June 2019 Newslwtter
From June last year to March this year, the group (which varied in numbers who came to see the productions), saw very different offerings – some excellent, some quite good and some rather mediocre. However, this all gave us plenty to discuss.
The musical “Top Hat” was well received, as was “Chess” too. “She Stoops to Conquer” was ok, whereas “Wipers Times” was excellent! “Kindertransport” was very thought-provoking, and “Abigail’s Party” held many memories for some of us. The stand out play was “The Madness of George III” and we were lucky to see such a prestigious production. “Calamity Jane” the musical was not such a success, but “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Cemetery Club” were both very well received.
So, an eventful year for us all, and we look forward to seeing many more productions during the next 12 months.
September 2018 Newsletter
The following visits are planned:
Wednesday 29th August 2pm WIPERS TIMES @ Theatre Royal
Thursday 11th October 1.30pm KINDERTRANSPORT @ Nottingham Playhouse
Thursday 15th November 1.30pm MADNESS OF GEORGE III @ Nottingham Playhouse
June 2017 Newsletter
Another successful year of the Theatre visits group has passed and we have seen some varied and interesting productions.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an exciting, if somewhat surprising production and Cause Celebre depicting a true story, was excellent. The Lady Killers was very true to the film of the same name. We saw two amateur productions, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Producers, both musicals both very well done, though some were surprised at the some of the content of the latter! Betrayal proved to be good theatre but a little bewildering! Grapes of Wrath we thought was like the curate’s egg, good in parts!
Darkness Darkness, which had mixed reviews from members, and Touched were both plays by local authors. Touched also had a locally born actress Vicky McClure but the play was disappointing and inaudible. Another disappointing play was Comfort and Joy.
The Jewel in this year’s crown was Glorious, which was indeed glorious. We were very fortunate that the set and lighting designers of this play came to visit our group. They brought a model and gave an excellent talk which we all enjoyed.
I hope the next year’s visits will prove equally challenging and thought provoking and will give us the opportunity to have more interesting discussions
June 2016 Newsletter
The Theatre Group have had a very enjoyable year. We have continued to see a variety of productions, both professional and amateur and enjoyed some more than others. Undoubtedly the best production was in March 2015 when we saw “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”.
In April we attended “King John” at the Lace Market theatre. Unfortunately, the leading actor was taken ill but the part was read by another actor, who did very well. In May and June, we watched more excellent amateur productions, with Carlton Operatic’s performance of “Legally Blonde” and The People’s Theatre’s ambitious productions of The Mikado and Madame Butterfly in the same week, quite an undertaking which was much admired. July, back to the Lace Market theatre for an excellent production of “When we are Married” and September it was the Theatre Royal for “Talking Heads” and “Handbagged” and lastly, in November, we enjoyed Opera North’s production of “Kiss me Kate”
The New Year brought us to “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” but whilst the costumes, make up and dancing were good, it was generally felt to be a disappointing production.
The Lace Market’s “A Woman of No Importance” and Derby’s “Look Back in Anger” were our February choices, the latter seeming less shocking today than when it was first shown. In April at Nottingham Playhouse, it was the play “Noises Off”, which, it has to be said, took a bit of time to get going!
The Shakespeare event of the season was a very imaginative production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, by the RSC at the Theatre Royal, but with local actors playing the mechanicals.
I hope that my members have seen productions that they may not have seen by themselves, and that we continue to enjoy our Theatre visits.
June 2015 Newsletter
The group have been to see a very mixed bag of productions so far this year.
January saw us at the Lace Market Theatre for “The Lion in Winter”, a play about King Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their three sons.
For the February visit, I had recommended the musical “Les Miserables” This was being staged by the Youth Group of The People’s Theatre and some of our group went to see this and were impressed by the performance of the two leading roles.
The March visit was to the Nottingham Playhouse to see “Mermaids” which got a mixed review from those who went to see it.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” a National Theatre production at the Theatre Royal in April was voted as one of the best plays we had seen. Up there with “The Kite Runner”.
For some light relief we saw “Legally Blonde” by the Carlton Operatic Society in the Theatre Royal in May.
Future productions we are intending to see are “The Mikado”; Madame Butterfly”; “When we are Married”; “Talking Heads”; and “Handbagged”. We have a lot to look forward to.
September 2014 Newsletter
We have had a busy year so far and seen a variety of shows. In March we saw “Brassed Off” at the Theatre Royal.
April’s visit was to a Youth Group performance of “Pride and Prejudice” at the Lace Market Theatre. May was a very busy month with “A Taste of Honey” at Derby Theatre bringing back memories followed by an explosive performance of “West Side Story” at the Theatre Royal and then we saw “Sister Act” performed by the amateur group Carlton Operatic Society. Another amateur performance by the People’s Theatre Co. of “Oh What a Lovely War” was visited in July and “Phantom of the Opera” by Nottingham University Youth Group was enjoyed too.
Planned visits for the rest of the year are:
“The Tempest” on the Castle Grounds.
“Kite Runner” (a returning production),”Time and the Conways” and “Arcadia” all at the Nottingham Playhouse.
“Little Voice” at Derby Theatre.
Discussions on what we have seen have been lively as we had differing opinions, but that is what is important in a group. We look forward to seeing many more exciting productions.
Eve Gurd firstname.lastname@example.org
June 2013 Newsletter
We continue to meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 2pm. In the Wesley Room in the CRMC to arrange our visits to theatres and discuss what we have seen since our last meeting.
Over the past year we have see such diverse shows as Macbeth; Driving Miss Daisy; Of Mice and Men; One Man, 2 Guvnors; Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlo and Joking Apart.
We have booked to see Pygmalion ( April ) and The Kite Runner (May)
We are very fortunate in that there are so many productions in the area so that it’s a job to choose but always something to look forward to.
The Theatre Trips group have got off to a good start with a group going to see The End of the Rainbow at the Nottingham Theatre Royal on 14 September. There are a couple of spare tickets for that at the cost of £19.80 each. Please contact Ginny Hartman if you are interested in joining us for this marvellous production.
We have also got several other trips planned. We have a couple of visits to the Nottingham Playhouse in October and November. Then we start going further afield! We are going to see 42nd Street at the Curve in Leicester in December and are planning trips to Oxford to see Scrooge and London to see War Horse next March. Busy busy!!
This is a very active group, but there’s always room for more members!