Bournemouth Little Theatre stages between 6 and 8 productions each year and includes dramas, thrillers, comedies and farces.
The second half of the season has an international flavour with Nocturnal by a Spanish playwright, Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams and finally a second American play Doubt for which, the playwright, John Patrick Shanley gave us special permission to produce.
The Centenary Season
We open the season with Harold Pinter’s sinister classic The Birthday Party, a celebration turns into a nightmare! This will be the fourth time this play has been presented since it was first performed in 1958. As this is our ‘Birthday Season’, we felt it was an appropriate title to begin our celebrations.
A comedy of detection describes Mystery at Greenfingers, written by J B Priestley for the News Chronicle National Amateur Drama Competition in 1937 which was won by Bournemouth Little Theatre Club out of two hundred entries nationwide.
Christmas brings us a favourite from Television, Yes, Prime Minister adapted for the stage by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. We meet Sir Humphrey, the Cabinet Secretary thwarting the will of the Prime Minister – again.
Shakespeare is represented with a modern dress comedic version of Timon of Athens. In our Centenary Season we pay tribute to the Club members who performed the first play on Brownsea Island over 50 years ago which became the foundation for the Brownsea Open Air Theatre of national renown.
To bring us up to date, and to show how far theatre has progressed, we present a beautifully touching, funny and bold modern play Things I Know To Be True by Andrew Bovell.
Finally, with Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis we are taken backstage in a Restoration Playhouse to celebrate a bold moment in the history of modern theatre. The story is told with bawdy comedy, theatrical flair and emotional poignancy.
We hope you enjoy our mix of classic, modern, drama and comedy; and look forward to welcoming you to our Centenary Season.