Here’s a roundup of the great community productions on offer across Northamptonshire over the coming months.
Sing a Song of Sixpence, a pocket full of rye… We all know the famous nursery rhyme, but few realise that there lies a story filled with romance and evil doings behind this simple song. So come see this tale brought to life in the stage pantomime starring wicked witches, beautiful dames, Kings and Queens plus the blackbirds of course!
Evening: 7.30pm – Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd November 2018
Gala Supper: 7.30pm – Friday 23rd November 2018
Matinee: 2pm – Saturday 24th November 2018
WELFORD VILLAGE HALL
West Street – NN6 6HU
Written especially for the group, Sleeping Beauty sees the sleepy residents of Snoozitania celebrating the arrival of the new heir to the throne. The citizens take a break from using their spinning wheels to spin the softest wool to welcome the new Princess. But when someone important doesn’t get an invite to the Christening party, the future of the laid back kingdom is at stake.
Sleeping Beauty features a cast of more than 20 local performers aged from 5 to 72, and a host of fabulous songs from the 60s.
Duston Community Centre, Pendle Road, NN5 6DT. Evening performances at 7.30pm, plus Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £9 each, available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/duston-players
Christmas Community Theatre
Looking for something different this Christmas? Well, this is the play for you! Eight reindeer dish the dirt on the real Santa. All those rumours you’ve heard about him and the elves. About Rudolph’s little secret and Vixen’s story that was leaked to the press, all true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and they do not hold back! This play is not recommended for younger audiences. Adults only for this one!
Bonkers Playhouse, Victoria Street, Kettering, Northants, NN16 0BU
Tel: 01536 601160
Tickets £10 each, available online
The dramatised version Masque are performing is the adaptation made by John Mortimer for the RSC in 1994, and who, in fact, are performing a new adaptation in Stratford this season. Masque and Masque Youth Theatre also performed the Mortimer version in 2004 under the direction of Ursula Wright, also at Holy Seps and with Les Necus as Scrooge.
Children (aged 15 and under): £6.00
Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton, NN1 3NL – Tues 4 – Sat 8 December at 7.30pm
Cinderella is the best loved story of them all! Packed with songs, jokes and a coachful of laughs. Only magic can save the day when Cinderella’s step sisters stop her from going to the Prince’s Ball – but will she leave the palace before the clock strikes twelve – and what happens when her sisters are left all alone in the deep, dark wood? Make sure you all go to the Ball to find out!
Helmdon School on Thursday 6, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December at 7.30, plus a matinee performance at 2.30 on Saturday 8 Dec
Ticket Prices: Adult £8, Children £5, Family £22, Dave on 01295 760362 or Morag on 01295 768922 https://www.helmdonparishcouncil.gov.uk/the-bridge-players.html
Sam Holcroft’s dark comedy about dysfunctional families – far from your standard production documenting family dynamics and societal norms, Rules For Living introduces more and more bizarre, and quite specific, rules as the play goes on.
Edith plans everything with military precision, but her plans are destined to be thrown into disarray. Her son Matthew arrives partnered by a nervously jocular actor, Carrie, but secretly nurses a passion for his sister-in-law, Sheena. And Sheena, a compulsive drinker, is unable to contain her anger at her cynical, underachieving husband, Adam, or her concern for their psychologically damaged daughter, Emma.
Rules For Living runs at The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton, from 11-15 December 2018. Tickets cost £9 and £8 for concessions, and may be booked by telephoning the box office on 01604 627791 (answerphone) or by emailing email@example.com All details are on the theatre’s website at playhousenorthampton.com
The weird tales of Lewis Carroll adapted for the stage by local writer Mike Ames. This is a show for all the family with all the usual favourites including the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat. Special ticket offer until the end of November.
Christmas Community Theatre
Wellingborough Pantomime Society return with their annual traditional pantomime. The story of poor Mother Goose longing to be rich and beautiful is a battle of good over evil but with the help of a goose laying golden eggs who will win in the end?
Suitable for all the family, don’t miss this lavish production with plenty of fun and laughter.
Tickets: Tue £10; Wed – Sun £16 (£15) Signed performances: Tuesday Evening and Sunday matinee. Relaxed performance: Tuesday Evening. Castle Theatre, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
A run-down seaside town is suffering due to Lord Limploins Senior passing away and leaving his mean and smarmy son, Lord Limploins Junior, to run things in Barnacle Bay – but he didn’t give his son the family jewels.. they are hidden safely!
Lord Limploins Junor wants to own everything, and everyone, and so everywhere has to close down more or less, but Dame Lolita Lobsterpot and team have other ideas. Meanwhile, the townsfolk are doing their best to keep up morale as they try to make sends meet, and Dame Lolita does her best to keep everyone in good spirits for a better future ahead.
So the goodies fight against the baddies to try and find the hidden family jewels to save Barnacle Bay!
Tickets available online Wed 30 Jan -Fri 1 Feb 7.30PM, Sat 2-3 Feb matinees only 2.30PM
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