STABLES 2020 PROGRAMME
THE STABLES THEATRE 2020 SEASON
We are especially excited to present our planned 2020 season; a programme selected from suggestions made by you, our members. You gave us over 60 plays and musicals to consider and your suggestions were as diverse and interesting as they were many.
Although we are producing fewer plays in 2020 to reduce the pressure placed on the stage teams and to allow more time for build/tech/dressing and rehearsals. you might imagine we could have planned several seasons from the plays submitted and I have no doubt that some of your choices will play a part in the future.
Pressure by David Haig. February 7th to 15th
Directed by Carol Hunt
‘ Funny intense and deeply affecting’ – The Telegraph. This is an extraordinary and little-known true story. June 1944 and one man’s decision is about to change the course of history. The Allied forces led by General Eisenhower are poised to launch the D-Day landings. 350,000 lives are at stake and the decision as to whether or not to attack comes down to the most important weather forecast of all time.
Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale. April 3rd to 11th
Directed by Aisling Tigwell
This is Jessica Swale’s first play. The cracking Blue Stockings is set at Girton College, Cambridge in 1896, and its title refers to a derogatory term for female intellectuals. Often funny and always thought provoking, the action involves four very talented female undergraduates and the campaign to be allowed, like their male colleagues, to receive a formal degree qualification at the end of their studies. The play touches on some of the issues surrounding the feminist ideals of the late nineteenth-century. The date that women were eventually awarded degrees will take you by surprise. Jessica Swale earned a Most Promising Playwright nomination in 2013 and the play entered the GCSE drama syllabus in 2015.
My Old Lady by Israel Horovitz. May 15th to 23rd
Directed by Maureen Nelson
This is a play full of sharply funny twists and turns. Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristen Scot Thomas stared in the film version. When a down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady’s outspoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his un-mourned father affect all in this poignant play.
Assassins by Steven Sondheim. June 24th to July 4th
Directed by Neil Sellman
Steven Sondheim’s multi award winning musical centred around the imaginary meeting of the 11 would be Assassins who have assassinated or attempted to assassinate a president Of the United States Of America. A ‘small scale’ musical ideal for the stables, it offers great design opportunities and superb roles for actors who sing. Funny, poignant and possibly relevant, this production would be an ideal foray back into musicals for our theatre. Assassins is planned to run over a two-week period.
Nobody’s Perfect by Simon Williams. September 18th to 26th
Directed by Lynsey Mears
This is a play that offers belly laughs galore – four irresistibly loveable characters locked into a hilarious plot. The final scene has been described as a comic masterpiece and this play is acclaimed as a classic feel good comedy. Love Is All Round is a feminist publishing house where Harriet Copeland is running a competition to find new romantic fiction; their motto is ‘For Women By Women’. To avoid this gender bias, Leonard Loftus is forced to submit his novel under a female pseudonym. So, when Lulabelle Latiffa wins the first prize, Leonard begins to have a major problem. He is a bashful statistician lumbered with a spectacular alter ego. With domestic complications from his wayward daughter and his rascally old father, Leonard tries frantically to keep up the charade of Lulabelle. His problems are made worse when he falls hopelessly in love with Harriet. He is a worried man in the guise of a carefree woman. The happy ending is not going to be easy. In high heels and lipstick, our hero is caught in a hilarious dilemma of cross-dressing and cross-purposes.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare. October 30th to November 7th
Directed by Frances Viner
One of Shakespeare’s best loved plays Macbeth is a fast, furious tragedy full of plotting, deception and murder. Consumed by ambition Macbeth will stop at nothing ….. Frances Viner will be taking a highly creative and imaginative approach in what promises to be a fresh, powerful and exciting production.
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen adapted for the Stables by Michael Punter. December 18th to 23rd and December 27th to 31st
Directed by Jane Richardson
Our Christmas show is a brand-new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of love, loyalty and friendship triumphing over evil. When her best friend Kai is stolen away by the wicked Snow Queen, young Gerda sets out on an epic adventure to find him and bring him home. Climbing mountains and crossing oceans, she undergoes a series of astonishing challenges and meets a cast of extraordinary characters, including some comedy crows, flowers that speak, a kindly reindeer, a prince and princess who never grew up, and a witch who concocts the most magnificent sweet treats, before a final confrontation at the Queen’s Ice Palace. This will be a fast-paced, atmospheric re-telling of the much-loved fairy tale, adapted by Michael Punter (1066 Three Kings.) With a fabulous ensemble cast, and poetry, puppets and stunning lighting effect, The Snow Queen promises to be THE Christmas treat for 2020!