Watson

There is a shadow in the gutters, a spider’s web of poisonous intrigue plagues the city and Dr John Watson must face his greatest ever challenge.

It is 1894. Watson is alone. Sherlock Holmes and his beloved Mary are both gone. London seethes with false reports and rumour. It is time to set the record straight.
So Watson tells his story. A tale of long buried secrets, betrayal and death, where the intrepid detectives must finally face their nemesis; Moriarty… The Napoleon of Crime. But as Watson takes us across Europe to the Reichenbach Falls, is the game really over?

Night Terrors – The Ghost Stories of E.F Benson

This is a spine-tingling evening of three tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, “Night Terrors”. With masterful storytelling from the award-winning actor Gerard Logan, “Night Terrors” will transport you to a darker, more sinister world of the unexpected and the unexplainable.

The three stories (“The Dance”, “In The Tube” and “The Confession of Charles Linkworth”), are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable.

Gerard Logan won The Stage “Best Solo Performer of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Award” for his acclaimed performance in Gareth Armstrong’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Rape of Lucrece’. He won the “Best Actor” award at the 2014 Buxton Fringe Festival, and was nominated for the Michael MacLiammoir Award for “Best Male Performance” at the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival for his performance in ‘Wilde Without the Boy’.

Lilies on the Land

Lilies on the Land is a truly remarkable and sparkling piece of theatre which celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history – the Women’s Land Army of World War II.
These gripping but charming tales, chart the personal journeys of four women who sign up to become Land Girls, determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the war effort.
But how will these women, hailing from all different walks of life, torn from their families and bereft of all basic home comforts, deal not only with the hardships of farming life and the pressures of war, but also with being outsiders in new surroundings? Maybe work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the skies are just what it takes for these girls to get along…
Based on hundreds of letters from and interviews with the original Land Girls, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny, wonderfully moving and utterly captivating portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest, unsung heroes. Simply unmissable, this is theatre at its most memorable.

Crimes on Centre Court

Multi-award-winning New Old Friends are touring another dose of mirth, murder and mayhem, this time with a side of tennis. Lord Knows the chair of The Wombledon International tennis tournament has died and his son, Hugh, is suspicious. The police won’t take the case so Hugh calls in Perry & Penny Pink, private investigators.

What transpires has all the hallmarks of the company’s particular brand of theatrical hilarity: a cast of four performers play countless characters with quick-fire changes and quicker wits. The Bath-based group have built a national reputation with their wildly inventive set-pieces, twisty plots and commitment to unadulterated entertainment. Crimes on Centre Court, based on a story from New Old Friends’ award-winning podast (#2 in iTunes fiction chart), is set to serve up a summertime treat sweeter than strawberries and cream.

Press for previous New Old Friends shows:
“Celebrations of theatricality… worthy of The 39 Steps” – The Times
“Crammed to the gills with knife-sharp visual gags and murderously bad puns” – The Financial Times
“As effervescent as a sip of Champagne” – The i Paper
“A non-stop bonanza of wit” – British Theatre Guide

Posting Letters to the Moon

An Evening of wartime letters between the actress Celia Johnson and her husband Peter Fleming read by their daughter, Lucy Fleming, and Simon Williams. These touching letters from Celia to her husband tell of her experiences during the war – from coping with a large house full of evacuated children, learning to drive a tractor, rationing, becoming an auxilliary policewoman and acting – ultimately in the 1945 classic Brief Encounter. Peter Fleming was away for most of the war – he writes about his adventures working on deception in the Far East. Not only are the letters highly engaging, but they also provide a fascinating historical insight.

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson 10-14th May 2022 MET “My mother’s the ghost in the machine. She runs through us like wine through water.” Stafford Players are proud to present this Olivier award-winning, bittersweet comedy, which introduces us to three sisters on the eve of their mother’s funeral. As stories are revived and experiences relived, it becomes clear that within the shared memory of the family are three acutely different perspectives on the sisters’ relationships with one another, and with their mother who has gone before them. Or has she…? NSDA award-winning director Jo Bradley presents a stellar cast in a comedic reflection, with some strong language, on the bonds of memory which hold us together, and sometimes threaten to tear us apart.

The Second Best Bed

When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed. This superb one-woman play, full of both humour and pathos, has received great critical acclaim since its premier at the Swan Theatre Worcester in 2012. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she?

“Lifts the lid on a Tudor can of worms……..a showcase for the towering acting skills of Liz Grand.” Worcester News

Where is Mrs Christie?

Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.

Actor Liz Grand (previous one-woman show ‘The Second Best Bed’) presents her new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!