Theatre Club

Wootton Courtenay is embarking on a trial season of theatre, ballet and musicals not normally accessible to our local area.  For 2019 we will be showing pre-recorded live events, including:

  • Swan Lake by Matthew Bourne
  • Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
  • 42nd Street from Drury Lane

This is an experimental period where we hope these shows will bring an audience sufficient to make further shows economically viable to run.  Tickets, are priced at £12.50, are available from the Villagers Stores or by contacting us via the website.  All shows will start at 7pm. Should a screening have an interval, we will announce that in advance.

Swan Lake

The legendary and award-winning dance production, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, will be screened at Wootton Courtenay Village Hall on Monday August 19th at 7pm.

I’m thrilled that this brand-new production of my Swan Lake will be screening in cinemas.  It has become a modern classic, much beloved by the British public and throughout the world.  Its popularity has never been greater and several generations of audiences have been inspired and moved by its universal story of love and acceptance.  Now, 24 years after Swan Lake was first performed, more people than ever before will be able to experience the dramatic power and mesmerising performances on the big screen.”  Matthew Bourne

New Adventures’ production of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to cinemas with a fresh look for the 21st century and is as daring and beautiful as ever.  This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.  Retaining the iconic elements of the original staging loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) have created a stunning re-imagining of this classic New Adventures production.

Filmed live at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, in January 2019, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake stars Will Bozier as The Swan/The Stranger, Liam Mower as The Prince and Nicole Kabera as The Queen.  Collecting over thirty international accolades, including an Olivier Award and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.

 

Lady Windermere’s Fan

Monday 14th October at 7pm.

Award-winning director Kathy Burke (The Quare Fellow and Once a Catholic) has brought together a talented comedic cast in this beautifully staged production designed by Paul Wills.  Jennifer Saunders guest stars as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years.  As a comedian, screenwriter and actor, she is best known for writing and starring in the BAFTA-winning sketch show, French and Saunders, and the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, which won international acclaim, a BAFTA and an Emmy.

Double Olivier Award-winner Samantha Spiro stars as the mysterious ‘other woman’ Mrs Erlynne.  She first came to fame playing a young Barbara Windsor in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick at the National Theatre, a role she recently reprised for the BBC drama Babs.  She won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in Merrily We Roll Along and Hello, Dolly!

Following his starring role in the BBC’s remake of the classic comedy Porridge, Kevin Bishop returns to the stage as Lord Darlington.  As well as starring in Tracey Ullmann’s Show and Peep Show, Bishop is also known for co-writing and starring in Channel 4’s The Kevin Bishop Show, which ran for two series. His recent stage credits include the one-man show, Fully Committed, and Once In A Lifetime at the Young Vic.

Lady Windermere’s Fan also features rising star Grace Molony, who recently won Best Actress in The Stage Debut Awards 2017 and will star in the upcoming feature film Mary Queen of Scots, alongside Oscar Nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.  The role of Lord Lorton is played by Joseph Marcell, best-known for his role as Geoffrey the butler, alongside Will Smith, in hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirJoshua James plays the role of Lord Windermere. He won a commendation at the Ian Charleson Awards for his performance in Young Chekhov at the National Theatre.

42nd Street

Monday 16th December at 7pm.

42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (Times).  Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in the heart of London’s West End.

Fresh off the bus from small-town America, Peggy is just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show.  But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…

Directed by the show author, Mark Bramble, this ‘achingly beautiful revival of an American classic’ (Telegraph) stars national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh, Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer and Philip Bertioli as Billy Lawlor, performing with a dazzling tap-dancing and show-stopping ensemble cast.

Featuring iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, and I Only Have Eyes For You, this is pure musical magic on the big screen – entertainment doesn’t get bigger than this!