THE THRILL OF LOVE

“The truth: rarely pure, never simple. Well, not on her side of town. She might catch its eye in a shop-front, then turn up her collar, walk on.” A hostess in the West End ‘gentlemen’s clubs’, Ruth Ellis works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. Yet in 1955, the self-styled ‘blonde bombshell’ […]

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THE YORK REALIST

“I live here. I live here. You can’t see that, though. You can’t see it. This is where I live. Here.’ A cottage, 1960s Yorkshire. The York Mystery plays are in rehearsal. Farmhand George becomes one of the cast, straining against his roots as a new world opens up to him.  Can he grasp the […]

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THE CRUCIBLE

“WHEN EVERYONE IS SUSPECT, THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY, MAY BE THE COMMUNITY ITSELF” Arthur Miller’s masterpiece The Crucible, centres on the Salem Witch Trials  and is a timeless parable of morality and a scorching indictment of intolerance. In a tight-knit, repressive community in a Puritan town in the late 17th century. a […]

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THE UNLIKELY GIG

Angie Collins and Matthew Salisbury first met in the Loft’s 2015 production of The Hollow Crown. Angie will be known to Loft regulars both on and off the stage, most recently in Twelfth Night and Playboy of the Western World. Matthew spent many years with the Talisman Theatre and folk group Romany Pie. As The […]

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KEEPING OUR END UP

An action packed comedy drama that shows us the ladies of Longfield Bishop clinging bravely to the metaphorical mast as they fight for survival against the turbulent storm that is life at the bottom of the local bowls league. Or possibly not quite as action packed as that.

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THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD

First staged in Dublin in 1907, it caused a riot. Set in a village in County Mayo a young chancer, Christy Mahon, wanders into a pub claiming he has killed his bullying father. The locals, instead of condemning the act are enchanted by his colourful story and hail him an instant hero. The men toast […]

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SKYLIGHT

“Some plays dissolve with time. David Hare’s Skylight actually seems to have got richer since its premiere in 1995” – Michael Billington, The Guardian Skylight is a complex, thought-provoking, funny and remarkably timeless play about power, politics, and passion. On a chilly night in East London, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit first from […]

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TWELTH NIGHT

“Dost thou think… there shall be no more cakes and ale?” This most delicious of Shakespeare’s comedies portrays mistaken identities, bewildering desires, practical jokes, and ribald revelry. Twelfth Night, written as a Christmas entertainment, is a tale of unrequited love – both comic and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend […]

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