Under the title Summer Love we presented a lively selection of three short plays.
Click on the above links to see a taster video clip of each play.
There were two very special ones by Anthony Minghella, (writer/director of the film The English Patient): Hang Up – a captivating two-hander between two long-distant lovers and Days Like These – a riveting monologue of reminiscence. The third play was The Weatherman by new writer Giles Cole; a laugh-out-loud contemplation of love in the third age! Graham Pountney directed a wonderfully focused evening, featuring Virginia Stride, Rupert Bates, Alex Mircica and Pamela Donald.
In 2018 we performed
by R.C. Sherriff
An extraordinary, gripping production of a great anti-war classic, full of beautifully observed humanity: Set in the trenches during the First World War, this story plays out in a dugout over four days, from 18th March to 21st March 1918, during the run-up to the last major German offensive of the War.
We received many encouraging and praiseworthy comments for our production of Journey’s End.
Here are just a few.
To see all of the comments follow this link.
“We left the theatre so stunned by what we had witnessed, my wife and I hardly spoke on the drive home. Magnificently performed by the cast, tragic, poignant and heart-rending were just some of the words that eventually came to mind. I’d recommend it to anyone… GA “
“Very impressed” ,”Brilliant” , “Beautifully directed” , “I was gripped all night” , “So professional” , “A pulsating drama …” (various)
Absolutely amazing performance. Blown away by the ending. So moving and poignant. Wow!! AP [Ann Pickering]
The play was awesome. VERY well done. All extremely moving. You should be in the West end. MM
“This was an extremely moving production and performance from a highly talented company” Prof. A. Bowman [Glasgow University]
Photos from the shows
This was our biggest production yet. We created an amazing ambience in the Theatre with music of the era, battle sounds, visits from ‘The Trench Experience’, Reservists, Veterans, Combat Stress, SSAFA and the Royal British Legion …. You’ll had to experience it to believe it!
About Journey’s End
Five British officers are preparing apprehensively for the upcoming attack. Raleigh, an eighteen-year-old officer fresh out of English public school, joins the company of his friend and cricketing hero Captain Stanhope and finds him dramatically changed. Osborne, the 2nd in command, is a middle-aged public school teacher and father figure. Trotter, who has worked his way up through the ranks, has a drily humorous response to the officers’ situation, whilst Hibbert reveals a ‘less than British’ attitude to their predicament.
About RC Sherriff
R. C. Sherriff was born on 6th June 1896 in Hampton Wick. He was educated at Kingston Grammar School from 1905-1913 and considered going up to Oxford but decided he could not afford to, and instead began employment at the Sun Insurance Company, where his father and grandfather had worked.
Who Are We?
We’re a young, professional Theatre Company from Leatherhead, Surrey (just off Jct9 on the M25).
We serve the local area with revivals of popular, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre!
We use local talent back-stage and on-stage and we’re bringing back into the community an opportunity for audiences to enjoy seasonal, affordable theatre productions, close to home.
Come and see our exciting shows!
We are a not-for-profit, professional Theatre Company, serving the local community with popular, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre. Through our association with LAUNCHPAD, we offer young people work experience and a chance to build up confidence. We also use local talent backstage and on-stage, and are bringing seasonal repertory theatre back into fashion! You’ll have a great evening!
Where Are We?
Minghella Theatre, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey
We are reviving seasonal theatre productions in the North Surrey/Surrey Hills area because we passionately believe in entertaining local audiences, at affordable prices, in a proper local Theatre! We present classic and culturally significant plays – as well as fun, poignant and diverting entertainments.
We are planning to present major shows on schools’ English and Drama curricula – and we’ll be running Technical Skills Workshops for young people in association with Theatrical Youth Training (TYT).
Our productions are always ambitious, popular and often thought-provoking.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Graham Pountney
Graham is a Leatherhead resident, an actor, director, producer and communications skills coach. He grew up in West Byfleet and East Horsley, raised a family in Stoke d’Abernon and now lives in Leatherhead with his wife Suki Turner.
With 45 years in the performing media his career has encompassed Rep theatre in the UK and International touring, working with the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End.
He founded the British Actors Theatre Company in the late 1980s and was a founder and director of The Original Shakespeare Company in the 1990s performing before Her Majesty the Queen in the opening ceremony of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Graham was recently the Associate Artistic Director of the Leatherhead Theatre Rep Company. He is a partner in Centre Stage Dance and Drama, a local Performing Arts school in Leatherhead and Oxshott. He has been creating, producing and directing plays, films, workshops, radio programmes and fundraising ‘edutainments’ for many years and continues to work as an actor exploring new characters, with credits in popular TV series (eg Howards Way, Life Begins, New Tricks, Hustle, etc).