Disposing of the Body
by Hugh Whitemore
21 - 30 September 2006
When life starts to fade into a summery drowsy twilight, one should be taking things a little easier...But for Henry Preece, embarking on early retirement with his attractive wife, Angela, things start to go seriously wrong. 'All my life,' he says, 'I've either been looking back at happy times that have gone or looking forward to the happiness to come.'
In Hugh Whitemore's elegant and tantalising play, the mystery and excitement of an unexpected passion is given full reign, until Henry realises that the door he's just flung open should have remained tightly shut. This play contains some strong language.
Ten Times Table
by Alan Ayckbourn
26 October - 4 November 4 2006
The leading lights of the village have decided to hold a pageant of local history based on a somewhat vague event, 'The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve.' On the committee, however, is a young left-wing school teacher who decides to turn the project into a rally for proletarian revolution. Committee meetings become symbolic battlefields for conflicting views - the right-wing faction being led by the Chairman's conservative wife. The event itself turns into a violent confrontation between the two extremes, with cataclysmic results. A classic early Ayckbourn.
The Winter's Tale
by William Shakespeare
30 November - 9 December 2006
After too long a gap we are pleased to welcome the Bard back to the Miller Centre!
The jealous King of Sicily becomes convinced that his wife is carrying the child of his best friend. Imprisoned and put on trial, the Queen collapses when the King refuses to accept divine confirmation of her innocence. The child is abandoned to die on the coast of Bohemia, but when she is found and raised by a shepherd it seems redemption may be possible.
A Bedful of Foreigners
by Dave Freeman
11 - 20 January 2007
On the eve of a local festival in a French village Stanley and Brenda, on a motoring trip, think themselves lucky to obtain a hotel room. In less than an hour, however, Stanley finds himself lowering an attractive, semi-clad girl from the window. The girl's husband arrives and by the second hour almost everyone is in the wrong bed, figures dressed as monks and nuns rush in and out and seductions and confrontations run riot. This hilarious farce starred Terry Scott and June Whitfield in the original London production.
8 - 17 February 2007
This compilation of work on the theme of marriage and relationships includes contributions from prominent writers as diverse as Ayckbourn and Pinter. In a series of clever and revealing sketches we trace the progress of love: from the nervous bridegroom en route to his honeymoon, through the choppy waters of mid-life crisis, to the relative calm of the elderly couple who find contentment in the simple things of life - like 'a nice kipper and a strong cup of tea'! If you don't recognize yourself in one or more of these pieces, you will certainly see someone you know!
The Royal Baccarat Scandal
by Royce Ryton
15 - 24 March 2007
This play dramatizes the Victorian scandal of 1890 in which Sir William Gordon Cumming, a baronet and personal friend of the Prince of Wales, was accused by his mistress's husband of cheating at the card game, baccarat. Act 1 shows the alleged crime and Act 2 a re-enactment of the court case. The story is told in flashbacks framed by Cumming's later description of events to his daughter. Whether he truly cheated, or was falsely accused by a jealous husband, is the mystery at the heart of this intriguing tale of honour and revenge.
Seussical The Musical
by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty with Eric Idle
19 - 28 April 2007
This season's musical is a new venture, a collaboration between Miller Centre Players and Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association. Just imagine a world where anything is possible - an elephant in a tree, a person too tiny to see, a heroic child and dreams running wild! Think of a magical, musical world where helping a friend, never giving up and keeping a promise come alive in this amazing show that's suitable for adults in their 90's down to kids in their twos! Seussical creates the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss as it has never been seen before!!
On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson
31 May - 9 June 2007
Ethel and Norman Thayer return to their summer home for the 44th year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiance, who then go off to Europe leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. After a difficult start the boy becomes the grandchild they have longed for and as Norman revels in teaching him fishing and good books, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness in return. As the summer ends so does their brief idyll but Norman and Ethel have been brought even closer together by the experience. A funny and moving play of rare simplicity and beauty.
This production will be staged in the round.
by Henrick Ibsen
5 - 14 July 2007
Come with us as we join the colourful adventures of Peer Gynt travelling the world with a breathtaking lust for life. A man with no calling, no commitment and no morality. Ibsen's classic is a thought provoking fable of the universal struggle to find our own identity and the meaning of life. Meet a host of characters including the Mountain King, the Trolls, Elves and goblins, the Great Boyg and the beautiful and ever patient Solveig. Thrill at the visual and musical spectacle, laugh or cry and ponder as you travel with Peer Gynt over mountains, desert and seas.
This production is adapted from a translation by Michael Meyer and we will be taking it to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.