Thursday, 5 April 2018

Young performers wanted for Gatehouse Summer shows




Aspiring young performers are being urged to take up their opportunity to star in Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s Summer Project productions of Our House or Disney’s the Little Mermaid Jnr, with auditions set to take place in just over two weeks’ time.

For the first time in the long tradition of Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer School, this year will see not one, but two, musical productions starring young performers from the local area.



The new format is titled Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer Project, and will begin with youngsters aged 7-12 rehearsing – and eventually performing – Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr in the MET Studio.

Later on, performers aged 13-21 will take on the Madness Musical Our House in the main auditorium.

****The only way to gain a place in either show is to attend the open auditions****


Places are available for youngsters aged between 7 and 21 who live in or attend a school in Staffordshire. Previous years have seen up to 150 children battle it out for spaces in recent productions, which have included: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Loserville, The Wizard of Oz, Doctor Dolittle, Whistle Down the Wind and Peter Pan.


Auditions will take place on Sunday 22nd April at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. The first session is at 9.30am for 7-12 year olds, followed by a session at 2pm for 13 – 21 year olds.


Parents of auditionees will need to have in place at the time of the audition a valid enhanced DBS licence* (dated within the last three years). *Please note this is non-refundable



For more information about DBS or Chaperone licences, contact EW.statutoryactions@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 01785 278927 / 01785 277409

The Summer School sessions will start on Monday 23rd July, with the production of Disney’s The
Little Mermaid Jnr opening on Wednesday 1st and running until Saturday 4th August in the MET Studio, and the production of Our House opening on Wednesday 8th and running until Saturday 11th August in the main auditorium.

Further information can be obtained by calling Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.  Audition packs can also be downloaded from the Gatehouse Theatre website.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Young performers shed light on local history to commemorate WWI centenary




To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, members of Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre are busy preparing for a unique production centred on Staffordshire history during the Great War period. Entitled, The Town the Great War Built, the play has been written by Director Nick Earnshaw and will premier in the MET Studio later this month.

In the Autumn of 1914, only months after the outbreak of WWI, construction began on two large camps on Cannock Chase. Eventually, an entire town was created where the soldiers would live and train. It would often become the final stop before travelling to Europe to face an uncertain future.



Inspired by this piece of local history, Director Nick together with members of SGYT Group 7 have been devising a piece of theatre based around the experience of individuals who lived at the War Camps. SGYT were approached by the Friends of Cannock Chase to begin to research and develop a piece which brings to life their research on soldiers who trained and lived at the camps during this time. Using photographs, maps, diary entries, postcards and visitor book messages, SGYT Group 7 conducted workshops and improvised characters and situations to determine what individuals and events to focus on.

Director Nick Earnshaw says:

I knew about a training facility on the Chase during the Great War but it was apparent very early on in the research process just how much I did not know about the impact on the local area and the general experience of the soldiers who trained and lived there. Writing this play has been a real eye opener to the struggle, emotion and hope right on our door step 100 years ago. The fact a whole town was created, with a WH Smith, its own Theatre, Cinema, Water Tower and YMCA Huts, is a part of our history in Stafford, a history not known by all. The stories of the individuals who lived there are moving, funny and compelling.

The play will tell the story of eight soldiers and a lot of the dialogue from the play come right from the letters sent back home.”

The initial showcase of the project will take place at the MET Studio in April. Following this, the play will also be performed during October this year at the Gatehouse and at the Great War Hut at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, as well being turned into a short film.

The Town the Great War Built will be performed in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th April 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £7.50, with a concession price of £6.50, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Friday, 23 February 2018

Burlesque and variety back on the bill at the MET this spring





Great news, folks! An evening of cheeky decadence is just around the corner with the return of Très Très Cabaret to the MET Studio this Spring!

Audiences will no doubt be bowled over by this glorious line-up for April 6th's incredible show!
First up, making her Très Très debut is retro golden Goddess, CHERRY SHAKEWELL!

A powerhouse of bump and grind, captivating all who cast their eye upon her hourglass figure, Cherry wiggled and whirled for the likes of Colin Farrell, Robert Downey Jnr and David Walliams and her considerable talents have taken her all over the globe from Milan, Rome and Venice to Paris' Moulin Rouge!







Next up, organisers are absolutely delighted to bring the world-famous SARAH-LOUISE YOUNG to the Très Très stage!


Sarah-Louise is an internationally renowned cabaret performer, actress and writer. Named one of Time Out’s ‘Top 10 Cabaret Acts’ and voted ‘Best Musical Variety Act’ in the London Cabaret Awards, she has guested with Fascinating Aïda and is a member of award-winning improvised musical group, The Showstoppers.


Fresh from her performances at La Soiree in London’s West End, Sarah Louise is set to tickle both your fancy and your funny bone – an act definitely not to be missed!



Returning to the Très Très stage but in a very different guise, is GOOD NESS GRACIOUS, but she’ll also be appearing as LUKE WARM!  It’s time to get down to business with one of London’s top Drag Kings!  Hilarious hearthrob Luke is sure to make the audience quiver in places you didn’t know could quiver…




Making his Très Très Cabaret debut, and our first ever male striptease artist: it’s none other than DAVE THE BEAR!


Dave has been performing all over the world since 2009. Last year he was nominated for a London Cabaret Award for ‘Best Alternative Act’ and a British Comedy Award for his work on TV’s ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’. He was also winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at The Vienna Boylesque Festival 2015!


Known in the industry as the body of burlesque, Dave “The Legend” is so sexy, after watching him perform it is guaranteed that you will leave pregnant – and that’s not just the ladies…


All of this personally has been personally selected for your entertainment by our resident producer, promoter and performer: STAGE DOOR JOHNNY.

A flirtatious, lyrical lothario and seasoned comic raconteur with razor-sharp wit, he'll have you
grinning, giggling and eating from the palm of his hand – sometimes literally. He can be heard singing everything from Shirley Bassey to Guns ‘n’ Roses as well as ridiculous self-penned medleys to surprise and delight you!

So don’t miss out on a night that’s sure to set tongues wagging and pulses racing!

Très Très Cabaret will be performed in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 6th April 2018 at 8pm. Tickets are £15.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Early booking is advised as a sell-out is expected again.

The show is strictly for over 18s only.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Rock ‘n’ roll panto will return to Gatehouse Theatre this festive season!



Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has announced its next much anticipated rock ‘n’ roll pantomime will be the classic adventure story of boy done-good, Dick Whittington!




The show will open on Thursday 6th December 2018 and run until Sunday 6th January 2019.


This festive season will see Dick Whittington and his trusty friend Tommy the Cat dancing, twisting and singing their way to Stafford in search of fame, fortune and Rock ‘n’ Roll.




Be prepared for the most amazing show in town as Dick dons his guitar, King Rat takes on a Saxophone and a host of incredibly talented actor / musicians strike up the band live on stage for some true rock ‘n’ roll.




Popular hits set to feature in this year’s Panto include blockbusters ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Dead Ringer for Love’, ‘Doo Wah Diddy’, ‘Band of Gold’, ‘Tainted Love’, ‘Walking On Sunshine’, ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and many, many more!




2018 will mark the seventh year since rock ‘n’ roll panto made a successful return to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, and Press and Marketing Officer Tom Waldron is delighted to see the format continue to go from strength to strength:




It is with enormous pleasure that I am able to announce news of our next rock ‘n’ roll panto here at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. Dick Whittington was, in fact, the first rock ‘n’ roll title we produced following the decision to return to the format back in 2011, and we have lots of exciting plans in the works to ensure this panto is our best yet!




We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our audiences who joined us for the festive celebrations during the run of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. We hope to see many of you back at the theatre for some more dancing and singing in the isles later this year during Dick Whittington.”
 
Tickets for Dick Whittington are priced at £20 adult / £15.50 concessions / £66 family. School and
group discounts are also available (full information on these can be obtained from the box office).




Dick Whittington will also see the return of the ever popular late night adult only shows, with three performances scheduled for Wednesday 19th December and Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January 2019.*



*Early booking for these performances is strongly advised as tickets are again expected to sell out fast.




Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Friday, 9 February 2018

New format and new shows for Gatehouse Theatre Summer Project


Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has announced that this year’s Summer School productions will be the Madness Musical, Our House, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr.

For the first time in the long tradition of Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer School, this year will see not one, but two, musical productions starring young performers from the local area.

The new format is titled Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer Project, and will see youngsters aged7-12 rehears and perform Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr in the MET Studio.
 
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.


Elsewhere, performers aged 13-21 will take on the Madness Musical Our House in the main auditorium.

Based in 1980s Camden Town, Our House tells the story of London lad Joe Casey, who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, he breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street, which is owned by Mister Pressman, a high-end property developer. The police turn up, at which point Joe’s life splits into two: the Good Joe, who stays to help, and Bad Joe, who flees.

Featuring a collection of Madness hits including ‘House of Fun’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘Driving in my Car’, ‘It Must Be Love’ and of course ‘Our House’, the show is a huge hit with groups and schools looking for a very British musical.

In addition to rehearsing the show, the lucky youngsters will also take part in workshops covering all they need to know about the theatrical world.

Press and Marketing Officer at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Tom Waldron, said:


We had great success with last year’s Summer School production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, with audiences loving the show and most performances close to capacity. However, following some feedback from parents and participants, we wanted to shake things up a bit this year. So we have decided to stage two separate, professionally produced and directed shows. This will give all participants more one-on-one time with the creative team during rehearsals, as well as more time spent on stage during the show.

Summer School is a fantastic way for young performers to build confidence, learn new skills and also make friends for life. I hope to see as many hopefuls as possible in attendance for the audition day on Sunday 22nd April.”


The Summer School sessions will start on Monday 23rd July, with the production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr opening on Wednesday 1st and running until Saturday 4th August in the MET Studio, and the production of Our House opening on Wednesday 8th and running until Saturday 11th August in the main auditorium.

Limited places will be available and the only way to gain a place in this year’s production is to audition on Sunday 22nd April. The auditions will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, with the first session at 9.30am for 7-12 year olds, followed by a session at 2pm for 13 – 21 year olds.


Summer School places are available for youngsters aged between 7 and 21 who live in or attend a school in Staffordshire. Previous years have seen over 120 children battle it out for one of the lucky spaces.


Parents of auditionees will need to have in place at the time of the audition a valid enhanced DBS licence* (dated within the last three years). *Please note this is non-refundable


The Summer Project fee for participants aged 7-12 is £180, and for participants aged 13-21 is £237. There are also some limited concessions for those on means tested benefits (proof will be required). For further information please call Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on 01785 619080 or visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

For more information about DBS or Chaperone licences, contact EW.statutoryactions@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 01785 278927 / 01785 277409

Monday, 4 December 2017

Gatehouse announces new season of National Theatre Live screenings for 2018


Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has announced its forthcoming season of National Theatre Live screenings for 2018, kicking off with the musical favourite, Follies.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and
broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.


Next up is an encore screening of Young Marx, featuring the work of creative team behind the West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Other National Theatre productions set to be screened live at the Gatehouse in 2018 are: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell; a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy Julius Caesar; and the return of Roy Kinnear in another reimaging of a Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth.   

More NT Live screenings at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will be announced over the course of the year.

The National Theatre encore screening of Follies will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 25th January at 7pm, and the encore screening of Young Marx on Thursday 1st February at 7pm.

Tickets for all National Theatre Live and encore screenings are priced at £13 each, with concessions priced at £10.50 each, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Friday, 24 November 2017

Burlesque and variety show returns to the MET for the festive season with its biggest line-up to date!


Très Très Cabaret returns next month with an evening of cheeky decadence and a bumper line-up sure to make the festive season go with a bang!


With a glass of bubbly on arrival, you can take your seat in the secluded intimacy of the MET Studio, before sampling the saucy delights that Très Très has to offer. And what a selection we have in store…

Making her Très Très debut at Dec 28th’s show is none other than international showgirl sensation PINKY DEVILLE!

Pinky DeVille combines exquisite costuming, devilish curves and a rock & roll swagger – with a nod to the golden age ecdysiasts of the past. She’s appeared on stages from Sheffield to San Francisco, and now gets to add Stafford to that list!







The holiday season just isn’t complete with a visit from that one special guy spreading joy and cheer.

No, we’re not talking about Santa, but the one and only KIKI LOVECHILD who’s making a welcome return to Très Très Cabaret! His gorgeous routines will warm the coldest of hearts and bring a cheery tear to the eye.








Adding to Dec 28th’s bumper line-up is everyone’s favourite crazy Russian (with a penchant for paint thinners) NATALIA KALASHNIKOV! Bringing madness, mayhem and methylated spirits to the Très Très stage, Natalia is one act not to be missed!




In order to make Très Très Cabaret’s festive extravaganza extra special, this show features the first ever appearance of a dance troupe on the Très Très stage! THE FLAMING FEATHERS will be razzle-dazzling and shimmy shaking like there’s no tomorrow with their vintage styling and classic routines!


Completing this stellar line-up is the phenomenal TALULAH BLUE!

With a history of classical dance and natural charm, this fabulous follie's performances feature burlesque and classic circus, in a style harking back to eras gone by. This vaudevillian showgirl has graced stages from London to Berlin, Dubai to Hong Kong. Some bookings were so exclusive she can't even tell you about them! Shhhh…




All of this personally selected for your entertainment by our resident producer, promoter and performer: STAGE DOOR JOHNNY!  A flirtatious, lyrical lothario and seasoned comic raconteur with razor-sharp wit, he'll have you grinning, giggling and eating from the palm of his hand - sometimes literally.

This show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!  So what are you waiting for?  Book while you still can!

Très Très Cabaret will be performed in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 28th December at 8pm. Tickets are £20.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Early booking is advised as a sell-out is expected again.

The show is strictly for over 18s only.