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Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti
Directed by Dolly Howlett
1st, 2nd and 3rd November 2018, 8pm

Relationships with three air stewardesses means that Bernard’s love life is complicated.  With the aid of careful planning and juggling of airline schedules, he makes sure the three women’s flight paths never cross. That is until unexpected rerouting land all of them in Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time, resulting in inevitable hilarious chaos.This fresh adaptation of a classic French farce won the 2008 Tony Award on Broadway for the Best Revival of a Play.

 
The Lion in Winter by James Goldman. Directed by Adam Rabinowitz.
17th, 18th and 19th January 2019, 8pm

Christmas, 1183: Henry II and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, scheme against each other to position one of their three sons as next in line for the throne.  Meanwhile, Richard, John & Geoffrey, bicker and jostle for their parents’ favour.  The Lion in Winter combines keen historical and psychological insight with a caustic humour.  Its examination of family strife and sibling rivalry is as relevant to the twenty-first century as to the twelfth.  Goldman’s adaptation of his play for the 1968 film won him an Oscar.
 
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw Directed by Jean Cooper
28th, 29th, 30th March 2019, 8pm

Henry Higgins believes that he can transform the cockney flower seller Eliza Dolittle.  He accepts a challenge to pass her convincingly off as a Duchess amongst English high society. What he fails to consider is that Eliza has a mind of her own; unlike her counterpart in Greek mythology, she is not merely a beautiful statue to be admired. Pygmalion is both a witty attack on the British class system as well as statement of Shaw’s own feminist views; it remains his most popular play.
 
Handbagged by Moira Buffini Directed by Cathy Naylor
13th, 14th, 15th June 2019, 8pm

When Lizzie met Maggie. What might have happen when two female icons of the twentieth century were forced into each other’s company?  Handbagged is a sharply comic imagining of the fictional relationship between Queen Elizabeth who vowed to serve society and Margaret Thatcher who allegedly denied society’s existence.  With such apparently contrasting beliefs, could there be anything other than tension between the two?