A Murder Is Announced
October 24th - 26th 2019
By Agatha Christie
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde
The youthful, pure and handsome Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.
Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied and amoral experiences, while staying young and beautiful; all the while his portrait ages and records every sin.
The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
A Bunch Of Amateurs
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village desperate to raise funds for the perpetuation of their beloved am-dram group. Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear.
Writer Nick Newman describes this play as “a love-letter to amateur dramatics”.
The play is lots of fast paced fun and perfect for an am-dram group such as Theydon, who are happy to laugh at our crazy hobby and ourselves for undertaking everything that we do.
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Theydon’s summer show will this year be Much Ado about Nothing, probably Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedy, but with a very dark side too. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we will be setting the play in 1918.
Claudio and Benedick return home from the Great War. Claudio has been pining for his love, Hero. Benedick loves her cousin Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick; but because neither will admit it, nothing seems likely to bring them together. Only the intrigues of a soldier with a dark heart, force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice – by vowing to kill his best friend, Claudio.
Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Each year, on 10 October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts the equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on ..... By turns funny and poignant , this comedy by Ronald Harwood was a success during the cold winter month of March '18.
Follows the famous story, adapted for panto by Norman Robbins, the beautiful Cinderella is bullied by her wicked stepmother Medusa and step sisters Euthanasia and Asphyxia. Buttons, the footman in love with Cinderella tries to protect her but she falls in love with Prince Charming. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball but as the clock strikes midnight, her luck runs out. Full of romance and fun, this most beloved pantomime will delight the audience with song, dance and comedy
The Hound of Baskervilles
Holmes' most spine chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version with suspense, humor and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry's romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work?
Snake In The Grass - 8,9,10th June 2017
Miriam has cared for her father in the family home during his vituperative last years with the help of a creepily polite nurse. On his death Annabel returns home after some years in Tasmania to find that he has left the bulk of his fortune to her. Alice complains that Miriam sacked her and is intent upon blackmail, saying she has evidence that Miriam did away with the old man. Miriam and Annabel join forces against Alice and throw her body down the well but all does not end there!
THIRD WEEK IN AUGUST- 16,17,18th March 2017
When Sue decides to try and get away from everybody on a solo caravan holiday, little does she realise that she’s booked into the caravan site from hell! She is soon taken under the wing of expert but inadequate caravanner Neville… when he’s not engaged in battle with his wife or trying to cope with his recently separated sister-in-law. Matters become complicated with the arrival of the enthusiastic Tony and his sceptical girlfriend Jenny, who has joined him against her better judgement. In an effort to boost ‘camp spirit’, Neville decides that a communal barbeque is the order of the day… then things really start to hot up!!
Blithe Spirit- 12,14,15th January 2017
The play was first seen in the West End in 1941, creating a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances. It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances. The play enjoyed several West End and Broadway revivals in the 1970s and 1980s and was revived again in London in 2004, 2011 and 2014 and was last performed by Theydon in 1988.
Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house, attended by friends – Doctor and Mrs Bradman. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for several years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, is troubled by what ensues as Elvira haunts the household.
Can Madame Arcarti exorcise this ethereal being and what, if anything, has this do to with the maid - Edith ?
Lock up your Daughters- 7,28,29th October 2016
Lock Up Your Daughters is a musical based on the 18th Century play Rape Upon Rape by Henry Fielding, with references to the Restoration play The Relapse by John Vanbrugh. It was adapted by Bernard Miles, with lyrics by Lionel Bart and music by Laurie Johnson. The first production was at the Mermaid Theatre in 1959.
Licentious London, 1735: The age of the coffee-house politician. Hilaret, our naive heroine, determined to escape her over-protective father, sets forth to elope with her beloved Captain Constant. Justice Squeezum, a corrupt roguish judge, has a fine time keeping tabs on his distinctly lecherous wife, Mrs Squeezum. Add in Ramble, a virile gentleman in love with the ladies, his friend Sotmore, more in love with his wine, and many other colourful characters, plus plots galore, mistaken identity, intrigue and double-dealing… All the ingredients of a Restoration play with lively music and lyrics to help the story unfold! It all adds up to an evening of frolic and fun!
Rumours - 9,10,11th June 2016
Ken and Chris have found their host Charley, a prominent Government official, in his bedroom, too dazed to speak, with a bullet wound in his ear lobe! Len and Claire arrive, themselves injured in a car crash, and are soon joined by Ernest and Cookie, Glenn and Cassie, each with their own problems. A second, accidental, gunshot leaves Ken temporarily deaf, the police arrive and Len has to pretend he is Charley, concocting a touching and fantastic explanation ...
Theydon Bois Drama Society productions of the last 30 years
1986 Mother Goose; Look Who’s Talking; Murder in Company; When We Are Married
1987 Aladdin; The Magistrate; Virtue Triumphant; Key for Two
1988 Sinbad the Sailor; Semi-Detached; Blithe Spirit
1989 The Sleeping Beauty; Fools Rush In; Nightmare
1990 A Christmas Carol; Habeas Corpus; Stepping Out
1991 Ali Baba; Under Milk Wood; The Winslow Boy; Look No Hans
1992 Little Miss Muffet; Pack of Lies; Variety Show; California Suite
1993 Dick Whittington; The Hollow; The Importance of Being Earnest; Hobson’s Choice
1994 Jack and the Beanstalk; Something to Hide; Variety Show; An Inspector Calls
1995 Cinderella; Oliver; A Man for All Seasons
1996 The Wind in the Willows; Night Must Fall; Table Manners; Stagestruck
1997 Lend Me a Tenor; And Then There Were None; The Happiest Days of Your Life
1998 A Funny Thing Happened/Forum; Jekyll and Hyde; Twelfth Night; How the Other Half Loves
1999 Worzel Gummidge; The Dresser; Arsenic and Old Lace; She Stoops to Conquer
2000 Stages; Lost in Yonkers; The Anniversary; Beyond Reasonable Doubt
2001 A Christmas Carol; Outside Edge; Run for Your Wife
2002 The Slipper and the Rose; Rebecca; Relatively Speaking; Steel Magnolias
2003 Sentimental Journey; Therese Raquin; Time and Time Again; Over the Moon
2004 Sleeping Beauty; Deathtrap; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lettice and Lovage
2005 Radio Times; Sand Castles; A Month of Sundays; The Roses of Eyam
2006 A Chorus of Disapproval; 84 Charing Cross Road; Rope; Tiptoe through the Tombstones
2007 Season’s Greetings; Deadly Nightcap; Kindly Leave the Stage; Dangerous Corner
2008 Rumpelstiltskin; Cactus Flower; Hay Fever; Plaza Suite
2009 By Jeeves; The Heiress; Don’t Dress for Dinner; Tartuffe
2010 Aladdin; Time of My Life; Love’s a Luxury; Murder Mistaken
2011 Viva Variety; The Beaux’ Stratagem; Lloyd George Knew My Father; Pygmalion
2012 ’Allo ’Allo; The Odd Couple; Macbeth; Fallen Angels
2013 Absurd Person Singular; See How They Run; The Aspern Papers; When We Are Married
2014 Viva Variety II; Murder Weapon; Billy Liar; Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror
2015 Up Pompeii; The Ladykillers; The Diary of Anne Frank; Yes Prime Minister
2016 Confusions; The Killing of Sister George; Rumours