May 25 2013 Latest news:
By Anthony Carroll
Thursday, February 14, 2013
An exciting line up has been revealed for one of Southwold’s most anticipated annual cultural events.
This July, August and September will see the Southwold Summer Theatre stage J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls; Dead Reckoning by Eric Chappell; Not Now Darling by Ray Cooney and John Chapman; Dick Barton: Special Agent by Phil Willmott and Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer at St Edmund’s Hall in Cumberland Road.
Founded by Jill Freud in 1984 the theatre is considered a major attraction for both locals and visitors to the town.
This year’s summer season will start with An Inspector Calls between Wednesday, July 10 and Saturday, July 20.
It will be the first professional presentation of the classic mystery set in 1912 since the National Theatre production in 1992.
Dead Reckoning is said by organisers to be a “superb thriller” by the author of Rising Damp Eric Chappell.
It will run from Monday, July 22 to Saturday, August 3.
The third play is Not Now Darling which is by the authors of Move Over Mrs Markham and promises “guaranteed hilarity.”
It runs at St Edmund’s Hall from Monday, August 5 to Saturday, August 17.
Dick Barton: Special Agent - Episode Two: The Secret of the Pharoah’s Tomb will be a “rip-roaring, fun-filled musical comedy adventure” that runs from Monday, August 19 to Saturday, August 31.
The final production is the 1970 play Sleuth, which was made in to a hit film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in 1972.
It has been described by critics as the one of the most fiendishly clever thrillers ever written.
Sleuth runs between Monday, September 2 and Saturday, September 14.
The series of plays are part of the Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre, which will see the five productions also performed in Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall.
A spokesman said: “We are pleased to announce our exciting 2013 summer theatre season at St Edmund’s Hall.”
Due to success of the Southwold Summer Theatre the company expanded into staging productions in Aldeburgh in 1995.
Last year was the first summer season that Mrs Freud, who was married to the late Sir Clement Freud, did not programme the events.
Details of how to book tickets will be made available at www.southwoldtheatre.org
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