Little Theatre 2012 line-up is unveiled

HEBDEN Bridge Little Theatre have released the line-up of productions for the 2012 programme which begins with Alan Ayckbourn’s Round And Round The Garden.

Director Ray Riches said: “It’s a hilarious comedy which will bring a bit of cheer to the winter glooms.”

The plays runs from February 20 to February 25.

President Vaughan Leslie said of the line up of productions: “The play reading committee have come up trumps again with a well balanced programme with something for everyone.”

The Easter play is Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, of which director Steve Hirst says: “shows that she was not only capable of writing a whodunnit with the usual twists and turns, but had a good feeling for comedy”.

Hannah Stow returns to direct the summer play, California Suite, which shows the lives of people as, in turn, they pass through one hotel suite. A real variety of relationships are explored with Neil Simon’s usual humour and insight.

Willy Russell’s hit Blood Brothers is the Autumn play, which will be directed by Sharon McCarter.

She said: “This heart-rending story of brothers separated at birth and their subsequent relationships will produce as many smiles as tears.”

The year is rounded off, appropriately in the bicentenary celebrations of Dickens’ birth, with a production of A Christmas Carol. It has been specially written and adapted by the director Bob Morton who promises “an extravaganza of epic proportions”.

It is easy to see why season tickets have grown so popular with such a line-up, the theatre company believes.

Secretary Sue Riches said: “Participants can see five plays for the price of four. It’s a real bargain and they make excellent gifts.”

People can join the scheme by ringing her on 01422 843907.

Last year the theatre completed the first phase of its £75,000 Raise the Roof campaign to create extra accommodation over the bar and lounge. The extension gives the company extra dressing rooms and more space for storing props and costumes.

Most importantly for the company the alterations have also created a separate meeting and rehearsal area so productions can overlap.