Wednesday, 11 July 2018
This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
Next up and broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s “extraordinarily moving portrayal” (Independent) in the title role of King Lear.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan
More NT Live screenings at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will be announced over the course of the year.
The National Theatre encore screening of Julie will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 6th September at 7pm. The encore screenings of King Lear and The Madness of George III will take place on Wednesday 31st October at 7pm and Thursday 17th January 2019 at 7pm respectively.
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
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 03:15
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Stafford’s one and only burlesque and variety show, Très Très Cabaret, is set to make a dazzling return to the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month! What’s more, the line-up for this phenomenal show features two performers who’ve never appeared on the Très Très stage before, which is sure to whet the appetite of local audiences.
First up, the team at Très Très Towers are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that the July show will feature the one and only ANNA FUR LAXIS!
A true international headliner, Anna Fur Laxis has performed her inimitable brand of striptease all over the world and is one of UK Burlesque's finest exports.
She has graced stages from Europe & America to Australia & Asia. Anna's extensive list of accolades includes being placed Number 5 in the ‘World Burlesque Top 50’ and being awarded First Runner Up at the prestigious ‘Burlesque Hall Of Fame’ in Las Vegas.
Another performer appearing at Très Très for the first time is the incredible LENA MAE!
Lena is a versatile neo-classical burlesque and vaudeville artist, known for dazzling audiences with her flirtatious, charismatic striptease performances and, in contrast, causing tears of laughter with her ridiculous, risqué music hall characters.
A flirtatious, lyrical lothario and seasoned comic raconteur with razor-sharp wit, he’ll have audiences grinning, giggling and eating from the palm of his hand - sometimes literally.
Johnny can be heard singing everything from Shirley Bassey to Guns ‘n’ Roses, as well as ridiculous self-penned medleys to surprise and delight!
Book your tickets for an unforgettable night of decadence to surprise and delight you!
Très Très Cabaret will be performed in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 13th July 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.
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 06:01
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
For the second year running, Stafford Festival Shakespeare is joining forces with The Festival in a Factory to promote the region’s cultural appeal.
What is this festival? Held in Stoke-on-Trent, The Festival in a Factory is a celebration of culture and creativity, featuring award-winning authors, experts, artists, and entertainers.
The festival runs from 7th – 9th June in the inspiring surroundings of the Emma Bridgewater Factory - a Victorian pot bank where Emma has manufactured her iconic handmade pottery for more than 20 years.
On the bill this year, two highlights which will be of particular interest to supporters of Stafford Festival Shakespeare are…
Tudor Houses of Power – Friday 8th June 12.30pm
Leading architectural historian, former director of the Museum of London and former Chief Executive of English Heritage and curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Simon Thurley is our expert guide on a fascinating exploration of the most significant houses of Tudor England. Drawing on thirty years of research, Simon tells for the first time the story of the Tudor monarchs through what they built and where they lived as a way of understanding the complex machinations of the Tudor court.
For your chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to the event simply post your answer to the following question in the comments section below:
Which Tudor monarch was in power when Shakespeare was born?
Entries close at 12pm on Wednesday 30th May. Full T&Cs apply. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For the full The Festival in a Factory 2018 programme visit: https://festivalinafactory.co.uk/
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 03:43
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Stafford Festival Shakespeare is delighted to reveal the full cast announcement for this summer’s much-anticipated, authentically medieval production of Macbeth, set to take place once again in the atmospheric surroundings of Stafford Castle.
Rehearsals get underway in a matter of weeks and all of us at Stafford Festival Shakespeare can’t wait to see how this show is going to shape up. We have some amazing plans in store for audiences this summer so make sure you don’t miss it!”
Leading the cast will be the Creative Team made up of the returning, critically-acclaimed Director, Clare Prenton; fresh from his work on the Off-Broadway production of Sweeny Todd, Production Designer Simon Kenny makes his SFS debut this year; and in a slight change to the billing, Craig Adams will be replaced as Music Director by David Hewson, who is well known to local audiences following his work on last year’s Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer School production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Macbeth will open on Thursday 28th June and run until Saturday 14th July 2018 at Stafford Castle, with tickets available from just £14. Full ticket information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 02:58
Monday, 23 April 2018
'The Habanera', 'Flower Song' and 'The Toreador's Song' are among the world's best-loved tunes. Together with the passionate drama of the fateful love triangle between Carmen, the wild gypsy girl, Don José, the brooding, obsessive soldier and Escamillo, the strutting Toreador, they make this the perfect evening for beginners and opera aficionados alike.
and supported by a 6-piece chamber orchestra.
Carmen will be performed at Stafford Castle on Sunday 1st July at 6.30pm. Tickets are priced at £22.50, with a concession price of £20.50 for over 60s, and for full time students, children and the unwaged at £5.50.
Full information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting the new website, www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 07:35
Thursday, 5 April 2018
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
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.
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 03:46
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
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.
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
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 02:46