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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S NEWS ROUND UP FOR JUNE

Well the ‘Bouncers’ bounced……….they bounced their way around front of house as the audience arrived and, thankfully, let them all in! They then surrounded us in the auditorium and played multiple characters with aplomb and skill on stage. What a joyous couple of weeks it was as audience and critics alike heaped praise on the […]

Theatre critics Matthew Salisbury and Nick Le Mesurier join forces to bring a classic to the Loft stage

Two Warwickshire theatre critics have swapped the comfort of a seat in the darkened auditorium to be centre stage in a new production coming up in June. Matthew Salisbury, who reviews theatre and music for the Observer, has joined forces with fellow-critic and writer Nick Le Mesurier, to bring a modern version of Russian classic […]

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S ROUND UP FOR APRIL/ MAY

What a joy it was to stage Dylan Thomas’ magical Under Milk Wood, true to its origins as a radio play. We enjoyed creating a BBC radio studio on the stage and the specially composed music, live musicians and Foley sound certainly put the audacious talents of our cast and creatives on display, but we […]

Artistic Director’s Spring Round Up

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S NEWS ROUND UP SPRING 2024 I have recently had a really indulgent week in London catching up with loads of theatre at the Donmar and the National Theatre; both new work and revivals of classics. It is wonderful to see how the best do it. I am super proud at how many times […]

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S ROUND UP – FEBRUARY 2024

We had a cold start to 2024, but the warmth of the audience response to our January production of Life x 3 took off the chill. The play was positively reviewed and it was good to hear laughter in the auditorium and people chatting about the play afterwards. Enormous thanks to my talented company for […]

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S NEW YEAR NEWS ROUND-UP

So the fireworks lit up the sky and 2024 was launched………off we go with what I hope will be a wonderful year of theatre. We are excited to bring you a programme of comedies, original and new versions of classic plays, contemporary theatre, a stunning musical which was a massive hit in London in 2022, […]

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S ROUND UP NOV/DEC 2023

What a brilliant two weeks we had during the run of Macbeth. Very full houses and amazing feedback on this classy production. What was most heartening were the many young audience members who felt that Shakespeare had been presented to them – many of them, for the first time – in a compelling way. The […]

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S OCTOBER NEWS ROUND-UP

How quickly does the year seem to be whizzing by? We held the launch evening at the theatre last week for the productions for the first half of 2024, where the directors chat to our theatre company volunteers about the plays they are to direct, telling them something about them, about the playwrights, about how […]

Artistic Director’s September News Round-Up

AD ROUND UP SEPTEMBER 2023 So……I hope you all made the most of what summer sunshine there was or headed to warmer climes. At the Loft we have had a busy summer, hosting Arts Insight youth theatre for their super successful production ‘Game of Life’, bringing joy to both the students, their families and friends, […]

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S NEWS ROUND UP JULY 2023

The mighty Boudica by Tristan Bernays closed to a cheering, appreciative audience in last month’s production.  When we confirmed the rights to perform this play the agent applauded us for staging such an epic production.  Never a theatre company to shy away from challenges, Libby Morris took up the gauntlet to direct this with confidence […]

Artistic Director’s News Round up – April/May

To some it was Wyrd and to others, just weird, but we had a huge number of Terry Pratchett fans and others who were being introduced to him for the first time, loving our last production of Wyrd Sisters; many attending multiple times. I think four visits was the record! Enormous thanks to Lorna Middleton […]

Loft offers free tickets to young theatre-goers

FREE TICKETS FOR YOUNG THEATRE-GOERS Do you want to see great theatre for free? We are making a great offer to young people to get the theatre habit. It is important for theatres to build their future audience and introduce people to the delights of live theatre. During 2024, tickets to Loft Theatre productions will […]

Loft appoints new Production Manager

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Production Manager, Amy Carroll. Amy brings 20 years professional theatre experience to the role. She has a first class honours degree in Theatre Design and Production from Trinity University College, including vocational training in the USA at California State University.   Amy’s professional freelance career […]

Farewell from Production Manager Kim Green

After 11 years, 3 months and 90 productions, it is time for me to take my final bow as the Production Manager at The Loft.   As many of you will know I am not one who enjoys the bright lights of the stage, but I couldn’t disappear without saying, a few thank yous.  I […]

March News Roundup

We staged Jez Butterworth’s play ‘The Winterling’ and you certainly approved.  We had great audience numbers and the feedback was spectacular.  Here is one such comment from a group who came:- “The standards at the Loft are extraordinary.  Can you raise the bar much higher? The quality of acting, sound, lighting and set design all […]

February News Round-Up

What a cracking start to 2023 that was! I had enjoyed directing our opening play, Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’, so much, working with a brilliant cast and crew and I knew that we had brought something special to the stage. I was not prepared though for the overwhelmingly positive response not only from the reviewers, but […]

New Year News Round Up

NEW YEAR NEWS ROUND UP So there it was……..the Centenary Year………..all wrapped up like a Christmas present. I can hardly believe that it seems to have played out so fast. My thanks to director Mike Rolfe and his immaculate company for delivering such a splendid and visually stunning Shakespeare to round off the year in […]

Latest news round up from Artistic Director

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROUND UP NOVEMBER 2022 So, here we are moving towards the end of the Loft’s special year to mark its Centenary. It hardly seems possible. When we started planning for this year at the start of the pandemic it seemed ages away and when the pandemic lengthened, we were concerned we would even […]

Read the Artistic Director’s round up of news for October

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROUND UP OCTOBER 2022 So The Seagull flew away and we concluded our production of a Chekhov play, to mark his importance to us as a regular feature in our theatre programme across our history. Thank you to all of you who made a donation to the relief fund for those whose lives […]

Read the Artistic Director’s round up of news for September

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROUND UP SEPTEMBER 2022   The summer shimmered with heat and now the temperatures and daylight hours remind us that autumn is beckoning. We staged our new play in July, commissioned specially for the Centenary, written by David Fletcher.  Entitled ‘Taking The Waters’ it told the story of how the discovery of the […]

Read the Artistic Director’s round up of news for July

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROUND UP JULY 2022 Wow….the year is whizzing by. This centenary year has been so special and we had a really celebratory time staging Noel Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ in June. The cast and crew relished listening to the laughter from the audience. Enormous thanks to Lorna Middleton – an experienced director elsewhere, but […]

Latest News from the Artistic Director – May Update

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROUND UP MAY 2022 Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Well not us! The Loft, across its history has often garnered headlines in the press, such as ‘Brave Loft’, ‘Courageous Loft’, for staging work by playwrights who are immensely challenging. In our Centenary year, we needed to acknowledge this history and to pay tribute […]

April 2022 News Round Up

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROUND UP APRIL, 2022 Lady Windermere’s Fan fluttered and certainly found favour with our audience. The exit poll from each night was full of praise and it was such a pleasure to witness the audiences first glimpse of the wonderful set. We were able to welcome a number of new people to the […]

March 2022 News Round Up

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S MARCH 2022 NEWS ROUND UP As I write this latest roundup of news, I can hardly believe we are already a quarter of a way through our Centenary year. What’s going on? Everything seems to be moving at such speed! Within days we shall be staging a rehearsed reading in the Studio of […]

Tribute to Denis Hunt 1926-2022

There are many people who have made significant contributions to the Loft across its history and Denis Hunt is certainly one of them. It is with great sadness that we announce his death on 25th February 2022. A hugely influential and key actor and director at the Loft, who also undertook many theatre administrative roles […]

February 2022 News Round Up

FEBRUARY 2022 ARTISTIC ROUND UP We kicked off our Centenary year in style with Lucy Kirkwood’s contemporary version of Hedda Gabler, a classic in world theatre. Judging from the debate in the bar afterwards and feedback from the audience, the fascination of the character of Hedda lives on in this century as in the last. […]

January 2022 News Round Up

AD ROUND UP JANUARY 2022 HAPPY NEW CENTENARY YEAR! How good it feels to have turned the corner into 2022 and to launch the programme for our Centenary year. Reflecting a hundred years of theatre is daunting, but we have chosen a list of plays which we hope marks the milestones and characteristics of this […]

Christmas Message from The Loft Theatre

MERRY CHRISTMAS! What a year it has been for us all. We were thrilled to reopen the theatre in July and to stage four main house productions, which received such outstanding artistic success. These were all ambitious and mostly large-scale productions and required courage and determination to stage. Reopening a theatre during a pandemic on […]

DONATION FROM LEAMINGTON ARTS SOCIETY

We are most grateful to the Arts Society in Leamington Spa for their generous donation to the Loft Theatre during the current pandemic which has caused such hardship for the arts.  They were particularly positive about our encouragement of the youth group. Act One, which has been so successfully run and led by Libby Morris.’

Madeline Gorrill obituary 1931 – 2021

BUBBLE FEVER CAST; MORE AUDIO PLAYS TO COME

‘BUBBLE FEVER’ BY DAVID FLETCHER Enormous thanks to everyone who responded to the casting call for David Fletcher’s new play which will be presented online as an audio ticketed production. We cast this in record time and rehearsals and recording of the production will be taking place during February. Watch social media and the website […]

2020 projects and 2021 reopening

2020 PROJECTS AND A THEATRICAL REOPENING IN 2021 We are getting ready to welcome you back in 2021 and, when restrictions allow, we shall reopen with Alan Bennett’s glorious version of The Wind in the Willows.  Never have we had so much time to prepare a production for you.  We have glorious sets, we have […]

THE AUDITORIUM AWAITS IN 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR We are waiting for the chance to reopen and to offer you the warmest of welcomes. Your seat awaits… The teams are all standing by… wardrobe, set design, set construction, lighting design and operation, sound design and operation, box office, front of house, bar, scenic artists, actors, directors, production manager, general manager,stage […]

Our re-opening production: an update

As Leamington heads towards Tier 3 after the national lockdown ends on Wednesday, we are sorry to report that once again we are having to postpone our reopening production, Alan Bennett’s wonderful ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Under Tier 3, we are unable to continue rehearsals – and so we will be unable to reopen as […]

Loft Theatre awarded ‘See It Safely’ mark, ready for the return of live theatre to Leamington

A summer and autumn busily working to make Leamington’s Loft Theatre Covid-secure has paid off, as the Loft has now been awarded the Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s ‘See It Safely‘ mark. On hearing the news, Artistic Director Sue Moore said “We wanted to reassure audiences, actors, staff and volunteers alike that you […]

Loft theatre to reopen as a Covid secure venue

UPDATE 01/12/20: Following the news that Leamington is moving to Tier 3 after 2nd December, we have had to postpone rehearsals once again, so our reopening will be delayed. New dates will be provided once we know we can restart rehearsing. We are looking forward to opening our doors to you again as soon as […]

We’re having to send our Wind in the Willows car back to the garage

We’re having to send our Wind in the Willows car back to the garage, as it really does need some work before we reopen in January 2021 – have you seen what a state it’s in?!