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.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Cast in town for rockin’ Robin Hood Panto


The cast of Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s latest rock ‘n’ roll pantomime, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, have arrived safe and sound in the county town and began rehearsals for this year’s show.

Each of the ten actor-musicians will spend three weeks preparing scenes, practicing choreography, and learning an array of rock ‘n’ roll classics ready for the opening performance on Thursday 7th December.

This year Stafford Gatehouse Theatre welcomes back the critically-acclaimed Creative Team behind last season’s show: Director Rob Salmon, Musical Director Craig Adams and Production Designer Deborah Mingham.

Robin Hood is already proving hugely popular, with nearly 12,000 tickets snapped up so far, and many performances close to capacity.

Our rock ‘n’ roll pantos have gone from strength to strength since we reintroduced the format a few years ago and Robin Hood is set to be our biggest and best yet” commented Producer Derrick Gask.

It’s fantastic to see so many people have bought their tickets to celebrate the festive season with us. Indeed, we have added in an extra date for the Adult Only performances this year to meet demand. With lots of peak performances nearing capacity I would encourage anyone who has not yet booked their tickets to do so quickly in order to avoid disappointment” concluded Gask.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood the rock ‘n’ roll panto will open on Thursday 7th December 2017 and run until Sunday 7th January 2018. Tickets are priced at £20 adult / £15.50 concessions / £66 family, with school and group discounts available via the box office only.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood will also see the return of the ever popular late night adult only performances. Due to increased demand for these shows, an extra date has been added to the performance schedule for 2017/18, meaning for the first time there will be three adult only performances on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January 2018.*

*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

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gatehouse announces cast of forthcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto!


Following the box office smash hit that was Aladdin, the production team at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre have recently announced the casts list for this season’s show, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – the rock ‘n’ roll panto!

The show will be the sixth consecutive rock ‘n’ roll panto at the Gatehouse Theatre since its return in 2012. This hilarious version of the traditional tale provides a rock ‘n’ rolling rollercoaster of an adventure story, as Robin Hood attempts to outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, free the unfortunate Babes and their outrageous, oversized Nanny, Nellie Nightnurse, and marry the beautiful Maid Marion.

The result is a fast, furious and funny feast of festive entertainment, designed to delight all the family, with a talented cast of actor/musicians serving up over twenty rock and soul classic songs, including The Hippy Hippy Shake; I Shot the Sheriff; Girls Just Want To Have Fun; Kiss; Born to Run; Signed, Sealed, Delivered and many, many more.

This year Stafford Gatehouse Theatre welcomes back the critically-acclaimed Creative Team behind last season’s show: Director Rob Salmon, Musical Director Craig Adams and Choreographer Verity Bray. Joining them will be a host of new (and one or two old) faces, comprising the cast of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood…



Sandy Grigelis – Robin Hood

Sandy trained at the London School of Musical Theatre.

His theatre credits include: ‘Chris’ / ‘Band’ in Carnaby Street The Musical (UK Tour); ‘Lead Vocalist’ / ‘Lead Guitarist’ in Carnaby Street The Concert (UK Tour); LOVE IS ETERNAL (UK Premiere); ‘Dan’ in Van Winkle (St James' Theatre); ‘Marvin Camden’ in Loserville (Union Theatre); ‘Lead Vocalist’ on The Britannia (P&O), ‘Arthur’ in The Sword And The Stone (New Wolsey Theatre) and most recently TJ in Sister Act (UK Tour).

Sandy is currently in the process of recording his debut album of all original material.




Anthony Hunt – Sheriff of Nottingham 

Anthony’s musical talent is extensive and impressive. He can play the cornet, digeridoo, drums, harmonica and the trumpet. As a result he is in high demand for theatrical roles.

His credits include The Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Oh What A Lovely War;  The Northern Broadside’s production of Cryano De Bergerac, A Government Inspector, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Stafford Festival Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo and Juliet; Mother Courage at The Lowry; The Salisbury Playhouses’ Anne and Zef; The U.K National Tour of Guys and Dolls; The Library Theatre’s production of Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan; The Bolton Octagon’s James and the Giant Peach; Macbeth in the title role at The Hornchurch Theatre.

Anthony appeared in the legendary Sam Mendes’s production of Cabaret at The Donmar Warehouse and Ferrucio in The Almedia’s The Snowman. Anthony has also played the lead role of ‘Joey’ in the West End production The Commitments.

Christmas shows have been part of Anthony’s End of Year fun and recent productions include Christmas Carol; 101 Dalmatians; Dick Whittington; Robin Hood; Jack and The Beanstalk as well as James & the Giant Peach
His TV work includes Coronation Street; Great Train Robbery; Doctors and Holby City for the BBC; The Suspicions of Mr Whicher; Dalziel & Pascoe as well as The Bill playing a particularly nasty and memorable villain.



Samuel Townsend – Numbskull / Friar Tuck

Samuel trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with the IanFleming Award for Musical Theatre.

He is no stranger to the Gatehouse Theatre, having played ‘Wishee Washee’ in last year's “Wok 'n' Roll” panto, Aladdin.

Theatre credits include: ‘Gwendolen Fairfax’ in The Importance Of Being Earnest (MAC,
Belfast), ‘Bill Humphries’ in 84 Charing Cross Road (Cambridge Arts Theatre/ Salisbury
Playhouse), ‘Flute’ in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Temple Music Hall), ‘Silvius’ / ‘Le Beau’ in As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse).

Television credits include: ‘Steve Manton’ in Doctors (BBC1), ‘George’ in The Royals
(Lionsgate Television).

Workshop includes: ‘Ensemble’ in Pink Floyd: The Wall (Complicité).



Steve Simmonds – Nanny Nelly Nightnurse

Steve Simmonds trained at the Rose Bruford College.

His extensive Theatre credits include; The Threepenny Opera (Bolton Octagon), The Lady In The Van (Theatre Royal Bath), Tommy (New Wolsey Ipswich/Ramps on the Moon), ‘Cortina Man’ in Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch/New Wolsey Ipswich), ‘Bosun’ in Return To The Forbidden Planet – 25th Anniversary Tour (Forbidden Planet Musicals, directed by Bob Carlton), ‘Steve Currie’ / ‘Captain Sensible’ in 20th CENTURY BOY (UK No. 1 Tour), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Jonathan Church), From A Jack To A King (Far East Tour for British Theatre Playhouse), ‘Norman Petty’ in The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Musical Productions/No. 1 Tour), ), ‘Widow Twankey’ in Aladdin and ‘Baron Hardup’ in Cinderella (both for Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor, Gun Metal Blues, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Aladdin, Can’t Pay, Won’ Pay, Twelfth Night, The Servant Of Two Masters, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Jack And The Beanstalk, Gaslight, Bouncers and It’s a Fine Life (all for Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), The Comedy Of Babi Babbett, GENTLE Harry’s Farm, Ikarus Inc and Noah Babel’s Ark (Rude Mechanicals Theatre), Mack and Mable (Criterion Theatre, West End – Adam Kenwright/Watermill Theatre), PINAFORE SWING (Watermill Theatre/National Tour), The Sword In The Stone, Sleeping Beauty, ‘Angie the Ox’ in Guys And Dolls, Aladdin, Sugar and Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood (all for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich).

Steve’s TV credits include Love Soup for the BBC and prior to training, he played Stitch in Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes at the London Palladium.



Dominic Gee-Burch – Portcullis / Little John / Cecil

Theatre credits include: 'Jeter/1st Cover Willard' in Footloose The Musical (UK & International Tour), ‘Elliot/Lead Guitarist’ in Girl From Nowhere (St. James Studio), 'Adam' in Departures A Song Cycle (Pleasance Theatre), 'Joe' in Madeline and Joe (Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester), 'Lord Farquaad' in Shrek The Musical (Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man), 'Lysander' in A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK Tour, Oddsocks Productions) and 'Badger' in The Wind In The Willows (UK Tour, Oddsocks Productions).

Dominic is delighted to be joining the cast of Robin Hood as 'Portcullis' and would like to thank his family & friends for all of their love and support.



Mike Slader – Much the Miller's Son / Monsieur Le Coq

Since graduating Rose Bruford in 2009 Mike has toured round the UK with shows, jukebox musicals, and gigging with various bands.

Theatre credits include: Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK Tour), Romeo & Juliet & Twelfth Night (The Watermill Theatre), Frankenstein (Salisbury Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (The Watermill Theatre), Dreamboats & Miniskirts (UK Tour), Delirium Show 6 (Workshop, St James Theatre), Carnaby Street in Concert (UK Tour), Tiny Tempest (Brighton Dome) Carnaby Street (UK Tour), Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK Tour), Ovid's Metamorphoses (Pleasance Dome), On the Third Day (The Mill Studios), Close (The Cockpit Theatre), Grimethorpe Race (The Arcola Theatre), Twelfth Night (UK Tour), The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Chichester Festival Theatre), Dr Faustus (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Pantomime credits include: Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantos - Aladdin (Stafford Gatehouse), Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (City Varieties Music Hall), Dick Whittington (City Varieties, Leeds).
Other work includes: Cruzier (Short Film), HTC Online Phone (Commercial) and Who Is In Control (Photography Stills)


Robert Wade – Will Scarlett / Blondel

Robert is originally from Hull, East Yorkshire.  He trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a BA (Hons.) in Actor Musicianship.  He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. 

Whilst at Rose Bruford, Robert’s roles included ‘Jack’ in Into The Woods, ‘Robbie Ross’ in Our Country’s Good and ‘Dumaine’ in Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Robert’s Theatre credits include: ‘Musketeer’ and ‘Cadet’ in Cyrano (Northern Broadsides), ‘Richie Rix’ in The Last Station Keeper and ‘Jemmy’ in The Carlton Colliers (both for Badapple Theatre Company), ‘Ray’ in Square Patties And Other Scraps (Broccolily Theatre and Assemble Fest), ‘Billy’ in Jack And The Beanstalk (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), and ‘Little John’ in Robin Hood (Cambridge Touring Theatre). He has also recently worked at Hull Truck Theatre with the Hull Young Playwrights.

Robert is delighted to be returning to Stafford Gatehouse for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood this Christmas.


Rachel Nottingham – Britney

Rachel was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and trained at Drama Studio London.

During training she played ‘Catherine Hilton’ in Call It A Day (Grove Court Theatre), ‘Claire Clairmont’ in Bloody Poetry (Criterion Theatre), ‘Rosalind’ in As You Like It, ‘Queen Elizabeth’ in Richard III, ‘Millamant’ in The Way Of The World and ‘Andromache’ in The Trojan Women.
Rachel’s theatre credits include; ‘Elizabeth’ in Between Us (The Mermaid), ‘The
Storyteller’ and ‘Cuddles the Monkey’ in Aladdin – The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto (Theatr Clwyd), ‘Mildred’ in Save The Last Dance For Me and ‘Daisy’ in Dreamboats And Petticoats (both No.1 UK Tours/Bill Kenwright Ltd.), ‘Princess Jasmine’ and ‘Slave of the Ring’ in Aladdin (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), ‘Rosie’ in Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), ‘Debs’ in Carnaby Street (No. 1 UK Tour/Squareleg Entertainment), ‘Lydia Bennet’ & ‘Caroline Bingley’ in Pride And Prejudice (Italian Tour/European Arts Company) and ‘Alice Fitzwarren’ / ‘Fairy Bow Bells’ in Dick Whittington (Bigfoot Arts Entertainment). 

On screen, she has appeared in a number of feature and short films including; Zombie Resurrection (Charmed Apocalypse Pictures), Duet (Stage Factory, Seoul) and Dead Beautiful (d-d films).
Rachel is an accomplished singer and musician, playing saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) and flute.


Celia Cruwys-Finnigan – Whitney

Training: Rose Bruford College

Theatre credits include: ‘Vi Petty’ in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour); ‘Daisy’ in The Great Gatsby (UK Tour); ‘Gretchen’ in The Bureau Of Lost Things (Theatre 503)
Television includes: ‘Mo’ in The Walkers (SKY 1)

Theatre whilst training includes: ‘Lily’ in Punk Rock, ‘Annie’ in All My Sons, ‘Maggie’ in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, ‘Lady Anne’ in Richard III, ‘Elizabeth Bradley’ in Today, ‘Woman 1’ in Songs For A New World.





Laura Sillet – Maid Marrion 

Laura trained at The Guildford School of Acting.

Laura's theatre credits include: Rusty & 1st U/S Ariel in Footloose (UK/International Tour), Donna in Dreamboats & Petticoats (Cardiff), Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line), Jill in Jack And The Beanstalk (Stafford Gatehouse), Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (UAE), Muriel u/s Sue & Donna in Dreamboats & Miniskirts (UK tour), Snow Queen in The Snow Queen (UAE tour), Donna in Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK tour), Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty (Emporium Theatre, Brighton), Soloist/Ensemble in Marvin Hamlisch Concert (St James Theatre) and Ensemble in There'll Always Be An England (Brick Lane Music Hall).

TV & Film credits include: Main Girl in The Beach – Thieves (Music Video, Sony).
Commercial credits: Daughter in Tchibo 'Flügge' (Frankfurt, Germany) and Featured Girl in Barclays (Viral).


Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood - the rock ‘n’ roll panto will open on Thursday 7th December 2017 and run until Sunday 7th January 2018. Tickets are priced at £20 adult / £15.50 concessions / £66 family, with school and group discounts available via the box office only.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood will also see the return of the ever popular late night adult only performances. Due to increased demand for these shows, an extra date has been added to the performance schedule for 2017/18, meaning for the first time there will be three adult only performances on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January 2018.

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

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

MET Comedy double bill this October


Fans of stand-up will be delighted to hear that MET Comedy returns this month with not one but two – yes two – hilarious shows! The hilarity begins this Saturday in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

The first act on the bill this weekend is none other than Andrew Bird!

Andrew hails from Northamptonshire and moved to London to pursue a career in stand-up. He worked in a bar where he practised making the regulars laugh before his career in live comedy took off.

Since then, Andrew has become a top headline act up and down the UK as well as performing around the world from Dublin to Doha. He has also supported Rhod Gilbert and Lee Hurst on tour, and been the warm-up artist for TV shows including Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Room 101 and Pointless. Andrew is also a writer in demand having written for series such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week.

Andrew’s 2011 and 2012 Edinburgh were sold out and received glowing reviews across the board.

Next up is renowned comedian, Rob Rouse!

As seen on Ben Elton’s hit BBC2 Shakespeare sitcom ‘Upstart Crow’, standup Rob Rouse is one of comedy’s most lively, loveable and dynamic performers.

Rob Rouse’s ‘Bottom’ received a warm welcome with viewers and critics alike on Elton’s keenly anticipated ‘Upstart Crow’ which first aired in the spring of 2016 and was recently voted ‘Best new sitcom’ on the British Comedy Guide. Rob is currently recording series two, playing William Shakespeare’s manservant, alongside David Mitchell, Harry Enfield, Mark Heap, Paula Wilcox, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck and Spencer Jones.

Rob won Channel 4’s Prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition at the Edinburgh Festival in way back in 1998. He’s one of our best comic storytellers, has performed all over the world and works long form narratives into hard-hitting, uncompromising hilarious tales filled with warmth and a sense of compassion for our collective human frailties.

The Ex-Geography teacher has been described critically as “A born clown”, those who really know him may lovingly use the word ‘idiot’. Either way, Rob takes this trademark comedic storytelling to a career high in this show, as he leads us on an irresistibly hilarious journey of enforced introspection and inspired rantings, it’s a real roller-coaster of a show in which he is forced to relinquish any attempts to control his life and to face down literally one of the most awkward situations you’re ever likely to hear about.

You may also recognise him from 8 out of 10 cats, Spoons, The Friday Night Project, Celebrity Juice, Dave’s One night stand, John Bishop’s Only Joking, Live at the Comedy store, maybe collecting one of his wife’s eBay purchases from your garage or perhaps seen him at one of his 8 Edinburgh fringe shows or 3 UK tours. So, come and see him do what he does best; honest, frank, seriously funny stand-up.

Rob also does a weekly podcast with his wife Helen. ‘Rob and Helen’s Datenight Podcast’ is free each week on iTunes and Podbean. As far as they’re aware, it’s the only comedy podcast made by a married couple. With both kids now at school and a little more time on their hands, it’s often a time that a couple can grow apart, so each week Rob and Helen go on dates ranging from the bizarre to the frankly mundane and make a delightfully daft podcast about it. So far, they’ve been dancing, horse riding, dove wrangling, recorded an incendiary version of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing in The Name’ and stripped butt raw in front of the fire for an impromtu Life-drawing session, to name but a few. You can subscribe to the podcast here.

The final act appearing on the bill this Saturday will be Ivan Brackenbury!

Inept hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury is the creation of Tom Binns, a former breakfast radio host on London's XFM as well as a comedian in his own right.

As himself, Binns won the Jongleurs new act of the year, piloted his own chat show on Five called Tom Binns Munchies, and was one of the presenters on Channel 4 breakfast show RI:SE. He’s also appeared on Knowing Me Knowing Yule With Alan Partridge, Friday Night Armistice and Fist Of Fun as a comic actor.

He created Brakenbury relatively early in his career, and the character appeared on Radio 1, Virgin and GLR, before being rested as Binns developed his own radio career, which included landing XFM with a then-record £50,000 fine for talking about bestiality on air.

However, Brakenbury was resurrected for the Edinburgh Fringe 2007, where he was nominated for the if.comedy prize for the best show, and his roadshow, complete with inappropriate records and bungled cues, is now a regular fixture on the live circuit.

Please note age guidance 18 years+

MET Comedy will take place on Saturday 7th October in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50 and available from the box office on 01785 619080 or via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk