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Lewes Little Theatre

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Lancaster Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PX
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The Bob Dylan Story

Bill Lennon has been appearing in the UK and abroad since graduating from Londons guitar institute (now known as The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, as best live performer in 2005.This performance is Bill Lennons tribute to the legendary artist.

Sat 4 Apr

£13

A Christmas Carol Written By Charles Dickens, Adapted By Gary Andrews

'Mankind was my business - the common welfare was my business'An original play by Gary Andrews, A Christmas Carol brings to the Lewes stage Charles Dickens's classic tale which has been with us since 1843, and has come to be part of Christmas for everyone, even the most cynical amongst us cannot resist being moved by the revelations that Scrooge is subjected to and his subsequent salvation. It's understandably moving stuff.This production, for which the text has been adapted for the Lewes stage by David Williams and which I Darren Heather, in my first production for Lewes Little Theatre, will aim to capture all of the traditional themes of Scrooge's journey through his past, present and future, whilst at the same time exploring the impact of social injustice.We will have achieved our goal if our audiences leave the theatre with Christmas in their hearts and some provoking thoughts in their heads.Director - Darren Heather

Fri 6 Dec

£8–£12

Sat 7 Dec

£6–£10

Mon 9 Dec

£8–£12

Tue 10 Dec

£8–£12

Wed 11 Dec

£8–£12

Thu 12 Dec

£8–£12

Fri 13 Dec

£8–£12

Sat 14 Dec

£6–£10

£8–£12

Darling Edith

A dramatised reading of the correspondence between the artist Rex Whistler and Edith Olivier, cousin of Sir Laurence.

Sun 31 May
Foyer

£5

Haunting Julia Written By Alan Ayckbourn

When I first read Haunting Julia I could not put it down. I have seen and directed plays by Alan Ayckbourn in the past but this one is very different. Yes there are comic moments but this play deals with more serious themes and the usual thought-provoking comedy. There is grief after the loss of an only child and the tyranny of a great talent.Twelve years ago Joe lost his only daughter Julia. An underlying theme is the burden of creativity Julia, a gifted musician, used to say that music was like a great cloud in front of the sun blotting out her life. She felt isolated. Perhaps the play is obliquely autobiographical.This is the background to an edge-of- your- seat-cliff-hanger. It is an emotional roller-coaster. But is the play a psychological thriller, a murden mystery or a ghost story. The play is beautifully balanced and crafted to creat maximum tension, building to a shattering climax.This well-crafted production is being directed by Juliet Hartnett

Fri 20 Sep

£8–£12

Sat 21 Sep

£6–£10

Mon 23 Sep

£8–£12

Tue 24 Sep

£8–£12

Wed 25 Sep

£8–£12

Thu 26 Sep

£8–£12

Fri 27 Sep

£8–£12

Sat 28 Sep

£6–£10

£8–£12

Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense Written By David And Robert Goodale

'There are moments Jeeves, when one asks one's self, 'Do trousers matter?'What a delightfully bonkers play! Directed by Rebecca Warnett and written for a cast of three, who play multiple roles, this adaptation is an inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse's iconic double act which will keep you laughing and breathless. As a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker - reconciling the affections of his hosts's drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquantance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the every-dependable Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself!Will Bertie get caught wih the policeman's helmet again? Will Aunt Dahlia get her way and lead Bertie into trouble? How often will Jeeves save the day? And who is Seppings?Directed by Rebecca Warnett

Sat 21 Mar

£8–£12

Mon 23 Mar

£8–£12

Tue 24 Mar

£8–£12

Wed 25 Mar

£8–£12

Thu 26 Mar

£8–£12

Fri 27 Mar

£8–£12

Sat 28 Mar

£6–£10

£8–£12

Lust - A Musical Play Written The The Heather Brothers

'Frolicsome and carefree, earthy and robust - lust!'After their smash-hit success A Slice of Saturday Night, The Heather Brothers collaborated once again the wildly entertaining musical Lust, which premiered in London at the Theatre Roayal, Haymarket in1993.The show is set in London in the year 1661 and although a period romp, has a lot to say to the modern audience. Lust: this classic farce takes Wycherley's spirited Restoration comedy and turns it into a saucy romp with 24 songs from the title number to romantic ballads, duets and comic gender poems. The show's comic themes show up the characters, show up the characters in all their pomposity and self deluding ways and is a big pock at over inflated egos.The story brings everyone down together to realise the characters frailties and need for real love and compassion.Director - Shaun Hughes

Sat 16 May

£8–£12

Mon 18 May

£8–£12

Tue 19 May

£8–£12

Wed 20 May

£8–£12

Thu 21 May

£8–£12

Fri 22 May

£8–£12

Sat 23 May

£6–£10

£8–£12

One Man, Many Friends The Steve Hewlett Show

Steve Hewlett is one of Britains finest ventriloquists. A finalist on 2013s Britains Got Talent, he now tours the world with his inventively hilarious show.

Thu 18 Jun

£10–£13

Psychic Connections Written And Directed By Philip Ayckbourn

'The Ghosts of our past have a story, but can they be believed?'I knew when penning the initial draft of Psychic Connections that I wanted to write something that would not only chill and thrill by making use of theatre's power to visually surprise and startle,but also to have a plot that could equeally startle and surprise with some dramatic twists and turns. I felt the story needed to span a time period, perhaps from the Victorian age - always a good era for ghostly goings on - to the present day.At the heart of every good ghost story is a room or building that is the subject of supernatural occurrences and is very much a character in its own right. The Old Victorian School House in Cranleigh in Surrey - don't Google it, it might not be there….. then again it might - suggested itself as a suitable setting. A building - soon to be demolished - that once has a flourishing past, but has subsequently fallen into disrepair and is now a refuge for the occasional vagrant.No more will I give away…. except to say I look forward to working with the lighting and sound team to create a suitable atmospheric accompaniment. It's a joy once again to be bringing a new play to Lewes Little Theatre.Philip Ayckbourn - Director

Fri 25 Oct

£6–£10

£8–£12

Mon 28 Oct

£8–£12

Tue 29 Oct

£8–£12

Wed 30 Oct

£8–£12

Thu 31 Oct

£8–£12

Fri 1 Nov

£6–£12

Sat 2 Nov

£6–£10

£8–£12

Sussex By The Sea

Well-known Sussex writer and musician Marcus Weeks talks about the rich history and variety of music played and composed in the county, illustrated by rare and unpublished recordings.

Sun 16 Feb
Foyer

£5

That's The Way To Do It!

David Wilde, one of Britains leading authorities on the history of the art of Punch and Judy, talks about the genre and performs his show, in a nostalgic trip to the seaside of our youth.

Sun 17 Nov
Foyer

£5

A Voyage Round My Father Written By John Mortimer

' Dear Elizabeth, I'm so relieved to find that you can lie as mercilessly as anyone.'Writers who have graduated from one possession to another tend to follow one or two disparate directions. 'Wind in the Willows', for example, marks as big a jump for the erstwhile secretary of the Bank of England as can be imagined. Others, as in the case of John Mortimer, draw heavily on their previous profession and anchor their creations firmly in the context.Family and social dysfunction has become the hollmark ofd much modern drama, taking the protests of Mortimer's contemporaneous Angry Young Men to new and exoriating heights.Delve behind the ascerbic language of Father and you will find that the physically blind old rascal actual possesses 20-20 acuity.Father is no respector of people or conventions and he certainly does not suffer fools gladly. When he says to his daughter in law 'Dear Elizabeth, I'm so relieved to find that you can lie as mercilessly as anyone', there will be many who, like Wilde, with think inwardly, "I wish I'd said that".Directed by David Parton

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£12

Mon 6 Jul

£8–£12

Tue 7 Jul

£8–£12

Wed 8 Jul

£8–£12

Thu 9 Jul

£8–£12

Fri 10 Jul

£8–£12

Sat 11 Jul

£6–£10

£8–£12

We're Still Here'

Antonia Pemberton and Sheila Matthews, both in their early 90s talk about their long careers in film and on stage. They will perform extracts from their favourite plays.

Sun 6 Oct
Foyer

Cancelled

Lewes Little Theatre

Lewes Theatre Club was founded by the Rev. Kenneth Rawlings in 1939 to give the people of Lewes and the surrounding villages the opportunity to see and be involved in theatre. He and his friends set high standards which the Club has tried to live up to ever since. Members have worked hard over the years to enlarge and improve the theatre but they always give priority to the quality of their stage productions. Now more than 70 years later, the Club has grown to serve a wide catchment area covering much of Sussex.

The premises in Lancaster Street have been expanded and now provide a comfortable 154-seater theatre with foyer and bar facilities for members and their guests. The Club presents 6 to 8 main stage productions every year, between October and July, and additional foyer events give a broad range of theatrical experiences.

The Club also has a thriving Youth Theatre Club that meets every Thursday in term time, they also present productions either in the foyer or on the main stage; some of the group are often involved with the main stage productions.

Everybody involved in the Club - actors, directors, back-stage and Front of House support, set designers and builders, light and sound staff, costume makers and many more - give their time freely and without payment.

You will find that there is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere extended to all members and guests. Whether you wish to take an active role in the Club, or simply come and see the productions, we want you to enjoy your membership. We look forward to seeing you at the Theatre.

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