Lust and betrayal lead to tragic end

Hereford Times: Pippa Nixon as Thérèse Raquin with Alison Steadman as Madame Raquin. Picture by Nobby Clark.

9:58am Saturday 16th August 2014

A THRILLING new production of Thérèse Raquin starring Alison Steadman, Pippa Nixon, Desmond Barrit, Kieran Bew, Michael Mears, Charlotte Mills and Hugh Skinner will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday, August 23.

Coalition offers no guarantees

Hereford Times: Left to Right Back Row - Paul Costello,Giles Lantos,Tess Herbert,Roger Harris, Mike Lewis, Paul Smith              Front Row - Ali Davies, Ryan Eames

6:38am Sunday 27th July 2014

WRITTEN by local writer and Ledbury Amateur dramatic Society member Paul Costello, Terms and Conditions Apply is a hilarious new comedy, a fabulous political satire about a five-year coalition government, seen through the eyes of ordinary households and in stark contrast to how it's seen through the rose tinted spectacles of politicians.

A comical sprint through British history

Hereford Times: Pantaloons will be taking a romp through British history

5:41am Sunday 27th July 2014

CROFT Castle, near Leominster, will be hosting theatre with a difference on Thursday, July 31, at 7pm, when The Pantaloons Theatre Company present their own inimitable take on the History of Britain.

Inimitable West Country humour

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2:46am Saturday 26th July 2014

CORNISH comedy legend Jethro is back, as large as life, and on tour with his very own unique brand of irresistible West Country tales for a fun-filled night of adult comedy.

Brilliant Oddsocks celebrating 25 years in style

9:41am Friday 25th July 2014

ODDSOCKS produced their usual sparkling brilliance on a dry, if fresh, evening at Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School with their imaginative performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Izzy wizzy, let's get busy with Sooty

4:43pm Thursday 24th July 2014

IT'S Sooty’s Birthday Party and things aren’t going to plan. Sooty and Sweep get messy baking the Birthday cake and will Soo ever decide which dress to wear?

Comedy night will have you in stitches

2:10pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

FARCICAL Comedy is back after a hugely successful sell out debut!

Holmes and Watson return

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9:19pm Monday 14th July 2014

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Chapterhouse adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock and Watson are back in a brand new adventure ...

Ill health forces Doctor Who actor to withdraw from production

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4:23pm Monday 14th July 2014

PAST, present and future have come together in Malvern after an exciting turn of events…

The Merchant's tale

Hereford Times: James Reynard as Shylock and Rob Keeves as Antonio.

5:46am Sunday 6th July 2014

RAIN or Shine Theatre Company make their annual return to Dore Abbey on Wednesday, July 16, with their production of The Merchant of Venice

The shock of the new

Hereford Times: Vey Straker in rehearsals for Karen Curry's The Reason I'm Here.

7:19am Friday 4th July 2014

The Write On Festival returns for a fourth year with another programme of locally written and produced new plays from emerging local playwrights

Madcap tale of a mixed up, muddled up world of love

4:51am Friday 4th July 2014

ODDSOCKS are back at Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School with their production of Twelfth Night, a madcap musical treat with Shakespeare's love stories intertwined with well-known British chart hits to keep the blood pumping and the mood merry.

Tea with Shakespeare in the garden

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10:30am Monday 30th June 2014

THERE can be few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than enjoying sunshine, Shakespeare and scones in the glorious setting of the Herefordshire countryside.

Verbal wit and vitriolic sparring

Hereford Times: Clare Higgins (7470418)

5:38am Sunday 29th June 2014

WHO’S Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a multi award-winning masterpiece is set during the course of one brutal and hilarious night when George, a college professor, and his wife, Martha, invite a young couple back for late-night drinks after a faculty party.

Athenian forest comes to cathedral gardens

5:41am Saturday 28th June 2014

JOIN the Worcester Repertory Company in Hereford Cathedral’s beautifully atmospheric Chapter House Garden for a magical production of one of the Bard's funniest and best loved plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Set in a realm rich in fantasy, this enchanting tale of mischief, magic and mistaken identity promises a night of sheer fun and entertainment.

Immerse yourself in poetry

Hereford Times: Alex Evans in Feral's production of Shattered at the Royal National College for the Blind.

5:29am Saturday 28th June 2014

HEREFORD-based theatre company Feral will be back at Ledbury Poetry Festival this year with their first ever performance in a theatre.

National Theatre Wales' Mametz brings horrors of war dramatically to life

Hereford Times: Audiences are given a vivid glimpse of life - and death - on the battlefields of the Somme.

12:52pm Friday 27th June 2014

NATIONAL Theatre Wales's new production, Mametz, which runs on a sheep farm near Usk until Saturday, July 5, is a site-specific piece with a site so perfect for its subject - the battle for Mametz Wood in 1916, fought by the 38th (Welsh) division during the First Battle of the Somme - that for two and a half hours we felt we had been transported in both place and time.

Stories bring young and old together

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7:27am Friday 27th June 2014

A UNIQUE piece of drama will be premiered on July 9 and 10 by The Courtyard's Senior Youth Theatre, when they present Stories on our Doorstep, the result of an intergenerational project, which has involved the group in visits to residents of care homes to uncover their wonderfully rich and diverse stories.

Timeless tale of endless love

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8:45am Thursday 26th June 2014

CHAPTERHOUSE Theatre Company present Wuthering Heights at Hampton Court Castle tomorrow.

Take a gander at Feydeau farce

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5:35am Friday 20th June 2014

GEORGE Feydeau’s high spirited romp Sauce for the Goose is stuffed with preening characters knitting their legs in sexual frustration, its heady mix of passions, pace and pleasure the perfect mix for a good night out.

Court reports

Hereford Times: Oscar Wilde

6:51pm Thursday 19th June 2014

EUROPEAN Arts Company returns to The Courtyard with a dramatisation of the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde, written by Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland.

Explosive theatre

Hereford Times: SM Live 2013: The Energy Show (7177294)

3:50pm Thursday 19th June 2014

SCIENCE Museum Live is bringing The Energy Show to The Courtyard next week - explosive family theatre for curious minds.

Warmth and humanity impress in Fishhead

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11:26am Thursday 19th June 2014

THE torrential rain, lashing and drenching everything visible, seemed very appropriate on the night that my husband and I drove to Much Marcle to see Fishhead, a Reaction Theatre Makers presentation.

Unmissable Shakespeare

Hereford Times: As You Like It’ runs at Ludlow Castle until June 22.

1:52pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

WITH summer upon us and the World Cup in full swing a night at the theatre may not be the first thing on your mind, but having seen the opening night of ‘As You Like It’ at the Ludlow Shakespeare Festival last Saturday, there can be no doubt that the production, in association with the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, gives football a run for its money.

Drama poses big question

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4:16am Thursday 12th June 2014

FOLLOWING the success of five star runs in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013, Killing Roger comes to The Courtyard next week.

Make Merry in Bromyard

Hereford Times: Hugh Farey plays Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor

3:31pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

THE family-based production of Shakespeare's fast-moving but rarely performed The merry Wives of Windsor, is drawing on skills and family links from across the whole community in Bromyard.

Sweet success fifty years on

Hereford Times: Rebecca Ryan as Jo in A Taste of Honey.

12:05am Monday 9th June 2014

BEST-known for her roles in Shameless and Waterloo Road, actress Rebecca Ryan will be bringing to life the role of Jo in Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday, June 17.

Satire from leading performance poet

5:54am Sunday 8th June 2014

ONE of the country's best-loved and most significant performance poets, John Cooper Clarke will be in Colwall village hall on Wednesday, June 18, for a one-off warm-up show.

Plays' first outing in almost 80 years

7:49am Saturday 24th May 2014

ENGLISH Touring Theatre, in partnership with Nuffield Theatre, Southampton present their new production of Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 at Malvern Theatres from Wednesday, June 4.

New work celebrates simple dreams and friendship

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4:59am Saturday 24th May 2014

REACTION Theatre Makers present Fish Head, a thought-provoking and ‘delightful’ play, at Hellens Manor in Much Marcle.

Joy makes a triumphant return

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6:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

FINDING Joy, a full-mask production from Vamos Theatre in collaboration with The Courtyard, returns to Hereford on Saturday, having just picked up an Argus Angel award recognising artistic excellence during the Brighton Festival.

Laughing out loud

Hereford Times: John Hastings

3:02pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

A NEW comedy festival, Bull The Other One, takes place on three Sundays this summer, the first of them on Sunday.

Gig Guide w/c May 15

3:01pm Thursday 15th May 2014


Show celebrates iconic duo

Hereford Times: The songs of Simon and Garfunkel are to be used in a new production on the stage.

1:06pm Thursday 15th May 2014

AWARD-winning actor Dean Elliott (Buddy Holly in Buddy – The Musical) and a full cast of performers tell the fascinating tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time.

Seeing the Bard from a unique perspective

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4:55am Sunday 11th May 2014

IN the year that marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Arts Alive is thrilled to bring Tim Crouch’s unique interpretations of the bard’s classic plays A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest to Lyde Court, near Hereford.

Local company stage acclaimed play

6:50am Saturday 10th May 2014

THE Wye Theatre Company present Yazmina Reza's play, God of Carnage at The Powell Theatre in Church Street.

Always look on the bright side of life

Hereford Times: Des O'Connor Portrait (5840320)

5:47am Friday 9th May 2014

IF there's a secret to surviving six decades in the notoriously fickle world of showbusiness, Des O'Connor, currently on tour with his one-man show, has clearly found it.

Favourite storybook character comes to life on stage

5:03am Friday 9th May 2014

VOTED the nation’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is now a hit stage musical, adapted by Tall Stories and coming to The Courtyard next week.

Iconic musical on Malvern stage

Hereford Times: Bill Kenwright production of
lyrics by Tim Rice
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
directed by Bob Thomson and Bill Kenwright (5574396)

7:47pm Friday 2nd May 2014

MARTI Pellow takes on one of musical theatres most coveted roles, when he plays Che in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, which comes to Malvern Theatres next week.

Play pays tribute to fallen of two world wars

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5:28am Friday 2nd May 2014

LEDBURY Amateur Dramatic Society's forthcoming production, Through a Dark Cloud Shining, was written by LADS member Barbara Jones and was first performed to high acclaim in Ledbury in 2000 and is this time being directed by her daughter Sally Watson.

New production of David Copperfield

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2:43pm Thursday 1st May 2014

FOLLOWING the huge success of previous tours Great Expectations and Les Miserables, Hotbuckle Productions present a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic David Copperfield, which can be seen on Saturday at Ledbury's Market Theatre.

Drama poses a burning question

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7:09pm Friday 25th April 2014

TABLETOP Games is a new piece from Ian Kendall, whose work has been performed across the West Midlands over the past decade, and depicts a world where ritual takes precedence over belief or faith, and where moral ambivalence reduces human relationships to a series of brutal power struggles. Stripped of sentiment and empathy, the desperate need to assert control makes the characters powerless subjects (or objects…?) within the vicious cycle of life.

He's grown accustomed to her voice

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5:45am Friday 25th April 2014

HAVING been born in Evesham, the arrival of the current tour of Pygmalion in Malvern sees its star Alistair McGowan enjoying something close to a homecoming. "Of all of the places on the tour," he says, "it's the one with the most emotional resonance.

Having a laugh at the club

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5:16am Monday 21st April 2014

THE Courtlaughing Comedy Club springs back into action, with two more comedy nights next month, each one featuring two new comedians and a hilarious MC.

Growing old grumpily

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7:25am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE brand spanking new Grumpy Old Women show includes learning the art of ‘Grumpy Grooming’, the joy of large pants, a free nagging master class (how to get your way without him even noticing) and beards for women - which style will suit you?

The best laid plans

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6:20am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE Play That Goes Wrong exploded onto the stage with phenomenal success last year. Opening at the Old Red Lion in London to unanimous rave reviews, the show then transferred to the West End where it enjoyed two successive runs at the Trafalgar Studios, followed by a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival, and it's now coming to Malvern Theatres.

Getting away with murder

Hereford Times: Christopher Timothy gets to the bottom of the case with humour and gravitas

4:25pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Some things are sacrosanct. And Hitchcock has to be one them.

A peach of a production

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5:49am Monday 14th April 2014

AMBITIOUS drama group, the Cradley Village Players will stage their most spectacular show ever this Easter, complete with a peach that glows, a peach that flies over the heads of the audience and a peach that rolls over members of the cast.

Murder comes calling

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10:42am Sunday 13th April 2014

THE intense and darkly gripping thriller, Dial M for Murder, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, stars Christopher Timothy (All Creatures Great and

Award-winning comic heads for The Courtyard

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7:48pm Thursday 10th April 2014

COMEDIAN Billy Pearce emerged from the fertile talent fields of Butlins in the mid 1980s. Multi award-winner Billy has won just about every comedy award going, including a British Comedy Award, Solo Comedian of the Year and Best Television Comedy Newcomer at the London Palladium.

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