Variety marks theatre’s 20th anniversary

Vaughan Leslie, left, pictured with Anniie Brown in last summer's California Spring, directs one of the anniversary year's productions
Vaughan Leslie, left, pictured with Anniie Brown in last summer's California Spring, directs one of the anniversary year's productions

HEBDEN Bridge Little Theatre members are celebrating the 20th anniversary of its opening by unveiling of the programme for the 2013 season.

President Michael Peel said: “It’s a special year and our play reading committee has worked hard to make sure that there is a well-balanced programme, with something for everyone.”

Setting the ball rolling is Jimmy Chinn’s bitter-sweet comedy “Sylvia’s Wedding” which will run from February 25 to March 2, directed by Alan Stockdill. After 10 years of courting Gordon has finally proposed to Sylvia over cod and chips, which sends both sets of parents into turmoil. In spite of all obstacles the wedding is set to go ahead - until fate intervenes.

In contrast the spring play is Arthur Miller’s classic American drama “All My Sons” which runs from April 22 to 27. It was the first play to bring Miller success, dealing with the powerful themes of guilt and betrayal, exposing the dark truths behind the so called “American dream.”

Director Vaughan Leslie said: “The play has only just become available again for amateur performance, so I’m delighted to be given the chance to direct this tragic masterpiece. There are still three male roles to be filled. Anyone interested contact me on 01422 845446 or 07415062810.”

Summer sees the welcome return of Alan Bennett’s bawdy farce, “Habeas Corpus”, which was in fact the opening production of the new building. Director Richard Brook said: “With characters like Percy Shorter and Felicity Rumpers you can see why it has been called ‘as jolly a romp as a saucy, seaside postcard.’” It runs from June 17 to 22.

It’s back to weightier matters in the autumn when Jenny Gore directs “Kindertransport” which focuses on the problems faced by Jewish children who were separated from their parents and given a safe passage to this country to escape the horrors of the death camps. It runs from October 7 to 12.

It’s all change again for the last play of the season, Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” which runs from December 2 to 7. directed by Bob Morton.

The plot revolves around Mortimer Brewster who, despite having written several books describing marriage as an “old-fashioned” superstition, falls in love and marries Elaine Harper, who grew up next door to him in Brooklyn, New York.

The theatre offers a season ticket with which you can see five plays for the price of four. Join the scheme by phoning 01422 843907. The theatre is looking for new members either to act or help backstage.