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Blue Stockings

by Jessica Swale

20 to 29 February 2020

1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade, yet they are not allowed to graduate. Their male counterparts finish with degrees, while the girls leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - a highly educated but unmarriageable woman. Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide, or the strength of the opposition who will do anything to stop them.


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by Martin McDonagh

26 March to 4 April 2020

A darkly humorous play from the award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, McDonagh’s debut play tells the tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely spinster in her early forties, and Mag her devilishly manipulative ageing mother whose interference in Maureen's first - and potentially last - loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as funny as it is unsettling. Maureen might long for the romance that will spirit her away, but if she goes, who will stir the lumps out of Mag's Complan?

Please note: contains strong language and violence.

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by David Haig

7 to 16 May 2020

June 1944. Everything is in place for the biggest invasion ever known in Europe – D-Day. But one last crucial factor remains: the weather. American celebrity weatherman Colonel Krick predicts sunshine, while Scotsman Dr James Stagg, Chief Meteorological Officer for the Allied Forces, forecasts a storm. General Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander, knows the decision will not only seal the fates of thousands of men, but could win or lose the entire war: so which of these rival experts should he trust? This play has been chosen to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020.

Box Office opens 20 January (members); 3 February (non-members)

 

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by Charles Dickens adapted for the stage by Alastair Cording

25 June to 4 July 2020

One of Dickens's most autobiographical stories, beautifully dramatised by Alastair Cording while retaining all the drama and humour of the original book. David Copperfield has a happy childhood until his widowed mother remarries the severe Mr Murdstone. When Mrs Copperfield dies, young David must make his way in London and lodges with Mr Wickfield, a lawyer, and befriends his gentle daughter, Agnes. David becomes infatuated with the sweet Dora Spenlow, but as they discover, it takes more than love to make a marriage last. Along the way we meet many of Dickens's marvellous creations: the caring Clara Peggotty, the jolly Micawber family, the sinister Uriah Heep, and David’s eccentric aunt, Betsey Trotwood. By the end justice is served, the innocent reprieved, and loving devotion reciprocated and rewarded.

This production of David Copperfield will be going to The Minack Theatre, Cornwall for performances 27th - 31st July 2020.

Box Office opens 23 March (members); 6 April (non-members)


Cast

Young David   Lucinda Banton
David Copperfield Harry Wells
Clara Peggotty Sally Bosman
Daniel Peggotty Brian Miller
Ham   Jamie Heath
Emily   Elizabeth Bishop
Betsy Trotwood   Morven Rae
Mother   Jen Allum
Edward Murdstone   Robin Clark
Jane Murdstone
Gail Bishop
Steerforth   Isaac Lewsey
Creakle   Russ Gregory
Mr Micawber   Ian Brown
Mrs Micawber   Diane Ebden
Mr Dick   Peter Damesick
Agnes   Lucinda Banton
Dora   Jen Allum
Mrs Steerforth   Jane Monaghan
Uriah Heep   Jay Rolfe
     
Director Niall Monaghan