Bishopstoke Players’ autumn production this year is the longest-running British comedy, ‘No Sex, Please – We’re British!’.
This riotous comic farce notched up a staggeringly successful sixteen-year run in London’s West End. It premiered in 1971 and ran to 6,761 performances.
Peter and Frances could reasonably expect to look forward to a calm, happy start to their married life. Owing to an innocent mistake, however, they find themselves inundated with dubious material from the ‘Scandinavian Import Company’. Senior bank officials, Peter’s snobbish mother, and a prim, respectable bank cashier become inextricably entangled in the rumbustious events that follow.
Director Barry Kitchen said, “After directing ‘The 39 Steps’ last year, I was looking for another top-notch comedy and what better than ‘No Sex, Please – We’re British!’?”
Performances are in Bishopstoke Memorial Hall on Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th September at 7.30pm. Tickets (available from 1st August) are £8 (£6 for those aged 16 or under) and are available at buytickets.at/bishopstokeplayers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07871) 006551.
This production marks Bishopstoke Players’ 70th anniversary and, like all previous productions, proceeds will be donated to the children’s charity ‘Action for Children’.
This amateur production of “No Sex Please – We’re British!” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
We’re delighted to report that one of our young actresses, Ruby Joy, has won the award for “Best Supporting Actor” at the 2017 Elmbridge Drama Festival in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Congratulations and well done Ruby!
If you haven’t yet seen our production of ‘Nothing You Can Say’, by Peter Yates, you still have time to catch it on Friday 24th March in the Hanger Farm Arts Centre at the Totton Festival of Drama or, if you happen to be in Maidenhead on Friday 17th March, we’ll be performing at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.
We’re about to take our one-act play, ‘Nothing You Can Say’, by Peter Yates, on the road! Performances will be on Saturday 11th March in the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, at the Elmbridge Drama Festival; on Friday 17th March in the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts at the Maidenhead Drama Festival; and on Friday 24th March in the Hanger Farm Arts Centre at the Totton Festival of Drama. Please come and support us!
The unforgettable Larkin family, made famous in the ITV television series ‘The Darling Buds of May’, is being reunited by Bishopstoke Players.
The colourful characters will be entertaining audiences at Bishopstoke Memorial Hall from 18th to 20th May.
‘The Darling Buds of May’ became one of the most popular comedy drama programmes on UK television when it was first aired in 1991. Pop Larkin, who makes a fortune from scrap-iron deals but has never paid income tax, lives in rural idyllic bliss with generous-hearted Ma and their six children. When a young, earnest tax official, Mr Charlton, turns up one hot May afternoon in 1957 to investigate, he is bewitched immediately by eldest daughter Mariette and it isn’t long before he succumbs to the boisterous Larkin family charm and largesse.
Several of our members are starring in a new movie called ‘The Immortality Code’. The première will be at Thornden Hall in Chandler’s Ford on 18th February 2017 at 7pm. Tickets are available from www.thorndenhall.co.uk or can be bought on the night. Smart Formal Dress Please! (It’s a première!) More information at http://www.facebook.com/theimmortalitycode
We are thrilled to announce that, today in the Daily Echo, we discovered that our May production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ has been nominated for three awards in the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards.
Peter Burton for ‘Best Director of a Shakespeare Play’, James Gould for ‘Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play’ for his performance as ‘Benedick’ and Kate Robbins for ‘Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play’ for her performance as ‘Beatrice’.
For full details of all the nominations, please consult the Daily Echo’s website. Well done to everyone connected with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’!
While many of the Players were busy with ‘The 39 Steps’, a small group were busy rehearsing an original one-act play, ‘Nothing you can Say’, written by our own Peter Yates.
The play was performed at the Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival in Sunbury on Thames last week, and it received very positive comments from adjudicator Jan Palmer Sayer.
We’re delighted to report that Peter Yates subsequently won the award for “Best Original Play”, and Lewis Pickles won the “Adjudicator’s Award” for his direction of the play. Congratulations both!!! Congratulations also to Ruby Joy, who was nominated as “Most Promising Youth Player”, Kevin Bowers, nominated as “Best Supporting Player”, Naomi Scott, nominated as “Best Actress” and Andrew Craddock, nominated as “Best Actor”.
Bishopstoke Players are delighted to present Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 thriller, “The 39 Steps”, which has been brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage by Patrick Barlow, Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.
Follow the spiffing adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache, as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
Nothing has been cut in this hilarious version of Britain’s most spell-binding thriller, based on John Buchan’s gripping whodunit of the same name. Legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death-defying (or nearly!) finale at the London Palladium!
This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller recently ended its long run at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2007.
October 13 – 15 at Bishopstoke Memorial Hall, Riverside, SO50 6LQ. Please see poster for further details.