Hangmen by Martin McDonagh

Courtyard Theatre, Chipstead Hangmen, the first play by Martin McDounagh to be set in England, brims with dark humour and horror and gives a whole new meaning to the ‘Swinging Sixties’.  The curtain opens on a bleak scene, made more claustrophobic as only the far right of the stage is used. It is 1963 and…

Back to the ’80s. Calling Planet Earth at Dorking Halls.

In the week Kate Bush dethroned Harry Styles from his number one spot, the current 1980’s ‘Back to the Future’ vibe was reinforced by ‘Calling Planet Earth’ at Dorking Halls. Calling Planet Earth is the show that defines a decade. For the uninitiated this may appear grandiose. But this New Romantic symphony is so much…

The Chipstead Players present The Woman in White.

The Chipstead Players are back with an ambitious adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ 1859 novel, The Woman in White.  It tells the story of the dashing Walter Hartright, (David Hall in his Courtyard debut). Who takes up the position of drawing master to Laura Fairlie and her half-sister Marian.  But he is troubled by the memory…

Goodnight Mr Tom presented by Chipstead Players.

Goodnight Mr Tom. A packed courtyard theatre, hosting an audience consisting of the old to the young, who have made the trek out on a bitterly cold January evening, is testament to the enduring popularity of the 1981 book by Michelle Magorian. For those unfamiliar, Goodnight Mr Tom is in essence, the story of two…

PANTOMIME MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE HARLEQUIN

Aladdin. The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill. After a two-year enforced absence Redhill’s theatre lovers were more than ready to be transported into the familiar bawdy, pantomime world via Aladdin’s Arabia. There was a palpable, excited fizz from the mask-wearing audience as the lights dimmed revealing the stage and a suitably evil Abanazar, played by Nicole Faraday,…

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Rebecca Biden Reviews Treasure Island presented by The Chipstead Players I had the pleasure of seeing Treasure Island preformed at Courtyard Theatre by the Chipstead Players Youth Theatre. The play was directed by Debra Elson and remarkably, took only ten days to put together. The beautifully designed set really drew you into performance and helped…

It’s a Pirate’s Life For Me

The Chipstead Players present Treasure Island. ‘Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum.’ The famous rousing pirate chant is more reminiscent of a celebratory songs from sporting crowds, as an audience, delighted to be back at the Courtyard Theatre, took their seats with the famous shanty ringing in their ears. We were eagerly anticipating…

RH Fringe: See Jane Eyre in the Castle Grounds, Reigate this June.

RH Fringe in association with Reigate and Banstead Council welcomes this inspiring and energetic theatre company to Reigate this June. thisismytheatre a Sussex based theatre company bring their production of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel ‘Jane Eyre’ to Reigate. The production is part of a week long programme between 13-20 June that is the RH Fringe….

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

Anne of Green Gables from the Chipstead Players, reviewed by Reigate and Banstead Writes.