders perform to an audience an account of their time in secondary school (given the name ‘Whitewall’ for their performance), specifically their time with Mr Jeff Nixon, the new drama teacher who ignites their passion for the stage with his idealism and belief that all children should be treated equally.
15th & 16th July – A Hearty Concert – an LRP Production
” In aid of purchasing a defibrillator for the theatre and Wickenby Village”
15th – 20th July – The Broadbent Theatre Summer School
9.30am – 3.30pm – £50 per child – Open to children 7-18 years
9th July, “Mike Reinstein” – singer songwriter
14th May, “Cautionary Tales for Daughters”
A rural touring production by TH Productions
Cautionary Tales for Daughters takes the audience on a musical journey to the heart of growing up, coloured with sharp humour and soul-shaking truths. Meet Cherry the Amazing YoYo Girl, an obsessive dieter caught between gluttony and vanity; Chanel The Labelled Girl, whose criminal obsession with designer clothes leads to her grisly demise; and fickle Princess Sylvia who only realises she could have had anything and anyone when it’s just too late. It’s Not OK is a heart-rending compilation of true and sometimes disturbing stories submitted by the public. The audience get to contribute their own words of caution or advice as part of the performance.
“Hilaire Belloc does Caitlin Moran” and the songs as “gut-punchingly beautiful.” Helen Rumbelow -The Times
PLEASE NOTE THIS PERFORMANCE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR
15th April – “Fashionably Late” by Ginny Davies Productions
A rural touring production
Target Audience – 15+
Ruth Rich and her family are planning a joint birthday party for Dad’s 60th and Fred’s 18th when tragedy strikes. Can the party go ahead? Should it? With a Will (actually despite the Will) the family find a way to celebrate family, love and all that matters in a unique fashion.
Ginny Davis is a writer and performer who is committed to writing and performing authentic plays. She draws on personal experience, close observation and research.
Her successful series of comedic one-woman plays “The Ruth Rich Saga” are portraits of modern family featuring the Rich family: mother, father, granny and three teenage/young adult kids.
“I wasn’t the only audience member to leave ‘Fashionably Late’ feeling cheered and properly entertained. A good story, told with wit, charm and passion. Bravo!” Buxton Fringe 2014
Part of the Lincs Rural & Community Touring Programme, & made possible by funding from Lincolnshire County & District Councils & Arts Council England with the support of local volunteers
19th March – “Shakers” – by John Godber
Shakers Cocktail Bar is THE place to be! After work, before a club, to meet the blokes, to pick up the girls, to drink to celebrate or drown your sorrows, for birthdays and parties and romance and sin, this is the place to be seen. In ‘Shakers’ the four young waitresses reveal the lives of its staff and customers and offer an insight into their hopes, dreams and disappointments. John Godber’s sparkling writing builds on the success of his earlier ‘Bouncers’ to create a richly absorbing yet tellingly revealing modern comedy.
4th March – “The Best Thing” – Vamos Theatre
Vamos Theatre in a co-commission with London International Mime Festival
A swinging sixties story of unconditional love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company
It’s 1966. The record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled: for seventeen year old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down, and its repercussions will last for decades to come,
Step into the wordless world of Vamos Theatre for this bitter-sweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution proves a hard and rocky path to tread.
Funny, heart-breaking and human, The Best Thing is the latest touring production from one of the country’s must-see theatre companies.
Suitable for ages 12+, this production is equally accessible to hearing and deaf audiences.
22nd January – 6th February – “Monster Mash” – The Broadbent’s Legendary Panto
This years Pantomime ‘The Monster Mash’ brings you a familiar
story with a few electrifying twists.Boy meets girl becomes
Werewolf meets Mummy! The Villains sidekicks are
inseparable, literally, and our Pantomime Dame is larger than life and decidedly undead!
But do not worry, our Monsters are all bright and jolly and family
friendly! Expect all of the usual jokes, a generous dollop
of audience participation and a splattering of musical numbers
in this original Pantomime written by our very own Blair Reeves
who will also be co-directing alongside Annette Holland a
seasoned Broadbent Veteran.
A festive-themed noir comedy from regional favourites New Perspectives, full of twists, turns and surprises. You’ll never look at Santa in quite the same way…
The village has formed a group of amateur detectives to help solve local crimes. But when part-time unpublished poet Joshua Rogan’s applications are repeatedly turned down, he decides to take sleuthing into his own hands.
Believing he’s one step ahead, he begins to piece together what he thinks are a series of related crimes, enlisting an intern as his put upon side-kick. But just when thinks he’s onto something, a series of parcels arrive and he’s in for a big surprise…
Join Joshua for a spot of sleuthing as he attempts to restore faith in the festive season. And maybe share a few poems. And possibly fall in love…
“New Perspectives have an unerring instinct for what will strike a chord with rural audiences.” – The Stage
“Tantilizing.” – The Financial Times
13th November – Amici Touring Group present “Outside Edge”.
Amici Touring Theatre is pleased to present the hilarious comedy “Outside Edge” by Richard Harris. Ostensibly a cricketing play, it is principally about relationships. The match takes something of a back seat, as couples fall out, tempers get frayed, and Miriam simply has to know what Rodger got up to in Dorking.
The stage is set for the needle cricket match of the season against British Railways Maintenance Division, Yeading East. The wicket is being prepared, as are Miriam’s legendary teas, while Roger, her husband and team captain, attempts to assemble his best team. However, all is not well as illness, marital strife, dodgy spinning fingers and a host of other complications conspire to cause the home team problems
30th October – “A Fistful of Spaghetti” by Hambledon Productions
The Spoof Western by John Hewer
Grab your guns, put on your spurs and laugh till your O.K. Corral isn’t O.K. anymore in this sure-fire send up of the Western genre!
A FISTFUL OF SPAGHETTI makes its premiere with a non-stop tour by award-winning company Hambledon Productions (Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show, An Apple A Day, Educating Rita).
When the simple townsfolk of Eagle-Creek-River-Hawk-River-Creek are jeopardised by the return of the evil One-Eyed Sid, the befuddled Mayor, the under-qualified Sheriff and the crazy Old Hag round up a posse, but it’s no good; he isn’t afraid of cats… As the death toll increases, there’s only one man who can come to their rescue…. The legendary Drake Weston.
Let’s just hope he ain’t away on vacation…
Expect quick-fire puns, a whole bunch of good, bad and ugly characters and surreal slapstick in this all-out guns-blazin’, thigh-slappin’ poncho pastiche!
15th, 16th, 17th October – Phoenix Players present “Breaking the Code” by Hugh Whitemore
The play tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician and founder of computer science. He was a key player in the breaking of the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park which helped win World War II. Meanwhile, he also “broke the code” by being unapologetically homosexual at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. It was on Churchill’s specific instructions that Turing was given all the resources he required – and his personal behavior tolerated. However, the system eventually catches up with Alan.
3rd October – “Beryl- A Romance on Two Wheels” West Yorkshire Playhouse
Target Audience – 12+
In 2014, West Yorkshire Playhouse produced Beryl, a hugely successful play by celebrated actress Maxine Peake, based on the life of Beryl Burton, the Yorkshire woman who became a world champion cyclist in the 1960s
Five times world pursuit champion and thirteen times national champion, Beryl Burton’s accolades include former world record holder, former British record holder, an MBE and OBE.
Beryl was one of the most astonishing sports people ever to have lived – but with her down to earth, no-nonsense approach to life and to success, she remains a mystery. But not anymore. In a fascinating and truly heart-warming production (and you don’t need to know anything about cycling to enjoy it) this funny and moving show tells the story of this remarkable woman.
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ Yorkshire Post
“Maxine Peake’s affectionate sprint through her life presents Burton as true Yorkshire grit.“ – The Independent
9th, 11th and 12th September – “Blackbird” by David Harrower; an LRP Production directed by Tom Murray
Blackbird singing in the dead of night. Take up these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life. You were only waiting for this moment to arise……
Wednesday 9th, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th September. Bar and doors open from 7.
29 May – The Merchant of Venice – Amici Touring Group
25 April – Walking on the Roof – MsFits Theatre
10 April – Mervyn Stutter in Utterley Stutterley
PLAYLAND – New Perspectives Suitable for 16+ years. Contains strong language and descriptions of a violent and sexual nature
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