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We are proud to present our programme for the coming year. We hope you will enjoy the season, where you will find a play for every taste, from laughs to thrills.

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
26 September—5 October 2024
Historical dramatic comedy centred around a family Christmas from hell. It is 1183 at Henry II’s Chinon castle in France. The topic of the hour is the decision of who will inherit Henry’s crown, and the alliances, deals and betrayals that ensue.
Expect medieval manoeuvring, plotting and politics, and the sharp, witty banter of a deeply dysfunctional dynasty.

Youth Extravaganza
31 October—2 November 2024

It's a Wonderful Life
based on The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
adapted by Mary Elliott Nelson
5—14 December 2024
Christmas Eve, 1946, Bedford Falls. George Bailey feels life has passed him by, and he's at the end of his rope. But George's guardian angel comes to visit, and he's amazed to discover what life would be like without him. Maybe it's a wonderful life, after all.
Based on the Frank Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life, audiences can look forward to a creative, heartfelt, and entertaining retelling of a beloved holiday classic, brought to life as a December treat.

Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn
29 January—1 February & 5—8 February 2025
A play set in and around the imaginations of the seven members of a writers’ group as a seemingly mundane meeting quickly transforms into a series of fantastical and improbable scenarios.
Exploring themes of creativity and the collaborative nature of storytelling, Improbable Fiction invites audiences to reflect on the nature of fiction and the act of creation.

Youth Group Production
20—22 February 2025

Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo and Franca Rame
adapted by Tom Basden
20—29 March 2025
A fraudster known only as the Maniac is brought into police HQ as the officers are preparing for a judicial review of the recent ‘accidental’ death of a suspect in custody, only for him to dupe them into performing a farcical recreation of the incident, exposing the absurd corruption and terrifying idiocy at the heart of the system.
This riotous satire has been widely performed around the world since its premiere in 1970. Tom Basden’s acclaimed adaptation was first performed in 2022 starring Daniel Rigby as the Maniac, transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith in 2023, before moving to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Children's Workshop Production
3—5 April 2025

When The Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
15—24 May 2025
Tragicomic play about love and nuclear war, based on the film by the writer of The Snowman. Set in the 80s under the shadow of the bomb, Jim and Hilda Bloggs do their best to follow official government advice to protect themselves and survive the coming tribulation. This two-hander is set entirely in the Bloggs' country cottage over the bucolic days before and in the aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse.

Duncan Rand One—Act Play Festival
6—19 July 2025
52nd edition of our annual one-act play festival, bringing together theatre groups from far and wide in the spirit of friendly competition.

The licensed amateur productions advertised are presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd. a Concord Theatricals Company , and Nick Hern Books.