We are delighted to announce our 2018 Platinum Season – if a little late! Please remember to check upcoming publicity and website for audition dates.
THE MEMORY OF WATER
Performance Dates: 05 – 10 February 2018
by Shelagh Stephenson | Directed by Wayne Sheridan
Three sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral; as the conflicts of the past converge, everyday lies and tensions reveal the particular patterns and strains of family relationships. The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true.
The Memory of Water was Stephenson’s first play, opening in London in 1996, and was awarded the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Comedy.
Performance Dates: 12 – 17 March 2018
by Alan Ayckbourn | Directed by Malcolm Jones | Bromley Theatre Guild Full-Length Play Festival Entry
This hilarious and, often, heart-breaking play was first performed in London at the Lyric Theatre in 1999. It is set in the foreseeable future when everything has changed except human nature; a future where TV daytime soaps are performed by android actors emotionally programmed by the control room. One, JC 31333, finds herself humanized as Jacie Triplethree, complete with a sense of humour and Adam Trainsmith, a young scriptwriter on the show, falls for her with hilarious results.
“Comic Potential hurts you with the sheer exuberance of its laughter and liberates you with its seriousness.” – Sunday Times
SLEAZE, SMUT, SCANDAL: A Saucy Night at the Musicals
Performance Dates: 30 – 31 March 2018
Directed by Fiona Vail | Performed by members of the Beckenham Theatre Glee Club
Following on from our hugely successful 48 hour pantomime, The Fugly Sisters, we have spotted a gap in the market for slightly raunchier fare, and now the Beckenham Theatre Glee Club brings you… Sleaze, Smut & Scandal – A Saucy Night at the Musicals!
Rehearsed in just 24 hours and performed over Easter weekend, this will be another madcap experiment and should be a huge amount of fun for cast and audience alike!
Musical Theatre has always offered a way to enjoy deviance through the medium of song. Following a long tradition of popular musical weekend spots at Beckenham, the Glee Club will present a selection of great showtunes with a slightly naughty angle: linked (sometimes tenuously) by sleaze, smut or scandal. The content may be geared towards adult ears, but the show is totally suitable for all ages, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!
Performance Dates: 30 April – 05 May 2018
by Nina Raine | Directed by Kyle Cluett | Kent Drama Association Full-Length Play Festival Entry
First seen at the Royal Court in 2010, Nina Raine’s play concerns Billy, the only deaf member of a loving, yet comically dysfunctional, British-Jewish family living in London. Billy’s world is suddenly opened-up when he meets Sylvia, a young woman who has grown up as the only hearing member of a deaf family, and he realises how sheltered from the deaf world he has been by his family. As Billy learns sign language with Sylvia, he grapples with his own identity and the meaning of belonging, community, and family.
“Though this is a play about deafness, it is one that constantly sounds the still, sad music of humanity.” – Daily Telegraph
SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS
Performance Dates: 29 May – 02 June 2018
A musical play adapted from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by Stephen Chadwick, Helen MacGregor and Eleanor Alberga| Directed by Louise Garraway| A Beckenham Children’s Theatre Production
Snow White’s mother dies and her father the King advertises for a new bride. He ends up choosing Miss Maclahose, who brings to the castle with her a “magic talking looking glass.” It always provides the correct answer to any question you ask. For ten years, every day the Queen asks it “Who is the fairest of them all?” The answer is always herself. One day, though, it says that Snow White is prettier, and then the trouble begins…
The Children’s Theatre present an exciting and colourful musical version of Roald Dahl’s revolting children’s favourite!
THE BREATH OF LIFE
Performance Dates: 25 June – 30 June 2018
by David Hare| Directed by Fleur Buckley
‘Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge’
David Hare’s elegantly wrought but vitriolic moral tale centres around the buttoned up but inwardly raging Frances and the brittle but funny, Madeleine who both have the promise of youth behind them and whose lives are interwoven in ways neither of them yet understands. However, they also have another thing in common – Martin, Frances’ lawyer husband who has abandoned both wife and mistress for a younger model in Seattle. Frances turns up at Madeleine’s retirement flat in the Isle of Wight and wife and mistress confront each other.
Performance Dates: 06 – 11 August 2018
by John Osborne | Directed by Colleen Batson
Archie Rice is a failure as a comedian. News of his son’s death while on military service arrives as the family is anticipating his return with a party. Archie tries to stage a comeback for his befuddled, has-been and a more prosperous brother offers to send the family to Canada but Archie cannot leave the decaying world of the music hall, where he is most at home.
Having depicted an “angry young man” in his earlier play, Look Back in Anger, Osborne wrote, at Laurence Olivier’s request, about an angry middle-aged man in The Entertainer which was first performed at the Royal Court in 1957.
THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Performance Dates: 17 – 22 September 2018
Book by Rachael Sheinkin | Music and Lyrics by Willam Finn | Conceived by Rebecca Feldman | Additional Material by Jay Reiss | Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine | Directed by Fiona Vail
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through the contest hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake!
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences since it first appeared in 2004 with its effortless wit and humour.
Performance Dates: 22 – 27 October 2018
Directed by Emma Berryman | A Beckenham Youth Theatre Production
‘Our Man’ is a soldier. He gets up, has breakfast and embarks on his mission. What makes this play interesting is that ‘Our Man’ is actually being controlled by six people living inside his head! We witness all the problems faced by his “control team”, including all the arguments, all the accidents and all the misunderstandings between them in their running of this “lethal fighting machine“ struggling to stay alive…
Performance Dates and Times:
Matinee 3.00pm: Sunday 16 December
Evening 7.30pm: Monday 17 — Friday 21 December
Christmas Break between Saturday, 22 December – Wednesday, 26 December
Evening 7.30pm: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December
Matinee 3.00pm: Saturday 29 December — Tuesday 1 January 2019
by Malcolm Jones | Directed by Malcolm & Melanie Jones
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! Yes, it’s literally the Mother of all Pantos: Mother Goose! Beckenham Theatre are proud to present a brand new version of the show written by our very own Malcolm Jones and directed by Malcolm and his wife, Melanie! So come and celebrate Christmas at BTC with an exclusive show written and directed by local legends!
**All details subject to change**