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Christmas comes early with Season’s Greetings on Stevenage stage

PUBLISHED: 10:24 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:35 16 October 2018

Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage

Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage

Gordon Craig Theatre

A riotous comedy full of festive frolics is coming to the Stevenage stage next month with rehearsals starting next week.

Victoria Fitz-Gerald stars as Belinda in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.Victoria Fitz-Gerald stars as Belinda in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

Described as a festive comedy with a bang, Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn can be seen at the Gordon Craig Theatre from Wednesday, November 7 to Saturday, November 10.

Directed by Catherine Lomax, it will be the GCT’s second Ayckbourn this year, after a run of Neighbourhood Watch earlier in the season.

GCT artistic director Catherine is looking forward to producing another Ayckbourn for Hertfordshire theatre-goers.

Season’s Greetings is a brilliant, brilliant play,” said Catherine. “It’s so, so funny.

Richard Munday will appear as Neville in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.Richard Munday will appear as Neville in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

“The reason why we’ve deliberately selected it is our panto here at the Gordon Craig runs from the end of November through to the end of January.

“So we just thought for those people who aren’t really panto-lovers, it is close enough to Christmas time that it could be a play they might want to see that is fairly festive.

“We usually do a play in October-November time and we’ve just made it a couple of weeks later.”

There will be some familiar faces to Stevenage audiences in the nine-strong professional cast, which has now been announced.

Alice Redmond is Rachel in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.Alice Redmond is Rachel in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

Victoria Fitz-Gerald, Paul Lavers and Adam Shorey will all return to the theatre in Lytton Way having starred in Neighbourhood Watch in May.

Adam Shorey is no stranger to the Gordon Craig stage having also appeared in John Godber’s rugby-themed comedy Up ‘N’ Under last autumn, as well as various in-house Easter musicals and summer productions, including the fabulous Singin’ in the Rain, in which he appeared as Roscoe Dexter, and The Producers.

Paul Lavers, meanwhile, was also seen at the Gordon Craig in the hilarious Bedroom Farce in 2016.

Another member of that Bedroom Farce ensemble, Chris Aukett, will also appear in Season’s Greetings as Eddie.

Paul Lavers plays Harvey in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.Paul Lavers plays Harvey in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

Chris also appeared in the GCT’s Easter musical Charlotte’s Web.

Natalie Harman, who was such a hit earlier in the year as Fairy Tulip in Sleeping Beauty, the Gordon Craig’s original Easter musical, is also down to appear in the festive comedy as Phyllis.

She tweeted: “Excited to be doing Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings @GCTStevenage for the next few weeks! Let’s get merry”

Alice Redmond, recently seen as Aunt Eller in Gordon Craig musical Oklahoma!, will play Rachel.

Naomi Slights plays Pattie in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.Naomi Slights plays Pattie in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

The Season’s Greetings cast also includes Richard Munday, who has been the understudy for Raoul in Phantom of the Opera in the West End, and Naomi Slights, who has toured the UK as Marion in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Richard tweeted: “Little bit excited about starting rehearsals next week for this @GCTStevenage”

New to the Gordon Craig is Lewis Collier whose credits include the UK tour of Sherlock Holmes The Final.

Evening performance tickets for Season’s Greetings cost from £17.50 to £23, with concessions £2 off.

Chris Aukett plays Eddie in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.Chris Aukett plays Eddie in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

There are also matinees on the Thursday and Saturday, with tickets priced £18.

There is also a senior citizen special of £13 for the Thursday matinee.

• For more details, and to book tickets, visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk or call the box office on 01438 363200.

Adam Shorey plays Bernard in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.Adam Shorey plays Bernard in Season's Greetings at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

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