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20 -25 FEBURARY 2023

Directed by Tony  Hudson

SUMMARY

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles...

24 -29 APRIL 2023

Directed by Jamie Craker

SUMMARY

Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s hugely successful novel takes us from Jane’s birth through her troubled childhood with her cruel aunt, Mrs. Reed. She is sent away to grow up at the bleak Lowood School but Jane craves freedom and change. Striking out on her own, she becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall to the French ward of the mysterious Edward Fairfax Rochester. But what is his secret? Jane grows close to Rochester and they make plans to marry. However, when she discovers that his insane wife, Bertha, is kept under lock and key on the third floor, she abandons Rochester and their burgeoning love. However, after toying with the idea of becoming the dutiful wife of the devout clergyman, St John, she feels Rochester’s call in her heart and returns to find him blind amongst the ruins of his ashen house.

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20 -24 JUNE 2023

Directed by Gill Lambourn

SUMMARY

The Kindertransport was a British rescue mission that took place at the beginning of WWII. Over 10,000 Jewish children from various countries were placed in British foster homes. Helga and Werner Schlesinger are parents faced with the difficult choice of keeping their beloved daughter Eva in Germany with them, or letting her become one of the Kindertransport children, who are sent to the UK, alone. When Eva arrives in London, speaking no English, and feeling very much abandoned, she is taken under the wing of Lil Miller. The play jumps back and forth between three time periods: 1) Pre-war - in which Helga tries to prepare Eva to leave her home and parents; 2) War - in which Eva is living in England with Lil, adjusting to a new country, and desperately trying to get her parents out of Germany; and 3) Post-war, in which Eva (who has now changed her name to Evelyn) is an adult, has a daughter named Faith, and has intentionally wiped most of her past and her Jewishness out of existence. Kindertransport depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents and wrestles with the consequences of that choice, an act of sacrifice that also wreaks devastating results.