The Barn Theatre ready for new play season

PUBLISHED: 20:55 20 September 2011 | UPDATED: 21:50 22 September 2011

Barn Theatre

Barn Theatre


THE curtain rises on the Barn Theatre’s 2011-2012 season later this week.

Man of the Moment by Alan Ayckbourn will be the Handside Lane theatre’s first production of the new play season.

Directed by Godfrey Marriott, it runs from Friday, September 23 to Saturday, October 1.

In Man of the Moment, Britain’s master of comedy turns a sardonic eye on TV celebrity and on good and evil.

It’s also the only play ever written in which a character swims onto the stage – and yes, real water will be used at the Welwyn Garden City venue.

See this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out tomorrow (Wednesday), for a full preview of Man of the Moment.

That’s followed by A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Matthew Francis and directed by Coral Walton, from October 14-22.

David Mamet’s merciless look at the cut-throat world of selling real estate, Glengarry Glen Ross, runs from November 18-26.

Directed at the Barn by Jan Palmer Sayer, Mamet’s play won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award on Broadway.

Cinderella is the Barn’s traditional Christmas panto this year from December 17-31.

The Killing of Sister George by Frank Marcus will be the theatre’s first production of 2012.

Directed by Janet While, the famous comedy about a radio soap star who finds herself written out of the show plays from January 20-28.

Love, duty, power, loss, good and evil are all called into question as one man descends into madness in King Lear.

The William Shakespeare classic, directed by Simon Wallace, will be on stage at the Barn from February 17-25.

The Youth Drama Festival moves to an earlier time slot in 2012 of March 5-10.

Darkness Falls by Jonathan Holloway – a double bill of plays on the supernatural – runs from March 23 to April 1.

It will be murder and pies when hit musical Sweeney Todd plays from April 13-21.

The penultimate production is Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth from May 11-19, and the season closes with the stage adaptation of Hi-de-Hi! from June 22-30.

To see what other events are coming up at the Barn and to book tickets, visit the Barn’s website – click on the link above right.

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