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Jack the Ripper – The Musical
Friday 10th March to Saturday 18th March at 7.30pm
By Denis de Marne and Ron Pember and directed by John Winterton
Bloody good entertainment!
The streets of Whitechapel in the east end of London are darkened by a threatening shadow – women are being murdered in the most brutal and gruesome way. But the shade of Jack the Ripper cannot extinguish the spirit of local people who throng to the local music hall as usual.
This evocation of life in London in the 1890s is brilliantly brought to life in this joyous musical romp with a large cast of familiar faces.
This is the first production that John Winterton, better known as one of our talented technical team, has directed at the Wharf. He is very familiar with the piece and it will be unmissable entertainment.
Tickets £10 available now on 01380 725944
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Friday 28th April to Saturday 6th May at 7.30pm
By Neil Simon and directed by Lewis Cowen
Barney Cashman is 47, a balding, overweight fish restaurateur who is desperate to prove that he still has what it takes to appeal to women. He borrows his mother’s apartment in New York City – while she is out volunteering at a local hospital - to entertain ladies who, he hopes, will give him an extra-marital experience to remember before he buckles down to spend the rest of his life with his wife and family.
Needless to say, Barney’s efforts as a Lothario are less than successful but, in the hands of veteran comedy playwright Neil Simon – responsible for such hits as Come Blow Your Horn, The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys and many more – it provides an hilarious evening’s entertainment.
Tickets £9 and £8 available from 20th March on 01380 725944
Simon and Garfunkel - Through the Years
Saturday 20th May at 3pm (Matinee) and 7.30pm
Bookends perform the most authentic sounding tribute to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards, Bookends have toured extensively with their concerts being described as ‘simply breathtaking’.
Performing the songs in a truly captivating way, against a backdrop of images and video footage, their delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece and has taken Bookends to prestigious venues in the UK and America.
“One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world” – Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster
Here many of the hits such as ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘Mrs Robinson’ and ‘The Boxer’ and Bookends’ own beautiful rendition of the unforgettable ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ With early folk gems such as the haunting ‘Sparrow’ and wonderfully poetic ‘Bleecker Street’, alongside music of Simon & Garfunkel’s solo careers, the concert is must see for any music lover.
“Warming and beautiful” - Broadway Baby
“A masterpiece” BBC Radio
Tickets: £14 from 20th March
Box Office: 01380 725944
The Invitation Theatre Company presents
Into the Woods
Monday 2nd to Saturday 10th June at 7.30pm
By Stephen Sondheim and directed by Peter Nelson
Fairy Tale Fantasy
Only Stephen Sondheim could take a melange of fairy tale characters and blend them into a musical that combines wonderful songs with comedy, tragedy and some dark, dark dealings.
Into the Woods is one of Sondheim’s more accessible works and the Wharf Theatre is delighted to jointly mount this production, directed by Peter Nelson, who was responsible for a tremendous production of Fiddler on the Roof for Devizes Musical Theatre last year, with TITCo, who have established a stellar reputation for shows of brilliance.
Saturday 17th June at 2pm
by Joe Bromley and Willow Nash
A show for primary-aged children (5 years+)
Whilst searching for hidden treasure, Captain Blackbeard, a famously selfish pirate, has left a once beautiful tropical island littered with rubbish and its inhabitants struggling to survive. It's up to Maggie and Roy to save it. The trouble is… they’re REALLY not friends. Teleported from their school trip at a maritime museum into the centre of a swashbuckling adventure in the Amazon, can they learn to work together, win the race to find the legendary gold - and restore the place to its natural glory?
Can YOU defeat this dastardly litterbug pirate…?
And come dressed as a member of his crew if you like!
Running time 50 minutes
Two girls. One trunk. And some really big pants
Bristol Old Vic presents UNDER MILK WOOD
Tuesday 20th June at 7.30pm
By Dylan Thomas
Directed by Christopher Scott
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s West Country Tour 2017
“We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood.”
“Dylan Thomas’s beautiful, bawdy, affectionate, reckless and deeply original play was justly crowned at its first performance by a storm of cheers.” So wrote The Times on Under Milk Wood’s stage debut.
Set in the fictitious fishing village of Llareggub, this twenty four hour peek into the lives and loves of the likes of Captain Cat, Polly Garter and Willy Nilly has continued to enthral its audiences ever since. With its canvas of nonsense gossip, feuds, affairs, fights, frauds and practical jokes, the play pulses with the vitality and relish of real life characters re-living their dreams and desires.
Come closer now, and enter the world of Under Milk Wood.
“It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobbledstreets silent and the hunched courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea.”
Wharf Youth Theatre
Directed by Craig Fisher
Performance Dates – Wednesday 12th July – Saturday 15th July 2017 at 7.30pm
Matinee Performance on 15th at 2.30pm
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s, The Ugly Duckling, Honk Jr tells the story of an odd looking baby duck.
Ugly looks quite a bit different from his brothers and sisters. The other animals are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling very sorry for himself, Ugly then goes on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry cat!
Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not bad at all!