The Good Life by Jeremy Sams
Monday November 27th 2023 to Saturday December 2nd 2023
When Tom and Barbara Good decide to exchange the pressures of the rat race for an alternative, more sustainable way of living, they set about turning their suburban home in Surbiton into a model of self-sufficiency. They grow their own fruit and veg, keep livestock in the garden, make their own clothes, and even generate their own electricity from manure.
It's the good life for them – but not for Margo and Jerry Leadbetter, who live next door, and are desperately trying to maintain the Surbiton status quo.
Jeremy Sam’s stage play, based on the hugely popular sitcom by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, reunites the well-loved characters (not forgetting Geraldine the goat) as they get themselves into and out of scrapes – some old, some new, all hilarious.
Tapping into issues that resonate now more than ever, The Good Life is a witty reimagining of a television classic, with a wellyful of laughs that's sure to delight audiences everywhere.
A Christmas Carol - Thursday 14th December 2023
One Night Only
Join us for a seasonal recitation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens performed by Graham Tyson. Not to be confused with the full play adaptation or the more familiar film versions, this is the original story that was performed by Dickens himself. Graham has performed this recitation on many previous occasions including Capesthorne Hall and other hotels and venues.
It has been said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas. This, of course, is not true. It is more correct to say that with his 1843 masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, he reinvented Christmas. The miser Scrooge’s descent into seeing Christmas as a humbug, and his subsequent transformation brought about by the spirits, can be seen as a microcosm of the decline and rebirth of the Christmas tradition. Today, after nearly two centuries, A Christmas Carol continues to be relevant, sending a message that cuts through the materialistic trappings of the season and gets to the heart and soul of Christmas time.
One could say that Charles Dickens has probably had more influence on the way we celebrate Christmas today than any single individual in human history…except One.
A one night only chance to revisit this classic Story that many will be familiar with. The ticket price includes some light seasonal refreshments.
After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber
Monday February 5th 2024 to Saturday February 10th 2024
Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie is not a translation of Strindberg's classic Miss Julie but a version of it, moving the action from the original 19th-century Sweden to the England of 1945. Class suspicions and resentments, the erotic collusion of antagonists, the struggle against repressive social mores - all feature in this sharp, tense drama which combines Strindberg's original vision with Patrick Marber's own consummate skill in drawing believable and psychologically astute characters who’s every word has point and deadly meaning.
Art by Yasmina Reza
Monday 8th April 2024 to Saturday 13th April 2024
Serge has bought a modern painting for a huge sum of money. Marc hates it and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides.
If your friendship is based on tacit mutual agreement what happens when one person does something completely different and unexpected?
Art, winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of the Year received its British premiere at Wyndham's Theatre, London in 1994 starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott.
All The Ordinary Angels by Nick Leather
Monday 10th June 2024 to Saturday 15th June 2024
First premiered at The Royal Exchange in Manchester in 2005 and winner of the prestigious Pearson Best Play award in 2004.
The patriarch of a traditional - and failing - ice cream business pits his two sons against each other to determine who will inherit the company. The game is on. Younger son Lino has lived in the bullying shadow of older brother Rocco all his life. Rocco's a chancer who'll stop at nothing to win and doesn't care who gets hurt.
Lulu, the quirky quality control girl at the factory makes a 'special recipe' ice cream reserved for parties held by her brother Joe, an unscrupulous and brutal man with a shady past - It tastes amazing, and people want more and more and more of it - but what is the secret ingredient? Will the competition tear the brothers apart and destroy the family business forever...?
All the Ordinary Angels is a story of sibling rivalry, the descent into the underbelly of illicit substance abuse and the consequences of winning at any cost.