New season of plays at Welwyn Garden City’s Barn Theatre

PUBLISHED: 21:16 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 21:16 11 September 2014

Red Stripe will be appearing at the Barn Fringe in Welwyn Garden City

Red Stripe will be appearing at the Barn Fringe in Welwyn Garden City

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The new season at Welwyn Garden City’s Barn Theatre opens next week.

How the Other Half Loves opens the new season at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden CityHow the Other Half Loves opens the new season at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

It’s all happening behind the closed doors of the Barn Theatre down in Handside Lane.

Behind the blank facade of the closed season, the beautiful old venue in Welwyn Garden City is full of life, laughter and occasional tears as rehearsals for the new season’s first two plays take shape.

Starting later this month, this season brings to the stage a mixture of much-loved classics, exciting new work and four great plays with powerfully fascinating women at their heart.

Barn artistic director Coral Walton said: “We have made a conscious effort to ensure an equal balance of decent roles for both male and female actors.

Blue Stockings will be performed at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden CityBlue Stockings will be performed at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

“In seeking out good female roles, (much harder to come across), the season has inadvertently ended up with a ‘love’ theme and looks at the emotion from a number of different perspectives. Certainly food for thought.”

First up is Alan Ayckbourn’s 1970s classic comedy How The Other Half Loves, which opens on Friday, September 19 and runs until Saturday, September 27.

Directed by John Davies, who played the lugubrious judge in last season’s No Naughty Bits, it takes a wickedly funny look at three marriages.

Following its successful launch last year, The Barn Fringe is back for 2014 – all set to bring a sparkle to autumn with eight evenings of new and exciting entertainment in a varied programme of drama, comedy, music, and an act fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe.

Plus there will be a return visit by Red Stripe, the band whose rafter-raising performance had last year’s Barn Fringe audiences dancing in the aisles.

The Barn Fringe will run from Thursday, October 2 to Sunday, October 12.

New to the Barn, and with a huge portfolio of choreographing, directing and performing, Linda Dyne directs the fabulous Blue Stockings from Friday, October 24 to Saturday, November 1.

A first play by Jessica Swales, it premiered last summer at London’s Globe, to four star reviews.

It’s 1896 and at Girton College, Cambridge, women are fighting for the right to graduate.

In November, Darren Barsby directs Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie.

An intriguing adaptation of the Strindberg classic, where the action is moved from 19th century Sweden to 1945 England on the day of the Labour Party’s landslide victory, it plays from November 21 to November 29.

And, bringing the curtain down on 2014, is the Barn’s ever-popular family favourite, the Christmas show, which this year is A Christmas Carol.

Directed by Vikki Myddelton, Dickens’ classic ghost story is vividly brought to life from December 12 to December 31 in an exciting new musical adaptation featuring 16 glorious songs.

The season continues into the new year with a rich mix of genres and periods, something for everyone, both audience and play-makers.

The backdrop to the bustle of rehearsals is the sound of banging and hammering as the Barn box office is enlarged and modernised in time for the start of the new season.

In the meantime, tickets for the first shows are available from 01707 324300, or online at www.barntheatre.co.uk

Season tickets are also available for the coming season.


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