Chesil Theatre announces new season of productions

Chesil Theatre announces new season of productions

Rehearsals are already underway for the September production, For Services Rendered by Somerset Maugham. In the cosy England of 1932, the Ardsley family seems to be managing their lives well following the trauma of World War I and the Great Depression. Yet each of them struggles for survival in a world turned upside down. This brilliant commentary was originally considered defeatist, even subversive, but certainly still resonates today.

Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith is a provocative drama that challenges notions of honour, and the belief that love will prevail. After 32 years of apparently happy and contented marriage one of the couple has the unexpected chance of an exciting new way of life but at the expense of the happiness and security of the other members of the family. Should the opportunity be taken or should a sense of honour prevail?

Between editing Private Eye and appearing on Have I Got News For You, Ian Hislop, with Nick Newman, turned his hand to writing comedy. A Bunch of Amateurs in January 2019 finds a Hollywood star in the twilight of his career invited to play King Lear at Stratford. However, it turns out not to be the famous home of the bard but a small provincial town with the RSC replaced by the local amateurs! What can possibly go wrong?”

The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard, is the March production. Henry is a successful playwright married to Charlotte who has the lead role in his latest play about infidelity. Her co-star Max is married to another actress, Annie, and Annie and Henry are madly in love – but is it any more real than the subjects of Henry’s play? Stoppard’s brilliant wit is demonstrated superbly in the sparkling dialogue. This play will stretch the mind and steal the heart.

The multi-award winning The Children by Lucy Kirkwood premiered at the Royal Court, London in November 2016. The Chesil Theatre is honoured to be the one of the first amateur companies licensed to perform the play in May 2019. Two retired scientists move to an isolated cottage as the country around them crumbles. One day there’s a new arrival, an old friend they haven’t seen for many years. Why has she come?
This rich and beautifully written play provokes questions that will develop in the mind long after the lights have faded.

The July play Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime adapted by Constance Cox from a short story by Oscar Wilde. has been described as Jeeves and Wooster meet Fargo
When a chiromantist (a reader of palms) predicts Arthur will commit murder, he decides to postpone his wedding until the dastardly deed is done. Aided by Baines, his trusted butler, and an inept anarchist, a comedy of errors ensues, putting Arthur’s relatives and marriage plans in jeopardy.

Add the 10×10 New Writing Festival in October, the Youth groups preparing for their show in February 2019 and it is clear that the Chesil continues to bring live theatre of the highest standard to the city. More details can be found on the website chesiltheatre.org.uk