Merrily We Roll Along: It’s a bold, intelligent and ambitious production that brings depth to the dazzle.

Merrily We Roll Along Stephen Sondheim and George Furth Director: James Suckling Musical Director: Liam Walker Reviewer: Nick Le Mesurier – Leamington Courier The ups and downs of show biz life were never more starkly revealed than in Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical Merrily We Roll Along. It’s a tale of rags to riches, or rather […]

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Merrily We Roll Along: An evening of high professionalism

Merrily We Roll Along Reviewer: Peter McGarry It’s a fair old step from idealism to cynicism – and when you’re going backwards, it becomes more of a giant stride. This is the way things work in Stephen Sondheim’s showbiz musical which, in effect, challenges its players to un-develop their characters over the course of two […]

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Audition for Anne Boleyn, Sunday, 15th December at 2.0 p.m

AUDITION NOTICE   ANNE BOLEYN by HOWARD BRENTON Director: TARA LACEY     Audition –  at the Loft Sunday, 15th December at 2.0 p.m. Rehearsals begin 7 February 2020 Show dates – April 1-11 2020   “Political pawn whose ambitious family manoeuvred her into the King’s bed or predator manipulating her way to power? How […]

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Keeping Our End Up – Review by Peter McGarry

Keeping Our End Up By Mark Carey Reviewer: Peter McGarry Picture the scene. A dowdy sports club pavilion in which the very air is tinged with feelings of failure. Are we talking  lacklustre village cricket? Or love-all local tennis, perhaps? The last image to mind could well be women’s bowling. Too insignificant, you say? Think […]

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two of the most powerful and committed performances to grace a Midlands stage

Skylight Loft Theatre, Leamington, until February 2 Reviewer: Peter McGarry Play or debate?  Skylight blends both elements in an extraordinary blast of theatrical ingenuity. David Hare’s drama weaves a complex pattern of politics and passion but at no stage loses its grip on mid-1990s issues of the heart. The debate side covers the fact that […]

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A play explored with such intelligence and such perfectly nuanced delivery one hangs on every glistening word

Skylight By David Hare Director  Sue Moore The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa 23 January – 2 February 2019 REVIEW BY NICK LE MESURIER LEAMINGTON COURIER If the Loft Theatre Company are to improve on their start to 2019 they’ll have to work very hard indeed. Because their new production of Skylight, David Hare’s three-hander about […]

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SKYLIGHT TRAILER

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Twelfth Night, Warwick Boar “A clear hit”

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be on stage at Leamington’s very own Loft Theatre until December 15, and it is not one you want to miss. Director William Wilkinson’s production is fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining, and modern, but not quite the usual production of this Christmas play that you might expect. Set in Illyria, Twelfth Night follows […]

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Beauty, Wit and Wisdom abound in Twelfth Night

LEAMINGTON COURIER REVIEW BY NICK LE MESURIER TWELFTH NIGHT The Loft’s version of Twelfth Night is a colourful rendition of Shakespeare’s tale of unrequited love, delivered in modern dress but without fancy gimmicks or pretensions. It is a show full of bold characters who speak their lines with obvious affection and respect. One doesn’t go […]

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ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH REVIEWS

THE PITY OF WAR REPERTORY SEASON ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH REVIEW BY PETER McGARRY IN little over an hour, this aims to outline the human story of the First World War through the emotive and richly colourful poems of Wilfred Owen. It’s a tall order but writer-director David Fletcher has applied a powerful and stately […]

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