11 May 2020

Dear friends

We thought now was as good a time as any to update you with our plans, tentative though they may be, and to let you know that we are keen to get live theatre started again for audience and participants alike as soon as it is safe to do so.

As you are aware, it seems that theatres will probably be some of the last places to reopen. Also it’s not possible to begin putting a show together until actors can safely get closer to each other than two metres, and it takes a group like RoughCast about two months of rehearsal to prepare a production.

Sadly we had to postpone our spring production of Arsenic and Old Lace until next year as many of you will know. With similar regrets, we have realised that this year’s autumn production of Macbeth will now have to be postponed as well.Macbeth has now been pencilled in for spring 2022. However, at present, we are still hopeful that next year’s summer Shakespeare tour of The Tempest will be able to go ahead, especially as a number of performances will be staged outside.

This means our plans at present are,

Arsenic and Old Lace: March 2021

The Tempest: July 2021

Macbeth: March 2022

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support and to reassure you all that we are poised and ready to bring live theatre back to all our friends as soon as it is possible to do so.

Mark Burridge (Artistic Director)

Whilst you are waiting for live theatre to restart, you might be interested in a virtual experience. Why not try Original Theatre Online who are broadcasting a number of live shows, including Alan Bennett’s Habit of Art.

There is a modest fee, but it is just £5 for two shows (or more if you can). All proceeds will go to the people who made these fantastic productions, and who are now in a difficult financial position.

You can watch on phone, tablet, desktop, or smart TV. If you are unsure how, take a look at this advice:  https://www.originaltheatreonline.com/how-to-use