The Unexpected Guest
by Agatha Christie
19 to 28 September 2019
Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously... but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all...
Box Office opens 10 June (postal only for members); 1 August (online for non-members)
Out of Order
by Ray Cooney
24 October to 2 November 2019
When Richard Willey, a government junior minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition's typists, things go disastrously wrong. Add in a persistent hotel manager, a dead body which keeps turning up at inopportune moments, and a troublesome window frame, and you have all the elements of a classic farce.
Box Office opens 15 July (postal only for members); 1 August (online for non-members)
The Railway Children
by E Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
28 November to 7 December 2019
Mike Kenny’s imaginative adaptation was first staged at the National Railway Museum in York, and then at London Waterloo. Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis have their affluent Edwardian lives turned upside down when their father is accused of espionage and taken away by police and dwindling finances force the family to move to a rural village in the North of England. After the initial culture shock, they soon befriend the locals. But with little money and nothing to do, the children spend their days waving at trains bound for London to “send their love to Father”. When a kindly old gentleman waves back, their fortunes begin to change...
Box Office opens 2 September (members); 16 September (non-members)
Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense'
by The Goodale Brothers adapted from P G Wodehouse
16 to 25 January 2020
An inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act. When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status & marry the ghastly girl himself! Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Box Office opens 16 September (members); 30 September (non-members)
by Jessica Swale
20 to 29 February 2020
1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade, yet they are not allowed to graduate. Their male counterparts finish with degrees, while the girls leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - a highly educated but unmarriageable woman. Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide, or the strength of the opposition who will do anything to stop them.
Box Office opens 28 October (members); 11 November (non-members)
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh
26 March to 4 April 2020
A darkly humorous play from the award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, McDonagh’s debut play tells the tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely spinster in her early forties, and Mag her devilishly manipulative ageing mother whose interference in Maureen's first - and potentially last - loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as funny as it is unsettling. Maureen might long for the romance that will spirit her away, but if she goes, who will stir the lumps out of Mag's Complan?
Please note: contains strong language and violence.
Box Office opens 2 December (members); 16 December (non-members)
by David Haig
7 to 16 May 2020
June 1944. Everything is in place for the biggest invasion ever known in Europe – D-Day. But one last crucial factor remains: the weather. American celebrity weatherman Colonel Krick predicts sunshine, while Scotsman Dr James Stagg, Chief Meteorological Officer for the Allied Forces, forecasts a storm. General Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander, knows the decision will not only seal the fates of thousands of men, but could win or lose the entire war: so which of these rival experts should he trust? This play has been chosen to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020.
Box Office opens 20 January (members); 3 February (non-members)
by Charles Dickens adapted for the stage by Alastair Cording
25 June to 4 July 2020
One of Dickens's most autobiographical stories, beautifully dramatised by Alastair Cording while retaining all the drama and humour of the original book. David Copperfield has a happy childhood until his widowed mother remarries the severe Mr Murdstone. When Mrs Copperfield dies, young David must make his way in London and lodges with Mr Wickfield, a lawyer, and befriends his gentle daughter, Agnes. David becomes infatuated with the sweet Dora Spenlow, but as they discover, it takes more than love to make a marriage last. Along the way we meet many of Dickens's marvellous creations: the caring Clara Peggotty, the jolly Micawber family, the sinister Uriah Heep, and David’s eccentric aunt, Betsey Trotwood. By the end justice is served, the innocent reprieved, and loving devotion reciprocated and rewarded.
This production of David Copperfield will be going to The Minack Theatre, Cornwall for performances 27th - 31st July 2020.
Box Office opens 23 March (members); 6 April (non-members)