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The Paper Moon Theatre Company : THE MAGNIFICENT MUSIC HALL

Jan Hunt and The Paper Moon Theatre Company proudly presents "THE MAGNIFICENT MUSIC HALL"

Back by popular demand with a new show and a few surprises we invite you on our journey down memory lane to the glorious and glamorous heyday of the great 'British Music Hall' a truly golden era.

Helming this splendid afternoon of rich entertainment of song dance, magic &laughter will be your eloquent & elegantly waistcoated Chairman complete with gavel and sharp wit together with an 'august' line up of artistes who have all appeared on BBC TV'S THE GOOD OLD DAYS ( now being rerun on BBC 4) CAREFREE, CHEERFUL & UNIQUELY BRITISH!

"This is cutting edge Victoriana beloved by the British and their visitors"

THE TIMES

Tickets: £18 and £16 concessions from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

Venue

Normansfield Theatre

Event Sponsor

The Paper Moon Theatre Company

September
Saturday
30
7:30pm  
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Hand To Mouth Theatre : Town Mouse, Country Mouse

  • Age: 4-8 years
  • Running time: 45 mins.
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

A retelling of two Aesop's Fables, Town Mouse, Country Mouse and Belling the Cat, this is the tale of bravery and mousey derring-do as Hickory goes into the Big Wide World and meets Dockery the Town Mouse. With the help of the audience, they subdue Doc, the predatory cat, in this funny, musical and lively puppetry show.

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Hand To Mouth Theatre

Kids OK
October
Sunday
1
3pm  

Teddington Theatre Club : The Turn of the Screw

By Henry James, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz A haunting tale of passion and possession

At Bly, an isolated country house, a child waits excitedly for the arrival of her new governess and her brother's return from boarding school. The children's parents are dead, drowned in an accident two years earlier. Their father's former valet is dead. And their beloved Miss Jessel, the most recent governess, is also dead.

For Bly is a dangerous place, corrupted and corrupting. A place where the dead sleep lightly...

More Information

  • Performance times: Sunday 6pm, weekdays 7.45pm
  • Ticket prices: £12.00 & £16.00

Venue

Hampton Hill Theater

Event Sponsor

Teddington Theatre Club

October
1-7
   
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Handbendi Brúðuleikhús : Tröll

  • Age: 4-9 years
  • Running time: 50 mins
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

From the same company who brought you 'Duvet Day' and 'Tomten' comes this magical production about a young girl and her unusual friend from the mountains a Troll. This unmissable experience for the whole family uses influences of Icelandic folk tales, a hint of a ghost story and storytelling magic.

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Handbendi Brúðuleikhús

Kids OK
October
Sunday
8
3pm  

Thames Philharmonia and Instant Opera : Don Giovanni

Following their hugely successful sell-out performances of The Marriage of Figaro this year, Thames Philharmonia Orchestra (now in association with Instant Opera) present Mozart's Don Giovanni - often described as "the greatest opera ever composed".

This brand new production promises to be sensational and unique. In partnership with Instant Opera, they have adapted this classic tale to portray literature's "serial seducer" in a way that you have never seen him before!

With Mozart's glorious music sung in the original Italian (with English subtitles) and the magnificent playing of Thames Philharmonia orchestra, this will be an unmissable event.

Tickets: £30 adults and £28 for group bookings of 5 from 0333 1212300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

Venue

Normansfield Theatre

Event Sponsor

Thames Philharmonia and Instant Opera

October
13-14
   
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ATMA Dance Mayuri Boonham : The Magic Fish

  • Age: 5-9 years and families
  • Running time: 45 mins
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

Vishnu, one of India's shape-shifting Supergods, wakes up after sleeping for thousands of years to find a greedy demon called No-Knowledge has taken earth's most precious treasures for him-self.

Enlisting the help of King Manu to save the essentials for life, Vishnu changes his form into something quite unexpected! In this interactive performance, boys and girls are invited to join King Manu's adventure in a new production to enchant all children.

Commissioned by The Place, GemArts and Pavilion Dance South West and supported by The Unicorn Theatre.

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

ATMA Dance Mayuri Boonham

Kids OK
October
Sunday
15
3pm  

Peut-Être : Tidy Up

  • Age: 3-6 years
  • Running time: 45 mins
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

A funny and vibrant journey through Peut-Être Theatre's Tidy Up will investigate why some of us gravitate towards mess, whether anything can be ordered in the 'right' way - and how balloons can create pandemonium.

Inspired by children's logic to creating order, patterns and systems, Tidy Up invites you to an unforgettable party where orderliness becomes exciting for children; and chaos becomes joyful for parents.

Expect lots of balloons, lots of mess and most importantly of all lots of FUN!!!

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Peut-Être

Kids OK
October
21-22
3pm-  

The London Review Company : An Evening with Joyce Grenfell and Friends

Nicola Keen transports us back to the 30s, 40s and 50s with her sparkling recreation of the personality and work of that national treasure Joyce Grenfell. The show features the best of Joyce's delightful songs and monologues from 'Stately As A Galleon' to 'School Nativity Play'. In the second half of the evening, Joyce is our guide for a delightful romp through the history of West End Revue featuring Flanders and Swann, Noel Coward, Beyond the Fringe, Ivor Novello and many more. Join Nicola Keen and friends, for an effervescent, musical cocktail in the company of one of Britain's best loved comediennes.

All proceeds from this event are going to the David Adams Leukaemia Appeal fund. They are aiming to raise £200,00 to support the building of a new haemato-oncology unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton. This project is endorsed by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Further information is available from adams.appeal~virgin.net

"hilarious.....a fantastic evening......loved it" - BBC

Tickets: £18 and £16 (concessions) from 03331212300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

Venue

Normansfield Theatre

Event Sponsor

The London Review Company

October
Saturday
21
7:30pm  
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Cia Maduixa presented by Dance Umbrella : DOT

  • Age: 3 years and families
  • Running time: 45 mins
  • Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions /

Take a girl obsessed with keeping everything just so, add a boy who isn't, add inspiration from artist Sol LeWitt, and you have the high-tech / lo-fi gem for children that is DOT.

Blending a sequence of precise digital projections, the dancers' bodies and a bespoke score, DOT is as mind-bogglingly clever as it is charming. It revolves around worlds of light, colour and imagination, revealing a choreographic playground of wonder and discovery. Part of the Dance Umbrella Festival

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Cia Maduixa presented by Dance Umbrella

Kids OK
October
Tuesday
24
 

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company : 3 Little Pigs

  • Age: 2-7 years
  • Running time: 50 mins
  • Tickets: £10 / £9 concessions /

Building your own home is not as easy as it looks. For instance, what is the best material to use, will it be wind proof and will it be Wolf Proof!! There's only one way to find out...

3 Little Pigs is chock full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills. It's a real treat for everyone!

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company

Kids OK
October
25-27
   

Norwich Puppet Theatre : The Steadfast Tin Soldier

  • Age: 3-8 years
  • Running time: 50 mins
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

There once was a remarkable tin soldier who fell in love with a beautiful paper dancer and then tumbled out of a window so beginning a perilous journey into the unknown... This playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's poetic story uses light, projected animations and simple materials that are skilfully transformed through puppetry to engage and touch young hearts and minds.

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Kids OK
November
Sunday
5
3pm  

Theatre of Widdershins : Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tails

  • Age: 3-7 years
  • Running time: 60 mins
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

Our Storyteller is on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in those woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll?

All will be revealed in this beautiful show using puppets and props.

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Theatre of Widdershins

Kids OK
November
Sunday
12
3pm  

Garlic Theatre : Little Red Robin Hood

  • Age: 4-9 years
  • Running time: 45 mins
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

"What big eyes you have....grandma"

Where oh, where has Little Red Riding Hood gone and can brave Robin Hood save the day?

A merry mix up in the forest involving a missing Red Riding Hood, false teeth and a frying pan. What is that lurking behind the trees? Is it the Sheriff of Nottingham or the big bad wolf?

Garlic Theatre brings you a quirky version of the well-loved tale of Little Red Riding Hood with beautifully crafted glove puppets, slapstick and generous helping of clowning and musical delights

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Garlic Theatre

Kids OK
November
Sunday
19
3pm  

Comedy Club 4 Kids : Christmas Cracker!

  • Age: 6 years
  • Running time: 45 mins
  • Tickets: £10 / £9 concessions

Expect the finest Christmas cracker jokes, tinsel tomfoolery, festive funnies and even Santa doing stand-up!

Starring Comedy Club 4 Kids' regular host Ternan Douieb hims-elf, Howard Read of 'Little Howard' and CBBC fame, and a special guest - another of the comedy circuit's finest - this show will be jam-packed with a whole heap of Christmas Comedy Fun to get you in the mood for the BIG DAY (you know, when the big red jolly guy comes down the chimney).

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Kids OK
November
Sunday
26
3pm  

Richmond Shakespeare Society : Richard II

by William Shakespeare, directed by Simon Bartlett

"... England, that was wont to conquer others Hath made a shameful conquest of itself"A despotic ruler embedded in the past, surrounded by yes-men. A country taxed to the hilt, led into futile wars and feuds, and haunted by suspected murders. Opposition gathers round a rival in the hopes of new start.

Shakespeare's great lyrical tragedy shows a world on the brink - but is it of chaos, or a new order?

More information

  • website
  • Saturday 28 October to Saturday 4 November 2017
  • Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday at 3p.m.
  • Second matinee at 3p.m. on Saturday 4th November - no performance on Wednesday

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

November
28-4
   

Pied Piper Theatre : Hare and Tortoise

  • Age: 3-7 years
  • Running time: 50 mins
  • Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions

Ready? Steady? Go!

But who's the fastest; who's the best? Who will finally win the race? Younger, fitter, faster Hare - tearing around, unable to wait - or slow and steady Tortoise - taking the time to look at the stars?

Find out in this funny, tender, award-winning adaptation of the well-loved story as we journey through the seasons from bud-bursting spring to snow-falling winter in a tale of opposites, time and friendship, brimming with music, movement and colour.

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Pied Piper Theatre

Kids OK
December
Sunday
3
3pm  

Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Railway Children (stage version)

by E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny, directed by John Roth

If ever there was a "timeless" classic tale, this is surely it. There have been many Stage adaptations, but the one by Mike Kenny for the now famous presentation at Waterloo Station, later at Kings Cross, is the one chosen for our Christmas production.

This is loosely described as the "Adult" version, but do not let this influence you, since it is basically nostalgic: all it needs, as Mr. Kenny points out, is imagination, and as Bobbie says in the very opening: "Do you remember? We were the Railway Children".Come and enjoy this charming and exquisite piece of our literary heritage.

More information

  • website
  • Saturday 9 to Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday at 3p.m.
  • Second matinee at 3p.m. on Saturday 4th November - no performance on Wednesday

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

December
9-16
   

Winter Walker : The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

  • Running time: 50 mins
  • Tickets: £12 / £10 full price or (£11/ £9 concessions)

Once upon a time, on Christmas Eve...

A young Prince is transformed into a wooden Nutcracker doll by the evil Mouse King's curse. Can a brave little girl break the spell in time for them both to join the magnificent Christmas party in the magical Kingdom of Sweets?

This playful, pocket-sized production is a funny and modern adaptation of Hoffmann's timeless tale. Combining storytelling, dance, and puppetry with original music, inspired by Tchaikovsky's elegant ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, this seasonal classic is a must-see this Christmas time.

Presented by acclaimed family theatre company WinterWalker, the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy together!

Venue

Watermans

Event Sponsor

Winter Walker

Kids OK
December
9-30
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : Bette and Joan

by Anton Burge, directed by Harry Medawar

Robert Aldrich's 1962 film tells the story of Blanche and Jane Hudson, two sisters bound forever by guilt and deceit. Playing the title role, Bette Davis was nominated for an Oscar while her co-star, Joan Crawford, was not. Anton Burge's highly entertaining comedy gives us Hollywood's grandest at close quarters in their adjacent dressing rooms on set. After thirty years, was the first time the two actresses had worked together, an opportunity to bury past rivalries and for any sense of antipathy to be forgotten. Yeah, ...

More information

  • website
  • Saturday 20 to Saturday 27 January 2018
  • Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Matinee at 3p.m. on Sunday, 21st January - no performance on Wednesday 24th January

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

January
20-27