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BLT’s 2023 Season

Summary of our exciting 2023 shows (Click for dropdown menu)

Love From A Stranger

By Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper

Directed by Jessica Ann Jenner

Main House

Friday 13th January to Saturday 21 January (not Sunday 15th January)

Cecily Harrington sits in her London flat waiting for her fiancé to come home from deployment but her heart longs for travel and adventure. Enter Bruce Lovell, handsome, charismatic, mysterious; but is ‘love with a stranger’ the romantic adventure she has been hoping for or a fatal mistake! This psychological thriller has everything you want – maybe even murder!


A Bunch of Amateurs

by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Directed by Michael Darbon

Main House

Friday 10th February to Saturday 18th February (not Sunday 12th February)

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. And instead of Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.


Educating Rita

by Willy Russell

Directed by Kerrin Roberts

In the bar

Wednesday 22 February to Sunday 26th February

Rita, a young hairdresser, wants to know everything; this is at odds with what her family and friends expect of her. She embarks on an Open University course. Frank, a lecturer at a “proper university” has signed up to be her tutor because he needs the money. Rita and Frank make us laugh and think about life’s choices as they change each other.


The King’s Speech

By David Seidler

Directed by Pauline Armour

Main House

Friday 10th March to Saturday 18th March (not Sunday 12th March)

Coronation cancelled! Dec 1936. Edward VIII abdicates. His brother Bertie, afflicted by a debilitating stutter is reluctantly thrust into the limelight. Britain on the brink of war in Europe needs a head of state who can inspire the nation. This brilliant stage adaptation was developed from the 2011 Oscar winning film starring Colin Firth.


Youth Theatre

By

Directed by Pauline Armour and Jessica Ann Jenner

Main House

Thursday 23rd March to Saturday 25th March

Our talented youth theatre present their annual main stage production. We will be announcing our chosen play in the new year.


Hedda Gabler

By Henrik Ibsen, translated by Edmund Gosse and William Archer and edited by Mark Perry

Directed by Scott James

Main House

Friday 14th April to Saturday 22nd April (not Sunday 16th April)

The story of a woman confined by the restraints of her time. Hedda longs for something more, fighting off wild impulses and urges to control and influence life around her – how far will she go to get this? Ibsen’s classic play is as thrilling and shocking today as it was in 1890, the year of it’s premiere.


The Height of the Storm

by Florian Zeller

Directed by Jane Lobb

In the bar

Wednesday 26th April to Sunday 30th April

‘You think people are dead, but that’s not always the case.’ André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years, but this weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual. Flowers arrive, but who sent them? A woman from the past turns up, but who is she? Why is a man sharpening knives? And why does André feel like he isn’t there at all?


Separate Tables

By Terence Rattigan

Directed by Hilary Cordery and Kay O’Dea

Main House

Friday 12th May to Saturday 20th May (not Sunday 14th May)

Rattigan’s pair of one-act plays is a vital portrait of post-war Britain in flux. In a small, shabby hotel in Bournemouth, a fascinating mix of personalities play out a brutal clash of generations. It is classic 1950’s theatre at its finest: witty, poignant, slick dialogue overlaying a darker subtext of guilt and inhibition. A first for BLT and not to be missed!


A Few Good Men

By Aaron Sorkin

Directed by Paul Campion

Main House

Friday 9th June to Saturday 17th June (not Sunday 11th June)

Two US Marines are on trial over the death of a fellow Marine. At first, their young rookie lawyer is more interested in playing softball than fighting their case. But as events unfold he finds himself valiantly defending his clients and uncovering a shocking conspiracy. A gripping – and timely – courtroom drama that puts the military mentality on the stand.


Love, Loss and What I Wore

By Nora and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman

Directed by Donna Dawson

In the bar

Wednesday 21st June to Sunday 25th June

Witty, wise and wonderful, this play proves that great storytelling is always in fashion. From the brilliant Ephron sisters who created such mega-hits as “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Silkwood,” this funny, tender and compelling piece uses clothing as a metaphor for all the big moments in our lives. A magnificent celebration of life through old but unforgotten clothes.


Gentleman Jack

Adapted from the diaries of Ann Lister by Ross McGregor

Directed by Stevie Hughes

Main House

Friday 7th July to Saturday 15th July (not Sunday 9th July)

Landowner, mountaineer, industrialist, virago and libidinous, full-on lesbian, Anne Lister fought her way into the industrial revolution when women were usually marginalised. Anne flouted the conventions of the day, challenging the bigots, male supremacists and anyone else who stood in her way! A passionate, dramatic tale of love and survival in the face of prejudice.


Things I Know To Be True

By Andrew Bovell

Directed by Jessica Ann Jenner

Main House

Friday 15th September to Saturday 23rd September (not Sunday 17th September)

Bob and Fran have built a traditional suburban family held together by shared love and memories, but as their children become adults and discover themselves will love, in its myriad forms, be enough to keep them together or will the truth break them apart? Beautiful, poignant and devasting this portrait of family life is not to be missed!


An Intervention

by Mike Bartlett

Directed by Colleen Batson

In the Bar

Wednesday 27th September to Sunday 1st October

This is a play about two people who find out they don’t really know each other.  The turning point appears to be a war overseas but there are underlying issues, a girlfriend highlights a problem they have skirting around, and their conflict is transmuted from one about an overseas war into one about how much they really care about each other.


TBC

By

Directed by Paul Ackroyd

Main House

Friday 13th October to Saturday 21st October (not Sunday 15th October)

We are hoping to put on a very interesting and exciting play and waiting for Performance Rights to be released. Watch this space!


The Incident Room

By Olivia Hirst and David Byrne

Directed by Pauline Armour

Main House

Friday 10th November to Saturday 18th November (not Sunday 12th November)

Set in Leeds in 1975, The Incident Room is a forensic examination of the five-year police hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper. With public pressure mounting, the investigators resorted to increasingly audacious attempts to catch one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers.  After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2019, The Incident Room transferred to the New Diorama Theatre where it received rave reviews.


There Are No Beginnings

By Charley Miles

Directed by Gillian Gissing

In the Bar

Wednesday 22nd November to Sunday 26th November

Between 1975-80, the women of Leeds lived in fear. With no idea who was responsible for the attacks and murders across the city, women were urged to stay at home. From the fear and fury, a steadfast solidarity arose, birthing the Reclaim the Night movement and echoing down the generations to this day. Whilst the Yorkshire Ripper is ever present, this is first and foremost a story of the women living under his shadow.


Blackadder

(Series 2: Episodes 1 (Bells), 2 (Head) and 6 (Chains) )

By Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

Directed by Tony Jenner

Main House

Friday 8th December to Saturday 16th December (not Sunday 10th December)

1558 or two minutes to four in the afternoon if you prefer, and Elizabeth I has ascended to the throne just in time for tea. Lord Edmund Blackadder (the bastard great-great-grandson of the original) attempts to win her favour despite the efforts of his ineffectual acquaintances, notably the idiot Percy, and his mediocre mess of a manservant, Baldrick.