The Old Laundry Theatre is back! After a long 18 months, the theatre is coming back to life. It has been a difficult time for everyone, but government support has been an enormous help and as ever the theatre has relied heavily on the financial support given by The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.
This autumn we are delighted to be offering a micro season as unfortunately we are not able to host the Stephen Joseph Theatre or our create our own show. We are hoping to build back gradually, and are thrilled to announce that we will be producing a new play called All Lies, written and directed by our patron Sir Alan Ayckbourn in spring 2022.
Our autumn season starts with ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ (Thursday 14th October).
In 1926 Agatha Christie was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events, which sparked one of the biggest, and most extensive police hunts in history when she disappeared. Actor Liz Grand presents her new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt or was there a darker secret involved, which was to affect her for the rest of her life?
Secondly, we are delighted to be hosts to The Keats Project (Thursday 4th November). The project was created to mark events in the last three years of the life of the great romantic poet John Keats. In late June 1818, John Keats and his friend Charles Brown set off on a walking holiday from Lancaster to Dumfries. The two men stopped off at the The King’s Arms Inn in Burton in Kendal, Cumbria. The Keats project seeks to reimagine that event and subsequent significant moments that culminate in Keats’ death in Rome. This is a theatre dining experience where the plays are performed as a three- course meal is served.
Some things to cheer us all up- Trustee and National Treasure Griff Rhys Jones is back to visit us (1st and 2nd of December), previewing new material for his forthcoming stand-up tour and also we have a visit from Father Christmas and his friends in a brand new, festive, musical, interactive adventure to make 2021 Santa’s Best Ever Christmas! It’s a family show most suitable for 2-7 year olds, where every child will receive a present from Santa. (19th – 24th December)
We can’t wait to welcome you back. Please come along and support your local theatre – we can’t do it without you!