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Newsletter November 2022

Hi Everyone,
I hope you’re all well. We’re heading into the next production now, so what better time to provide an update.

Lady Killers


We opened the show on Tuesday 8th November, hosting a Charity performance for “Christie Bears” a local charity set up to raise funds for the Christie Hospital. This is a cause that is dear in the hearts of many of us at the Theatre and it was a delight to host them.
The show opens to the public on the 10th November and looks fabulous. All of the hard work and effort both on and off-stage over the last 8 weeks has really paid off and this is set to be another outstanding production. Tickets are still available.


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Educating Rita


What a brilliant season opener for the year! Cheryl and Paul were outstanding with their performances and Rachel expertly put together an amazing evening of entertainment.
You can read the review from the Association of Community Theatre here: https://www.actuk.org/ACT%20Reviews%202022-2023/ACT-Reviews-2022-2023-Season/9/

Beauty and the Beast

We have held auditions, see Auditions for the pantomime, however we are still short of a few people, namely:

  • Prince/Beast – Played by the same actor 18-30
  • Gustav(Gaston) – 18-30 (ish) imposing and comical male character
  • Flora – Fairy Godmother role

The show will open on 19th January 2023 and tickets are on sale now.


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2023 Directors

We still have 2 slots to fill for the remainder of the 2022/23 season, so if you have a play in mind, we’d love to hear from you. The likely dates will be in March and June/July, matching our usual season schedule and hopefully we will be able to continue with the extended runs over 2 weeks.

Upcoming Events

We’re continuing to run external lets, serving two purposes for us. Firstly, it establishes us as a great place to visit in the town and cements our role as a provider of great entertainment within the community. Secondly, it provides us with additional, much needed funds as we rebuild following our temporary shut-down.
Current dates include:

  • November 26th – “Winter Woolies Tour” – The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican – Music/comedy
  • November 27th – “End of tour gathering” – Merry Hell – Music
  • December 3rd – “The homecoming gig” – Fine Lines – Music (Highly worth watching in my opinion…)
  • December 9th – “LoL Christmas Bash” – Lol Cheshire – Comedy
  • December 11th – “DOTS” present Jim Berry (Houghton Weavers) – Music


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That’s all for now, I hope to see you soon at “curtain up”.
Break a leg!
Jim Broughton

Panto- Jan 2023 – Audition Notice- “Beauty and the Beast”

We are excited to announce that the January 2023’s pantomime will be:

 

Beauty and the Beast

Show Dates 19th January 2023 – 28th January 2023

 

Auditions for the principal roles are from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 29th October 2022 and 30th October 2022. Auditions will include singing , you can bring something of your own but it is not necessary.

Auditions for Juniors ensemble are from 6.30 pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 1st November 2022. Juniors who would like a speaking part will be reading the chorus audition piece.

Audition Reading Pieces: To obtain copies of the audition reading pieces please email: audition@knutsfordlittlehteatre.com and we will provide copies.

If you are unable to make these dates but would like to audition, please contact us via facebook https://www.facebook.com/KnutsfordLittleTheatre or send us an email at audition@knutsfordlittlehteatre.com

Audition Status: Closed

Educating Rita (2022)

 

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Directed by: Rachel Perrin

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Events at KLT

For all those who are a bit theatre curious, we are looking for budding debutants and directors and those of any theatrical disposition!

Introducing a new venture for KLT, we will be hosting an information evening to discuss our upcoming 22/23 season where we will invite you to come meet prospective Directors and other members to hear the upcoming plans we have.

To keep you informed about the events are planned in the Theatre.

At the present time, we have penciled in the following performance slots:

September14th – 17thEDUCATING RITA
November10th – 12th17th – 19th
January (Pantomime)12th – 15th19th – 21st
March16th – 18th23rd – 25th
May 18th – 20th5th – 27th
Performance slots for KLT

As you can see, we are thinking of running extended performances for the forthcoming season, building on the success of Hobson’s Choice.

This is a new venture for us, so we’re aiming to make it a great season and place ourselves back in the centre of live entertainment in Knutsford. Also we welcome new directors and cast members and a backstage team to come and join us on Thursday evenings as we still have 2 slots left that need filling.

We do hope you can all make it, so we can involve you as the community in the discussions moving forwards on how you want your theatre to look like moving forward.

Hobsons Choice, a brief history.

When looking back though the theatre archives it appears that the upcoming production of Hobson’s choice is only the second time that it has been performed on our little stage. The previous production was held over 30 years ago in May 1991, in which the piece took us right back to the 1800s when the play is set.

Tony Turner the production’s director has taken the time to write a short Biography of Brighouse and to outline his vision into what to expect when coming to see our new production of this classic piece.

Tony writes,

“The playwright, Harold Brighouse, was born in Eccles in 1882. His father was the manager of a cloth mill and Harold followed him into the textile industry. Gaining a scholarship to Manchester Grammar School, he began his studies but left at 17 years to take up a position in London. During this period Brighouse was active in theatre, in Manchester, The Gaiety Theatre was an acknowledged portal for many fine Northern repertory companies. His first production, The Doorway, was performed at the Gaiety in 1909.


During his time in London, he visited the Court Theatre in Sloane Square, later the Royal Court, and undoubtedly witnessed more radical productions by Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Shaw.
In the 1960s, the radical tradition was continued with performances by Pinter, Beckett and Osbourne et al.

It is inconceivable that, given his sharp ear for a sub text, he was unaware of the Suffrage movement in Manchester and the radical nature of The Court productions. Our contention is that all these concepts are there in Hobson’s Choice but have often been overlooked in favour of a more “broad comedic “ appeal.


In our production we have attempted to pull together the disparate strands of the three sisters and as the women grow in strength, now refusing to be cowed by Hobson, Maggie grows in confidence and righteous anger as she confronts and overcomes her misogynistic father.


We hope you appreciate this other light we are casting on Hobson’s Choice.”

Hobson’s Choice – (2022)

”Harold Brighouse’s classic Lancashire comedy, ‘Hobson’s Choice’, is the perfect show to kick start Knutsford Little Theatre’s Post-Lockdown run. Henry Horatio Hobson is a drunk, a drunk who runs a fairly successful shoe shop in 1880s Salford, England. His way of life (days spent in the Moonrakers Inn, whilst his three daughters and two shoe-makers work hard in the shop) are drawing to a close as his eldest daughter, Maggie, stands up to the overbearing patriarchy of Hobson and announces her intentions to marry one of his employees.

With influence from the Women’s suffrage movement, this play has the chance to make you laugh and think. In our production of ‘Hobson’s Choice’ we want to highlight this connection, as Mr Brighouse would’ve done when he first put on this radical play. We hope to reflect the attitudes and hopes of that time, whilst still being relevant today. ”

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