Tag Archives: Theatre

Dr Faust and Midsummer, St Luke’s, Norwood, Apr 13-16

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Becket, by St John’s Dramatic Society, Selsdon, Feb 4-6

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Jason and his Aussie-nauts arrive on stage in Wimbledon

The New Wimbledon Theatre, a tram ride away, is staging a star-spangled musical again, with Jason Donovan leading the cast in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The flamboyant show had DIANA ECCLESTON shed a tear This amazing musical is all … Continue reading

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Kate O’Donnell in Big Girl’s Blouse, Stanley Halls, Nov 20

Who knew what being transgender was in the 1970s? Not Kate’s family. To be fair, crispy pancakes had only just landed in the Midlands, so she had her work cut out. The path to becoming a woman doesn’t always run … Continue reading

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Musical that whips up emotions with touch of the X Factor

DIANA ECCLESTON took the tram to Wimbledon to review the latest coming of a “juggernaut” of a Lloyd-Webber-Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar has been beguiling audiences for more than 40 years and is one of the most popular in the … Continue reading

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How 4th XV rugby tour was the downfall of Nick Clegg

BELLA BARTOCK went “Up West” last night, for the opening night of a new stage comedy from a Croydon writer who has managed to harness some of the excitement, and a few of the skills, of the Rugby World Cup … Continue reading

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Warlingham’s rugby players take to a new stage

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Stanley Halls stages Invention Theatre Festival, Feb 13

Nine theatre-makers are coming together at Stanley Halls next month to produce one surprising night of theatre in south London’s new performance space. From 7.45pm on Friday, February 13, Stanley Halls are being opened up to performers from various disciplines … Continue reading

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Stanley Halls books its place as part of English heritage

The transfer of Stanley Halls to a local community group in South Norwood has been included as a case study in English Heritage’s latest edition of Pillars of the Community. Stanley Halls is one of just two examples of “asset … Continue reading

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Norwood Society looks at the history of its fire stations

The next local history meeting of the Norwood Society is on Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm, and is entitled “From Fire Station to Theatre”. As Norwood is soon to have a third new fire station, Bob Callender of the South … Continue reading

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Willows could see CODA weeping as they leave the Cryer

The future of another local theatre is under threat, with Sutton Council considering cuts which could see the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre in Carshalton close, making the  Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association’s next production, The Wind In The Willows, their … Continue reading

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Spread Eagle Theatre is tuned in for the light programme

BELLA BARTOCK, our resident culture vulture, got out her rouge and party frock to enjoy another evening at the Spread Eagle Theatre, which is celebrating its first birthday As I make my way past East Croydon Station, taking great care … Continue reading

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Competition winners get to see Tell Me About Your Ex

Inside Croydon’s loyal readers, Tania Rahman and Nadia Malik, will both be going to the theatre on Wednesday evening with a friend, thanks to our Spread Eagle Theatre competition. Both win a pair of tickets for the new show which … Continue reading

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Win tickets for the opening show of Spread Eagle’s new season

Inside Croydon, together with the Spread Eagle Theatre on Croydon High Street, are delighted to present another terrific offer for our loyal reader. To mark the start of the theatre’s autumn season of productions, which open next Tuesday with Tell … Continue reading

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Beware, Edinburgh: these Babysitters have a funny side

A group of childhood friends from Croydon will make their debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this week with a multi-award-winning play they have written, produced, directed and act in. The Babysitters was described as a “rip-roaring black comedy” when it … Continue reading

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Fragile feelings are pub theatre’s latest acclaimed offering

The Spread Eagle Theatre’s summer season comes to a close this week with a production of an acclaimed, but also disturbing, new play, Fragile. The Katharine Street pub theatre’s partner company, Birmingham’s Old Joint Stock Theatre, presents Geoff Thompson’s chilling … Continue reading

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Brit School workshop auditions, July 8-10

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Bottom’s up to no good, as CODA takes the Bard outdoors

Apparently, it all began when someone in CODA, the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, misheard one of their colleagues say, “Michael Hall has got a lovely bottom.” Now, a few months later, Hall is to play a lovely Bottom in CODA’s … Continue reading

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Mrs McMoon and Signor Baffo charm Stanley Halls’ audiences

Children’s theatre is coming to Stanley Halls on Saturday May 17. Two professional theatre productions, Mrs McMoon (at 11.30am) and Signor Baffo (2pm) are being staged at the re-opened Norwood venue. Mrs McMoon is suitable for ages 3 to 6, … Continue reading

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Alison: A Rock Opera, Spread Eagle Theatre, Apr 23-26

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Sheer madness captured with performances at Trinity School

BELLA BARTOCK is plain fagged out after a night watching the latest production by the Mitre Players. But to borrow the words of Jack Nicholson, at least she tried, suckers… Two things linger from this Mitre Players production of One … Continue reading

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Reader offer: Win free tickets when Mr Pooter comes to town

Inside Croydon, together with the Spread Eagle Theatre, is delighted to offer a competition in which our loyal reader can win a pair of tickets to the town centre’s newest drama venue next production, The Diary of a Nobody, which … Continue reading

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St Gertrude’s theatre makes an attack on War drama

This month sees the premier of a play written by South Croydon writer Jim de Paula Hanika when the complete with special effects, songs from the era and original film footage from World War 2. Built around a central love … Continue reading

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Mr Pooter is coming to Croydon in 2014 and a pub near you

“This is the diary of me, Charles Pooter. Social ladder climber. Technically middle-class, according to recently completed internet survey.” Mr Pooter is coming to Croydon, the central character is another production at the Spread Eagle Theatre, being performed on February … Continue reading

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Babylon gets a staging at Croydon’s pub theatre

The Spread Eagle Theatre has announced its 2014 programme, which opens next month with “a romping, stonking folk musical”, called Babylon. This show, produced by The Flanagan Collective, runs on just three nights, Tuesday to Thursday, February 4-6. Tickets for … Continue reading

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