The Caretaker | Harold Pinter
Mon 27 January - Sat 1 February 2020 | 7.30pm
Described as a modern classic, The Caretaker is one of Harold Pinter’s most enduring and popular plays. Aston rescues a derelict tramp, Davies, from an altercation in a café and brings him back to the house, owned by his brother Mick, which he is supposed to be renovating. The two brothers invite the tramp to be the caretaker of the property but is he the right man for the job? The confrontations and intercourse among the trio are at times brutal but also extremely funny.
Directed by Lewis Cowen
Jesus Christ Superstar
Fri 20 - Sat 28 March 2020 | 7.30pm
Jesus Christ Superstar traces the last seven days of the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Judas fears that the compassionate movement with Jesus at its head has become a personality cult with many of Jesus' statements being taken up and twisted by his followers. Jesus must be stopped.
Directed by John Winterton
The Navy Lark
Sat 18 April 2020 | 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Starring James Hurn known for portraying such iconic characters as Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams from his hit one man show Hancock and Co. Also starring Richard Usher and Mark Earby best known for The Goon Show Tour and The Lost Hancock’s Vacant Lot. The Navy Lark sees a cast of three bring to life three classic episodes from the much loved radio series which ran for 1959-1977 which originally featured Leslie Phillips, Dennis Price, Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee. Presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy. When HMS Troutbridge docks at your local theatre, it’s going to be an evening of nostalgic belly laughs - Purchase your boarding pass now!
Joe Edwards | Album Launch
Fri 24 April 2020 | 8pm
An evening of live music celebrating the honesty and roots of folk, blues and Americana. Expect a full band performance plus support, delivering to both guitar and songwriting fans alike. This evening will provide an intimate setting for the launch of Joe's debut album, Keep On Running. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with award winning producer, Steve Dawson (Kelly Joe Phelps, Matt Anderson, Birds of Chicago, John Hammond), the album features eleven new songs in roots form which will be presented live for the very first time at the Wharf.
The Lonesome West | White Cobra Productions Ltd
Sat 25 April 2020 | 7.30pm
It seemed an ideal posting for Father Welsh. The tiny Irish town of Leenane, where nothing ever happens... Two murders later, and he's left fearing he made a bad decision. After the funeral of the father of the Connor brothers, he wonders if there’s more to the death than meets the eye. A series of shocking and hilarious revelations result in another tragic death in Leenane, but whose? This very black comedy, brought to you by White Cobra Productions is part of the Leenane trilogy from acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh.
The Woman who cooked her Husband | Whole Hog Productions
Sat 2 May 2020 | 7.30pm
The Woman who cooked her Husband written by Debbie Issit, is a fast paced black comedy that proves the old adage, ‘the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach’! Kenneth has left his wife Hilary for the younger Laura. Unfortunately, Kenneth is ruled by his stomach and his new wife has nothing on his ex wife's culinary skills! Whole Hog Productions are based in Swindon and have won over 30 awards for their work at the All England Theatre Festival and British Final of Plays as well as acclaimed local and touring productions.
The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins - The Worst Singer in the World
Mon 11 - Sat 16 May 2020 | 7.30pm
This hilarious farce is based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite who, while lacking any vocal ability, warbled and screeched her way through numerous charity balls, concerts and recording sessions in 1940s New York. Delusional, yet generous and joyous, ‘Madam' Jenkins won herself thousands of devoted fans and a circle of friends almost as eccentric as she was. This play, which enjoyed a run in the West End with Maureen Lipman, takes a distinctly more farcical approach to its subject matter than the recent film which starred Meryl Streep.
Directed by Liz Sharman
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again... Again!
Fri 5 & Sat 6 June 2020 | 7.30pm
With a brand-new series on BBC Radio 4 Extra, the OFFSTAGE Theatre Group continue to tour this critically-acclaimed Greatest Hits compilation of original material and songs. An anarchic knockabout show celebrating the radio series that gave birth to The Goodies and Monty Python’s Flying Circus – with a live band and sound effects. Come and see characters ?rst created by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, Sir David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie. These performances will have feature guest stars (and celebrity fans) Clive Mantle and Carla Mendonça.
Far from the Madding Crowd | Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Sat 20 June 2020 | 7.30pm
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of Bathsheba Everdene. Having inherited her father’s farm, Bathsheba ?nds herself playing mistress in a man’s world. She is pursued by
three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; the handsome and reckless Sergeant Troy; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and obsessive landowner. But are any of them a match for the independent and spirited Bathsheba?