2017 Season Announced

We are delighted to announce the BTC Season for 2017. Please check upcoming publicity and website for audition dates.

GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM

Performance Dates: 13 – 18 February 2017

by David Wood based on the book by Michelle Magorian | Directed by Tim James

Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London.

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE

Performance Dates: 20 – 25 March 2017

by John Van Druten | Directed by Malcolm Jones | Bromley Theatre Guild Full-Length Play Festival Entry

In the late 1950s, Gillian Holroyd is a modern-day witch living in New York City’s Greenwich Village. When she encounters charming publisher Shepherd Henderson, she decides to make him hers by casting a love spell. Gillian takes added pleasure in doing so because Henderson is engaged to her old college rival. However, Gillian finds herself actually falling for Shepherd, which poses a problem: she will lose her powers if she falls in love…

This ever-popular romantic comedy was filmed in 1958 with an all-star cast that included James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Hermione Gingold and Elsa Lanchester.

IN PRAISE OF LOVE

Performance Dates: 01 – 06 May 2017

by Terence Rattigan | Directed by Fleur Buckley | Kent Drama Association Full-Length Play Festival Entry

The play is inspired by the true life situation of Rattigan’s friend Rex Harrison and his wife, Kay Kendall, who suffered an early death from cancer. In the play, Lydia is shielding her husband, irascible Drama Critic, Sebastian, from the knowledge that she has leukaemia. Sebastian does in fact know however, and is seeking to spare her.

In order to do so, he has to continue to treat her and their son, Joey as boorishly as he has always done. In the process he lets his son down so badly that their relationship may be irretrievably lost. This is much to the horror of his friend Mark, who has loved his friend’s wife for years, and is appalled by Sebastian’s treatment of both Lydia and Joey.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Performance Dates: 29 May – 03 June 2017

by Joseph Robinette based on the book by C.S. Lewis | Directed by Melanie Jones | A Beckenham Children’s Theatre Production

This new dramatisation of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes are represented in this exciting dramatization. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

HANDBAGGED

Performance Dates: 26 June – 01 July 2017

by Moira Buffini | Directed by Kyle Cluett

Liz vs. Maggie

Two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors.

Following its sell-out success at London’s Tricycle Theatre, where it first premiered in 2014 and won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Handbagged transferred to the West End for a 4-month season, playing to packed houses and enjoying sensational reviews.

BLOOD BROTHERS (play version)

Performance Dates: 07 – 12 August 2017

by Willy Russell | Directed by Howard James

This is the non-musical play version of the hugely successful musical. Based loosely on the 1844 novella ‘The Corsican Brothers’, the story is a contemporary nature vs. nurture plot, revolving around twin boys who were separated at birth. Their contrasting upbringing and the hand fate deals them is fast-moving, perceptive and ultimately tragic.

DARKER SHORES

Performance Dates: 18 – 23 September 2017

by Michael Punter | Directed by Andy Solts

A ghost story.

It is Christmas 1875 and Professor Gabriel Stokes takes lodging at The Sea House, on a desolate stretch of the East Sussex Coast. No sooner has he arrived there then the troubled history of the house comes to the forefront with unexplained and mysterious happenings.

Having enlisted the help of Tom Beauregard, an American spiritualist, the two embark on a terrifying journey to discover the truth…

The play premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2009 with a cast that included Mark Gatiss and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

HORROR DOUBLE BILL

Performance Dates: 23 – 28 October 2017

Directed by Malcolm & Melanie Jones | A Beckenham Youth Theatre Production

Prepare yourself for an evening of chills and thrills as we present a double bill with a decidedly sinister and scary theme.

Full details will be announced soon, so watch this space…if you dare!

THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY

Performance Dates: December 2017

by Tim Firth | Directed by Michael Darbon

Mizzis Horrocks’ class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads – and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he’s not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won’t stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes.

**All details subject to change**