|Welcome to LADS
California Suite by Neil Simon
Directed by Christian Mortimer
7th, 8th and 9th June 2018
One Los Angeles’ hotel room and four sets of very different hotel
guests: feuding couples; disillusioned holidaymakers; drunken husbands
and frustrated movie stars.
Neil Simon is an undisputed master of comedy and "California Suite"
shows him at his effortless best.
Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society, known as LADS, was formed on 6th
January 1924. Our founders wished to establish a "village society" with
the aim of presenting plays with “genuine dramatic worth”. Now in
our 90th season LADS is still going strong, and although
Loughton can no longer truly be described as a “village”, one thing has
remained constant - that original aspiration of “genuine dramatic
LADS has over 50 members, aged from 18 to 80. We perform and rehearse at
Lopping Hall, conveniently situated in Loughton High Road, just a few
minutes walk from Loughton tube station. Click
here for a map of Lopping Hall and the immediate vicinity.
We produce four plays a year, ranging from classics by Shakespeare, Shaw
and Arthur Miller through favourites such as Hobson’s Choice,
See How They Run and An Inspector Calls to the latest
contemporary drama. LADS are proud of a reputation for presenting plays
fresh onto the amateur circuit. We were one of the first amateur
companies to produce The Madness of George III, Amy’s View, Les
Liaisons Dangereuses and Proof. Our production of
The Stepmother was probably the first in this country by any company
– amateur or professional. We are consistently nominated for Best Play
in the NODA London regional awards,
in 2013 winning the award for our production of My Boy Jack.
Our nominations for 2015 included both Best Play and Best Female
character for These Shining Lives and Lifetime achievement award for
LADS has also been nominated and come second for a number of other NODA
awards over the years including coming second for set design for
Vincent in Brixton.
We are always looking for new members to join the society whether they
want to tread the boards or to get involved with one of the many crew
roles that are vital in producing each production. If you have a skill
and some time to give then please do inquire and get involved. If you
would like more information about joining or being put on our mailing
list please click the membership tab at the top of this page.
What's on the website?
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Here you will find details of our current production, awards and other
Brief details and dates of the four plays in our current season
How and when you can book tickets.
Why not join LADS? We're always pleased to welcome new
people. Or perhaps you'd just like to come along to one of our
events. Here you will find information on how to get involved,
either on-stage or behind the scenes.
Details of past productions, including photos and reviews.
Whether you're looking to come and see our latest
production, or thinking of joining the society, we hope you find our
website useful and informative.