Little Theatre's Summer Season Gets off to a Sizzling
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
"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 www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com.
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