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06 Dec 2019

A Christmas Carol – the Director’s Preview

Director Mark Ireson introduces Neil Bartlett’s re-imagining of the Christmas classic, which opens on Thursday 12 December for 10 performances over 2 weeks. What inspired you to direct this show? I’ve always enjoyed the story, and the prospect of seeing the huge cast of vital characters and its powerful moral message on stage is very appealing as a director. However, many of the stage adaptations were too “chocolate boxy” for my taste, in danger of becoming an exercise in large […]

29 Nov 2019

Spotlight on … Box Office Volunteering

Everyone visiting our theatre will interact with our box office team, whether it’s simply to check in to see a show or to sort out a ticket query. The team, managed by Gareth Milton, forms the gateway for audiences coming to our theatre, and it’s made up of cheery volunteers who meet and greet them. We asked Lorna, a very recent volunteer, and experienced volunteer Noah to tell us more about what’s involved. How long have you volunteered for box […]

15 Nov 2019

Sweeney Todd – the Director’s Preview

Director Lee Ridgeway introduces his ambitious production of the Sondheim musical, which opens on Friday 22 November. Of all the Sondheim shows, why Sweeney Todd? Stephen Sondheim is one of the all-time greats when it comes to composers and lyricists of musical theatre. It’s one of my two favourites, the other being Into the Woods. I love the dark and macabre shows especially; as a director you can really leave your stamp. When re-reading the script for Sweeney I found […]

12 Nov 2019

Spotlight on … Bar Volunteering

Do you really know what it’s like to spend time on the other side of the SLT bar? We spoke to Bar Volunteer, Naomi Liddle about her experience of volunteering at the core of SLT’s social community and this is what she said: So, why would you suggest members should follow your example and get involved with volunteering for the SLT Bar? Volunteering for the bar was one of the first things I did when I joined over 13 years […]

01 Nov 2019

How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found – the Director’s Preview

Director Barry Heselden introduces his next production, which wins this season’s prize for the longest title, and opens on Tuesday 5 November. What attracted you to directing this play? The title, it’s as simple as that! Scanning the shelves of the old French’s bookshop about five years ago, this title jumped out at me. Then, as I started to read this amazing play, my imagination was fired with so many ideas about the staging of this very modern and important […]

16 Oct 2019

Lear – the Director’s Preview

Director Bex Law introduces her new interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, which opens on Tuesday 22 October. This is the second big play you’ve directed this year – that’s quite a challenge? Lear is an epic story with many layers and complex characters, and some incredibly entertaining and moving set-pieces. I love a challenge, and this production certainly fits the bill. Lear has always been one of my favourites – I’ve studied it in depth and seen various versions over […]

03 Oct 2019

The Night Heron – the Director’s Preview

Director Lisa Thomas introduces Jez Butterworth’s The Night Heron, which opens on Tuesday, 8 October. Jez Butterworth’s reputation may well play a part in attracting audiences to this show – why do you think that is? He creates very engaging and complex characters with multiple facets, and gives them inventive and often hilarious dialogue and situations. He also writes plays about things that no-one else really does – they feel very original. Audiences loved his breakout play Mojo for its […]

20 Sep 2019

Di and Viv and Rose – the Director’s Preview

Director Jo Boniface talks about Amelia Bullmore’s ‘Di and Viv and Rose’, opening on Tuesday, 24 September. What inspired you to choose this play? I first saw Di and Viv and Rose when I started a new job at Hampstead Theatre (I’ve been happily there for 7 years now) on the Main Stage, starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Gina McKee and Anna Maxwell Martin. And I loved it. I think I saw it 6 or 7 times. It was the first time […]

18 Sep 2019

2020 Spring / Summer Season Announcement

Last night SLT’s Theatre Committee (TC) announced the 2020 Spring/Summer Season. The bar was packed with old and new members who were keen to see what plays have been selected for the period between mid-March and the beginning of August next year. Theatre Committee announced the directors one at a time and each had the opportunity to speak about the plays that they are going to direct and their vision for staging them. After the presentation, most people stayed in […]

04 Sep 2019

Sticks & Stones – the Director’s Preview

Director Guy Jones gives his perspective on this new play, opening on 10 September. You can watch a preview video here. Why Sticks & Stones? Well, to be honest, it was recommended in the National Theatre bookshop. I laughed too much as I read it in the shop, so took it home, (having paid!) and despite never having seen any productions of the show, it leapt off the page as a sparklingly clever and very funny exploration of the state […]