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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 128 - 29 July 2011

Little Theatre's Summer Season Gets off to a Sizzling Start

Sheringham Little Theatre's annual summer repertory season got off to a sizzling start on July 1st, with Neil Simon's finely-crafted comedy, Last of the Red Hot Lovers. The much-loved play, which returns for a second run on July 27, tracks middle-aged Barney Cashman's failed attempts to spice up his "nice" life by embarking on an illicit romance behind the back of his "nice wife".

Opening on July 12 is Patrick Hamilton's nail-biting Victorian thriller Gaslight, which runs until July 19. Directed by Illona Linthwaite and set in fogbound London in 1880, the cleverly-written play promises to have audiences on the edge of their seats, as the story unfolds of a woman convinced she is being driven slowly mad. Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy Absent Friends, Robin Hawdon's uproarious farce Perfect Wedding and Donald Churchill's hysterical comedy The Decorator complete the summer line-up.

Little Theatre director and summer rep producer Debbie Thompson said the five-play season promised audiences the usual mix of a top team of guest directors and a talented company of professional actors. "We are really pleased to welcome back some familiar faces, as well as a number of actors who are new to Sheringham," she added.

Little Theatre regular Nick Earnshaw, who proved a hit with last year's rep audiences, will be appearing in three plays, with Sarah Langton and Eleanor Buchan also putting in return appearances.

"Because we have a really tight company of actors, all of whom will be doing three or four plays, audiences have a chance get to know the actors and see them in a wide range of roles," Mrs Thompson said. "So, in true rep tradition, they will be appearing in one play, while learning their lines for another." Guest directors include London drama school principal Peter Craze, former Maddermarket Theatre artistic director Clare Goddard, and Mrs Thompson's husband Simon, who is a drama teacher at Paston College. Also joining the Little Theatre directorial team for the first time this year will be Anna Orford, who is currently working on a West End play with comedy legend John Cleese.

"I think we have the perfect recipe for a really fantastic season, which, as well as delighting holiday makers and our loyal audience members who come back year after year, will attract people who might not normally come to the theatre," Mrs Thompson said. "
Tickets, priced 15 Friday and Saturday (14.50 Monday-Thursday, 11.50 matinees, 8.50 under 18s), are available from the box office on 01263 822347. For more information, visit

The full Sheringham Little Theatre summer repertory line-up is as follows:

July 1-9 and July 27-August 2: Neil Simon's comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
July 12-19 and August 10-16: Patrick Hamilton's Victorian thriller Gaslight.
July 21-26 and August 17-23: Alan Ayckbourn's much loved comedy Absent Friends.
August 4-9 and August 31-September 6: Robin Hawdon's uproarious farce Perfect Wedding.
August 25-30 and September 7-10: Donald Churchill's hysterical comedy The Decorator