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BLT’s 2019 season

Please scroll down to see all the plays in our 2019 season

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This show will be performed at Hever Castle Festival Theatre on 31st of May and 1st of June. Click here for tickets.

Main House

January 11th– 19th(not Sunday 13th) PREVIEW>REVIEW

Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’

By David and Robert Goodall. Directed by Jessica-Ann Jenner

The inimitable Bertie Wooster tells how he reconciled the affections of Madeline Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle, whilst avoiding amateur dictator Sir Roderick Spode and trying to steal a silver cow creamer (assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves). PG Wodehouse’s much-loved characters come to life in a riot of laughter, silliness and theatrical invention. A spiffing start to 2019.

 

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In The bar

January 23rd– 27th  

The Children>> PREVIEW>REVIEW

by Lucy Kirkwood. Directed by Patrick Neylan.

When retired nuclear scientist Rose drops in on her former colleagues Hazel and Robin, they have much to catch up on: friendship, children, Hazel and Robin’s farm, the catastrophic accident at the nearby power station where they all worked. Lucy Kirkwood’s 2015 play is a funny yet disturbing comedy of relationships, ageing, desire, the responsibility of the older generation to the younger and the responsibility of the younger generation to itself.

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Main House

February 8th– 16th(not Sunday 10th)

Terra Nova>> PREVIEW> REVIEW

By Ted Tally.  Directed by Paul Ackroyd

A stirring account of Scott’s expedition to the South Pole, this inventive play captures the bravery of men who must accept that suffering and death will be the only reward for their heroism.  A compelling study of British pride and resolve in the face of bitter failure, we are proud to bring this intense yet uplifting story to our stage.

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Main House

March 8th– 16th(not Sunday 10th)

Pride and Prejudice >> PREVIEW>>REVIEW

by Jane Austen, adapted by Bryony J. Thompson.  Directed by Julie Binysh

The tale of the courtship between the fiercely independent Miss Elizabeth Bennet and arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy needs no introduction. But this fresh yet faithful version injects a new vitality that will delight Austen fans and create many new ones.

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Main House (Amateur Premiere!)

April 5th– 13th(not Sunday 7th)

Young Marx >> PREVIEW>>REVIEW

by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Directed by Pauline Armour. .

Following its debut as the opening production at London’s Bridge Theatre, BLT is thrilled to announce this amateur premiere, from the creator of One Man Two Guvnors. Charting his unpromising beginnings living in Soho with writer’s block, a marriage on the blink, and endlessly pursued by creditors and spies, Young Marx will also be our entry in the 2019 Bromley and Kent Drama festivals.(The show contains some adult humour)

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In The Bar

April 17th  – 21st

Teechers >> PREVIEW  REVIEW

By John Godber.  Directed by Jessica-Ann Jenner

Join Gail, Hobby and Salty, three fifth form students who, through their end of term play, tell the hilarious story of an unsuspecting new drama teacher in his perilous first days inside a local comprehensive school. Crammed with unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp wit, Teechers is top-of-the-class comedy.

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Main House

May 10th– 18th(not Sunday 12th)

Loot >> PREVIEW

by Joe Orton.  Directed by Stevie Hughes.

Uproarious slapstick ensues as two friends stash the loot from a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide it from a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.  “Rude, blasphemous, corrosive and as fresh today as when it was written, ‘Loot’ is not for the easily offended. But it’s their loss” – Daily Express

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In The Bar

May 22nd– 26th

 Bull >> PREVIEW >> REVIEW

By Mike Bartlett.  Directed by Rob Widdicombe

The knives are out in the office and three youngish business people are waiting to hear which of them will lose his or her job. As they await the verdict, they debate each other’s chances of survival. And in the struggle for that, no blow is too low… A tense, powerful play that lays bare the bruising world of office politics.

This production contains strong language

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Main House

June 7th – 15th (not Sunday 9th)

We Happy Few >> PREVIEW

by Imogen Stubbs. Directed by Colleen Baston

With the men away fighting Hitler and the bombs falling on London, a ‘girls only’ theatre company sets out in a battered 1920s Rolls-Royce to bring Shakespeare to culture-starved wartime Britain. Inspired by the real-life Osiris Players – whose travelling productions inspired actors like Judi Dench – this is a big-hearted celebration of the power of theatre.

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Main House

July 5th– 13th(not Sunday 7th)

She Stoops to Conquer >> PREVIEW

by Oliver Goldsmith.  Directed by Mike Darbon.

Kate Hardcastle is to meet the eligible Marlow with a view to marriage. Marlow is tongue-tied with the upper classes and lecherous with commoners. So when he is tricked into believing Kate’s ancestral home is a country inn and mistakes Kate for a lowly barmaid the stage is set for misunderstanding, mischief and mayhem.  A delightful 18th century romp.

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Main House

July 18th–  20th

Hard Times >> PREVIEW

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Directed by Pauline Armour and Jessica-Ann Jenner

BLT’s Youth Group present this compelling adaptation of Dickens’ evocative saga, set in the north of England at the height of the Industrial Revolution. A tale of loss, love, pride before a fall and a deepening divide between rich and poor, Hard Times reveals a society in turmoil, making it as relevant today as it was in the 1860s.

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Main House

September 13th–  21st(not Sunday 15th)

Goodnight Mr. Tom >> PREVIEW

by David Wood.  Directed by Jessica-Ann Jenner

Young William Beech is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside where he forges a heart-warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London…  A true modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting novel is brought gloriously to life.

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In The Bar

September 25th– 29th

On the Verge, or “The Geography of Yearning” >> PREVIEW

By Eric Overmeyer.  Directed by Jane Buckland.

Three Victorian lady travellers attempt to unravel the mystery of things as they set out for Terra Incognita and discover the future. A comedic safari that spins into time travel, this remarkable play is among the most imaginative works of the 20th century, captivating audiences with its sheer invention.

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Main House

October  11th– 19th(not Sunday 13th)

Stuff Happens >> PREVIEW

By David Hare.  Directed by Hilary Cordery.

“How do we know Saddam’s got weapons of mass destruction? Because we’ve still got the receipts.”Acclaimed playwright David Hare turns his piercingly satirical gaze onto the political events leading up the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Riveting and full of drama and wickedly-pointed humour, this epic sweep of a play enriches, informs and entertains.

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Main House

November 8th– 16th(not Sunday 10th)

Picnic at Hanging Rock

by Joan Lindsay.  Directed by Piers Newman.

In 1900, during a trip to a beauty spot in rural Australia, three schoolgirls and their teacher inexplicably vanish. Five female narrators attempt to reconstruct the mystery, but their efforts are overtaken by primal forces, taking us from civilisation to somewhere hostile, vast and unknown… A sublimely unsettling theatrical experience that sends shivers down the spine.

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In The Bar

November 20th– 24th

Bully Boy

By Sandi Toksvig.  Directed by Gillian Gissing.

Sent to a combat zone to probe allegations of misconduct by a young squaddie who is part of a self-styled ‘Bully Boy’ unit of the British Army, Major Oscar Hadley discovers that in modern warfare ‘truth’ can be a point of view rather than a fact… A powerful, heartfelt play that dramatically reverses audience expectations.

This production contains strong language and racially offensive terms

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Main House

December 6th– 14th(not Sunday 8th)

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens. Directed by Pauline Armour

To end our 2019 Season we bring to the BLT stage a theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s forcefully compelling masterpiece ‘A Christmas Carol’. Staying true to the original story with all the characters we know and love, and love to hate, this big hearted production will capture the heart of Dickens’s beloved festive tale of redemption and compassion. On a bitter Christmas Eve a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late? Expect thrills and chills, laughter and tears, music and cheer ……..this most ‘Christmassy’ of stories will enchant families and adults alike, will warm even the coldest of hearts and leave all rejoicing in the Christmas spirit.

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