One Man Two Governors
OCTOBER 2nd - 6th 2018
Director David McCaddon
This delightfully funny play is based on the original Ealing comedy film of the same name brought to the stage by Philip Goulding and is set in the 1950s. When British Railways announce the closure of the Titfield to Mallingford branch line, a group of local village residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a monied member of the community who is attracted by the fact that the train will be hosting a bar service.
The focus is on the Titfield branch line that is threatened with closure much to the delight of the local bus owner Vernon Crump. But that is not going to happen if the formidable Lady Edna Chesterford has anything to do with it.
FEBRUARY 5th - 9th 2019
Director Louise Colohan
Written by by Carlo Goldoni, Grant Olding and Richard Bean the play is set in 1963 in Brighton. Out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is also working for someone else. Complicating events, Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her boyfriend, who is none other than Stanley. Complicating events still further is local mobster Charlie the Duck, who has arranged his daughter Pauline's engagement to Roscoe despite her preference for over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle. Even further complications are prompted by several letters, a very heavy trunk, an extremely elderly waiter and Francis' pursuit of his twin passions: Dolly, Charlie's feminist bookkeeper, and food.
JUNE 11th - 15th 2019
Director Nigel Evans
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life:
he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace written by Joseph Kesselring has become a favourite amongst theatres.